Virago to publish Aiken’s Armitage stories

Virago to publish Aiken’s Armitage stories

Virago Modern Classics will this August publish a collection of the Armitage Family stories by Joan Aiken.

The Serial Garden will be the first collection of the stories ever printed in the UK, and will be published in paperback on the 8th August (£8.99).

Aiken penned her first story about the Armitages – two children called Mark and Harriet – when she was 19. In the stories, Mark and Harriet Armitage encounter fairy godmothers and pet unicorns while dealing with Latin lessons with a ghost, furious Furies on the doorstep, and an enchanted garden locked inside a cereal packet.

She continued writing the stories throughout her life and penned the final one in 2003, the year before her death.

Aiken (1924-2004) was one of the 20th century’s best-loved children’s authors. Her most popular book, The Wolves of Willoughy Chase, published in 1962 by Jonathan Cape, won the Lewis Carroll Prize.