The Witch of Clatteringshaws lives in Scotland in a disused Ladies Convenience - not at all convenient, the plumbing having long been smashed. In London, Simon Battersea, unhappily settled on the throne of England, is forced to live in St Jame's Palace with his good friend, Dido Twite. Never has Joan Aiken's wild imagination been more in evidence as Dido, travelling north to investigate a false claimant to the throne, is confronted by abandoned children, monsters and murderers, while Simon has to defend his country against invading Wends.
Their instinct to go north is a good one for it is the witch, Malise, who provides the key to everyone's troubles in a wonderfully swift and extravagant climax. A tremendous read and a truly satisfying ending to the Dido and Simon saga.
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"Dido, a child Odysseus, is one of the great fictional heroines" (Amanda Craig The Times)
"What I relish in particular is the swiftness of the telling, the vigour with which brilliant moments of perception seem to be imporvised in the sheer delight of the onward rush of the story" (Philip Pullman)
""Quirky" is a word which could have been invented to describe the books in this series . . . What they are, first and foremost, is fun" (Philip Ardagh Observer)
"To the last, energy and invention show no sign of flapping" (Jan Mark TES)
"Brilliant in its own right, The Witch of Clatteringshaws is also a wholly satisfying ending to Joan Aiken's long-running and original saga of Dido Twite and her friend Simon Battersea" (Julia Eccleshare Guardian)
The last book in The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (James III) saga. Simon Battersea, now King of England, is not happy with his lot but his old friend, Dido Twite, anxious to release him from his royal duties, sets off to Scotland in search of another heir to the throne. Enlisting the help of the Witch of Clatteringshaws, she fulfills her mission. A satisfying end to an epic series of books.
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Book Description Red Fox, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099464063