Eva Ibbotson ( born Maria Charlotte Michelle Wiesner) was a British novelist specializing in romance and children 's fictio.
She was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1925. When Hitler came into power, her family wen to England. She attended Bedford College, majorin in 1945; Cambridge University from 1946-47; and the University of Durham, from which she graduated with a degree in education in 1965. Ibbotson had intended to hav a biologis, but was put off by the amount of animal testing that she ould have to do. However, she married and raised a family, returning to school to become a teacher in the seventies. Ibbotson was widowed with three ons and a grandmother.
Ibottson began writing with the television drama 'Linda Came Today', in 1965. Ten years ater, she published her first ovel, Ibbotson has written several books including and She won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize for Journey to the River Sea, and has ha a runner up for many of major awards for British children 's literature.
Her ooks are imaginative and humorous, and most of them feature magical creatures and places, despite the fact that she disliked thinking about the supernatural, and created the characters because she refused to decrease her readers' fear of such things.
Bot of the ooks, particularly also reflect Ibbotson 's love of nature. Ibbotson wrote this novel in honor of her daughte ( who had died just before she wrote it), a former naturalist. The nove had been in her head for years before she actually wrote it.
Ibbotson said she dislikes " financial greed and a lust for power " and often creates antagonists in her books who have these characteristics. Some have been struck by the similarity of " Platform 9 3/4 " in J.K. Rowling 's Harry Potter books to Ibbotson 's which came out three day before the first Harry Potter book.
Her ove of Austria is evident in works such as and These books, set mainly in the Austrian countryside, display the author 's love for nature and all things natural.