BAWDEN, Nina (author). Faith JAQUES (illustrator). Carrie's War. London; Victor Gollancz Ltd. 1973.
8vo. Original magenta linson boards lettered in gilt to spine, preserved in white pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [viii], -159; with engraved chapter-headings throughout by Faith Jaques; a near fine copy with tiny bruising to base of spine and top fore-corner of upper board, internally pristine, protected by a fine, immaculate and unclipped dustwrapper (£1.40).
First edition. Bawden's evacuee story about the Willow siblings Carrie and Nick, who leave familiar London to shelter in a Welsh mining village during the Second World War, is regularly regarded as a classic of twentieth century children's literature. It won the Phoenix Award in 1993. This prize regularly recognises the best children's book in the English language not to have won any major literary award in the year of its publication. Here is a sensitive and heart-warming portrayal of the dislocating experience of removal to an unfamiliar world peopled by complex, but convincing, characters, all bound up with a mystery based on local folklore. A further element is the psychological and emotional growth of the main protagonist Carrie who matures throughout the narrative to better understand the motives and feelings of others. It has twice been adapted by the BBC for television, in 1974 and 2004.