John Rowe Townsend
Guy Lochhead, 06/09/10
British children’s author. Townsend served in the RAF, was editor of the Guardian Weekly, then the paper’s reviewer of children’s books, and finally a full-time chlidren’s author. He started writing because he wanted the working-class family experience to have more of a presence in young adult fiction. Townsend’s books are well-respected, and totally well-intentioned, but I’m not sure about whether they’re patronising or not. He has written a history of English children’s literature called ‘Written For Children’ that I will read and probably include items from, but I don’t want to include it or him independently, at the moment. I will read his books and decide whether or not to include them individually.

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