Winning Year: 1956 Illustrator: Edward Ardizzone Title: Tim All Alone
OUP Current Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Format:
1845075463 In Print
Tim arrives home after a long holiday to find that his parents have vanished. He is determined to search, if necessary, the whole wide world until he finds them.
Edward Ardizzone was born in 1900, in Haiphong, Tonking, Indo-China, of Italian and Scottish parents. He came to England aged five. While working as a clerk with the Eastern Extension Telegraph Company, he attended evening classes at Westminster School of Art. His first one-man exhibition was at the Bloomsbury Gallery in 1928.
While serving as a 2nd Lieutenant in an anti-aircraft battery, Edward was appointed as a full-time official war artist by the War Artists Advisory Committee. His first commission was to follow the British Expeditionary Force to France in March 1940 and record their activities. He was later caught up in the mass retreat of the BEF through Belgium; he had to leave all his equipment and drawings in France.
He was working as a war artist in North Africa when he heard the Allied invasion of Europe was imminent, "I asked to be present at the landing and was told by Public Relations that I could only be put on shore 23 days after the event. Then I met some friends from the 50th division and they at once said, 'Come along with us!' - so I landed on a Sicilian beach with the Division on D-Day."
His first diary, which is in a special exhibition in the Imperial War Museum, allows a glimpse into the day-to-day events of his life during the period between his arrival in Sicily and the Battle of Anzio.
He died in 1979. His iconic illustrations are collectors' items worldwide.