[DWJ] Joan Aiken (was: Georgette Heyer)
ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Wed Jan 9 00:44:28 EST 2008
On Jan 8, 2008, at 7:09 AM, Minnow wrote:
> That has to be 'Mrs. Nutti's Fireplace', and I have it in *A Harp of
> Fishbones*, the Puffin collection that was published in 1975 (Cae 1972
> hardback, I think). The deal is that it is a room-swap between her
> room in
> town and the music teacher's in the country, organised via
> 'Exchange and
> Mart' or some such paper. The girl the music teacher loves but can
> see through the window, since when he goes out by the door he is
> back in
> the house in the country, is called Sophie, which is why I remember
> The infant Griffin (whose name is 'Furry') says 'thrackle' and
> which I swear I have met somewhere else.
> I have just checked: I have three books of Aiken short stories, all
> Puffin: *A Harp of Fishbones and other stories* (1975), *A Small
> Pinch of
> Weather and other tales* (1976) and *All But A Few* (1974), which
> has in
> it most of two earlier Cape collections, *All You Ever Wanted* and
> Than You Bargained For*. Between them these three contain fourteen
> about the Armitage family, some more Mark and Harriet than others.
Hmmm. More stories than I've found. I must go hunting.
The only other Aiken I reread regularly is "The Shadow Guests". I
be in the mood for a good cry, of course.
- Treat the Earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents.
It was loaned to you by your children.
- Kenyan proverb
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