de Grummond Collection

McCain Library and Archives
University Libraries
University of Southern Mississippi


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.60 cu.ft. (2 boxes)

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Material received from Nina Bawden in 1975.


Noncirculating; available for research.


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Biographical Sketch

Nina Mary (Mabey) Kark, who writes under the name Nina Bawden, was born in London on January 19, 1925, and lived there until she evacuated to a mining valley in Wales during World War II. Bawden holds a B.A.(1946) and M.A. (1951) from Somerville College, Oxford University. She was Justice of the Peace for Surrey from 1968-1976. She is a regular reviewer for the Daily Telegraph. In 1991 she resided in London.

After earning a degree in philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford, Bawden married and began writing full time. She wrote ten novels for adults while her children were young, and published her first children's book in 1963. In her novels, Bawden consistently attempts to portray children and adults interacting because she feels that most books for young people neglect these crucial relationships.

Since her first adult novel was published in 1953, Bawden has written more than thirty novels for children and adults. She received the Guardian Award for Children's Fiction in 1975 for The Peppermint Pig, and the Yorkshire Post Novel of the Year Award in 1977 for Afternoon of a Good Woman. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.