Description - Limbo Lodge by Joan Aiken
Dido Twite on board a ship bound for England is waylaid by a search for Lord Herodsfoot on the tropical island of Aratu. Aratu means the Island of Pearl Snakes in the Dilendi language and a bite from one of them can do for you in a brace of shakes. That is only one of many hazards encountered by Dido as she searches for the lost Lord reputedly to be found in Limbo Lodge. For who can she trust as she tramps across the island - and when she finally approached the lodge it hardly seems to be welcoming. Limbo Lodge was sited at the edge of the forest line, among clumps of clove and djeela trees, in a kind of wild garden. Over to the eastern boundary of this, the ground seemed to come to an abrupt stop; here, Dido guessed, was the Cliff of Death '
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(199mm x 130mm x 14mm)
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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.