The Whispering Mountain




      The Whispering Mountain
Winner of the Guardian Prize for FictionIn the small town of Pennygaff, where Owen has been sent to live after his mother s death, a legendary golden harp has been found Knowing of the prophesy of the Harp of Teirtu, Owen must prevent the magic harp from falling into the evil clutches of its reputed owner, the sinister and diabolical Lord Mayln But it won t be easy Owen Download The Whispering Mountain – bluevapours.co.uk

Joan Aiken was a much loved English writer who received the MBE for services to Children s Literature She was known as a writer of wild fantasy, Gothic novels and short stories.She was born in Rye, East Sussex, into a family of writers, including her father, Conrad Aiken who won a Pulitzer Prize for his poetry , and her sister, Jane Aiken Hodge She worked for the United Nations Information Office during the second world war,and then as an editor and freelance on Argosy magazine before she started writing full time, mainly children s books and thrillers For her books she received the Guardian Award 1969 and the Edgar Allan Poe Award 1972.Her most popular series, the Wolves Chronicles which began with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase , was set in an elaborate alternate period of history in a Britain in which James II was never deposed in the Glorious Revolution,and so supporters of the House of Hanover continually plot to overthrow the Stuart Kings These books also feature cockney urchin heroine Dido Twite and her adventures and travels all over the world.Another series of children s books about Arabel and her raven Mortimer are illustrated by Quentin Blake, and have been shown on the BBC as Jackanory and drama series Others including the much loved Necklace of Raindrops and award winning Kingdom Under the Sea are illustrated by Jan Pie kowski.Her many novels for adults include several that continue or complement novels by Jane Austen These include Mansfield Revisited and Jane Fairfax.Aiken was a lifelong fan of ghost stories She set her adult supernatural novel The Haunting of Lamb House at Lamb House in Rye now a National Trust property This ghost story recounts in fictional form an alleged haunting experienced by two former residents of the house, Henry James and E F Benson, both of whom also wrote ghost stories Aiken s father, Conrad Aiken, also authored a small number of notable ghost stories.

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  • Paperback
  • 276 pages
  • The Whispering Mountain
  • Joan Aiken
  • English
  • 06 January 2018

10 thoughts on “ The Whispering Mountain

  1. Abigail says:

    The Whispering Mountain, which John Clute calls an associate title in his encyclopedia of supernatural fiction writers, seems at first glance to be unrelated to the previous three in Aiken s Wolves Chronicles, except for the fact that it is set in the same alternative Britain Much like Susan Cooper s Over Sea, Under Stone and The Dark Is Rising however, it introduces characters that enter the mainstream of the storyline in later titles, though in a much less vital capacity than seen in The Whispering Mountain, which John Clute calls an associate title in his encyclopedia of supernatural fiction writers, seems at first glance to be unrelated to the previous three in Aiken s Wolves Chronicles, except for the fact that it is set in the same alternative Britain Much like Susan Cooper s Over Sea, Under Stone and The Dark Is Rising however, it introduces characters that enter the mainstream of the storyline in later titles, though in a much less vital capacity than seen in Cooper s sequence.When young Owen Hughes comes to stay with his stern, unbending grandfather in the small Welsh village of Pennygaff, he finds himself falsely accused of stealing the Telyn Teirtu, a golden harp with a storied history stretching back to the days of King Arthur and before Setting out to find the lost treasure, Owen must contend with the arrogant Marques of ...

