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Book Title: The Cuckoo Tree|
The author of the book: Joan Aiken
Edition: Puffin Books
Date of issue: 1973
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An okay read I guess but not as riveting as some--I had to start it twice, and I put this book down for several weeks and read other things, which is never a good indication in my case. Owen's father, captain of the Thrush that took Dido home from New Bedford to London turns up again, this time wounded and ill. Reminiscent of the scene where Dido and Pen nurse Capt. Casket back to health, isn't it? But this time there's a mansion, two mysterious kids, a couple of witches and a whole handful of Hanoverians in the mix, not to mention "Gentlemen of the Road."
It could have been a cracking good read, and was for awhile, but the whole thing about the plot against the Coronation just got sillier and sillier. I found myself skimming the last 20 pages or so just to finish it. The ending was simply chopped off short.
I've heard that the rest of the Wolves Chronicles aren't quite as good as the first few. I gave up on The Stolen Lake and I see I'm not the only one. Shall I move on to Dido and Pa, or quit while I'm ahead? Answers on a postcard.
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Read information about the authorJoan Aiken was a much loved English writer who received the MBE for services to Children's Literature. Her most famous classic, THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE has been in print for over 50 years with a new AUDIO recorded by her daughter Lizza. She was known as a writer of wild fantasy, Gothic novels and unforgettable short stories.
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Joan's Life in brief:
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', was set in an elaborate alternate period of history in a Britain in which James II was never deposed in the Glorious Revolution,and so supporters of the House of Hanover continually plot to overthrow the Stuart Kings. These books also feature cockney urchin heroine Dido Twite and her adventures and travels all over the world.
Another series of children's books about Arabel and her raven Mortimer are illustrated by Quentin Blake, and have been shown on the BBC as Jackanory and drama series. Others including the much loved 'Necklace of Raindrops' and award winning 'Kingdom Under the Sea' are illustrated by Jan Pieńkowski.
Her many novels for adults include several that continue or complement novels by Jane Austen. These include 'Mansfield Revisited' and 'Jane Fairfax'.
Aiken was a lifelong fan of ghost stories. She set her adult supernatural novel The Haunting Of Lamb House at Lamb House in Rye (now a National Trust property). This ghost story recounts in fictional form an alleged haunting experienced by two former residents of the house, Henry James and E. F. Benson, both of whom also wrote ghost stories. Aiken's father, Conrad Aiken, also authored a small number of notable ghost stories.
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