BRITISH AUTHOR NINA Bawden, who wrote children’s classics including the World War II story Carrie’s War, has died. She was 87.
Her son Robert Bawden said the author died today at her London home. The cause of death was not disclosed.
The writer had been seriously injured in the 2002 Potter’s Bar train derailment north of central London.
Her husband was killed in the crash and afterwards Bawden became a campaigner for rail safety. One of her last books Dear Austen was about the crash and its aftermath.
Bawden wrote dozens of novels for adults and children, including ‘Carrie’s War, which drew on her experience as a wartime evacuee from London. The book is often read in schools and has been read by Junior Cert students for many years.
Her novel Circles Of Deceit was shortlisted for the 1987 Booker Prize.
- Additional reporting by Emer McLysaght