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Johnston, Jennifer 1930-

Works: 178 works in 683 publications in 3 languages and 12,624 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Juvenile works  History  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Christmas stories 
Roles: Illustrator, Performer, Editor
Classifications: PR6060.O394, 823.914
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The great shark escape by Jennifer Johnston ( Book )
6 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Miss Frizzle's class travel under the ocean
How many miles to Babylon? A novel by Jennifer Johnston ( Book )
38 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The story of two young Irishmen who become friends despite their class differences and whose friendship endures the strains of World War I, until one of the young men deserts and must face a firing squad commanded by his friend
The old jest by Jennifer Johnston ( Book )
42 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Winner of the Whitbread Literary Award for Best Novel: In the wake of the Great War, a young woman’s life is turned upside down when she befriends a soldier of the grisly struggle on Ireland’s horizon Nancy lives with her aunt and ailing grandfather in a seaside town not far from Dublin. Eighteen and about to go to university, Nancy has spent her summer consumed in part by unrequited thoughts of her first love, Harry, a man eight years her senior. Nancy’s one haven is the beach, where she has discovered an abandoned hut and claimed it as her personal sanctuary. One day, she arrives there to find that her inner sanctum has been invaded by a grizzled and desperate-looking man whom she names Cassius. An IRA foot soldier on the run, Cassius becomes something of a father figure to Nancy, and in a pivotal moment she agrees to deliver a message for him—a decision that will change her life forever. A beautiful coming-of-age novel set against the nascent Irish Troubles, The Old Jest is an award-winning portrait of loyalty, loss, and of one fateful encounter that propels a young woman into adulthood
Shadows on our skin by Jennifer Johnston ( Book )
41 editions published between 1977 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 852 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize: In the midst of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, a young schoolboy struggles to escape the destruction storming around him Inside his home in Derry, Joe Logan’s life is ruled by his tormented father; outside, by the tension and violence of the Troubles. Sometimes his father makes him run errands despite the nearby reports of gunfire. Other times his mother, afraid to be alone with her volatile and war-wounded husband, confines Joe to the home. A bright and sensitive young man, Joe finds solace and freedom in writing—a pursuit encouraged by Kathleen Doherty, a young teacher at a nearby school whom he meets and befriends. In Kathleen, Joe has found a friend who understands him, makes him laugh, and allows him to forget his burdens for a time. But everything changes when his brother, Brendan, arrives home from London, newly energized to join the raging fray, and cavalierly bringing the war straight into their home
Fool's sanctuary by Jennifer Johnston ( Book )
25 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 792 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
It is 1920's and Ireland is on the brink of war. In Miranda's world politics washes like at tide. Loyalty, romance and friendship are fractured by betrayal and the gunman's fight for freedom, honour and pride.__
The Christmas tree by Jennifer Johnston ( Book )
27 editions published between 1981 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Set in Ireland. Constance Keating, alienated from her family, returns to her family home to die._
The railway station man by Jennifer Johnston ( Book )
29 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and held by 692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Portrays the life of an Irish widow whose purpose for existence is stirred by a World War II veteran and is marred by the politics of the time and region
The invisible worm by Jennifer Johnston ( Book )
22 editions published between 1991 and 1999 in English and held by 625 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Laura's father, the Senator, has died, and now Laura remembers and reconsiders how her family was overwhelmed by past secrets
The illusionist by Jennifer Johnston ( Book )
30 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hovedpersonen, en midaldrende, irsk, kvindelig forfatter får besøg af sin voksne datter, som blev hos faderen, da moderen år tilbage forlod sin mand. I tilbageblik berettes om det undertrykkende ægteskab
Grace and truth by Jennifer Johnston ( Book )
14 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sally, a successful actress, has been told by her husband Charlie that he is leaving her. Sally begins to doubt herself and wonders if she is difficult to live with. She reminisces her childhood years and her lonely secretive unmarried mother who kept her at home with her, not allowing her to mix with other children. Sally wonders who she really is, and contacts her grandfather a reserved, dignified old Bishop
