Wizardology by Dugald Steer


Written by Dugald Steer

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Much, much more than a book, this is an unforgettable experience in everything anyone could possibly dream up about wizards and their world. Inventive in every dimension from the basic idea of being ‘a true account of wizards, their ways and many wonderful powers as told by Merlin’ through the packed-full pages of stories, fold out mini books, decks of fortune telling cards, a spinning amulet, a magical mirror and a piece of real fairy flag. Find out how all those magical arts are practised, from magical transformations, through to conjurations, potions, charms and spells. It’s all great tongue-in-cheek stuff to be enjoyed in the spirit in which it’s delivered. Why not take a look at other Wizardology titles such as Wizards of the World, The Apprentice Handbook. Also available are Dragonology, Pirateology, Monsterology, Wizardology, and Mythology.


Wizardology by Dugald Steer

Dugald Steer, illustrated by Anne-Yvonne Gilbert, John Howe, Tomislav Tomic and Helen Ward

Many hundreds of years ago, the great magician Merlin created this elaborate book for his apprentice, containing all his knowledge about the ancient brotherhood of wizards around the world and their many different magical arts.

Covering transformations, conjurations, potions, charms and spells, it is packed with ingenious novelties, including a spinning amulet, a 'phoenix' feather, fortune-telling cards and a real swatch of fairy flag! The perfect starting point for budding young magicians. This bejewelled book also contains a hidden secret miniature hardback book of divination.


"Forget biology, neurology and philology, most of us would much rather study Wizardology. Until the National Curriculum adopts it, we have Dugald Steer's beautifully illustrated wizard primer, packed with spells, fortune telling cards, a phoenix feather and a spinning amulet. Lots of fun and Steer includes educational chapters on the history of wizards."
Debbie Williams, Waterstone's Books Quarterly, Issue 18/2005

"Wizardology is a winner with the Harry Potter market."
Sonia Benster, The Bookseller, 16th September 2005

". . . never before has a book on the arts desk attracted so many admiring looks and been so flicked through by curious browsers on their way to the watercooler . . ."
Guardian Unlimited, Thursday October 13, 2005

About the Author

Dugald Steer

Dugald A. Steer was born in 1965 and lives in Surrey. His love of books and reading led him to study English Literature and Philosophy at Bristol University where he was an avid contributor to the Poetry Society Magazine. After stints working for Friends of the Earth and the Duchy of Lancaster Office, Dugald trained to teach English and spent the next five years in Spain, living in Galicia and Andalucia, writing in his spare time.

Dugald Steer now works as a freelance author for Templar Publishing, for whom he worked as an inhouse writer and editor for ten years. He has written a large number of books, including Mythical Mazes, Scary Fairies, An Accidental Christmas, Just One More Story and The Night Tiger among others. He has also made contributions to many of Templar’s best known series’, including Maurice Pledger’s Peek and Find series, and Derek Matthews’ highly successful Happy Snappy® series, for which he has written many books. He has edited many other books, has created Picture This... and Alphabet with Alison Jay and has also written The Toys’ Easter Surprise and the Little Mouse series. Dugald has wrote the handbook How to Be a Knight which he recently followed up with How to be an Explorer. Dugald Steer is the author of the hugely successful Ology™ series that includes Dragonology™ and Monsterology™ (writing as Dr. Ernest Drake), Egyptology (as Emily Sands), Wizardology™ (as the wizard Merlin!), Pirateology™ (as Capt. William Lubber) and Mythology (as Lady Hestia Evans), as well as the Ology™ handbooks, model packs, field guides and the Dragonology™ Pocket Adventures. After the success of The Dragon’s Eye, Dug is working on the forthcoming second novel in The Dragonology™ Chronicles – The Dragon Diary, as well as the top-secret seventh title in the Ology series!

‘In the library with Dugald Steer’ - quick fire questions and answers from the author of the Ology books

The Hobbit, by JRR Tollkien

The [insert the name of your diet plan here] plan diet

An Instance of the Fingerpost, by Iain Pears

Far too long a list. For modern children’s writers, try Jaqueline Wilson, Philip Pullman, Daniel Handler, Jonathan Storud, Michael Morpurgo, Anthony Horowitz, Karl Hiaasen, Marcus Sedgwick and that nice Potter lady

Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray

The Thousand Nights and a Night, by Unknown

Three authors: Michael Moorcock, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis

In the morning

Merlin, from Thomas Mallory’s Le Morte d’Arthur

Sir Francis Bacon aka William Shakespeare


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28 pages


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Templar Publishing

Publication date

15th September 2005




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