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Jill Paton Walsh (1937–2020)

Autor/a de Thrones, Dominations

61+ obres 7,558 Membres 236 Ressenyes 9 preferits
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Sobre l'autor

Jill Paton Walsh was born Gillian Bliss on April 29, 1937 in London. She graduated from St. Anne's College in Oxford. She taught at the Enfield Girls' Grammar School for three years and was a permanent visiting faculty member for the Center for Children's Literature at Simmons College in Boston, mostra'n més Massachusetts. She was also an adjunct British board member of Children's Literature New England. She has written more than 15 books for children. She has won numerous awards including the Book World Festival Award for Fireweed in 1970, the Whitbread Prize for The Emperor's Winding Sheet in1974, the Universe Prize for A Parcel of Patterns in 1984, and the Smarties Grand Prix for Gaffer Samson's Luck in 1984. She has also written adult novels, including completing an unfinished Dorothy Sayers manuscript. Her adult works include Knowledge of Angels, The Serpentine Cave, and A School for Lovers. She is the author of the Imogen Quy Mystery series and the Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery series. She was elected as fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1996. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys


Obres de Jill Paton Walsh

Thrones, Dominations (1998) — Autor — 1,721 exemplars
A Presumption of Death (2002) 960 exemplars
The Green Book (1981) 638 exemplars
Knowledge of Angels (1993) 586 exemplars
The Attenbury Emeralds (2010) 563 exemplars
The Late Scholar (2013) 364 exemplars
A Parcel of Patterns (1983) 351 exemplars
The Wyndham Case (1993) 189 exemplars
Pepi and the Secret Names (1994) 187 exemplars
Fireweed (1969) 179 exemplars
A Piece of Justice (1995) 179 exemplars
Debts of Dishonor (2006) 154 exemplars
The Bad Quarto (2007) 152 exemplars
A Desert in Bohemia (2000) 137 exemplars
The Dolphin Crossing (1967) 125 exemplars
The Emperor's Winding Sheet (1974) 119 exemplars
A Chance Child (1978) 91 exemplars
The Serpentine Cave (1988) 71 exemplars
When Grandma Came (1992) 67 exemplars
Gaffer Samson's Luck (1984) 64 exemplars
When I Was Little Like You (1997) 61 exemplars
Grace (1991) 61 exemplars
Goldengrove Unleaving (1997) 58 exemplars
Unleaving (1976) 56 exemplars
Goldengrove (1972) 45 exemplars
Torch (1987) 36 exemplars
Lapsing (1986) 36 exemplars
Wordhoard: Anglo-Saxon Stories (1969) 35 exemplars
Children of the Fox (1842) 27 exemplars
Hengest's Tale (1965) 26 exemplars
Farewell, Great King (1972) 24 exemplars
A School for Lovers (1989) 20 exemplars
Birdy and the Ghosties (1989) 20 exemplars
Matthew and the Sea Singer (1993) 19 exemplars
The Butty Boy (1975) 17 exemplars
Connie Came to Play (1995) 13 exemplars
Thomas and the Tinners (1995) 12 exemplars
The Huffler (1975) 10 exemplars
Lost and Found (1984) 8 exemplars
The Green Book 7 exemplars
Toolmaker (1973) 6 exemplars
Crossing to Salamis (1977) 4 exemplars
Can I play Queenie (1990) 4 exemplars
Babylon (1982) 4 exemplars
Shine (1988) 4 exemplars
Five Tides (1986) 3 exemplars
The dawnstone (1979) 2 exemplars
Can I Play Jenny Jones (1990) 2 exemplars
Wimsey Untitled (2022) 1 exemplars
Persian Gold (Long Ago Books) (1978) 1 exemplars
The Scold's Bridle 1 exemplars
Can I play farmer, farmer (1990) 1 exemplars
Can I play Wolf (1990) 1 exemplars
Cosecha de guerra 1 exemplars

