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Eve Garnett - Author

Eve Garnett (1900-1991) was born in Worcestershire and educated at a convent in Devon. She moved to London in the 1920s to study art at Chelsea and later at the Royal Academy where she won prizes and a Silver Medal for her landscape painting. Eve came from a middle class family and, when asked to illustrate a book called The London Child, she was shocked to see the terrible living conditions of London’s poor. She was determined to bring attention to this and so wrote her most famous book The Family from One End Street, based on her experiences in London. Many publishers turned it down considering it unsuitable for children – most successful books for children at that time involved middle-class families and/or talking animals (Winnie the Pooh, Swallows and Amazons, etc.).

Not everyone agreed with the praise heaped on this book; some found it patronising and unacceptable – the book continues to be read and the arguments about it go on.

Eve Garnett lived in Lewes, Sussex for the last half of her life. She published more books but her greatest interest was in painting and she had several London exhibitions.

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The Family from One End Street
Eve Garnett
Winner of the 1937 CILIP Carnegie Medal The seven Ruggles children grow up in a household with little money but a lot of action! There's Kate who spoils her expensive and brand new school uniform on a trip to the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2014
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Family From One End Street (Puffin Modern Classics)
Eve Garnett
A World Book Day 'Recommended Read' for 2011. Chosen as the Puffin Modern Classic 1940 - 1949 - reviewed by Jacqueline Wilson. This book also won the Carnegie Medal in 1937. When I re-read this down-to-earth, charming adventure...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2010
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Family From One End Street
Eve Garnett
Chosen by Jacqueline Wilson. Carnegie winner in 1937. When I re-read this down-to-earth, charming adventure that's full of humour I felt more than a little sad for although the 1930s was a decade of hardship for most people...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 25/03/2004
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