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Diana Wynne Jones

Diana Wynne Jones (born 1934) is a writer of fantasy novels for children and adults, as well as a small amount of non-fiction.

Her most famous series is the 'Chrestomanci Series'. These books tell of the adventures of a nine-lived enchanter in a series of connected worlds who is responsible for preventing the misuse of magic. The series so far contains:

  • Charmed Life
  • The Lives of Christopher Chant
  • The Magicians of Caprona
  • Witch Week
  • Mixed Magics (contains Chrestomanci short stories)

The Harry Potter books are frequently compared to the works of Diana Wynne Jones. Many of her earlier children's books were out of print in recent years, and they are now being re-issued for the young audience whose interest in fantasy and reading was spurred by Harry Potter.

There is now a dedicated Diana Wynne Jones wiki (http://www.suberic.net/cgi-bin/dwj/wiki.cgi?Diana_Wynne_Jones_Wikipedia_Home) (inspired by, but otherwise unconnected with, Wikipedia).

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  • Archer's Goon (1984: Boston Globe - Horn Book Honor Book)
  • Aunt Maria (US Title) / Black Maria (UK Title)
  • Believing is Seeing (Collection
  • Cart and Cwidder (Series: Dalemark Quartet)
  • "Chair Person" in Stopping for a Spell
  • Changeover
  • Charmed Life (Series: Chrestomanci) 1977: Carnegie Medal Commended; 1978: Guardian Children's Fiction Award; Preis der Leseratten (ZDF Schülerexpress, Germany)
  • Crown of Dalemark (Series: Dalemark Quartet)
  • The Dark Lord of Derkholm (Series: Derkholm) [1999: Mythopoeic Fantasy Award.] Jones' remarks on winning the award. (http://www.mythsoc.org/a99remarks)
  • Deep Secret (Marketed to adults)
  • Dogsbody [1975: Carnegie Medal Commended]
  • Drowned Ammet (Series: Dalemark Quartet)
  • Eight Days of Luke
  • Everard's Ride (Collection)
  • Fire and Hemlock [1986: Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, nominated]
  • The Four Grannies in Stopping for a Spell
  • Hexwood
  • Hidden Turnings (Collection)
  • The Homeward Bounders
  • Howl's Moving Castle (Series: Castle) [1986: Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor]
  • Castle in the Air (Series: Castle) [1992: Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, nominated]
  • The Lives of Christopher Chant (Series: Chrestomanci) [1988: Carnegie Medal Commended]
  • The Magicians of Caprona (Series: Chrestomanci)
  • Minor Arcana (Collection) [1996: British Fantasy Award, nominated]
  • The Ogre Downstairs
  • The Power of Three [1977: Guardian Children's Fiction Award Commended; Silberner Griffel (Netherlands]
  • Puss in Boots
  • Stopping for a Spell (Collection)
  • The Spellcoats (Series: Dalemark Quartet)
  • A Sudden Wild Magic (Marketed to adults) [1996: British Fantasy Award, nominated]
  • A Tale of Time City
  • The Time of the Ghost
  • Warlock at the Wheel (Collection; partially series: Chrestomanci)
  • Who Got Rid of Angus Flint?
  • Wild Robert
  • Witch Week (Series: Chrestomanci)
  • Wilkin's Tooth (UK) / Witch's Business (US)
  • Year of the Griffin (Series: Derkholm)
  • Yes, Dear


  • Fantasy Stories
  • Minor Arcana
  • Believing is Seeing

Non-Fiction or Poetry

  • Now We Are Sick
  • the Medusa article in which Diana discuss her opinions of adult literature as opposed to children's literature.
  • "The Shape of the Narrative in The Lord of The Rings" in the collection Everard's Ride
  • The Skiver's Guide
  • Tough Guide to Fantasyland [1997: Hugo Award for Nonfiction, nominated]

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