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The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories

Joan Aiken, Peter Bailey

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Virago Modern Classics, Fiction, Classic fiction (Children's / Teenage), Short stories (Children's / Teenage)

Joan Aiken, classic author of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, wrote the Armitage family stories all throughout her life - from when she was a teenager onwards. This is the first time the stories have been collected together in our market.

'I wish we'll have two children called Mark and Harriet. And I hope lots of interesting and unusual things will happen to them. It would be nice if they had a fairy godmother, for instance. And a phoenix or something out of the ordinary for a pet. We could have a special day for interesting and unusual things to happen - say, Mondays. But not always Mondays, and not only Mondays, or that would get a bit dull'

As a result of their mother's honeymoon wish, Mark and Harriet Armitage have a fairy godmother, a pet unicorn, and are prepared for anything life can throw at them (especially, but not always, on a Monday): hatching griffins in the airing cupboard, Latin lessons with a ghost, furious Furies on the doorstep, and an enchanted garden locked inside a cereal packet. Life with the Armitages can be magical, funny, terrifying - but never, ever dull.

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Praise for The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories

  • She was a consummate story-teller, one that each generation discovers anew - The Times

  • Joan Aiken's invention seemed inexhaustible, her high spirits a blessing, her sheer storytelling zest a phenomenon. She was a literary treasure, and her books will continue to delight for many years to come.

  • A writer of wild humour and unrestrained imagination - Oxford Companion to Children's Literature

  • She was a consummate story-teller, one that each generation discovers anew - The Times

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