Christianna Brand had a number of different occupations, including model, dancer, shop assistant, and governess. Brand herself admitted, "I write for no reason more pretentious than simply to entertain." She died in 1988.
Edward Ardizzone wrote and illustrated about twenty books for children and edited and illustrated two volumes of classic fairy tales over the course of his fifty-year career. He also wrote five books for adults and illustrated more than 150 books by other authors. He died in 1979.