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Peter Dickinson (1) (1927–2015)

Autor(a) de Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits

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About the Author

Peter Dickinson was born in Livingstone, Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia on December 16, 1927. He served in the British Army before receiving a B.A. in English literature from King's College, Cambridge in 1951. He was an assistant editor and reviewer for Punch Magazine for seventeen years. His first mostrar mais book, The Weathermonger, was published in 1968. He has written over 50 books for adults and young adults. His works for adults include Death of a Unicorn, Skeleton-in-Waiting, Perfect Gallows, The Yellow Room Conspiracy, and Some Deaths Before Dying. His works for young adults include The Iron Lion, The Ropemaker, Angel Isle, and In the Palace of the Khans. He has won several awards including the Boston Globe Horn Book Award in 1989 for Eva, the Carnegie Medal in 1979 for Tulku and in 1980 for City of Gold, the Whitbread Children's Prize for Tulku, and the Crime Writer's Golden Dagger for Skin Deep in 1968 and A Pride of Heroes in 1969. In 2009, he was awarded the OBE for services to literature. He died after a brief illness on December 16, 2015 at the age of 88. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por Peter Dickinson

Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits (2002) — Autor — 891 exemplares
The Ropemaker (2001) 669 exemplares
Eva (1988) 659 exemplares
The Flight of Dragons (1979) 467 exemplares
Fire: Tales of Elemental Spirits (2009) — Autor — 394 exemplares
A Bone From a Dry Sea (1992) 313 exemplares
The Kin (1998) 283 exemplares
The Weathermonger (1968) 262 exemplares
The Blue Hawk (1976) 256 exemplares
King and Joker (1976) 213 exemplares
The Tears of the Salamander (2003) 205 exemplares
The Glass-Sided Ants' Nest (1968) 203 exemplares
Tulku (1979) 189 exemplares
The Old English Peep Show (1969) 186 exemplares
The Devil's Children (1970) 178 exemplares
The Poison Oracle (1974) 168 exemplares
Death of a Unicorn (1984) 164 exemplares
The Yellow Room Conspiracy (1994) 159 exemplares
Heartsease (1969) 159 exemplares
Angel Isle (2006) 156 exemplares
AK (1990) 150 exemplares
The Changes: A Trilogy (1975) 141 exemplares
The Dancing Bear (1972) 130 exemplares
Merlin Dreams (1988) 124 exemplares
Hindsight (1983) 115 exemplares
One Foot in the Grave (1979) 114 exemplares
The Last Houseparty (1982) 114 exemplares
The Gift (1973) 112 exemplares
Suth's Story (1998) 105 exemplares
Some Deaths Before Dying (1999) 104 exemplares
The Lively Dead (1975) 103 exemplares
Walking Dead (1977) 101 exemplares
The Green Gene (1973) 100 exemplares
Skeleton-in-Waiting (1989) 97 exemplares
Play Dead (1991) 90 exemplares
Sleep and His Brother (1971) 90 exemplares
The Lizard in the Cup (1972) 89 exemplares
Perfect Gallows (1988) 89 exemplares
The Kin: Po's Story (1998) 85 exemplares
Emma Tupper's Diary (1971) 77 exemplares
Tefuga (1986) 76 exemplares
The Seventh Raven (1981) 73 exemplares
The Sinful Stones (1970) 71 exemplares
A Summer in the Twenties (1987) 70 exemplares
Noli's Story (1998) 70 exemplares
Earth and Air (2012) 69 exemplares
Healer (1983) 68 exemplares
Time and the Clock Mice (1994) 68 exemplares
Mana's Story (1998) 66 exemplares
The Lion Tamer's Daughter (1997) 60 exemplares
Box of Nothing (1985) 55 exemplares
Inside Grandad (2004) 54 exemplares
Annerton Pit (1977) 49 exemplares
Chuck and Danielle (1996) 47 exemplares
Shadow of a Hero (1994) 44 exemplares
Giant Cold (1984) 24 exemplares
Chance, Luck, and Destiny (1975) 23 exemplares
In the Palace of the Khans (2012) 18 exemplares
Touch and Go (1999) 14 exemplares
The Iron Lion (1983) 10 exemplares
Hepzibah (1978) 9 exemplares
Hundreds and Hundreds (1984) — Editor; Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Flight [short story] (1985) 4 exemplares
Mole Hole (1987) 3 exemplares
Mermaid Song [novelette] (2002) 2 exemplares
Kraken [novelette] (2002) 1 exemplar
Phoenix [short fiction] (2009) 1 exemplar
L'Oracle empoisonné (2004) 1 exemplar
Fireworm [short fiction] (2009) 1 exemplar
Sea Serpent [novella] (2002) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886) — Posfácio, algumas edições3,089 exemplares
Imaginary Lands (1985) — Contribuidor — 348 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixteenth Annual Collection (2003) — Contribuidor — 235 exemplares
Horse Tales (1976) — Contribuidor — 73 exemplares
Verdict of 13 (1978) — Contribuidor — 69 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 12 (1986) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
The Flight of Dragons [1982 film] (1996) — Original book — 21 exemplares
The After Midnight Ghost Book (1980) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
Guardian Angels (1987) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Beware! Beware!: Chilling Tales (1989) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 6, February 1975 (1975) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Young Winter's Tales 6 (1975) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Dickinson, Peter Malcolm de Brissac
Outros nomes
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
País (no mapa)
England, UK
Local de nascimento
Livingstone, Zambia
Local de falecimento
Winchester, Hampshire, England, UK
Locais de residência
Hampshire, England, UK
Livingstone, Zambia
University of Cambridge (King's College)
Eton College, Eton, Berkshire, England, UK
McKinley, Robin (wife)
Dickinson, John (son)
Crime Writers' Association
British Army (1946-1948)
Punch magazine
Prémios e menções honrosas
"Michael L. Printz (2002)", "Mythopoeic Society Fantasy Award (2002)"
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Peter Dickinson was born and raised in Livingstone, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). He received his Bachelor of Arts degree at King's College, Cambridge in 1951. He not only served in the British Army, but also as assistant editor and reviewer for Punch Magazine for seventeen years.
He has written several novels for adults, a television series for juveniles and many books for young people. Keeping track of the audience for whom he is writing is not a problem. He knows the voice in which he is writing and does not have to constantly remind himself. Many of his protagonists are female. He says, "...women are more observant. I think that girls are much more aware of social matters than boys, and therefore make much more interesting observers."

