Ducking out of the revision cave to say that I have a post up on the Enchanted Inkpot today about Joan Aiken and The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.
I've loved this book since I was small, and I'm amazed how much I learned by looking at it with a writer's eye. The book's backstory is thought-provoking, too. It took ten years from the start of the book to publication, and Joan Aiken had to persevere through terrible loss and some really bad luck to get there. I'm glad she did.
As China Miéville says of Aiken's books, "If that kind of writing hits you at the right time when you're a child, the impact is like nothing else ever.”