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Joan Aiken (1924–2004)

Autor/a de The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

212+ obres 18,037 Membres 416 Ressenyes 76 preferits
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Sobre l'autor

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 mostra'n més 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) mostra'n menys
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Sèrie

Obres de Joan Aiken

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (1962) 3,437 exemplars
Black Hearts in Battersea (1964) 1,109 exemplars
Nightbirds on Nantucket (1966) 899 exemplars
Midnight Is a Place (1974) 583 exemplars
The Stolen Lake (1981) 538 exemplars
The Whispering Mountain (1968) 525 exemplars
The Cuckoo Tree (1971) 493 exemplars
Dido and Pa (1986) 399 exemplars
El gat Mog i altres contes (1968) 371 exemplars
Arabel's Raven (1972) 304 exemplars
Midwinter Nightingale (2003) 294 exemplars
Is Underground (1992) 267 exemplars
Limbo Lodge (1998) 242 exemplars
Cold Shoulder Road (1995) 235 exemplars
Eliza's Daughter (1994) 231 exemplars
Go Saddle the Sea (1977) 230 exemplars
The Shadow Guests (1980) 205 exemplars
The Witch of Clatteringshaws (2005) 205 exemplars
Bridle the Wind (1983) 163 exemplars
The Five-Minute Marriage (1977) 159 exemplars
Arabel and Mortimer: Books 4-6 (1980) 158 exemplars
The Teeth of the Gale (1988) 155 exemplars
La Venjança de la lluna (1987) 149 exemplars
The Cockatrice Boys (1993) 142 exemplars
Lady Catherine's Necklace (2000) 141 exemplars
Deception (1987) 137 exemplars
The Youngest Miss Ward (1998) 133 exemplars
Castle Barebane (1976) 129 exemplars
Emma Watson (1996) 126 exemplars
A Touch of Chill (1979) 121 exemplars
Night Fall (1969) 114 exemplars
The Smile of the Stranger (1978) 102 exemplars
The Way to Write for Children (1982) 96 exemplars
A Harp of Fishbones (1972) 95 exemplars
The Weeping Ash (1980) 94 exemplars
The Haunting of Lamb House (1991) 91 exemplars
A Whisper in the Night (1982) 88 exemplars
The Girl from Paris (1982) 82 exemplars
The Kingdom and the Cave (1960) 80 exemplars
All But a Few (1974) 78 exemplars
The Crystal Crow (1975) 76 exemplars
Died on a Rainy Sunday (1972) 76 exemplars
Mortimer's Cross (1983) 76 exemplars
The Embroidered Sunset (1970) 74 exemplars
Beware of the Bouquet (1966) 74 exemplars
Mortimer Says Nothing (1985) 70 exemplars
The Butterfly Picnic (1972) 70 exemplars
Blackground (1989) 66 exemplars
A Foot in the Grave (1989) 66 exemplars
Morningquest (1992) 63 exemplars
A Creepy Company (1993) 58 exemplars
Haunting Christmas Tales: An Anthology (1630) — Col·laborador — 54 exemplars
The Silence of Herondale (1964) 54 exemplars
Dark Interval (1967) 50 exemplars
Shadows & Moonshine: Stories (2001) 46 exemplars
Last Movement (1977) 46 exemplars
Mortimer's Bread Bin (1974) 44 exemplars
Is / Cold Shoulder Road (1992) 44 exemplars
Foul Matter (1614) — Autor — 43 exemplars
Give Yourself a Fright (1989) 41 exemplars
The Fortune Hunters (1965) 38 exemplars
A Handful of Gold (1995) 36 exemplars
The Spiral Stair (1979) 36 exemplars
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (2002) 35 exemplars
The Scream (2002) 35 exemplars
Voices in an empty house (1975) 34 exemplars
Voices (1988) 32 exemplars
Mortimer's Tie (1976) 32 exemplars
A Goose on Your Grave (1987) 32 exemplars
The Erl King's Daughter (1988) 31 exemplars
The Kitchen Warriors (1983) 31 exemplars
Ghostly Beasts (1621) 30 exemplars
Mice and Mendelson (1978) 29 exemplars
The Shoemaker's Boy (1993) 29 exemplars
Fog Hounds, Wind Cat, Sea Mice (1984) 29 exemplars
Dead Man's Lane (1996) 27 exemplars
Mortimer's Portrait on Glass (1982) 27 exemplars
Moon Cake and Other Stories (1998) 25 exemplars
The Jewel Seed (1997) 22 exemplars
The Wooden Dragon (2004) 19 exemplars
Chilling Christmas Tales (1992) — Col·laborador — 18 exemplars
All and More (1971) 18 exemplars
Girl's Choice (1969) 13 exemplars
In Thunder's Pocket (1600) 12 exemplars
Street: A Play (1978) 12 exemplars
Bone and Dream (2002) 10 exemplars
The Midnight Moropus (1993) 9 exemplars
Silver Jackanory (1991) 9 exemplars
The Skin Spinners: Poems (1850) 9 exemplars
Mortimer's Mine (1995) 8 exemplars
The Song of Mat and Ben (2001) 8 exemplars
The Fog Hounds (1999) 6 exemplars
Mayhem in Rumbury (1995) 6 exemplars
Verräter des Lichts (1999) 4 exemplars
The Rented Swan 4 exemplars
Simply the Best (1996) 3 exemplars
Mitox (I) 3 exemplars
Hair (short story) 2 exemplars
Reading in Bed (short story) (2011) 2 exemplars
Oxford Literacy Web (2000) 2 exemplars
Träume süß, kleine Meggie (1978) 2 exemplars
Mortimer's Pocket (1994) 2 exemplars
The Cold Flame (1969) 1 exemplars
Pokój pełen liści (1987) 1 exemplars
1992 1 exemplars
1991 1 exemplars
Best of Shadows (1979) 1 exemplars
Ghostly Beasts 1 exemplars
Arbol espejo, el (1991) 1 exemplars
Das Todesparfüm 1 exemplars
Drømmen om et ansigt (1977) 1 exemplars
L' Eredita' Contesa 1 exemplars
Ein Hund bellt sich vom Dach (1999) 1 exemplars
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Find Me 1 exemplars
The Companion 1 exemplars
Finders Keepers 1 exemplars
Ribs of Death (1975) 1 exemplars
Verborgene Zuflucht (1996) 1 exemplars
Mortimers Kreuz. 1 exemplars

