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Aidan Chambers

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Aidan Chambers


Born
in Chester le Street, County Durham, England, The United Kingdom
December 27, 1934

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Born near Chester-le-Street, County Durham in 1934, Chambers was an only child, and a poor scholar; considered "slow" by his teachers, he did not learn to read fluently until the age of nine. After two years in the Royal Navy as part of his National Service, Chambers trained as a teacher and taught for three years at Westcliff High School in Southend on Sea before joining an Anglican monastery in Stroud, Gloucestershire in 1960. He later used his experience as a monk in his novel Now I Know.

His first plays, including Johnny Salter (1966), The Car and The Chicken Run (1968), were published while he was a teacher in Stroud.

Chambers left the monastery in 1967 and a year later became a freelance writer. His works include the "Dance sequence" of
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Dance on My Grave

3.90 avg rating — 2,644 ratings — published 1982 — 40 editions
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This is All: The Pillow Boo...

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Postcards from No Man's Land

3.67 avg rating — 2,571 ratings — published 1999 — 31 editions
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Dying to Know You

3.55 avg rating — 2,447 ratings — published 2012 — 17 editions
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The Toll Bridge

3.71 avg rating — 597 ratings — published 1992 — 20 editions
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The Kissing Game: Stories o...

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Breaktime

3.56 avg rating — 447 ratings — published 1992 — 15 editions
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Tell Me: Children, Reading,...

4.04 avg rating — 309 ratings — published 1993 — 16 editions
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Now I Know

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Breaktime / Dance on my Grave

3.68 avg rating — 123 ratings — published 1978 — 6 editions
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“Love, being in love, isn’t a constant thing. It doesn’t always flow at the same strength. It’s not always like a river in flood. It’s more like the sea. It has tides, it ebbs and flows. The thing is, when love is real, whether it’s ebbing or flowing, it’s always there, it never goes away. And that’s the only proof you can have that it is real, and not just a crush or an infatuation or a passing fancy”
Aidan Chambers, This is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn

“Few pleasures, for the true reader, rival the pleasure of browsing unhurriedly among books: old books, new books, library books, other people's books, one's own books - it does not matter whose or where. Simply to be among books, glancing at one here, reading a page from one over there, enjoying them all as objects to be touched, looked at, even smelt, is a deep satisfaction. And often, very often, while browsing haphazardly, looking for nothing in particular, you pick up a volume that suddenly excites you, and you know that this one of all the others you must read. Those are great moments - and the books we come across like that are often the most memorable.”
Aidan Chambers

“I’ve always been a slow learner in some areas of my life.mostly the areas known as myself. Or maybe I should say ‘selves.’because the fact is, I’ve never, even as a child, felt I’m only one self, only one person. I’ve always felt I’m quite a few more than one. For example, there’s my jokey self, there’s my morose and fed-up self,there’s my lewd and disgusting self. There’s my clever-clogs self, and my fading-violet-who-cant-make-up-her-mind-about-anything self. There’s my untidy-clothes-everywhere-all-over-my-room self, and my manically tidy self when I want my room to be minimalist and Zen to the nth degree. There’s my confidant, arrogant self and my polite and reasonable and good listener self. There’s my self-righteous self and my wickedly bad self, my flaky self and my bsentimental self. There are selfs I like and selfs I don’t like.there’s my little-girl selfnwhonlikes to play silly games and there’s my old-woman self when I’m quite sure I’m eighty and edging towards geriatric.
The self I show in action at any moment depends on where I am, who I’m with, the circumstances of the situation and the mood I’m in.”
Aidan Chambers, This is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn

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