Nina Bawden’s portrait of a family in crisis raises fundamental questions about parents and children, offering tentative hope, but no tidy solutions.

The expulsion from school of their eldest son shatters the middle-class security of Maggie and Charlie. Veering between private agony and public cheerfulness, Maggie and Charlie struggle to support their son and cope with the reactions - and advice - of friends and relatives.

Nina Bawden’s 1970 novel was one of the six books shortlisted for the Lost Man Booker, in 2010.

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Nina Bawden

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Nina Bawden was the author of more than 50 books for adults and children and was perhaps best known for her children’s novel Carrie’s War (1973), a story of wartime child evacuees.
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Other nominated books by Nina Bawden

Circles of Deceit