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Joan Aiken (1924–2004)

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Joan Delano Aiken was born in Rye, Sussex, England, on September 4, 1924, the daughter of the Pulitzer Prize winner, writer Conrad Aiken. She was raised in a rural area and home schooled by her mother until the age 12. She then attended Wychwood School, a boarding school in Oxford. Her work first vis mere appeared in 1941 when the British Broadcasting Corporation, where she worked as a librarian, broadcast some of her short stories on their Children's Hour program. Aiken also worked at St. Thomas's Hospital, and in 1943 she moved to the reference department of the London office of the United Nations, where she collected information about resistance movements. She worked for the UN until 1949, all the while continuing to write stories. In 1953 a collection of short fiction called All You've Ever Wanted and Other Stories was published. While writing The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, begun in 1952, her husband became ill and died of lung cancer in 1955. After working for five years as a copy editor at Argosy Magazine, and at the J. Walter Thompson Advertising Firm, she returned and finished the book in 1963. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award and was made into a successful film in 1988. In 1969 The Whispering Mountain won the Guardian Children's Book Award, and in 1972, Night Fall won America's Edgar Allen Poe Award for juvenile mystery. Aiken is best known for her adult "fantasy" stories. She has received awards for children's fiction and for mystery fiction, and has also written ''sequels'' to Jane Austen books. She collaborated with her daughter to write many episodes of her Arabel and Mortimer the raven series for the BBC. In all, Aiken wrote 92 novels - including 27 for adults - as well as plays, poems and short stories, although she was best known as a writer of children's stories. Joan Aiken died in January of 2004 at the age of 79. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Juridisk navn
Goldstein, Joan Delano Aiken Brown
Fødselsdato
1924-09-04
Dødsdag
2004-01-04
Køn
female
Nationalitet
UK
Fødested
Rye, East Sussex, England, UK
Dødssted
Petworth, West Sussex, England, UK
Bopæl
London, England, UK
New York, USA
Uddannelse
Wychwood School for Girls, Oxford
Erhverv
Children's Author
Novelist
Advertising Copywriter
Editor
Relationer
Aiken, Conrad (father)
Armstrong, Martin (stepfather)
Hodge, Jane Aiken (sister)
Aiken, John (brother)
Brown, Ronald George (husband)
Goldstein, Julius (husband) (vis alle 7)
Aiken, Lizza (daughter)
Organisationer
BBC
Argosy
Priser og hædersbevisninger
Guardian Award (1969)
Edgar Allan Poe Award (1972)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (1999)
Agent
A. M. Heath & Co.
Kort biografi
Joan Aiken was an English writer who received the MBE for services to Children's Literature. She was known as a writer of wild fantasy, Gothic novels and short stories.

She was born in Rye, East Sussex, into a family of writers, including her father, Conrad Aiken (who won a Pulitzer Prize for his poetry), and her sister, Jane Aiken Hodge. She worked for the United Nations Information Office during the second world war, and then as an editor and freelance on Argosy magazine before she started writing full time, mainly children's books and thrillers. For her books she received the Guardian Award (1969) and the Edgar Allan Poe Award (1972).

Her most popular series, the "Wolves Chronicles" which began with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, was set in an elaborate alternate period of history in a Britain in which James II was never deposed in the Glorious Revolution,and so supporters of the House of Hanover continually plot to overthrow the Stuart Kings. These books also feature cockney urchin heroine Dido Twite and her adventures and travels all over the world.

Another series of children's books about Arabel and her raven Mortimer are illustrated by Quentin Blake, and have been shown on the BBC as Jackanory and drama series. Others including the much loved Necklace of Raindrops and award winning Kingdom Under the Sea are illustrated by Jan Pieńkowski.

Her many novels for adults include several that continue or complement novels by Jane Austen. These include Mansfield Revisited and Jane Fairfax.

Aiken was a lifelong fan of ghost stories. She set her adult supernatural novel The Haunting of Lamb House at Lamb House in Rye (now a National Trust property). This ghost story recounts in fictional form an alleged haunting experienced by two former residents of the house, Henry James and E. F. Benson, both of whom also wrote ghost stories. Aiken's father, Conrad Aiken, also authored a small number of notable ghost stories.

