Joan Aiken Biography

Editor, Author (1924–2004)
British writer and daughter of Conrad Aiken, Joan Aiken wrote many children's books, including All You've Ever Wanted, and such adult novels as The Silence of Herondale.


British writer and daughter of Conrad Aiken, Joan Delano Aiken was born in Rye, East Sussex, England, on September 4, 1924. Educated privately, she worked as a librarian for the U.N. Information Committee from 1943 to 1949, then as a features editor for Argosy magazine from 1955 to '60. Joan Aiken's many books for children include All You've Ever Wanted (1953), The Kingdom and the Cave (1960), Tales of Arabel's Raven (1974), Voices Hippo (1988) and Dangerous Games (1999). Among her adult novels are The Silence of Herondale (1964), Castle Barebane (1976), Mansfield Revisited (1985), Cold Shoulder Road (1995) and Moon Cake and Other Stories (1998). Aiken died in Petworth, West Sussex, England, on January 4, 2004.

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