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Elfrida Vipont

(Elfrida Vipont Foulds)
UK flag (1902 - 1992)

aka Charles Vipont

Born in Manchester in 1902, Elfrida Vipont Brown was the daughter of devout Quakers, and was educated at Manchester High School, before studying history at Manchester University, and singing in Paris, London and Leipzig. She worked for a time as a professional singer (experience she would use in her books), married research technologist R.P. Foulds in 1929, and had four daughters. Vipont published her first book, Quakerism (1930), under her married name, E.V. Foulds, although she went on to use 'Elfrida Vipont' for her subsequent work. She was heavily involved in the field of Quaker education, serving as a Governor of Ackworth School - a Quaker institution founded in 1779, and to which many of her family were sent - as well as Headmistress of the Quaker Evacuation School at Yealand Manor, set up during World War II. Vipont wrote more than thirty books, including Weaver of Dreams, The Lark in the Morn, and The Elephant and the Bad Baby, finding success in all genres. She died in 1992.
Kit Haverard
   1. The Lark in the Morn (1948)
   2. The Lark on the Wing (1950)
   3. The Spring of the Year (1957)
   4. Flowering Spring (1960)
   5. Pavilion (1969)
   1. The Family At Dowbiggins (1955)
   2. More About Dowbiggins (1958)
     aka Win for Henry Conyers
   3. Changes at Dowbiggins (1960)
     aka Boggarts and Dreams
   Colin Writes to Friends House (1934)
   Blow the Man Down (1939) (as by Charles Vipont)
   The Heir Of Craigs (1955) (as by Charles Vipont)
   Search for a Song (1962)
   The Offcomers (1965)
   The Secret Passage (1967)
   Bed in Hell (1974)
   Swarthmoor Hall (1979)
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   Sparks Among the Stubble (1950)
   Terror by Night (1966)
Picture Books
   The Secret of Orra (1957)
   Larry Lopkins (1965)
   Rescue for Mittens (1965)
   Stevie (1965)
   The China Dog (1967)
   Michael and the Dogs (1969)
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Non fiction
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Carnegie Medal Best Book winner (1951) : The Lark on the Wing

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