Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation

1999 - Patricia Crampton for Gudrun Pausewang's"The Final Journey"

Patricia Crampton won the second Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation for her powerful and affecting translation of The Final Journey by Gudrun Pausewang (published by Puffin).

Patricia Crampton beautifully and sensitively translates the story of eleven-year-old Alice who has been living in hiding with her grandparents in Nazi Germany.

Alice's luck runs out and she and her grandfather set off on the final journey of the title in a crowded, increasingly squalid cattle truck. From other Jewish children on the train, Alice learns details that her protective family had kept from her. Yet amid the horror, the human spirit sometimes still shines through. Mercifully, the deportees have no idea what awaits them in Auschwitz, at the end of the dreadful journey.

In presenting the 1999 Award, Michael Morpurgo commented:

“Books in translation for our children are all too few and far between. We all know that is just plain wrong and short sighted. The Marsh Award is doing something positive about it… stimulating interest in and awareness of writers from beyond our shores…reminding us of our shortcomings in this field is galvanising us into action.”