Foolish mortals by Jennifer Johnston ( Book )
17 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
After Ciara's estranged father is nearly killed by his second wife in a car accident - or was it an accident? - Ciara begins, gingerly, to re-enter his life. As her troubled family gather for the holidays, is it too much to hope that they might begin to find peace at last? Of course it is. With cross-dressing twins, new loves and an unpredictably monstrous matriarch, Christmas was never going to be easy. But it proves both more disastrous and happier than any of them could have guessed
Truth or fiction by Jennifer Johnston ( Book )
13 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When journalist Caroline Wallace is asked to go to Dublin to meet Desmond Fitzmaurice, a literary giant of the 30s, she finds it hard to care about a writer whose star faded a very long time ago. But in Desmond's quiet house, and quiet life, Caroline finds much, much more than she bargained for
The gingerbread woman by Jennifer Johnston ( Book )
17 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A powerful novel, by one of Ireland’s preeminent writers, of two damaged people and their fateful, restorative friendship For Laurence, trauma came in the form of a random act of violence that claimed his wife and daughter a decade ago. For Clara, it was something she has kept hidden, confined to her own memory and unknown to those closest to her. By chance, they meet atop a cliff overlooking Dublin Bay, where Laurence finds Clara standing uncomfortably close to the edge. Days later they encounter each other again, this time at a pub, and begin a tentative friendship rooted in their kindred heartbreak. Through conversations at once witty, somber, and cuttingly honest, they find a soothing sense of connection and respite from their own lonely grieving. Poignant and engrossing, The Gingerbread Woman is a stirring novel of love and mourning, and of the unlikely friendship that leads two broken people toward a renewed sense of hope
This is not a novel by Jennifer Johnston ( Book )
14 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"I was eighteen years two months and two days when my father came to see me in the nursing home and told me that Johnny was dead. Drowned. Lost at sea." "Johnny, an outstanding young swimmer, went missing nearly thirty years ago: drowned, or so everyone except his sister Imogen, the narrator of Jennifer Johnston's novel, believes." "The event literally leaves Imogen speechless, for how could this happen? Johnny, encouraged, pushed even, from a child by his father, could have made the Olympic team, couldn't he? In the company of his friend Bruno, the handsome young German tutor, Imogen has seen him slicing through the water, staying out for hours before racing back gleaming. She has sailed with the two young men out across the bay that lies beneath the old stone house Great Grandfather bought at the beginning of the century."--BOOK JACKET
Shadowstory by Jennifer Johnston ( Book )
10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A novel
The captains and the kings by Jennifer Johnston ( Book )
34 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Winner of the Author’s Club First Novel Award: Alone with melancholic memories of his past, a widower finds new life after striking up a friendship with a village boy In County Wicklow, south of Dublin, Mr. Prendergast lives alone in the Big House of his village. A remnant of the long-gone days of the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy, Prendergast’s mansion has been witness to many of the most important years of his life, including his childhood, marked by his mother’s open preference for his older brother, Alexander. Following Alexander’s death in the First World War, Prendergast traveled the world, returning home decades later to a greatly changed place. Now in the 1970s, his wife and daughter are both gone, leaving the house an empty monument to his isolation and melancholy. But when the young, redheaded Diarmid arrives on Prendergast’s doorstep, the boy’s thrill at the house’s history sparks an unlikely friendship—one that revives in Prendergast a sense of vitality and sets in motion a final, fateful confrontation with the outside world he’d shunned for so many years
Two moons by Jennifer Johnston ( Book )
14 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mimi og hendes datter Grace, som bor i et hus ud til Dublin-bugten, får uventet besøg af Graces datter Polly og hendes nye ven, et besøg, som får indflydelse på deres fremtidige liv og og bringer minder fra fortiden til live
The gates by Jennifer Johnston ( Book )
27 editions published between 1973 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The essential Jennifer Johnston by Jennifer Johnston ( Book )
10 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A sixpenny song by Jennifer Johnston ( Book )
5 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Johnston, J.
English (440)
German (1)
Italian (1)