Hester_BurtonHester Burton (nee Wood-Hil) (1913-2000)l was born Beccles in Suffolk. She attended Headington School Oxford between 1925 and 1931 and then Oxford University between 1932 and 1936 when she received a honours degree in English. In 1937 she married Reginald 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 the incomparable Victor Ambrus. In 1963 she was awarded the Carnegie Medal for Children’s Literature for her story “Time of Trial”.

Hester Burton declared that she liked to find some small real event in English history and show how both boys and girls and young men and women could be caught up in the much bigger picture of national crisis or national change. 

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