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Diana Wynne Jones - Author

About the Author

Reknowned children's science fiction and fantasy writer Diana Wynne Jones died in March 2011. Click here to read about the life of this author in The Guardian obituary.

Diana was born in August 1934 in London, where she had a chaotic and unsettled childhood against the background of World War II. The family moved around a lot, finally settling in rural Essex. As children, Diana and her two sisters were deprived of a good, steady supply of books by a father, 'who could beat Scrooge in a meanness contest'. So, armed with a vivid imagination and an insatiable quest for good books to read, she decided that she would have to write them herself.

She was extremely dyslexic, so when she told her parents she wanted to be a writer, they just laughed. However between ages of 12 and 14, the young writer completed two epic tales scrawled in a total of 20 copy books. This taught her from an early age the invaluable lesson of how to finish a book.

Her higher education began in 1953 when she went up to St Anne's College Oxford, and attended lectures by CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien. It was here she met her husband, John A Burrow, Professor of English at Bristol University. They married in 1956 and had three sons.

Diana wrote both children's books and plays (mostly performed at the London Arts Theatre) and her first book was published in 1973. Since then she wrote over 40 books. Her enviably fertile mind allowed her to write prolifically, even when her three boys were small, and quite a handful! When writing, she was totally absorbed in the book and on one never-to-be forgotten occasion, her sons returned from school ravenous to find she had shoved a pair of muddy shoes in the oven for their tea! She said, 'I am an inspirational writer. I forget meals and write with ever-increasing speed.'

Diana Wynne Jones first conjured up the enigmatic and embroidered dressing-gowned enchanter Chrestomanci in 1977. The adventures in his magical worlds – for, as every budding sorcerer knows there are many series of parallel worlds – continue to enthral readers all over the world.

'Charmed Life', the first book in the Chrestomanci series, won the 1977 Guardian Award for Children's Books. Diana was runner-up for the Children's Book Award in 1981, and was twice runner-up for the Carnegie Medal. In 1999, she won two major fantasy awards: the children's section of the Mythopeic Award in the USA, and the Karl Edward Wagner Award in the UK – which is awarded by the British Fantasy Society to individuals or organisations who have made a significant impact on fantasy. JK Rowling was runner-up on both occasions. Diana was also shortlisted for The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, which rewards the best in contemporary children's and young adult literature from all over the world, in 2010.

Meeting Diana you wouldn't be surprised to find she had second sight (though she hadn't as far as I know). You'd think it quite natural that she should be a writer of fantasy, a connoisseur of witchcraft, a creator of parallel worlds. For her, magic wasn't something that floats about unrooted in human nature. 'Things we are accustomed to regard as myth or fairy story are very much present in people's lives.' She said, 'Nice people behave like wicked stepmothers. Every day.'

Diana on her writing:

"I think I write the kind of books I do because the world suddenly went mad when I was five years old. In late August 1939, on a blistering hot day, my father loaded me and my three-year-old sister, Isobel, into a friend’s car and drove to my grandparents’ manse in Wales.

" 'There’s going to be a war,' he explained. He went straight back to London, where my mother was expecting her third baby any day. We were left in the austere company of Mam and Dad (as we were told to call them). Dad, who was a moderator of the Welsh Nonconformist Chapels, was a stately patriarch; Mam was a small browbeaten lady who seemed to us to have no character at all. We were told that she was famous in her youth for her copper hair, her wit, and her beauty, but we saw no sign of any of this."

Featured books by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle

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Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/11/2008

In the land of Ingary, where seven league boots and cloaks of invisibility do exist, Sophie Hatter catches the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste and is put under a spell. Deciding she has nothing more to lose, she makes her way to the moving castle that hovers on the hills above Market Chipping. But the castle belongs to the dreaded Wizard Howl whose appetite, they say, is satisfied only by the souls of young girls...There she meets Michael, Howl's apprentice, and Calcifer the Fire Demon, with whom she agrees a pact. But Sophie isn't the only one under a curse - her entanglements with Calcifer, Howl, and Michael, and her quest to break her curse is both gripping - and howlingly funny!

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Other books by Diana Wynne Jones

Archer's Goon

Archer's Goon

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/06/2019

A hugely imaginative and magical novel from the Godmother of British fantasy, Diana Wynne Jones. When Howard Sykes comes home from school and finds the enormous Goon in the kitchen, his life turns upside-down. The Goon has come to demand the two thousand words of nonsense that Howard's father allegedly owes a mysterious figure named Archer. As Howard unravels the truth, he uncovers that their town is run by seven megalomaniac wizards, each desperate to rule the world - and each convinced that his father's words are the key... Can Howard find a way to stop the wizards before they wreak chaos?

The Crown of Dalemark

The Crown of Dalemark

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2017

The final book in the epic fantasy-adventure series from 'the Godmother of Fantasy', Diana Wynne Jones. Now back in print! 'Mitt arrived at the top of the steps, panting, and pushed open the door. Oh, there you are, said the Countess. We want you to kill someone. ' Since his arrival in the North of Dalemark Mitt has become disillusioned. The North seems no more free than the Holand he fled, a fugitive accused of attempted murder. And now he is trapped by the order to kill someone he doesn't know or else risk the lives of his friends. Forced once more to flee, Mitt is joined by Moril, the quietly powerful musician, and Maewen - out of her time, but mysteriously fated to play a part in their quest. For the evil powers of the mage Kankredin are re-assembling, and only the Adon's gifts - the ring, sword and cup - can once more unit Dalemark.

