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In My Own Time: Almost an Autobiography

Nina Bawden

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Virago Modern Classics, Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction

In this, her autobiography, author Nina Bawden tells of her evacuation to Suffolk and Wales during World War II, where she was billeted with seven different families, and of her years at Oxford, where she knew Richard Burton and Margaret Thatcher.

Nina Bawden's career spans 20 adult novels and 17 for children. She turns now to her own story and in simple vignettes takes the reader through her life, revealing the inspirations of many of her books. It describes her childhood evacuation to Suffolk and Wales, and her years at Oxford, where she met Richard Burton and Margaret Thatcher. And, she gives an account of her oldest son, Niki, who was diagnosed schizophrenic.

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Praise for In My Own Time: Almost an Autobiography

  • A born story-teller, a gift as evident in this autobiography as in her novels. - INDEPENDENT

  • A joy. - David Holloway, DAILY TELEGRAPH

  • There is much in this delightful book about the business of being an author. - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

  • casts light on the perennially fascinating relationship between the life and works of a writer. - SUNDAY EXPRESS

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Nina Bawden

Nina Bawden (1925-2012), CBE, was one of Britain's most distinguished and best-loved novelists, both for adults and children (Peppermint Pig and Carrie's War being among her most famous books for young people). She has published over forty novels and an autobiography, In My Own Time. She was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Circles of Deceit and her novel Family Money was filmed by Channel 4, starring Claire Boom and June Whitfield. In 2004 she received the S. T. Dupont Golden Pen Award for a Lifetime's Contribution to Literature.

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