Eva Ibbotson (1925-2010) was a British novelist of romance and children’s/YA fantasy novels. Eva was born in Vienna, Austria, but her family moved to England when Hitler gained power. She was educated at Bedford College, Cambridge University and the University of Durham. She had originally wanted to be a physiologist, but when she realized the amount of animal testing that she would have to do, she changed her mind. Eva ended up getting married and raising a family and becoming a teacher. She began as a television writer, and 10 years later, a children’s writer. Her books are imaginative and humourous, and most of them feature magical creatures and places (even though she did not like thinking about the supernatural), and created the characters because she wanted to decrease her readers’ fear of such things.

Eva Ibbotson made her debut as a published author in 1975 with the book The Great Ghost Rescue. Below is a list of Eva Ibbotson’s books in order of when they were first published:

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Great Ghost Rescue (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Which Witch? (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Countess Below Stairs / The Secret Countess (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Reluctant Heiress / Magic Flutes (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Worm & The Toffee Nosed Princess (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Company of Swans (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Haunting of Granite Falls (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Haunting of Hiram C. Hopgood (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Madensky Square (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Not Just a Witch (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Morning Gift (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Secret of Platform 13 (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dial-a-Ghost (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Song for Summer (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Island of the Aunts (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Journey to the River Sea (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Star of Kazan (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Beasts of Clawstone Castle (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Dragonfly Pool (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Ogre of Oglefort (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
One Dog and His Boy (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

A Glove Shop in Vienna and Other Stories (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Let Sleeping Sea-Monsters Lie and Other Cautionary Tales (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Picture Books

The Abominables (With: Jamie Littler) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Notes: A Countess Below Stairs was also published as The Secret Countess. Magic Flutes was also titled The Reluctant Heiress. The Haunting of Hiram C. Hopgood was also known as The Haunting of Hiram and as The Haunting of Granite Falls. Monster Mission was alternately titled Island of the Aunts.

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Eva Ibbotson Synopses: The Great Ghost Rescue by Eva Ibbotson is a standalone novel. The ghosts of Britain are in need of sanctuary. Castles with central heating, bogs drained for motorways, dismal forests cleared for car parks-there are few places left for a respectable ghost to haunt. Humphrey the Horrible (actually his name is simply Humphrey-he added “the Horrible” to help himself become horrible) is a small, mostly unsuccessful ghost in a family of ghastly ghouls. His mother worries. But Humphrey has enough pluck to befriend a smart, politically aware schoolboy, Rick Henderson, who is willing to take the ghosts’ cause right to the top, to 10 Downing Street – home of the Prime Minister.

Which Witch? is a standalone title by Eva Ibbotson. Arriman the Awful, feared Wizard of the North, has decided to marry. But his wife must be a witch of the darkest powers… A sorcery competition is held to discover which witch is the most potent and fiendish, and glamorous Madame Olympia conjures up a thousand plague-bearing rats! Belladonna, the white witch, desperately wants to be a wicked enchantress, but her magic produces flowers instead of snakes. How can she become more devilish than all the other witches?

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