John Rowe Townsend
Posted on May 15, 2012
John Rowe Townsend He was born in Leeds, and studied at Leeds Grammar School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Among his popular works are Gumble’s Yard (his debut novel, published in 1961), Widdershins Crescent (1965), and The Intruder (1969), which won a 1971 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Juvenile Mystery. In Britain, The Intruder was made into a children’s TV series starring Milton Johns as the stranger. Noah’s Castle was filmed by Southern television and transmitted in seven 25-minute episodes in 1980. His novels for young readers have received wide acclaim. Six of them were on the ALA Notable Book list of their years. The Islanders won a Christopher Award on its first publication, and The Intruder was an honors-list book for the Carnegie Medal and winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and an Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America. Mr. Townsend is a foremost authority on children’s literature and is the author of two books on the subject, Written for Children and A Sounding of Storytellers. His books have been translated into twelve languages. He lives in Cambridge, England.