The serial garden : the complete Armitage family stories
Part of the Virago Modern Classics series
FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE'What a thrill to discover this gem from the witty and endlessly inventive Joan Aiken' CHRIS RIDDELL'She is one of the writers I admire most in the world' KATHERINE RUNDELL'She was a literary treasure, and her books will continue to delight for years to come' PHILIP PULLMAN'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. A delightful summary of one side of Aiken's talent: whimsical, funny, a series of brilliantly imaginative ideas stitched together with dream logic ...
It is the mixture of irrepressible gaiety and invention with the tragic that makes Aiken one of the great children's authors...impossible to calculate the number of people who have enjoyed her books - who have had some magic injected into the mundane - Sunday Telegraph