Nina Bawden was born in London in 1925. She was the author of over 40 novels; 23 for adults and 19 for children. Several of her novels for children have become contemporary classics, notably Carrie’s War and The Peppermint Pig. Her adult work includes the Booker shortlisted Circles of Deceit and Family Money. She died at her home in London on 22 August 2012.