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The Gift Giving: Favourite Stories

The Gift Giving: Favourite Stories (Paperback)

By Aiken, Joan
Illustrated by Bailey, Peter

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A volume of Joan Aiken's own favourite stories, collected here for the first time.

ISBN 9780349005898
Barcode 9780349005898
Published 29 November 2016 by Little, Brown Book Group
Format Paperback
Series Virago modern classics (part: 2133)
Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks

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ISBN-13 9780349005898
ISBN-10 0349005893
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint Virago Press Ltd
Publication Date 29 November 2016
International Publication Date 3 November 2016
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Aiken, Joan
Illustrated by Bailey, Peter
Series Virago modern classics (part: 2133)
Category Classic Fiction (Pub. < 1900)
Short Stories
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 200mm
Height: 133mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 302g
Interest Age 9-11 years
Reading Age 9-11 years
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code 693083

Description of this Book

Joan Aiken is justly famous for her Wolves of Willoughby Chase series of novels, but her greatest love was for short stories, which she wrote prolifically throughout her long career: 'Favourite stories, like unexpected presents, are things that you can keep and cherish all your life, carry with you, in memory, in your mind's ear, and bring out, at any time, when you are feeling lonely, or need cheering up, or, like friends, just because you are fond of them.' From a princess who turned into a pirate parrot, to a procession of Father Christmases being chased down Fifth Avenue by a rackety horse and cart; from the ghost of a crusader's dog, to a captured mermaid in a flying machine, there is something for everybody in this enthralling collection. These stories showcase Aiken's unique talents - the way she mixed magic and myth with humour to create a kind of modern fairytale. Her stories will appeal to readers of all ages for many years to come.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Witty and endlessly inventive Chris Riddell Joan Aiken's invention seemed inexhaustible, her high spirits a blessing, her sheer storytelling zest a phenomenon. She was a literary treasure, and her books will continue to delight for many years to come Philip Pullman It is the mixture of irrepressible gaiety and invention with the tragic that makes Aiken one of the great children's authors ... impossible to calculate the number of people who have enjoyed her books - who have had some magic injected into the mundane Sunday Telegraph She was a consummate story-teller, one that each generation discovers anew Amanda Craig
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Joan Aiken (Author) Joan Aiken (1924-2004) was born in Rye, Sussex. She was the daughter of the American poet Conrad Aiken, and her step-father was English writer Martin Armstrong. Joan Aiken wrote over 100 books for young readers and adults and is recognised as one of the classic children's authors of the twentieth century. Her best-known books are The Wolves of Willoughby Chase chronicles and the Arabel's Raven series, but she is also famous for her brilliant short stories. Joan Aiken received the Edgar Allan Poe Award in the United States as well as the Guardian Award for Fiction. She was decorated with an MBE for her services to children's books.

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