  2. Chris says:

    Not strictly a prequel to the Wolves of Willoughby Chase sequence our young hero Owen Hughes re appears around the time of the plot to slide St Paul s Cathedral into the Thames at a coronation, in The Cuckoo Tree , The Whispering Mountain can nevertheless be enjoyed as a standalone novel It also adds to our knowledge and understanding of Joan Aiken s alternative history of the world in the early 19th century, sometimes called the James III sequence or, as I prefer to call it, the Dido Twite Not strictly a prequel to the Wolves of Willoughby Chase sequence our young hero Owen Hughes re appears around the time of the plot to slide St Paul s Cathedral into the Thames at a coronation, in The Cuckoo Tree , The Whispering Mountain can nevertheless be enjoyed as a standalone novel It also adds to our knowledge and understanding of Joan Aiken s alternative history of the world in the early 19th century, sometimes called the James III sequence or, as I prefer to call it, the Dido Twite series from the most endearing character featured in most of the books.Set in and around the western coast of Wales, the tale features elements of Welsh mythology, Dark Age history and traditions of Nonconformism and mining, along with several other typical Aiken themes such as Arthurian legend revisited in The Stolen Lake , slavery underground as in Is , mistaken identities as in ...

  3. CLM says:

    I read this for the 1968 Club here is a link to my review

  4. Rosemary Atwell says:

    First published in 1968, this romantic and slightly whimsical novel with has all the hallmarks of a children s classic The extensive use of the Welsh language and its mythology adds a distinctive touch and the...

  5. Rebecca McNutt says:

    This was a creative and surreal fantasy novel, taking readers to a world filled with magic, both good and evil, with a character who anyone can relate to.

  6. theduckthief says:

    Although the harp was dirty and broken, Owen thought it one of the most beautiful things he had ever seen, and he could not forbear passing his hand round the graceful, flowing lines of the frame, and then plucking with the tip of his finger at the last remaining string The sound it gave out was low but piercingly clear it seemed to fill the whole room with echoes Owen Hughes has a tough life His crochety grandfather who runs the Pennygaff museum takes him for granted and constantly findsAlthough the harp was dirty and broken, Owen thought it one of the most beautiful things he had ever seen, and he could not forbear passing his hand round the graceful, flowing lines of the frame, and then plucking with the tip of his finger at the last remaining string ...

  7. Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) says:

    I had to take a couple of runs at this book to get through it over the years The only connection to the Wolves sequence is a very passing mention that Owen grew up on the good ship Thrush Other than that, nada.I remember my mom checking this book out of the library when it came out back in 1968 or probably 1970 for it to get to our tiny rural library I also vaguely remember it was returned unfinished, and over the years I wondered why Now I know Not content with cod Welsh happy we are, I had to take a couple of runs at this book to get through it over the years The only connection to the Wolves sequence is a very passing mention that Owen grew up on the good ship Thrush Other than that, nada.I remember my mom checking this book out of the library when it came out back in 1968 or probably 1970 for it to get to our tiny rural library I also vaguely remember it was returned unfinished, and over the years I wondered why Now I know Not content with cod Welsh happy we are, is it, bachgen look you and cod Scotch neithe...

  8. Emmaj says:

    I love this book Another one I ve read over and over.Aiken is a genius.Owen is an outcast in his town Grudgingly taken care of by his grandfather, picked on by the bigger boys, Owen is nonetheless trying to make the best of things.Then a chance encounter with an old friend turns into a bigger adventure with a search for a stolen harp, the discovery of a lost race of people, and the search for the truth about his own, and his friend s past.Aiken writes a complex and compelling sto...

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I love the language in this book a spectacular display of gorgeous phrases, lost words, and perfectly pitched dialect, from Welsh idioms to 17th century scientific jargon to London thieves cant.

  10. Michele says:

    This is one of the first books I actually remember being given and reading as a child the other two are Bambi and Lloyd Alexander s The Book of Three I think it might have been what spawned my lifelong love of Things Welsh Owen s adventures with the Harp of Teirtu and the quest of the Seljuk of Rum to find his missing people are exciting, endearing, and great fun There s music, poetry, kidnapping, spelunking, a pretty girl with a tame crow, and royalty in disguise Jamie Neddie Stuart , if This is one of the first books I actually remember being given and reading as a child the other two are Bambi and Lloyd Alexander s The Bo...

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