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

    An okay read I guess but not as riveting as some I had to start it twice, and I put this book down for several weeks and read other things, which is never a good indication in my case Owen s father, captain of the Thrush that took Dido home from New Bedford to London turns up again, this time wounded and ill Reminiscent of the scene where Dido and Pen nurse Capt Casket back to health, isn t it But this time there s a mansion, two mysterious kids, a couple of witches and a whole handful of H An okay read I guess but not as riveting as some I had to start it twice, and I put this book down for several weeks and read other things, which is never a good indication in my case Owen s father, captain of the Thrush that took Dido home from New Bedford to London turns up again, this time wounded and ill Reminiscent of the scene where Dido and Pen nurse Capt Casket back to health, isn t it But this time there s a mansion, two mysterious kids, a couple of witches and a whole handful of Hanoverians in the mix, not to mention Gentlemen of the Road It could have been a cracking good read, and was for awhile, but the whole thing about the plot against the Coronation just got sillier and sillier I found myself skimming the last 20 pages or so just to finish it The ending was simply chopped off short.I ve heard that the rest of the Wolves Chronicles aren t quite as good as the first few I gave up on The Stolen Lake and I see I m not the only one Shall I move on to Dido and Pa, or quit while I m ahead Answers on a postcard


  2. Abigail Abigail says:

    Dido Twite returns to England in this fifth entry in Joan Aiken s Wolves Chronicles, a series of wonderful alternative timeline fantasies Determined to get to London to deliver some dispatches vital to the Admiralty, Dido instead finds herself stranded on the London Road north of Chichester with an injured companion Here she must confront a variety of local mysteries and plots which, not surprisingly, are all part of a larger Hanoverian scheme.With a sinister and racing obsessed lady, a Caribb Dido Twite returns to England in this fifth entry in Joan Aiken s Wolves Chronicles, a series of wonderful alternative timeline fantasies Determined to get to London to deliver some dispatches vital to the Admiralty, Dido instead finds herself stranded on the London Road north of Chichester with an injured companion Here she must confront a variety of local mysteries and plots which, not surprisingly, are all part of a larger Hanoverian scheme.With a sinister and racing obsessed lady, a Caribbean witch, a local witch, a pair of twins separated at birth, a plot to extort money from a noble family, an assassination attempt involving rolling a cathedral off its foundations, and a group of patriotic rum runners Dido hasthan enough to contend with in this hilarious melodrama Aiken is in top form in this rollicking non stop adventure, peopled with her usual cast of quirky characters, and full of those improbable and highly satisfying plot developments for which she is justly famous.Sadly, this was the last title in Aiken s Wolves Chronicles that was illustrated, in this case by Susan Obrant.Addendum Because the reading order of this series is somewhat complicated, I have included this handy guide, which is organized by publication date, and which I recommend to prospective readers of the series, rather than the one offered here on Goodreads Reading Order for the Series 1 The Wolves of Willoughby Chase2 Black Hearts in Battersea3 Nightbirds on Nantucket4 The Whispering Mountain5 The Cuckoo Tree6 The Stolen Lake7 Dido and Pa8 Is Underground9 Cold Shoulder Road10 Dangerous Games11 Midwinter Nightingale12 The Witch of ClatteringshawsA few notes Is Underground is the American name for the British original, Is Similarly, Dangerous Games was originally published in Britain as Limbo Lodge The Wolves of Willoughby Chase features two characters that recur, but the two young heroines do not The Stolen Lake is the point at which the chronology becomes somewhat complicated, as it is the sixth book, but chronicles events that occur in between Night Birds on Nantucket 3 and The Cuckoo Tree 5 Is Underground or Is and Cold Shoulder Road both feature Is Twite, cousin to the main heroine, Dido They occur alongside the other books, and their position in the series is not chronologically relevant Dangerous Games Limbo Lodge is another title that backtracks in the chronology Although not technically part of the series, Aiken s Midnight Is a Place does occur in the same alternative timeline, and is set in Blastburn, the same imaginary city that features in the other books