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In the town of Blastburn, England, stands a dark mansion called Midnight Court. Midnight Mill, the town’s carpet factory, darkens the sky with its smoke. Gloom and hardship became a way of life to the millworkers when years before, the Murgatroyd family lost both the town and the factory to Sir Randolph. Young Lucas Bell endures a dismal existence at Midnight Court. His father, who had been Sir Randolph's business partner, is dead. Sir Randolph is an embittered drunkard who pays him scant attention, and Mr. Oakapple, his tutor, is a stern young man. When feisty Anna-Marie Murgatroyd comes to Midnight Court as Sir Randolph’s ward, she provides a welcome diversion in Lucas' life. Then, one dark winter night, Midnight Court is destroyed by fire. With no home and no money, Lucas and Anna-Marie roam the unfriendly streets of Blastburn. They eventually find odd jobs, rent an attic room, and help Nurse Mr. Oakapple back to health. When the children find Anna’s grandmother, Lady Murgatroyd, living in a cave in Midnight Court Park, they hope that she will be able to set things right.
©2024 Kathy Maxwell at https://bookskidslike.com
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kathymariemax | 13 andre anmeldelser | Feb 7, 2024 |
I thoroughly enjoyed The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken as part of the British Author Challenge. This book is really part of the reason I look at the challenges: I had not encountered Aiken and would not have without BAC. So, thank you to the curators of these challenges.

This was an adventure series featuring two girls who encounter what I could only think of as a series of unfortunate events (all due respect to Lemony Snickett). Adults are not what they seem and they are forced to rely on their own talents and resources to save themselves and their families.… (mere)
 
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witchyrichy | 80 andre anmeldelser | Jan 28, 2024 |
'The Whispering Mountain' was one of my favourite books as a child. I must have read it quite a few times when I was young, but not since, and when I came to read it again I found I had completely forgotten the plot, other than it was an adventure story set in Wales and there was a mountain in it! But rereading it has reminded me why I loved the book so much in the first place.

Set in the same alternative nineteenth century world as 'The Wolves of Willoughby Chase', 'The Whispering Mountain' follows the adventures of Owen Hughes, wrongly accused of stealing the fabled Harp of Teirtu, (including by his own grandfather). But as Owen tries to clear his name by recapturing the harp, he discovers that there are other people apart from the original thieves who are interested in finding it, from the Marquess of Malyn in his castle on the coast to the Seljuk of the far-off land of Rum who is showing a surprising interest in a remote corner of Wales. But once the harp is found who is its legal owner? The marquess is convinced that it should be him, as the harp was found in the ruins of the old monastery of St. Ennodawg, on land owned by the Marquess, but Owen's grandfather, curator of the local museum, has different ideas:
''I am sure your legal knowledge is of the highest excellence,’ said the Marquess with a disdainful smile. ‘But in this instance it will not be needed. The deed says, in the plainest manner, that the grant of the island is made, not in perpetuity, but merely “so long as the Order of Ennodawg shall continue”. But where is the Order now, Mr Hughes? I think you will not dispute that the monastery is in ruins and has been so for the last fifty years? What has become of its gardens, its cattle, its furnishings? Gone, burned, stolen, decayed. Where are its monks, pray?’
‘In China,’ said Mr Hughes unexpectedly.
‘What?’ The Marquess, for once, was quite taken aback. ‘In China?’ he repeated. ‘What do you mean?’'


This was the only Joan Aiken] that I read as a child (although I've read 'The Wolves of Willoughby Chase' since) and it's one that deserves to be much better known. It's really got everything that a children's adventure story needs: adventure, close shaves with danger, an evil marquess and some real sadness too. Highly recommended.
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SandDune | 8 andre anmeldelser | Jan 14, 2024 |
Delightfully spooky and mysterious. Full of orphans, evil schoolmistresses and geese. While many of the themes are unoriginal, the writing is delightful and the characters sweet, brave, and endearing. It wraps up a bit too neatly, which maybe should be expected for a tween novel.
 
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mslibrarynerd | 80 andre anmeldelser | Jan 13, 2024 |

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Beth Adams Cover art
Andi Watson Illustrator
Merritt Dekle Cover artist
Christer Eriksson Cover artist
Eric Bowman Cover artist
Margaret Walty Illustrator
Alix Berenzy Illustrator
Deirdre Wait Cover designer
Shelley Jackson Cover artist
Davina Porter Narrator
Simon Prebble Narrator
Helmut Degner Translator
Lou Marchetti Cover artist
Victor Ambrus Illustrator
Jo Worth Illustrator
Paul Warren Illustrator
Alan Marks Illustrator
Babette Cole Illustrator
Eros Keith Illustrator
Wayne Anderson Illustrator
Ken Rinciari Illustrator

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Værker
203
Also by
123
Medlemmer
17,808
Popularitet
#1,237
Vurdering
3.9
Anmeldelser
414
ISBN
1,004
Sprog
20
Udvalgt
76

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