In My Own Time: Almost an Autobiography

In My Own Time: Almost an Autobiography

by Nina Bawden
     
 

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Nina Bawden, one of the most accomplished contemporary novelists, is admired as a writer who unravels the complex emotions that simmer beneath respectable family life. Her first book appeared in 1953. Since then, she has published nineteen adult novels, including Circles of Deceit, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and Family Money. She is also the author of seventeen

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Nina Bawden, one of the most accomplished contemporary novelists, is admired as a writer who unravels the complex emotions that simmer beneath respectable family life. Her first book appeared in 1953. Since then, she has published nineteen adult novels, including Circles of Deceit, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and Family Money. She is also the author of seventeen children's books: her best-selling Carrie's War (1973) and The Peppermint Pig (1975) have become contemporary classics; most recently she has published Humbug (1992) and The Real Plato Jones (1993). Now Nina Bawden turns her acute eye to her own story. She weaves a rich tapestry of the past, its characters, and "myths, half-truths, fancies, and deceits" that make up family history. Along the way she reveals the inspiration behind many of her books, such as her childhood evacuation during the war to Suffolk and Wales, where, billeted with seven different families, she discovered each one's dusty skeletons. During her Oxfor

Editorial Reviews

Hazel Rochman
Like the autobiographies of Beverly Cleary, this is for YAs and adults who remember loving Bawden's children's stories and are curious about her life and times. In "Carrie's War" (1973), "Henry" (1988), "Humbug" (1992), and many other thrilling, honest novels, Bawden has written about young people searching to find out who they are, often in Britain in wartime. Looking back on her own life, she finds no literal parallels in her fiction ("All writers are liars. . . . They make use of their own tragedies to make a better story. They batten on their relations" ), but her quiet, wry, lovely sentences re-create the big and the small things in her life, some of which have shape-shifted into her stories. This is a book especially for those who want to write themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853818714
Publisher:
Random House, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/28/1994
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Nina Bawden is foremost among twentieth-century writers of fiction for children. A reviewer in Publishers Weekly wrote: "I'll come right out and say it. For my money, Miss Bawden can so no wrong. Her stories area a perfect blend of humor and suspense, and that's a blend difficult to achieve." Ms. Bawden was born in London, England, and lived there until she was evacuated with her school during the Blitz in World War II. She later attended Somerville College, Oxford. She and her husband, Austin Kark, live in London, except in the spring and summer, when they go to their home in Nauplion, Greece.

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