The Whispering Mountain (The Wolves Chronicles, #0)

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  • Paperback
  • 276 pages
  • The Whispering Mountain (The Wolves Chronicles, #0)
  • Joan Aiken
  • English
  • 23 May 2018
  • 0765342413

About the Author: Joan Aiken

Joan Aiken was a much loved English writer who received the MBE for services to Children s Literature Her most famous classic, THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE has been in print for over 50 years with a new AUDIO recorded by her daughter Lizza She was known as a writer of wild fantasy, Gothic novels and unforgettable short stories.NEW COLLECTION 2016 The People in The Castle Joan Aiken was a much loved English writer who received the MBE for services to Children s Literature Her most famous classic, THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE has been in print for over 50 years with a new AUDIO recorded by her daughter Lizza She was known as a writer of wild fantasy, Gothic novels and unforgettable short stories.NEW COLLECTION 2016 The People in The Castle NEWS NEW PUBLICATIONS at THE JOAN AIKEN BLOG at Joan s life and full Bibliography visit s Life in brief She was born in Rye, East Sussex, into a family of writers, including her father, Conrad Aiken who won a Pulitzer Prize for his poetry , and her sister, Jane Aiken Hodge.She worked for the United Nations Information Office during the second world war,and then as an editor and freelance on Argosy magazine before she started writing full time, mainly children s books and thrillers For her books she received the Guardian Award 1969 and the Edgar Allan Poe Award 1972.Her most popular series, the Wolves Chronicles which began with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase , was set in an elaborate alternate period of history in a Britain in which James II was never deposed in the Glorious Revolution,and so supporters of the House of Hanover continually plot to overthrow the Stuart Kings These books also feature cockney urchin heroine Dido Twite and her adventures and travels all over the world.Another series of children s books about Arabel and her raven Mortimer are illustrated by Quentin Blake, and have been shown on the BBC as Jackanory and drama series Others including the much loved Necklace of Raindrops and award winning Kingdom Under the Sea are illustrated by Jan Pie kowski.Her many novels for adults include several that continue or complement novels by Jane Austen These include Mansfield Revisited and Jane Fairfax.Aiken was a lifelong fan of ghost stories She set her adult supernatural novel The Haunting Of Lamb House at Lamb House in Rye now a National Trust property This ghost story recounts in fictional form an alleged haunting experienced by two former residents of the house, Henry James and E F Benson, both of whom also wrote ghost stories Aiken s father, Conrad Aiken, also authored a small number of notable ghost stories


The Whispering Mountain (The Wolves Chronicles, #0) Winner of the Guardian Prize for FictionIn the small town of Pennygaff, where Owen has been sent to live after his mother s death, a legendary golden harp has been found Knowing of the prophesy of the Harp of Teirtu, Owen must prevent the magic harp from falling into the evil clutches of its reputed owner, the sinister and diabolical Lord Mayln But it won t be easy Owen Download The Whispering Mountain (The Wolves Chronicles, #0) – johndore.co.uk

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10 thoughts on “The Whispering Mountain (The Wolves Chronicles, #0)

  1. CLM says:

    I read this for the 1968 Club here is a link to my review

  2. Chris says:

    Not strictly a prequel to the Wolves of Willoughby Chase sequence our young hero Owen Hughes re appears around the time of the plot to slide St Paul s Cathedral into the Thames at a coronation, in The Cuckoo Tree , The Whispering Mountain can nevertheless be enjoyed as a standalone novel It also adds to our knowledge and understanding of Joan Aiken s alternative history of the world in the early 19th century, sometimes called the James I...

  3. Emmaj says:

    I love this book Another one I ve read over and over.Aiken is a genius.Owen is an outcast in his town Grudgingly taken care of by his grandfather, picked on by the bigger boys, Owen is nonetheless trying to make the best of things.Then a chance encounter with an old friend turns into a bigger adventure with a search for a stolen harp, the discovery of a lost race of people, and the search for the truth about his own, and his friend s past.Aiken writes a complex and compelling story, deftly wea I love this book Another one I ve read over and over.Aiken is a genius.Owen is an outcast in his town Grudgingly taken care of by his gra...

  4. Rebecca McNutt says:

    This was a creative and surreal fantasy novel, taking readers to a world filled with magic, both good and evil, with a character who anyone can relate to.

  5. Rosemary Atwell says:

    First published in 1968, this romantic and slightly whimsical novel with has all the hallmarks of a children s classic The extensive use of the Welsh language and its mythology adds a distinctive touch and the characters, e...

  6. theduckthief says:

    Although the harp was dirty and broken, Owen thought it one of the most beautiful things he had ever seen, and he could not forbear passing his hand round the graceful, flowing lines of the frame, and then plucking with the tip of his finger at the last remaining string The sound it gave out was low but piercingly clear it seemed to fill the whole room with echoes Owen Hughes has a tough life His crochety grandfather w...

  7. Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) says:

    I had to take a couple of runs at this book to get through it over the years The only connection to the Wolves sequence is a very passing mention that Owen grew up on the good ship Thrush Other than that, nada.I remember my mom checking this book out of the library when it came out back in 1968 or probably 1970 for it to get to our tiny rural library I also vaguely remember it was returned unfinished, and over the years I wondered why Now I know Not content with cod Welsh happy we are, i I had to take a couple of runs at this book to get through it over the years The only connection to the Wolves sequence is a very passing mention that Owen grew up on the good ship Thrush Other than that, nada.I remember my mom checking this book out of the library when it came out back in 1968 or probably 1970 for it to get to our tiny rural library I also vaguely remember it was returned unfinished, and over the years I wondered why Now I know Not content with cod Welsh happy we are, is it, bachgen look you and cod Scotch neither of which must have made Aiken any friends over the borders, if indeed anyone there read it Aiken gives so much space to her personally invented fake thieves cant that between the three of them the book is almost unreadable.Owen goes from victim to Gary Stu at lightning speed the moment he gets away from his grandfather s village of Pennygaff, his inn...

  8. Michele says:

    This is one of the first books I actually remember being given and reading as a child the other two are Bambi and Lloyd Alexander s The Book of Three I think it might have been what spawned my lifelong love of Things Welsh Owen s adventures with the Harp of Teirtu and the quest of the Seljuk of Rum to find his missing people are exciting, endearing, and great fun There s music, poetry, kidnapping, spelunking, a pretty girl with a tame crow, and royalty in disguise Jamie Neddie Stuart , if This is one of the first books I actually remember being given and reading as a child the other two are Bambi and L...

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I love the language in this book a spectacular display of gorgeous phrases, lost words, and perfectly pitched dialect, from Welsh idioms to 17th century scientific jargon to London thieves cant.

  10. Elian says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Loved it I see why the Wolves of Willoughby Chase series stuck in my head for so long, and I kept wanting to find the rest of the series The range of accents portrayed was amazing I loved the characters and think this would be a great story to read to kids, with the exception that the end resolved things by killing off the bad guys Growing up this was my main idea for solving theoretical issues, and I think it s great when I find clever solutions in stories that protect people, and also don Loved it I see why the Wolves of Willoughby Chase series stuck in my head for so long, and I kept wanting to find the rest of the series The range of accents portra...