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Coneixement comú

Nom normalitzat
Walsh, Jill Paton
Nom oficial
Paton Walsh, Gillian Bliss
Bliss, Gillian (meisjesnaam)
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc de naixement
North Finchley, London, England, UK
Lloc de defunció
Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Llocs de residència
Richmond, Surrey, England, UK
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
St. Michael's Convent, North Finchley
University of Oxford (St Anne's College)
Townsend, John Rowe (husband)
Paton Walsh, Anthony (former husband)
Bliss, Christopher (brother)
Simmons College
Premis i honors
Order of the British Empire (Commander ∙ 1996)
Fellow, Royal Society of Literature
Biografia breu
Born Gillian Bliss in London on 25 April 1937. Educated at St. Michael's Convent, North Finchley, and at St. Anne's College, Oxford. In 1961 she married Anthony Paton Walsh, who died in 2003. In 2004 she married writer John Rowe Townsend, who died in 2014. Her books included fiction for children and teenagers, crime fiction (including additional books about Dorothy L Sayers' character Lord Peter Wimsey) and other novels. She was a 'permanent visiting faculty member' of the Centre for Children's Literature, Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts from 1978 to 1986. In 1996 she received the CBE for services to literature, and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She died in October 2020.




The strongest praise I can give this novel is that I found it a pleasurable page-turner. Walsh gets the period details just right and does a good job capturing some of the nuance of Sayers' characters, as well as the cultural shifts taking place in post-war Britain.

AND YET THE PLOT. The Attenbury Emeralds is lively and dramatic, but plotted more like an episode of Sherlock than a Golden Age detective story, with a mystery held together by coincidence and fuzzy thinking. While Sayers was not above the odd coincidence (Peter Wimsey is, after all, a Mystery Magnet), she is known for intellectual rigor. We just don't get that complexity in these fan sequels.

Don't get me wrong, the next time I'm in need of a cozy read I will certainly consider picking up another of these books, but the weak plotting means I find them simultaneously enjoyable and frustrating.

ETA: While I'm referencing TV Tropes, I forgot to complain about Walsh's hat tip to the Celebrity Paradox - it's silly, but it really bothered me! A world where Dorothy L. Sayers existed and wrote detective novels that aren't about Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane is a world I'd rather not contemplate.
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raschneid | Hi ha 42 ressenyes més | Dec 19, 2023 |
A novel of the life of Themistocles, told in the first person, as Themistocles looks back on his whole life. Full of politics and the details of life in the nascent Athenian democracy. Many an ostrakon with the name of Themistocles has been dug up in the modern era. According to the novel, every year or so between the first and second Persian Wars somebody would decide to try to ostracize him, and his supporters would then have to campaign to ostracize someone else instead. He was the runner up four times, but never the first choice selected then. Lucky, as he points out, for Athens.

Looking back, he sees how the Greek cities have cruelly persecuted the ones who have served them most ably. The story of Miltiades is harsher than his own: the hero of Marathon, succumbing to gangrene, is fined an horrendous sum, then dies, and his son is forced into penury. All this happens just one year after the battle.

The details of life in Athens: the bathing, the technical details of vote collection, the exhausting march back to Athens after the battle of Marathon, the evacuation of Athens before the battle of Salamis, etc., are well realized.
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themulhern | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Nov 21, 2023 |
I read this when I was 13, and it was the first time that I had encountered the idea that the future might not always mean forward progress, that there may be a limit to how far humanity can go before we regress. This really, really got inside my head, and to some extent it has changed how I view the future.

For the past 6 years I have been searching for this book, unable to recall the title or author. Now I've finally connected the story I remember with this book, and am the happy owner of a copy. It's like having a piece of my history back.
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blueskygreentrees | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Jul 30, 2023 |
A young woman's account of the plague in Eyam, written in an attempt to exorcise her trauma, not that she put it like that, obviously, as the book's style and narrative voice did feel as if it could be authentically from the 17th century. The author captured the social and religious nuances well as the people were caught by the plague in the midst of a transition from strict Puritanism to the more easy-going ways of the Restoration.

The book is quite short at 135 pages, which is just as well as there are no chapter breaks.… (més)
Robertgreaves | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Jul 1, 2023 |



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