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Mary Treadgold

(1910—2005) children's writer and radio producer


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(1910–2005), British author, literary editor, and BBC producer. In 1940, when she was editor of children's books at Heinemann Publishers, Treadgold became exasperated with the quality of the pony stories submitted for publication. Certain she could write better, she resigned, and in an air-raid shelter during a bombing raid she began her first novel, We Couldn't Leave Dinah (1941). Ostensibly describing the pony-related adventures of children helping the Resistance on a fictional Channel Island during the Second World War, Treadgold presented a powerful and moving account of the wartime complexities of divided loyalties and threatened relationships in an occupied country. The book's importance as one of the earliest and best children's war stories was recognized with the award of the Carnegie Medal for 1941.

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From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature in Oxford Reference.

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