Bernard Ashley (author)

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Bernard Ashley
Born 1935
Occupation teacher and author of children's books
Language English
Nationality British
Education trained as a teacher at Trent Park College of Education
Genre children's fiction
Notable awards "The Other Award" for The Trouble with Donovan Croft

Bernard Ashley (born 1935) is a British author of children's books. His debut novel, The Trouble with Donovan Croft, published in 1974, won "The Other Award", an alternative to the Carnegie Medal.[1] A Kind of Wild Justice (1978), Running Scared (1986), and Little Soldier (1999) were commended runners up for the Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book.[2][a] The first two have been reissued by OUP in their Children's Modern Classics series, the third re-issued in a 15th anniversary edition. Ashley's TV drama "Dodgem" (based on his own novel) won the Royal Television Society award for Best Entertainment programme (BBC) in 1993.


Ashley was born in Woolwich, south London[3] and trained as a teacher at Trent Park College of Education after his National Service in the RAF.[4] His teaching career included thirty years as headmaster,[4] his most recent schools being in south and east London, experience which gave the setting for many of his stories.[3] He has recently been awarded an honorary Doctorate in Education by the University of Greenwich and an honorary Doctorate in Letters by the University of Leicester.[4]

In the early sixties, Ashley completed an account of the lifeboat service for children, The Men and the Boats, first in the "Serving our society" series published by Allman & Son.[5]

He is now working full-time as a writer. His children's books present a gritty realism that children identify with, which provides a context for empathy and compassion for the underdog, and a desire for decency, justice and morality.[4] 2014 saw the publication of his 24th full-length novel for young people "Shadow of the Zeppelin" (Orchard Books) and 2015 his 25th - Dead End Kids.

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  1. ^ Today there are usually eight books on the Carnegie shortlist. According to CCSU some runners up through 2002 were Commended (from 1954) or Highly Commended (from 1966). There were about 160 commendations of both kinds in 49 years including three for 1978 and four for 1986 (one highly commended).


  1. ^ a b Bernard Ashley (June 2002). A Kind of Wild Justice. Oxford University Press. p. 3. ISBN 978-0-19-271889-1. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Carnegie Medal Award". 2007(?). Curriculum Lab. Elihu Burritt Library. Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  3. ^ a b Bernard Ashley (3 March 2011). Little Soldier. Hachette Children's Books. p. 180. ISBN 978-1-4083-1526-2. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Bernard Ashley". Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "The men and the boats; Britain's life-boat service". Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved 25 August 2012.

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