Winning Year: 1937
Author: Eve Garnett
Title: The Family from One End Street

Original Publisher: Muller
Current Publisher: Puffin Classic
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141317168
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There is never a dull moment in the lively Ruggles family. From capable Lily Rose, whose good deeds don't always go to plan, to Mr Ruggles who is a dustman and Mrs Ruggles who takes in washing, down to prize-winning baby William. The seven Ruggles children are experts at finding fun and adventure in their life at Number 1, One End Street. This is a classic story of life in a big, happy family.

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Eve Garnett was born in 1900, 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.)

The Family from One End was translated into many languages, including Japanese - but never Russian as the author's politics would not allow that. 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 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. She died in 1991.


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The ten stories shine like pearls on a strand. Each one, at its core, has the roughness of the simple life to which Eve Garnett adds layers of detail, humor, adventure and joy. She "wanted to give ordinary children from the poorer areas of London some stories which reflected their own way of life.

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