The Monkey's Wedding: and Other Stories (Google eBook)

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Small Beer Press, Oct 18, 2013 - FICTION - 300 pages
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Fabulous, uncollected stories — including six published here for the first time — from a master of the form.
  

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User Review  - stacy_chambers - LibraryThing

It took me a while to get into Aiken's style, but once I did, I saw she is a consummate storyteller. Great observations, too. I think one of the reasons it took me so long to get into her writing is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

In the introduction to this posthumous collection of short stories Joan Aiken describes the three ingredients that have gone into the making of these tales: fantasy elements ("witches, dragons ... Read full review

Contents

A Mermaid Too Many
1
Reading in Bed
11
Model Wife
17
Second Thoughts
29
Girl in a Whirl
41
Hair
53
RedHot Favourite
61
Spur of the Moment
75
Harp Music
131
The Sale of Midsummer
141
The Helper
151
The Monkeys Wedding
167
Wee Robin
183
The Fluttering Thing
189
Water of Youth
193
Acknowledgments
205

The Paper Queen
89
Octopi in the Sky
99
The Magnesia Tree
111
Honeymaroon
119
Publication History
207
About the Author
209
Copyright

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About the author (2013)

Joan Delano Aiken was born in Rye, Sussex, England, on September 4, 1924, the daughter of the Pulitzer Prize winner, writer Conrad Aiken. She was raised in a rural area and home schooled by her mother until the age 12. She then attended Wychwood School, a boarding school in Oxford. Her work first appeared in 1941 when the British Broadcasting Corporation, where she worked as a librarian, broadcast some of her short stories on their Children's Hour program. Aiken also worked at St. Thomas's Hospital, and in 1943 she moved to the reference department of the London office of the United Nations, where she collected information about resistance movements. She worked for the UN until 1949, all the while continuing to write stories. In 1953 a collection of short fiction called All You've Ever Wanted and Other Stories was published. While writing The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, begun in 1952, her husband became ill and died of lung cancer in 1955. After working for five years as a copy editor at Argosy Magazine, and at the J. Walter Thompson Advertising Firm, she returned and finished the book in 1963. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award and was made into a successful film in 1988. In 1969 The Whispering Mountain won the Guardian Children's Book Award, and in 1972, Night Fall won America¿s Edgar Allen Poe Award for juvenile mystery. Aiken is best known for her adult "fantasy" stories. She has received awards for children's fiction and for mystery fiction, and has also written ''sequels'' to Jane Austen books. She collaborated with her daughter to write many episodes of her Arabel and Mortimer the raven series for the BBC. In all, Aiken wrote 92 novels - including 27 for adults - as well as plays, poems and short stories, although she was best known as a writer of children's stories. Joan Aiken died in January of 2004 at the age of 79.

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