Nina Bawden

Nina Bawden

Known for: Writing
Biography: 1925-01-19
Deathday: 2012-08-22 (87 years old)

Biography

Nina Mary Bawden CBE, FRSL, JP (19 January 1925 – 22 August 2012) was an English novelist and children's writer. She was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1987 and the Lost Man Booker Prize in 2010. She was a recipient of the Golden PEN Award. Nina Bawden was born in 1925 in Ilford, Essex, England as Nina Mary Mabey. She lived in Ilford in "a rather nasty housing estate that [her] mother despised". Her mother was a teacher and her father a member of the Royal Marines. She was evacuated during World War II to Aberdare, Wales, at the age of fourteen. She spent school holidays at a farm in Shropshire with her mother and brothers.

She attended Ilford County High School for Girls; Somerville College (B.A. 1946, M.A. 1951), Oxford, where she gained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

From 1946 to 1954 Bawden was married to Harry Bawden. They had two sons, Nicholas (who took his own life in 1981) and Robert. In 1954 she married Austen Kark, a reporter who eventually became managing director of the BBC World Service. They had a daughter, Perdita, who died in March 2012. She also had two stepdaughters: Cathy, who lives in New Zealand, and Teresa, who lives in London.

In 2002 Bawden was badly injured in the Potters Bar rail crash, in which her husband Austen Kark was killed. Her testimony about the crash, and her exploration of the management and maintenance mistakes that caused it, became a major part of David Hare's play The Permanent Way, in which she appeared as a character.

Bawden died at her home at 76 Noel Road, Islington, London on 22 August 2012.

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Known For
Writing

Gender
Female

Birthday
1925-01-19

Deathday
2012-08-22 (87 years old)

Birth Name
Nina Mabey

Birth Place
London, United Kingdom

Citizenships
United Kingdom

Residences
London, United Kingdom

Awards
Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, Phoenix Award, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature


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