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The Spiral Stair (Arabel and Mortimer) Paperback – 1 Aug 2000
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About the Author
Joan Aiken, the daughter of the American poet and writer Conrad Aiken and Jessie Macdonald Aiken (also an author), was an immensely popular and prolific author who wrote almost a hundred novels for adults and children. The creator of the stories about Arabel and her pet raven Mortimer, which have been televised on the BBC, she wrote wonderful, quirky novels, full of humour and the unexpected, about alternative realities. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase won the 1965 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award and was made into a film. Joan Aiken died in 2004.
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The Arabel and Mortimer books are on the silly side BUT they are well written, not dumbed down and have some great descriptions. Arabel is given WAY more freedom than probably most parents would be happy with in today's world and of course, Mortimer's antics are quite unreal. Our kids LOVED this book though and the illustrations by Quentin Blake really help bring the characters and situations to life.
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