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Harnett, Cynthia

The Oxford Companion to English Literature
Dinah BirchDinah Birch

Harnett, Cynthia (1893–1981) London‐born writer and illustrator 

who studied at Chelsea School of Art and is remembered for her six vivid and well‐researched historical novels for children—The Great House (1949), The Wool‐Pack (1951; winner of the Carnegie Medal), Ring out Bow Bells! (1953), Stars of Fortune (1956), The Load of Unicorn (1959), and (with the illustrator Gareth Floyd) The Writing on the Hearth (1971). Harnett's books feature the lives of ordinary children growing up during momentous events in the 14th to the 18th centuries.