Carrie's War by Nina Bawden

Carrie's War

Written by Nina Bawden
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When bombs start falling on London, Carrie and her younger brother Nick are evacuated to Wales. Living with Mr Evans, who has little interest in children, and his kind sister Lou, everything about their new life is strange and different especially when they go to visit their friend Albert who has been evacuated to Druid’s Bottom. The story of Carrie and Nick’s new life is beautifully told in this exceptional story of the evacuee experience.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Carrie and her brother are evacuated from London to a Welsh village grocer's shop during World War 11. There are mysterious goings-ori. so the two English children's watchfulness is not altogether welcomed by their sinister host.


Carrie's War by Nina Bawden

Albert, Carrie and young Nick are war-time evacuees whose lives get so tangled up with the people they've come to live among that the war and their real families seem to belong to another world. Carrie and Nick are billeted in Wales with old Mr Evans, who is so mean and cold, and his timid mouse of a sister, Lou, who suddenly starts having secrets. Their friend Albert is luckier, living in Druid's Bottom with warm-hearted Hepzibah Green and the strange Mister Johnny, who can talk to animals but not to human beings. Carrie and Nick visit him there whenever they can for Hepzibah makes life exciting and enticing with her stories and delicious cooking. Gradually they begin to feel more at ease in their war-time home, but then, in trying to heal the rift between Mr Evans and his estranged sister, and save Druid's Bottom, Carrie does a terrible thing which is to haunt her for years to come. Carrie revisits Wales as an adult and tells the story to her own children.

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About the Author

Nina Bawden

Nina Bawden won numerous awards, has been widely translated into numerous languages - including French, German, Japanese, Farsi and Russian - and several of her novels have been filmed or made into television serials, the most recent being Family Money which was made for Channel Four and starred Claire Bloom. Nina Bawden died on 22 August 2012.

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240 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Publication date

3rd July 2014




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