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The Gift Giving

Favourite Stories
A collection of stories by

Joan Aiken is justly famous for her Wolves of Willoughby Chase series of novels, but her greatest love was for short stories, which she wrote prolifically throughout her long career: 'Favourite stories, like unexpected presents, are things that you can keep and cherish all your life, carry with you, in memory, in your mind's ear, and bring out, at any time, when you are feeling lonely, or need cheering up, or, like friends, just because you are fond of them.'

From a princess who turned into a pirate parrot, to a procession of Father Christmases being chased down Fifth Avenue by a rackety horse and cart; from the ghost of a crusader's dog, to a captured mermaid in a flying machine, there is something for everybody in this enthralling collection. These stories showcase Aiken's unique talents - the way she mixed magic and myth with humour to create a kind of modern fairytale. Her stories will appeal to readers of all ages for many years to come.


Praise for this book

"Joan Aiken's invention seemed inexhaustible...She was a literary treasure." - Philip Pullman

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Used availability for Joan Aiken's The Gift Giving

Paperback Editions

November 2016 : UK Paperback

Title: The Gift Giving: Favourite Stories (Virago Modern Classics)
Author(s): Joan Aiken MBE
ISBN: 0-349-00589-3 / 978-0-349-00589-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

November 2016 : UK Kindle edition

Title: The Gift Giving: Favourite Stories (Virago Modern Classics Book 30)
Author(s): Joan Aiken
Publisher: Virago
Availability: Amazon UK