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"Life is amazing: and the teacher had better prepare himself to be a medium for that amazement." -- Edward Blishen
Edward Blishen (29 April 1920 - 13 December 1996) was an English author. He is perhaps best known for three books: A Cack-Handed War (1972), a story set in the backdrop of the Second World War, The God Beneath the Sea (1970), a collaboration with Leon Garfield that won the Carnegie Medal and "Roaring Boys"(1955),an honest account of teaching in a London secondary modern school in the 1950s and a book still valuable to understand teaching in a "rough" part of a city.

His autobiography Sorry, Dad is supposed to be based on his time at Queen Elizabeth's, Barnet.

He finished the concluding volume of his autobiography, Mind how you go, in 1996, just before his death; it was published posthumously by Constable in 1997.

He was a conscientious objector although he came from a long line of soldier ancestors. His father had served in the First World War, from which he returned wounded, suffering from shell shock and silent about his experiences. 'He wasn't sympathetic to pacifists. He felt that if he had fought a war, then I ought to fight a war as well.' But Edward read some of the now-famous books revealing the horrors of the First World War, and realised 'I can't be somebody who does that to someone else'. Registering as a CO was an uncomfortable experience: 'Everybody was declaring themselves at one counter, and there was this other forlorn counter for you to declare you weren't going to join in. It felt as though you were separating yourself from the rest of the world.' [1]

He was a presenter of the BBC Radio 4 programme A Good Read.

In June 1995 Blishen was awarded an Honorary Degree from the Open University as Doctor of the University.
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Total Books: 66
The Kingfisher Treasury of Stories for Four Year Olds
2005 - The Kingfisher Treasury of Stories for Four Year Olds [The Kingfisher Treasury of Stories] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780753458914
ISBN-10: 0753458918
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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Stories For Six Year Olds
2004 - Stories for Six Year Olds [Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition] (Other)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781417642151
ISBN-10: 1417642157
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Science Fiction Stories
2003 - Science Fiction Stories [Red Hot Reads] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780613901697
ISBN-10: 061390169X
Genre: Children's Books
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2003 - Children's Classics to Read Aloud [Kingfisher Classics] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
Le Printemps des Dieux Le Roman de la mythologie grecque
1999 - Le Printemps Des Dieux Le Roman De La Mythologie Grecque (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782070526390
ISBN-10: 2070526399
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Mind How You Go
1997 - Mind How You Go (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780094774605
ISBN-10: 0094774609
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Stand Up Mr Dickens A Dickens Anthology
1995 - Stand Up Mr Dickens a Dickens Anthology (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780395756560
ISBN-10: 0395756561
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction
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Stand Up Mr Dickens
1995 - Stand Up Mr Dickens (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781858812175
ISBN-10: 1858812178
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A Treasury of Stories for Eight Year Olds
1995 - A Treasury of Stories for Eight Year Olds (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781856975452
ISBN-10: 1856975452
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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A Treasury of Stories for Four Year Olds
1994 - A Treasury of Stories for Four Year Olds [A Treasury of Stories] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781856979849
ISBN-10: 1856979849
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction
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Peenny World
1993 - Peenny World (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780749316365
ISBN-10: 0749316365
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Reference, Travel
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The Golden Shadow
1992 - The Golden Shadow (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780575052550
ISBN-10: 0575052554
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The God Beneath the Sea
1992 - The God Beneath the Sea (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780575052567
ISBN-10: 0575052562
Genre: Children's Books
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Children's Classics to Read Aloud
1992 - Children's Classics to Read Aloud (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781856978255
ISBN-10: 1856978257
Genre: Children's Books
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Golden Shadow
1991 - Golden Shadow (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780575048331
ISBN-10: 0575048336
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction
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A Treasury of Stories for Five Year Olds
1989 - A Treasury of Stories for Five Year Olds [Treasury of Stories] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780862724276
ISBN-10: 0862724279
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A Treasury of Stories for Six Year Olds
1988 - A Treasury of Stories for Six Year Olds [Treasury of Stories] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780862723309
ISBN-10: 0862723302
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The Disturbance Fee
1988 - The Disturbance Fee (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780241125250
ISBN-10: 0241125251
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Nest of Teachers
1985 - Nest of Teachers (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780850316285
ISBN-10: 0850316286
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A Second Skin
1984 - A Second Skin (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780241113417
ISBN-10: 0241113415
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Sorry Dad
1984 - Sorry Dad (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780850315936
ISBN-10: 085031593X
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Sorry Dad Autobiography
1978 - Sorry Dad Autobiography (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780241898499
ISBN-10: 0241898498
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1975 - The Lion and the Jewel Wole Soyinka [Books in focus] (Other)
Robin Hood [Jackanory S] (Paperback)