Family From One End Street by Eve Garnett

Family From One End Street

Written by Eve Garnett
Part of the Puffin Modern Classics Series

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Family From One End Street by Eve Garnett

There are seven children in the Ruggles family - three girls and four boys - and though they are poor, they manage to have a lot of fun. All the Ruggles are lovable, interesting and very individual - from capable Lily Rose down to baby William.

About the 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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Paperback (b Format)
336 pages


Eve Garnett
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Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

25th March 2004




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