  3. Chris Chris says:

    Our young heroine, Dido Twite, has finally returned to England after years away in furrin parts overseas but instead of a calm steady progress from the south coast to London, her place of birth, we find her hurtling in a death defying dash in the dark on a mission of the greatest urgency When the carriage and pair she and her fellow passenger, Captain Owen Hughes, are travelling in is stranded in the middle of nowhere after an accident, she is precipitated into an adventure involving co Our young heroine, Dido Twite, has finally returned to England after years away in furrin parts overseas but instead of a calm steady progress from the south coast to London, her place of birth, we find her hurtling in a death defying dash in the dark on a mission of the greatest urgency When the carriage and pair she and her fellow passenger, Captain Owen Hughes, are travelling in is stranded in the middle of nowhere after an accident, she is precipitated into an adventure involving conspiracies, inheritances, smuggling, witchery and, of course, danger.Naturally this is almost everything that one expects to find in one of Joan Aiken s Wolves Chronicles, but we also hope we ll encounter friendship, loyalty, bravery, honesty and resourcefulness, especially when we know that Dido is involved She ll need all those virtues in this further instalment of the alternate history series in which the Hanoverian monarchs are the pretenders to the British throne rather than the Stuarts.In addition, for Aiken fans there s the draw of knowing that much of this story is set in a corner of the world Joan knew very well part of the South Downs now in West Sussex, on the road running northeast from Chichester towards the historic town of Petworth Not only can we feel the genuine sense of place that comes with a novel set in real locations but also the emotional connections the author may have had for here albeit with frequent dark shadows obscuring our view.There are rather a lot of those dark shadows What reason could anyone have for stopping urgent dispatches getting to London before the new king s coronation Why do the Gentlemen whom Dido meets after the accident conceal their identities Who are the sinister old biddies associated with the mysterious Tegleaze Manor Who exactly are the two strange youngsters connected with this patch of Sussex countryside Why are Miles Mystery s mannikins causing unease in Petworth, and why does Dido find the tunes played by a hidden oboist oddly familiar And how is an elephant instrumental in helping thwart a dastardly plan to slide St Paul s Cathedral and its congregation into the Thames To say muchwould be to reveal too much of the ins and outs of this involving fantasy The story has a forward momentum which is scarcely held up by the usual cast of several dozen characters with which Aiken peoples the chronicles Lovers of literature will appreciate turns of phrase such as this, plucked at random, of a teenager s sad smile, like a wind ripple over a field of long grass while those with a penchant for detail and references will also enjoy cryptic allusions to Russell Thorndyke s Dr Syn novels, the image of the coat of arms of the Worshipful Company of Cutlers and the coincidence of title and publication date of Charles Dickens first novel, among many other examples.At the heart of The Cuckoo Tree, as with many of Joan Aiken s novels, lies love Dido Twite has been aching to get back home after voyaging around the world for a number of years on wild goose chases, her principal concern being to reconnect with people who showed her care and affection Will it be her father, or someone else in her depleted family Or will it be the young man who nursed her through an illness and who kindly gave her rides on his donkey All of a sudden she felt lonely almost choked with loneliness Tobit s got Cris, she thought, and Cap n Hughes has his boy Owen, but who ve I got Such thoughts were not sensible, she knewBut all the hospitality in the world is not the same has having someone of your own.Does she get someone of her own, or will she forever be the cuckoo in the nest Perusal of The Cuckoo Tree will point the way


  4. Peter Peter says:

    Dido Twite is a great heroine, all mouthy action, sharp elbows and ideas, and this is the first of the series I ve read where she s the main character, but I didn t enjoy this nearly as much as my other two forays into Joan Aiken s many books The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, and Black Hearts in Battersea which I thought were both brilliant Somehow the plot here is not as strong, it feels as if there s too much beginning and not enough end, because the denoument has brilliant possibilities, b Dido Twite is a great heroine, all mouthy action, sharp elbows and ideas, and this is the first of the series I ve read where she s the main character, but I didn t enjoy this nearly as much as my other two forays into Joan Aiken s many books The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, and Black Hearts in Battersea which I thought were both brilliant Somehow the plot here is not as strong, it feels as if there s too much beginning and not enough end, because the denoument has brilliant possibilities, but is dealt with rather fast Also the biggest disappointment for me in the book, there were no wolves, despite the fact the book starts with a big coach crash and Dido spends most of the time wandering round the countryside It still has a lot of fun stuff though including another of those outlandish and nefarious villainous plots that the baddies in Joan Aitken always seem to come up with


