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  • Published: 1 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409024682
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208

Night Birds On Nantucket




This is the third novel in the classic Willoughby Chase series - now consisting of ten titles - and was originally published in l966. Now being reissued with a stunning new cover.

Shipwrecked Dido Twite, picked up by a whaling ship, finds herself many miles from home and facing deep troubles. Sinister Miss Slighcarp, the governess from Willoughby Chase, makes a reappearance, this time is cahoots with Hanoverian plotters who have a dastardly plan in mind.

  • Published: 1 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409024682
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208

About the author

Joan Aiken

Joan Aiken was born in Sussex in 1924. She was the daughter of the American poet, Conrad Aiken; her sister, Jane Aiken Hodge, is also a novelist. Before joining the 'family business' herself, Joan had a variety of jobs, including working for the BBC, the United Nations Information Centre and then as features editor for a short story magazine. Her first children's novel, The Kingdom of the Cave, was published in 1960.

Joan Aiken wrote over a hundred books for young readers and adults and is recognized as one of the classic authors of the twentieth century. Amanda Craig, writing in The Times,said,'She was a consummate story-teller, one that each generation discovers anew.' Her best-known books are those in the James III saga, of which The Wolves of Willoughby Chase was the first title, published in 1962 and awarded the Lewis Carroll prize. Both that and Black Hearts in Battersea have been filmed. Her books are internationally acclaimed and she received the Edgar Allan Poe Award in the United States as well as the Guardian Award for Fiction in this country for The Whispering Mountain.

Joan Aiken was decorated with an MBE for her services to children's books. She died in 2004.

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Praise for Night Birds On Nantucket

A zany, original historical fantasy

Sunday Telegraph

Joan Aiken is the best contemporary writer of historical-fantasy we have - and I would not make such a generalisation lightly. This is a quite exceptional book.

Susan Hill

Altogther an invigorating book, in which the wit and nonsense make such a sparkling fizz together that it is hard to tell one from the other

Times Literary Supplement

A writer of wild humour

Oxford Companion to Children's Literarture

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