Dido Twite in American New Cumbria on her wildest adventure yet.
Prize-winning Joan Aiken was born in Sussex in 1924 and came from a family of writers. Her father was the novelist and poet, Conrad Aiken and her sister, Jane Aiken Hodge, writes historical fiction for adults. 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. Since then she has written over 100 books for young readers and adults and has been awarded the MBE for her services to literature. Joan Aiken died in 2004.
The Stolen Lake is zanier and more devilishly fiendish than
ever * The New York Times *
A natural storyteller with the gift of endless and usually comic invention * Guardian *
Joan Aiken's imagination is inexhaustible * Daily Telegraph *
Joan Aiken is the best contemporary writer of historical fantasy we have -- Susan Hill