A Harp of Fishbones and Other Stories Joan Aiken

ISBN: 9780224006668

Published: 1972


229 pages


A Harp of Fishbones and Other Stories  by  Joan Aiken

A Harp of Fishbones and Other Stories by Joan Aiken
1972 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 229 pages | ISBN: 9780224006668 | 8.70 Mb

Joan Delano Aiken was a much loved English writer who received the MBE for services to Childrens Literature. Her most famous classic, THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE,has been celebrating its 50th Anniversary with the publication of three brand new editions of the book and a new AUDIO recorded by her daughter Lizza.Follow THE JOAN AIKEN BLOG at http://joanaiken.wordpress.com/Read NEWS & NEW PUBLICATIONS athttps://www.facebook.com/JoanAikenOff...For Joans life and full Bibliography visit http://www.joanaiken.com/Joans Life in brief: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 childrens 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 childrens 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. Aikens father, Conrad Aiken, also authored a small number of notable ghost stories.

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