I was on the cusp of a change. From the 1920s right up to the end of the second world war, most children's books were for and about middle-class children because they were the only people who could afford them. But after the war the children's library service got going, and that opened up a whole world of books to children whose parents couldn't afford to buy them. And a whole generation of writers and illustrators, including me, had a much wider public to write for.

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