Saturday, September 20, 2008
Children's writers and their politics
The news that J. K. Rowling has given the Labour Party £1m leads me to think of other children's writers and their politics.
My own boyhood favourite Malcolm Saville voted Labour in 1945, but later became chairman of Lewes Conservatives.
E. Nesbit and her husband Hubert Bland were among the founders of the Fabian Society. They jointly edited the society's journal and even had a son named Fabian.
Arthur Ransome was a journalist in Russia during the Revolution and married Trotsky's secretary, but his own politics in the era remain a matter of debate.