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Etiquetat

Coneixement comú

Nom oficial
Goldstein, Joan Delano Aiken Brown
Data de naixement
1924-09-04
Data de defunció
2004-01-04
Gènere
female
Nacionalitat
UK
Lloc de naixement
Rye, East Sussex, England, UK
Lloc de defunció
Petworth, West Sussex, England, UK
Llocs de residència
London, England, UK
New York, USA
Educació
Wychwood School for Girls, Oxford
Professions
Children's Author
Novelist
Advertising Copywriter
Editor
Relacions
Aiken, Conrad (father)
Armstrong, Martin (stepfather)
Hodge, Jane Aiken (sister)
Aiken, John (brother)
Brown, Ronald George (husband)
Goldstein, Julius (husband) (mostra-les totes 7)
Aiken, Lizza (daughter)
Organitzacions
BBC
Argosy
Premis i honors
Guardian Award (1969)
Edgar Allan Poe Award (1972)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (1999)
Agent
A. M. Heath & Co.
Biografia breu
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.

Membres

Converses

THE DEEP ONES: "Cold Flame" by Joan Aiken a The Weird Tradition (setembre 2022)
THE DEEP ONES: "Reading in Bed" by Joan Aiken a The Weird Tradition (juny 2022)
Joan Aiken romance- main female lead dies a Name that Book (març 2016)

Ressenyes

I liked this gothic melodrama for Aiken's writing style, her sardonic observations of the New York upper crust, and the appealing heroine.

It begins in New York, where Valla, a journalist, is engaged to Bennett. She's beginning to realise that she doesn't fit into his milieu and will never be welcomed by his family, so when her half-brother, Nils, asks her to go to England to take care of his children for a short time, she agrees. When she gets to England Valla finds her brother and his wife missing and their house for let. She finds the children in desperate straits and applies to their great aunts for help. They send Valla and the two children to stay in a dilapidated Scottish Castle looked after by a grumpy old woman.

There are a lot of plot threads, and some of them are ludicrous. Valla's brother Nils is an evil man, and his closest friend is even worse. There's a Jack the Ripper clone on the loose, the Beast of Bermondsey. Jannie, the younger child behaves very oddly. The old lady in the castle has a mysterious, tragic history. There's a helpful doctor who never wants to marry, and a gout-ridden magazine editor who is taken with Valla. Towards the end of the book it seems that Aiken has lost patience with her people and her plot. The threads converge and .... I don't want to spoil things!

Castle Barebane was a mess, but I enjoyed it.
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pamelad | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Apr 3, 2024 |
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 | Hi ha 13 ressenyes més | 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.… (més)
 
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witchyrichy | Hi ha 81 ressenyes més | 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 | Hi ha 8 ressenyes més | Jan 14, 2024 |

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Estadístiques

Obres
212
També de
124
Membres
18,037
Popularitat
#1,220
Valoració
3.9
Ressenyes
416
ISBN
1,005
Llengües
20
Preferit
76

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