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Joan Delano Aiken (4 September 1924 — 4 January 2004) was an English novelist. She was born in Rye, East Sussex, into a family of writers, including her father, American poet Conrad Aiken (who won a Pulitzer Prize for his poetry), her sister, Jane Aiken Hodge and her brother John Aiken (with her siblings, Joan Aiken authored Conrad Aiken Remembered (1989), a short, subtle appreciation of their complex and difficult father). Joan's mother, Canadian-born Jessie MacDonald, a Masters graduate from Radcliffe College, married English writer Martin Armstrong soon after Conrad Aiken separated from her.

Joan Aiken was at first taught at home by her mother, and later educated at Wychwood School, Oxford, between 1936 and 1940; she did not attend university. She had written stories from an early age, and in her early twenties she had her first stories broadcast by the BBC, where she had been employed in 1942—43. In 1945 she married Ronald George Brown, a journalist working for the United Nations Information Office and they had two children; he died in 1955. She married New York painter Julius Goldstein in 1976; he died in 2001.

Aiken worked for the United Nations Information Office in London from 1943 to 1949, and after her husband's death joined the magazine Argosy where she worked in various editorial capacities, and said she learned her trade as a writer. The magazine was one of many where she published her short stories between 1955 to 1960. During this time she also published her first two collections of children's stories, and began work on a children's novel, initially entitled Bonnie Green, which was to be published as The Wolves of Willoughby Chase in 1962. By this time she was able to write full time from home, producing two or three books a year for the rest of her life, mainly children's books and thrillers, but also many articles, introductions and talks on children's literature, and on the work of Jane Austen.

For her books she received the Guardian Award (1969) and the Edgar Allan Poe Award (1972). In 1999 she was awarded an MBE for her services to children's literature.

She died at her home in Petworth, West Sussex, at the age of 79.

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Total Books: 627
The Year of the Cat A Cat of Artistic Sensibilities
2021 - The Year of the Cat a Cat of Artistic Sensibilities (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781561463824
ISBN-10: 1561463825
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Silence of Herondale
2020 - The Silence of Herondale [Murder Room] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781471920592
ISBN-10: 1471920593
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance

The Shadow Guests
2018 - The Shadow Guests (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780241337363
ISBN-10: 0241337364
Genre: Children's Books

The People in the Castle Selected Strange Stories
The FiveMinute Marriage
2017 - The Fiveminute Marriage (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781492641247
ISBN-10: 1492641243
Genre: Romance

The Girl from Paris
2016 - The Girl From Paris [Paget Family Saga, 3] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781492641339
ISBN-10: 1492641332
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance

The Smile of the Stranger
2016 - The Smile of the Stranger [Paget Family, Bk 1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781492641278
ISBN-10: 1492641278
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

Is Underground
2015 - Is Underground [The Wolves Chronicles] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781504027618
ISBN-10: 1504027612
Genres: Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy

The Kingdom and the Cave
2015 - The Kingdom and the Cave [Virago Modern Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780349005874
ISBN-10: 0349005877

Trouble With Product X
2014 - Trouble with Product X (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781471916731
ISBN-10: 1471916731
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
2014 - The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781848423381
ISBN-10: 1848423381
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

The Song of Mat and Ben
2014 - The Song of Mat and Ben (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781782952725
ISBN-10: 1782952721
Genre: Children's Books

Winter Sleepwalker and Other Stories
2012 - Winter Sleepwalker and Other Stories (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780857550484
ISBN-10: 0857550489
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Teen & Young Adult

Black Hearts in Battersea
2012 - Black Hearts in Battersea [Wolves Chronicles, Bk 2] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780099573661
ISBN-10: 0099573660
Genre: Children's Books

The Serial Garden The Complete Armitage Family Stories
2012 - The Serial Garden the Complete Armitage Family Stories (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781931520829
ISBN-10: 1931520828
Genre: Children's Books

The Monkey's Wedding and Other Stories
2011 - The Monkey's Wedding and Other Stories (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781931520744
ISBN-10: 1931520747
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

Malvados de Battersea Los
2011 - Malvados De Battersea Los [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9788498383553
ISBN-10: 8498383552
Genres: Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Arabel's Raven
2009 - Arabel's Raven [Arabel and Mortimer, Bk 1] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781439594032
ISBN-10: 1439594031
Genre: Children's Books

Arabel and Mortimer Mortimer's Tie / Mortimer and the Sword Excalibur / The Spiral Stair
The Cuckoo Tree
2008 - The Cuckoo Tree [Wolves Chronicles, Bk 6] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781439578209
ISBN-10: 1439578206
Genre: Children's Books

Eliza's Daughter
2008 - Eliza's Daughter (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781402212888
ISBN-10: 1402212887
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.

