Winning Year: 1963
Author: Hester Burton
Title: Time of Trial

Original Publisher: OUP
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Out of print

The setting is 1801, in a small dark bookshop on Holly Lane, in the shadow of St Paul's Cathedral. It is the home of Margaret Pargeter and smells of old leather bindings, parchment and ink. Her father's books and his bookselling are her life - or so they were until one day disaster strikes Holly Lane. A tide of anger against social conditions is unleashed, which means trouble for the Pargeter family.

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Hester Wood-Hill was born in 1913 at Beccles in Suffolk. She attended Headington School Oxford between 1925 and 1931 and then Oxford University between 1932 and 1936 when she received an honours degree in English. In 1937 she married Reginad W.B. Burton and had three daughters. For a while she was a part-time grammar school teacher and the Assistant Editor of the Oxford Junior Encyclopaedia.

Between 1960 and 1981 she produced eighteen books for children, most of them for the Oxford University Press and many of them illustrated by Victor Ambrus.