Description - Black Hearts in Battersea by Joan Aiken
`This is a fantastic adventure story about an orphan who gets caught up with Hanoverians plotting against the throne of Good King James III. There are shipwrecks, ballooning, wolves attacking a baggage coach, and a grand climax in which the Duke of Battersea sees his Thames-side castle blown to smithereens. Highly entertaining' Sunday Telegraph In this novel Simon arrives in London and has his first introduction to the indomitable Dido Twite who is to play such a significant part in his life - and in the life of the series!
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(198mm x 129mm x 16mm)
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
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Author Biography - Joan Aiken
Prize-winning Joan Aiken was born in Sussex in 1924 and came from a family of writers. Her father was the novelist and poet, Conrad Aiken and her sister, Jane Aiken Hodge, writes historical fiction for adults. Before joining the 'family business' herself, Joan had a variety of jobs, including working for the BBC, the United Nations Information Centre and then as features editor for a short story magazine. Her first children's novel, The Kingdom of the Cave was published in 1960. Since then she has written over 100 books for young readers and adults and has been awarded the MBE for her services to literature. Joan Aiken died in 2004.