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Peter Dickinson, 1927-2015

One-of-a-kind British writer Peter Dickinson died in December at age eighty-eight. His work cannot be easily categorized: a prolific author, he wrote everything from adult detective novels to speculative YA science fiction to heart-stopping adventures to intriguing almost-fantasies. The protagonists in his work for children range from an American-missionary boy who finds himself trekking through […]

Reviews of select titles by Peter Dickinson

Heartsease by Peter Dickinson; illus. by Nathan Goldstein Little      223 pp. 1969     $4.95 A companion to The Weathermonger, set in a future time in England after the “Changes” which caused man to retrogress to dark medieval ways and to outlaw machines. Again, witchcraft is an element in the story, and again some of the few […]

Masks

by Peter Dickinson The story of Lord George Hell was, I think, told by Max Beerbohm. But for me it is a story in the oral tradition, as told to a group of small boys by a schoolteacher of genius, on Sunday evenings after the even smaller boys had gone to bed, and we were […]