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Nigel Hinton (1941–) Biography - Personal, Career, Writings, Sidelights

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Born 1941, in London, England; Education: College of St. Mark and St. John, London, B.A., 1966; University of Kent at Canterbury, M.A., 1975.

Career

Author and actor. Lintas Ltd., London, England, executive trainee in advertising, 1960–62; Kent Education Committee, Kent, England, English teacher and department head, 1966–74; professional actor, 1974–; appeared in television plays, including The Reaper, Thames TV, 1979; and Burning the Boat, Thames TV.

Writings

FOR CHILDREN

Collision Course, Thomas Nelson (London, England), 1976.

Getting Free, Thomas Nelson (London, England), 1978.

Buddy (also see below), J. Dent (London, England), 1982.

Buddy's Song (also see below), J. Dent (London, England), 1987.

The Finders, Viking (London, England), 1993.

Buddy's Blues, Viking (London, England), 1995.

Out of the Darkness, Puffin (London, England), 1998.

Ship of Ghosts, illustrated by Anthony Lewis, Barrington Stoke (Edinburgh, Scotland), 1999.

Partners in Crime, Barrington Stoke (Edinburgh, Scotland), 2003.

Time Bomb, Puffin (London, England), 2005, Tricycle Press (Berkeley, CA), 2006.

Until Proven Guilty, Barrington Stoke (Edinburgh, Scotland), 2006.

"BEAVER TOWERS" SERIES; FOR CHILDREN

Beaver Towers, illustrated by Peter Rush, Abelard-Schuman (London, England), 1980.

The Witch's Revenge, illustrated by Peter Rush, Abelard-Schuman (London, England), 1981.

Run to Beaver Towers, illustrated by Susan Varley, Andersen (London, England), 1986, published as The Dangerous Journey, Puffin (London, England), 1997.

The Dark Dream, illustrated by Anne Sharp, Puffin (London, England), 1997.

OTHER

The Heart of the Valley (adult novel), Harper & Row (New York, NY), 1986.

The TV Script of Buddy (series; produced on BBC-TV), edited by Ray Speakman, Heinemann Education (London, England), 1987.

Buddy's Song (television film; based on Hinton's novel), produced 1990.

Le café des Reves (television series), BBC Educational Publishing/Longman (London, England), 1994.

The Play of Buddy's Song, Heinemann (Oxford, England), 1994.

Clementine (television series), British Broadcasting Corporation, 1995.

Isabel (television series), British Broadcasting Corporation, 1997.

Contributor to books, including Peel's Men, Hamlyn, 1978; and The Book of Numbers, Random House, 1979.

Sidelights

British writer Nigel Hinton once told SATA: "My first novel was written while I was still a teacher. I wanted to write something better for the kind of pupils I was teaching than what was generally available. When I received a letter about the book from a young American reader who signed himself 'Your new friend,' I found the urge to go on irresistible. I write for children and young adults because their world still has the dramatic clash between their personalities and social conventions (largely absent in adult Western society)."

Biographical and Critical Sources

PERIODICALS

Guardian (London, England), February 5, 2005, Jan Mark, review of Time Bomb.

ONLINE

Nigel Hinton Home Page, http://www.nigelhinton.net (November 6, 2005).

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