  5. Michael Fitzgerald Michael Fitzgerald says:

    This seemed to be kind of a rehash of earlier books in the series Battersea, Nightbirds It was ok, but nothing special I would rate it higher if those other books didn t exist The start of the book was largely realistic, so I nearly forgot how outlandish these books can get I think I liked the second half .I didn t feel that the somewhat abstract pen and ink Susan Obrant illustrations served the book well I believe the British edition was illustrated by Pat Marriott and the cover, at This seemed to be kind of a rehash of earlier books in the series Battersea, Nightbirds It was ok, but nothing special I would rate it higher if those other books didn t exist The start of the book was largely realistic, so I nearly forgot how outlandish these books can get I think I liked the second half .I didn t feel that the somewhat abstract pen and ink Susan Obrant illustrations served the book well I believe the British edition was illustrated by Pat Marriott and the cover, at least, looks really good


  6. Mary Mary says:

    Another fun read in this children s series These books are very well paced and once started it is difficult to put them down.


  7. Josephine Josephine says:

    Despite being labeled Wolves, 6 this was the fourth Aiken wrote I think that discrepancy threw me when I came back to these books after having devoured them as a child Not surprisingly, her writing style changed over the years, and it shows in these later Wolves books Or why there s still a debate about the order in which one should read C.S Lewis s Narnia books publication order or internal chronology order I don t like these later books quite as well as I do did the first three, thou Despite being labeled Wolves, 6 this was the fourth Aiken wrote I think that discrepancy threw me when I came back to these books after having devoured them as a child Not surprisingly, her writing style changed over the years, and it shows in these later Wolves books Or why there s still a debate about the order in which one should read C.S Lewis s Narnia books publication order or internal chronology order I don t like these later books quite as well as I do did the first three, though I don t know if that s because I came to them as an adult out of the intended audience age range or because of the changes in authorial style.The first three were fairly realistic Well, realistic allowing for the fact that they re set in an alternate history, wherein the throne of Great Britain is occupied by, not the Hanoverians but the Jacobites George is the pretender and James the King The later Wolves books seem a bitwoo woo than the earlier onessupernatural events and sub plots.Also, the first two sequels picked up with a secondary character from the previous book, Simon for Black Hearts of Battersea and Dido for Nightbirds on Nantucket I ll admit that Dido was my favorite character smart alecky, smart and street smart, tough as nails but ultimately honorable YetI can t help wondering about some of the secondary characters in the later books Dutiful Penitence, Chris and Tobit, your choice


  8. Karen Karen says:

    The further adventures of Dido Twite, this time somewhere in Cornwall or on Exmoor foiling a conspiracy to assassinate the new king Richard at his coronation Dido is marvellous as always, but most of the rest of the characters in this book are less interesting than others we have met in earlier books and the plot is a bit convoluted So only 3 stars this time.


  9. Janelle Janelle says:

    Dnf While I had planned to read the Wolves of Willoughby Chase series in its entirety, I just don t see the point when I m no longer enjoying it Seeing as I ve got over 600 books on my to read list, I think it s time I move on.


  10. Jane Jane says:

    I want to BE Dido Twite What a she ro she is Everything Indiana Jones faced rats, spiders, snakes, spies, treachery, magic Dido does it better.


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The Cuckoo Tree ❂ [EPUB] ✺ The Cuckoo Tree By Joan Aiken ➛ – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk While her friend Capt Hughes recovers from a carriage accident, Dido is marooned with the odd inhabitants of the Tegleaze estate Soon suspicious things happen a priceless possession is stolen, a boy k While her friend Capt Hughes recovers from a carriage accident, Dido is marooned with the odd inhabitants of the Tegleaze estate Soon suspicious things happen a priceless possession is stolen, a boy kidnapped, a twin sister found and when Dido catches a glimpse of her rascally father in Petworth, she is sure she is in the midst of another wicked Hanoverian The Cuckoo ePUB Ò plot Can she combat mass hypnotism, smugglers, and a gang of murderers to prevent the plot to put St Paul s Cathedral in the River Thames.

  • Hardcover
  • 306 pages
  • The Cuckoo Tree
  • Joan Aiken
  • 19 April 2017
  • 0385030711

About the Author: Joan Aiken

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 storiesShe 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 The Cuckoo ePUB Ò 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 and the Edgar Allan Poe Award 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 worldAnother 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 kowskiHer many novels for adults include several that continue or complement novels by Jane Austen These include Mansfield Revisited and Jane FairfaxAiken 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.