Over the years, Peter Dickinson has won many awards for his novels. In 1982 he was placed on the International Board of Books for Young People Honor List for Tulku and The Iron Lion was selected one of New York Times Notable Books. In 1989 he won the Boston Globe‚Horn Book Award for Eva.



I first read this years ago.An entertaining murder mystery set in an alternate timeline where the eldest son of Edward VII and Alexandra survived to become king instead of his younger brother George V. The main difference in the timeline is the royal family. They're an interesting bunch. And the murder mystery is fun to try and solve.

But on rereading it, something King Victor II, Louise's father, does really shocked me. It was written in 1975 but still.
LizTuckwell | 4 outras críticas | Dec 5, 2023 |
Gorgeous book with fabulous illustrations.
kitsune_reader | 5 outras críticas | Nov 23, 2023 |
The publisher's overview: In two parallel stories, an intelligent female member of a prehistoric tribe becomes instrumental in advancing the lot of her people; in a modern segment, the daughter of a paleontologist is visiting him on a dig in Africa when important fossil remains are discovered.

Dickinsen's dual timelines were very effective, a format that is often disruptive to the story flow. Reader engagement stays high and the tensions in both the prehistoric backstory and the modern era when the fossil hunters find hominid remains builds successfully.

The main characters are well-drawn: Li, in prehistoric times and Vinny, in the modern era. Li's story was an imaginary excursion into an early evolutionary period in hominids transiting life built around an aquatic environment to a terrestrial existence. While much of this aspect is purely fantasy, it was a marvellous underpinning for the African paleontology expedition where Vinny's father was working.

Technically, a very questionable standard of behaviour for excavating fossils by Dr. Hamiska (the leader of this investigation) was part of the story. He was a glory hog (not an uncommon problem in scientific group research). Hamiska destroyed more finds than were gained by his greedy, careless digging, counteracting the meticulous work of others. This aspect detracted my enjoyment of the archaeological work, making the personalities dominate the story and setting up strife between genuinely good experts and Hamiska's ham-handed nastiness. When good scientific practice by the lead investigator was so negligible, the narrative lost its focus in tying the fossil finds to the intriguing prehistoric story.

However, Hamiska's malice leads to a hugely satisfying dénouement. While some readers may find this a contrived plot device, such antics have become very common as tribal nations find their place on the world stage and take over control of their own pre- and early-historical resources.

The political undercurrents of academia and political interference were a truly insightful theme to develop in YA reading. Too often the glory and fame of so-called leading scientists ignore the reality that teamwork and collaboration can be overset by these factors. While Dickinsen downplayed this in the beginning, the theme developed in a realistic scenario. The novel left me wanting more story about the further career of Vinny's father and Mary Ana, one of the other scientists who was to continue on the dig.
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SandyAMcPherson | 6 outras críticas | Sep 1, 2023 |
Not quite a mystery, nor did it fulfill the expectations I'd developed for the author's style. Still nicely written and an interesting glimpse of a particular setting. I'm willing to try another, I just don't think I picked the right book to start with.
Kiramke | 6 outras críticas | Jun 27, 2023 |



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