Robert Westall

Died aged c. 64

Robert Atkinson Westall (7 October 1929 – 15 April 1993) was an English author and teacher known for fiction aimed at children and young people. Some of the latter cover complex, dark, and adult themes. He has been called "the dean of British war novelists". His first book, The Machine Gunners, won the 1975 Carnegie Medal for the year's outstanding children's book by a British subject. It was named among the top ten Medal-winners at the 70th anniversary celebration in 2007. Westall also won a second Carnegie (no one has yet won three), a Smarties Prize, and the once-in-a-lifetime Guardian Prize.

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Robert Atkinson Westall. The acclaimed children's author was born here on 7th October 1929. He wrote over 40 books and received a number of literary awards. Some of his books used a local setting including 'The Machine Gunners'. He dies at Northwich, Cheshire on 15th April 1993.

7, Vicarage Street, North Shields, United Kingdom where they was born (1929)