Joan Aiken


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in Rye, East Sussex, The United Kingdom
September 04, 1924

Died
January 04, 2004

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Joan Aiken was a much loved 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
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New Aiken Book coming out!

Aiken fans will be delighted to discover a new collection of her stories "The Monkey's Wedding" due out on April 19th.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/99...

These stories, some never published before, show Aiken at the beginning of her career, and display her astonishing gift for fantasy and the insanely inventive plots which became her trademark in later years. A singing mermaid in a bottle, a c Read more of this blog post »
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“Why do we want to have alternate worlds? It's a way of making progress. You have to imagine something before you do it. ”
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“She thought about Penny’s stories. There was one about a man who had three wishes and married a swan. If I had three wishes, I know what I’d wish for, thought Is. I’d wish for those two boys to be found, and for us all to be back on Blackheath Edge. She thought about Penny teaching her to read. “What’s the point of reading?” Is had grumbled at first. “You can allus tell me stories, that’s better than reading.” “I’ll not always be here,” Penny had said shortly. “Besides, once you can read, you can learn somebody else. Folk should teach each other what they know.” “Why?” “If you don’t learn anything, you don’t grow. And someone’s gotta learn you.”

Well, thought Is, if I get outta here, I’ll be able to learn some other person the best way to get free from a rolled-up rug.”
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