2007 - Bridle the Wind [Felix, Bk 2] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
2007 - Go Saddle the Sea [Felix, Bk 1] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
2007 - The Teeth of the Gale [Felix, Bk 3] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
2006 - The Witch of Clatteringshaws [Wolves Chronicles, Bk 11] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
2005 - Mortimer and the Sword Excalibur [Arabel and Mortimer, Bk 5] (Paperback)Paperback
2005 - Midwinter Nightingale [Wolves Chronicles, Bk 10] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
2005 - Is and Cold Shoulder Road [Wolves Chronicles] (Paperback)Paperback
2005 - The Stolen Lake [Wolves Chronicles, Bk 4] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
2004 - El Pequeno Dragon [The Wooden Dragon - Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
2004 - Limbo Lodge [aka Dangerous Games - Wolves Chronicles, Bk 5] (Paperback)Hardcover
2003 - Das Madchen Aus Paris [German Edition] (Paperback)
2003 - The Whispering Mountain [Wolves Chronicles Prequel] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
2003 - Geisterstunde Der Schrei [Ab 10 J.] (Paperback)
2002 - Arabel Mortimer and the Escaped Black Mamba [Arabel and Mortimer, Bk 2] (Paperback)
2002 - Bone and Dream [A St. Boan Mystery] (Paperback)
2002 - Dangerous Games [aka Limbo Lodge - Wolves Chronicles, Bk 5] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
2001 - Mortimer's Bread Bin [Arabel and Mortimer, Bk 3] (Paperback)
2001 - Song of Mat and Ben [Red Fox Read Alone] (Paperback)
2001 - Nightbirds on Nantucket [Wolves Chronicles, Bk 3] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
2001 - Treffpunkt Kuckucksbaum [Ab 12 J.] (Paperback)
2001 - The Embroidered Sunset [Audio Cassette - Unabridged] (Audio Cassette)
2001 - In Thunder's Pocket [Red Fox Read Alone] (Paperback)
2001 - Fog Hounds Wind Cat Sea Mice [Large Print] (Paperback)
2000 - The Spiral Stair [Arabel and Mortimer, Bk 6] (Paperback)
1999 - Cold Shoulder Road [Wolves Chronicles, Bk 9] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
1999 - Verrter Des Lichts [Ab 10 J.] (Hardcover)
1998 - Jane Fairfax [Audio Cassette - Unabridged] (Audio Cassette)
1998 - Emma Watson [German] (Paperback)
1997 - A Foot in the Grave [Audio Cassette - Unabridged] (Audio Cassette)
1997 - Blackground [Audio Cassette - Unabridged] (Audio Cassette)
1996 - Best Stories for Five Year Olds [Hodder Headline audio] (Audio Cassette)
1996 - Best Stories for Seven Year Olds [Hodder Headline audio] (Audio Cassette)
1996 - A Creepy Company [Audio Cassette - Unabridged] (Audio Cassette)
1995 - Dark Interval [aka Hate Begins at Home] (Hardcover)Paperback
1995 - The Ribs of Death [aka The Crystal Crow - Audio Cassette - Unabridged] (Audio Cassette)
1994 - Morningquest [Large Print] (Hardcover)
1993 - The Haunting of Lamb House [Audio Cassette] (Audio Cassette)
1992 - The Butterfly Picnic [aka A Cluster of Separate Sparks - Large Print] (Hardcover)
1992 - Beware of the Bouquet [aka Trouble with Product X - Large Print] (Paperback)
1992 - A Cluster of Separate Sparks [aka The Butterfly Picnic - Large Print] (Paperback)
1992 - Mortimer's Cross [Arabel and Mortimer, Bk 9] (Paperback)Paperback
1992 - Is [aka Is Underground - Wolves Chronicles, Bk 8] (Hardcover)
1991 - Mortimer Says Nothing Mortimer Says Nothing / Arabel's Birthday [Arabel and Mortimer - Audio Cassette - Unabridged] (Audio Cassette)
1991 - Tale of a Oneway Street and Other Stories [Audio Cassette - Unabridged] (Audio Cassette)Audio Cassette
1991 - The Trouble with Product X [aka Beware of the Bouquet - Audio Cassette - Unabridged] (Audio Cassette)
1990 - The Bread Bin [Arabel and Mortimer, Bk 3] (Paperback)Paperback
1990 - Mortimer's Tie [Arabel and Mortimer, Bk 4] (Paperback)Paperback
1990 - Arabel and the Escaped Black Mamba [Arabel and Mortimer, Bk 2] (Paperback)Paperback
1990 - Mortimer's Portrait on Glass [Arabel and Mortimer, Bk 8] (Paperback)Paperback
1990 - The Mystery of Mr Jones's Disappearing Taxi [Arabel and Mortimer, Bk 7] (Paperback)Paperback
1990 - Past Eight O'clock [Audio Cassette - Unabridged] (Audio Cassette)
1990 - Return to Harken House [aka Voices] (Hardcover)
1989 - Nighean an Iarla Uaine [Scots Gaelic Edition] (Hardcover)
1989 - Voices [aka Return to Harken House] (Paperback)
1988 - Deception [aka If I Were You] (Paperback)
1988 - If I Were You [aka Deception - Large Print] (Hardcover)
1988 - The Kingdom Under the Sea [Audio Cassette - Unabridged] (Audio Cassette)Audio Cassette
1987 - The Kitchen Warriors [Audio Cassette - Unabridged] (Audio Cassette)
1986 - Tote Reden Nicht Vom Wetter [German Edition] (Paperback)
1985 - Mendelson Y Las Ratas [Mice and Mendelson - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
1984 - Das Lacheln Des Fremden [The Smile of the Stranger - Paget Family, Bk 1 - German Edition] (Other)
1984 - El Gato Mog [A Necklace of Raindrops - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
1982 - The Weeping Ash [aka The Lightning Tree] (Paperback)Hardcover
1982 - The Young Lady From Paris [aka The Girl from Paris] (Hardcover)
1980 - The Lightning Tree [aka The Weeping Ash] (Hardcover)
1978 - Last Movement [Large Print] (Hardcover)
1978 - Street (Hardcover)
1975 - Winterthing and the Mooncusser's Daughter [Two Plays for Children] (Paperback)
1975 - The Crystal Crow [aka The Ribs of Death] (Paperback)Paperback
1974 - Hate Begins at Home [aka Dark Interval] (Hardcover)
1973 - The Escaped Black Mamba [Arabel and Mortimer, Bk 2] (Paperback)
Mendelson Y Las Ratas/mice and Mendelsson [Barco de Vapor - Spanish Edition] (Other)
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