Books in Print

For Adults
How The Heather Looks. A Joyous Journey To The British Sources Of Children’s Books.

As a young married woman, Joan went with her husband and children to seek out those places in England where Winnie-the-Pooh and Toad and the Swallows and Amazons really lived. This is the story of that journey. Much pain was to come to Joan later, but here she celebrates her delight both in her family and in the richness of the children’s literary world.

Toronto, ON: McClelland & Stewart, 1999. ISBN: 07710-1118-0
The Crack In The Teacup. The Life Of An Old Woman Steeped In Stories.

The title tells all! Joan looks back over her years from the perspective of old age. She sees the binding threads and connections; she explores the shaping influences of literature and her own particular time in history on her life. She speaks frankly of sexuality, of mystery and of loss.

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Toronto, ON: McClelland & Stewart, 2000. ISBN: 0-7710-1119-9
For Children

First published in 1979, as Clever-Lazy, The Girl Who Invented Herself, this is the story of a wonderfully strong and interesting heroine who fulfils her mother’s wish that she be “clever enough to be lazy and lazy enough to be clever.” Set in China, the book is filled with adventures involving magic and humanity and good, plain common sense.

Toronto, ON: Tundra Books, 1997. ISBN: 0-88776-418-5
The Forest Family.

Joan weaves ancient stories and characters into this tale of a family whose father is called away to war only to return home in need of redemption. Ruth and Naomi, Sir Gawain, Great Pan, the Green Knight and many others all have their parts to play in bringing about a conclusion which is not “all sunshine” but does offer the beauty of “dappled light.”

Illustrated by Mark Lang.

Toronto, ON: Tundra Books, 1999. ISBN: 0-88776-485-1
Tales Of Court And Castle.

Joan’s last book. A collection of her favourite tales. Included are Tristan, Childe Rowland, Burd Janet and others from among the heroes and heroines she cared for, as a storyteller, so much.

Illustrated by Mark Lang.

Toronto, ON: Tundra Books, 2003. ISBN: 0-88776-614-5