Joan Aiken entry: Overview screen.
4 September 1924
JA was born at Rye
, the youngest of three children.
By late November 1962
For her second children's fantasy fiction, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
, JA chose a setting in the earlier nineteenth century—but an unfamiliar nineteenth century in which historical events have panned out differently.
JA's The Stolen Lake
, another in the Willoughby Chase
series of children's fantasies, centres on the intrepid Dido Twite's adventures in nineteenth-century Brazil
JA published Mansfield Revisited, A Novel
, a sequel to Austen
's Mansfield Park
and a harbinger of escalation in fiction of this type.
4 January 2004
JA died at the age of seventy-nine.