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Nina Bawden Papers

Identifier: DG0068

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence from Bawden to the de Grummond Collection and material for the American edition of The Peppermint Pig, published by Lippincott in 1975. As Bawden explains in her 1975 letter, The Peppermint Pig was based on a family story that she heard from her grandmother. In contrast to most of her contemporary novels, this historical work tells the story of an early twentieth century family that moves from London to rural Norfolk. For this title, the collection contains an edited draft, galley proofs, dummy, and page proofs. Also included is a dust jacket for the British edition of The Peppermint Pig, published by Gollancz in 1975.


  • 1975

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; Available for research

Conditions Governing Use

The collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). Reproductions can be made only if they are to be used for "private study, scholarship, or research." It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.

Biographical / Historical

Nina Mary Mabey was born in London on January 19, 1925, and lived there until she evacuated to a mining valley in Wales during World War II. She received a scholarship to Ilford county high school and eventually procured a B.A.(1946) and M.A. (1951) from Somerville College, Oxford University. She was Justice of the Peace for Surrey from 1968-1976, and was a regular reviewer for the Daily Telegraph.

After earning a degree in philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford, she married Henry Bawden. She began writing when she became a mother of two boys, completing ten novels for adults while her children were young, and publishing her first children's book in 1963. In her novels, Bawden consistently attempted to portray children and adults interacting because she felt that most books for young people neglected these crucial relationships.

Since her first adult novel was published in 1953, Bawden has written more than thirty novels for children and adults. She received the Guardian Award for Children's Fiction in 1975 for The Peppermint Pig, and the Yorkshire Post Novel of the Year Award in 1977 for Afternoon of a Good Woman. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Bawden married her second husband, former head of BBC World Service Austen Kark, in 1954. Austen and Nina Kark, who had both been appointed CBE in 1987 and 1995 respectively, were together until a tragic train derailment in England took Austen's life in 2002. Although Nina Bawden was injured in the same accident, she made a full recovery. She passed away in 2012.


Twentieth-Century Children's Writers, 3rd ed., pp. 69-70.

Fourth Book of Junior Authors and Illustrators, 1978, pp. 29-30.

Something About the Author, vol. 4, pp. 132-133


.60 Cubic Feet (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material received from Nina Bawden in 1975.

Related Materials

The Charles Lilly Papers (DG0617) contain material relative to the dust jacket and frontispiece illustration for The Peppermint Pig.

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This finding aid is the product of a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

Part of the de Grummond Childrens Literature Collection Repository

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