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Obras por Jan Mark

Thunder and Lightnings (1976) 84 exemplares
The Ennead (1978) 64 exemplares
Useful Idiots (2004) 63 exemplares
The Eclipse of the Century (1999) 55 exemplares
Lady Long Legs (1999) 50 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Children’s Stories (1993) — Editor — 43 exemplares
Fur (1986) 43 exemplares
Handles (1983) 41 exemplares
Nothing to Be Afraid of (1980) 38 exemplares
The Snow Maze (1992) 37 exemplares
Presents from Grandma (1988) 37 exemplares
Turbulence (2005) 35 exemplares
The Midas Touch (1999) 34 exemplares
Riding Tycho (2005) 29 exemplares
God's Story: How He Made Mankind (1997) 27 exemplares
Voyager (2006) 26 exemplares
They Do Things Differently There (1994) 26 exemplares
Fun with Mrs. Thumb (1993) 24 exemplares
Stratford Boys (2003) 23 exemplares
Feet and Other Stories (1983) 21 exemplares
The Tale of Tobias (1996) 20 exemplares
Aquarius (1982) 20 exemplares
Heathrow Nights (2000) 19 exemplares
Divide and Rule (Plus) (1978) 18 exemplares
Under the Red Elephant (1995) 18 exemplares
Zeno Was Here (1987) 17 exemplares
King John and the Abbot (2006) 16 exemplares
Fun (1987) 16 exemplares
Something in the Air (2003) 16 exemplares
This Bowl of Earth (1993) 15 exemplares
Robin Hood all at Sea (2005) 15 exemplares
The Hillingdon Fox (Plus) (1991) 15 exemplares
In Black and White (1991) 13 exemplares
A Fine Summer Knight (1995) 12 exemplares
Carrot Tops and Cottontails (1993) 12 exemplares
The Electric Telepath (2005) 11 exemplares
William's Version (Literacy 2000) (1990) 10 exemplares
Silly Tails (1993) 10 exemplares
Strat and Chatto (1989) 9 exemplares
The Lady with Iron Bones (2001) 9 exemplares
Road Closed (2006) 9 exemplares
Long Lost (Shock Shop) (2002) 9 exemplares
Eyes Wide Open (Black Cats) (2003) 9 exemplares
Mr. Dickens Hits Town (1999) 9 exemplares
My Frog and I (Mammoth Read) (1997) 8 exemplares
Rats: Wild Reads (2009) 8 exemplares
Great Frog and Mighty Moose (1992) 8 exemplares
The Twig Thing (1990) 8 exemplares
Haddock (Picture books) (1994) 7 exemplares
Shipwrecks (Oxford Reds) (2001) 7 exemplares
The Sighting (1997) 7 exemplares
Man in Motion (Puffin Books) (1991) 6 exemplares
Dream House (1987) 6 exemplares
Worry Guts (Pelican Big Books) (1998) 5 exemplares
Do You Read Me? (New Windmills) (1994) 4 exemplares
Rats (Oxford Reds) (2001) 3 exemplares
Frankie's Hat (Plus S.) (1988) 3 exemplares
The Mermaid of Banff (1992) 2 exemplares
A Worm's Eye View (1997) 2 exemplares
Allô, c'est moi ! (1992) 2 exemplares
Billys Raupe (1989) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Random House Book of Ghost Stories (1991) — Contribuidor — 130 exemplares
An Oxford Book of Christmas Stories (1986) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
The Young Oxford Book of Ghost Stories (1994) — Contribuidor — 37 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Scary Tales (1992) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares
Is Anyone There? (1978) — Contribuidor — 27 exemplares
The Ghost Story Treasury (1987) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Love Stories (1997) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Hundreds and Hundreds (1984) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Dollmaker and Other Sinister Stories (1982) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Snapshots (1995) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Beware! Beware!: Chilling Tales (1989) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Supernatural Stories: Thirteen Tales of the Unexpected (1987) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Signal 59 : appoaches to children's books, May 1989 (1989) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Signal 62 : appoaches to children's books, May 1990 (1990) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Stories of Adolescence (1979) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Young Winter's Tales 8 (1978) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

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Mark, Janet Marjorie Brisland
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Welwyn, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Local de falecimento
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Locais de residência
Kent, England, UK
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
short-story writer
children's book author

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Janet Marjorie Brisland married Neil Mark, and the couple had two children before the marriage ended in divorce. Jan Mark began her career as an author only in her mid-thirties, and was the author of numerous children’s books. She received the Carnegie Medal for her her works Thunder and Lightning (1977) and Handles (1983). She was a runner-up posthumously a third time for her work Turbulence (2005).




An unusual YA novel set in a city where a rather meaningless religion staggers on with a dwindling congregation. Hanno is a young man of 18 who is likeable and happy go lucky though a disappointment to his father and older brother. Hanno prefers to run a hand to mouth business using his river boat rather than join the family pottery. He is also concealing his worsening eyesight. The temple chooses a ritual shepherd every year and Hanno is horrified to be chosen especially as it becomes clear that he will be a virtual prisoner in the temple in what eventually proves to be a climate of physical and psychological bullying. As well as the dysfunctional guardians, handmaidens and priest, the temple houses a harmless madman who makes pronouncements about his own death.

As the year progresses, Hanno becomes increasingly alienated and disoriented especially when a disastrous visit to his father seems to show that his father can't wait to get rid of him again. His brother never visits. Hanno's loss of identity, the abusive treatment he receives, and deterioration of his health takes a worse turn when the lunatic dies and is abruptly cast as a infallible prophet, with Hanno allocated a key role in his burgeoning cult, a cult which brings large new congregations and prosperity to the temple. Ultimately the story deals with the sinister side of organised religion and has a rather sad ending.
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kitsune_reader | Nov 23, 2023 |
I like this version of the King Midas story in which the only person harmed by his greedy wish is himself. Why ever do modern versions in children's books mention the king's daughter also being turned to gold? And the slyness of Dionysius! Surely a tale to caution people about what they ask for. Fortunately, Dionysius is willing to change him back, if the King is willing to risk his life.
I also like the introductory page, which explains about satyrs, centaurs, and hamadryads.
juniperSun | 2 outras críticas | Dec 20, 2022 |

I was moved to search this out by a memory of hearing one of the stories, "Who's A Pretty Boy Then?", a chilling tale of haunted budgerigars, on Radio 4 one morning in 1982. It's a collection of nine short stories for older kids (mostly set around school or family), all of them with elements of horror, most (but not all) with reassuring endings. They are all really good; the other one that particularly stands out for me is "Old Money", about a cursed shilling coin. I don't think I had come across Jan Mark otherwise; I see she won the Carnegie Medal twice, for books I haven't read (Thunder and Lightnings and Handles). One of those authors who if you see one of her books in a second-hand shop, it's probably worth getting it for a younger friend or relative who you can then borrow it from.… (mais)
nwhyte | 1 outra crítica | Dec 28, 2019 |



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