Joan Aiken

Joan Aiken most recent novel, The Shadow Ghosts, was published in February.


Joan Aiken, 17 July 1980

Little Orphant Annie says, when the blaze is blue An’ the lampwick sputters, an’ the wind goes woo-oo, An’ you hear the crickets quit, an’ the moon is gray, An’ the lightning-bugs in dew is all squenched away – You better mind yer parents and yer teachers fond and dear An’ cherish them ’at loves you, an’ dry the orphant’s tear,...

Mary Swann’s Way

Danny Karlin, 27 September 1990

Jane Austen’s work seems, at first, hospitable to that literary parasite, pastiche: there isn’t much of it, so ersatz continuations or alternative narratives must satisfy the hunger...

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Other People

Dinah Birch, 6 July 1989

What do the lives and thoughts of other people feel like? We’ll never really know, but fiction offers as good an approximation of knowing as we’re likely to come across. That...

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Open that window, Miss Menzies

Patricia Craig, 7 August 1986

The epigraphs of P.D. James (now that she has taken to using them) are important. ‘There’s this to say for blood and breath,’ runs the latest one, from A.E. Housman: ‘They...

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