The Spellcoats

The Spellcoats

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2017

The third book in the epic fantasy-adventure series from `the Godmother of Fantasy', Diana Wynne Jones. Now back in print! `I had not seen how they hated us till I heard them shout. It was terrible.' Tanaqui and her family have always known they were somehow different from the other villagers. But when the great floods come and they are driven from their home, they begin to realise the part they must play in the destiny of the land. As Tanaqui weaves the story of their frightening journey to the sea and the terrifying, powerful evil of the mage Kankredin, she realises the desperate need to understand the meaning of it all. Can she fit the pieces of the puzzle together in time to halt Kankredin's destruction?

Drowned Ammet

Drowned Ammet

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2016

The second book in the magical, epic fantasy-adventure series from `the Godmother of Fantasy', Diana Wynne Jones. Now back in print! For centuries, Dalemark has been a land divided by the warring earldoms of the North and South. Now, with the help of the Undying, the mysterious gods of Dalemark, four extraordinary young people must join forces to reunify their beloved land. After his father mysteriously goes missing Mitt joins a group of freedom fighters plotting to overthrow the tyrannical ruler of Holand. But when his assassination attempt against the earl backfires, Mitt stows away on board a ship heading out to sea. As the boat is battered by storms Mitt finds himself alone among his enemies - except for the strange straw figure of Dalemark demigod Drowned Ammet tied to the prow of the ship...

Cart and Cwidder

Cart and Cwidder

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2016

The first book in the magical, epic adventure series from 'the Godmother of Fantasy', Diana Wynne Jones. Now back in print! For centuries, Dalemark has been a land divided by the warring earldoms of the North and South. Now, with the help of the mysterious gods of Dalemark, four extraordinary young people must join forces to reunify their beloved home. When twelve-year-old Moril's father is murdered by soldiers, Moril inherits his ancient cwidder - a musical instrument with a mysterious past. As Moril and his siblings embark on a dangerous journey to escape the evil forces around them, he gradually learns how to channel the cwidder's strange and powerful magic. But is it enough to protect those he loves from the looming threat of war?

Hexwood

Hexwood

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 25/03/2016

Upravlyayushchij Boras vstrevozhen: na planete Zemlya, vo vverennom emu sektore sluchilos' chrezvychajnoe proisshestvie. Melkij sluzhashchij spravochnogo centra na ferme Geksvud samovol'no zapustil staruyu mashinu, sposobnuyu modelirovat' real'nost'. Delo, kazalos' by, pustyakovoe, no chut'e podskazyvaet upravlyayushchemu, chto Praviteli budut ochen' nedovol'ny. Dvenadcatiletnyaya EHnn zhivet v poselke ryadom s polurazvalivshejsya fermoj Geksvud. Strannoe mestechko ehta ferma. Prismatrivaet za nej kakoj-to podozritel'nyj tip, a s nedavnih por k nemu povadilis' gosti: to furgon s neponyatnym logotipom, to prestupnogo vida neznakomcy. I chto-to uzh sovsem neobychnoe proiskhodit s okrestnym lesom, v kotorom EHnn znaet kazhduyu tropinku. Prezhde reden'kij, nevzrachnyj lesok, on teper' to i delo menyaetsya, da i vremya v nem techet kak-to po-osobennomu. Ko vsemu prochemu v lesu neozhidanno zavelsya zamok s rycaryami i poselilsya volshebnik po imeni Mordion Agenos. Iz svoego proshlogo Mordion pochti nichego ne pomnit: vot razve tol'ko kakih-to Pravitelej, kotoryh on, Mordion, nepremenno dolzhen pobedit'. Kazhetsya, ego novaya znakomaya EHnn tozhe kak-to s ehtim svyazana Devochke i volshebniku predstoit vernut' utrachennye vospominaniya o chem-to ochen' vazhnom. I, pohozhe, otvety na ih voprosy gde-to sovsem ryadom - ved' zacharovannyj les podoben pamyati

THE CROWN OF DALEMARK

THE CROWN OF DALEMARK

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 26/01/2016

Anglijskaya pisatel'nica Diana Uinn Dzhons schitaetsya poslednej velikoj skazochnicej. Miry ee knig nastol'ko yarki, chto tak i prosyatsya na ehkran. Po ee bestselleru Hodyachij zamok znamenityj mul'tiplikator Hayao Miyadzaki, obladatel' Zolotogo l'va - vysshej nagrady Venecianskogo kinofestivalya, snyal odnoimennyj animacionnyj fil'm, zavoevavshij populyarnost' vo mnogih stranah. EHta istoriya nachalas' davnym-davno, i ehkho ee budet zvuchat' eshche dolgoV drevnosti Dejlmarkom pravili koroli, potomki pervogo korolya Hehrna. Togo samogo Hehrna, kotoryj kogda-to otpravilsya vmeste s sestrami i brat'yami vniz po Velikoj reke, a potom nezhdanno-negadanno stal pravitelem Rechnogo kraya. No dinastiya dano prervalas', Zolotoj gorod Hehrna lezhit v ruinah, kazhdyj graf schitaet sebya edinolichnym pravitelem svoej zemli, priblizhayutsya strashnye gody krovavyh vojn, i ozhivaet duh poverzhennogo zlogo maga Kankredina Kto-to dolzhen projti Korolevskim putem i najti utrachennuyu koronu, kto-to dolzhen ob"e;edinit' stranu i razveyat' zlo. V ehtoj knige sojdutsya sud'by vsekh geroev Kvarteta Dejlmarka - yunogo menestrelya Morila, holandskogo rybaka Mitta, detej Klosti-Ulitki. No kto povedet ih za soboj?

Pinhoe egg

Pinhoe egg

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 16/09/2015

Anglijskaya pisatel'nica Diana Uinn Dzhons schitaetsya poslednej velikoj skazochnicej. Miry ee knig nastol'ko yarki, chto tak i prosyatsya na ehkran. Po ee bestselleru Hodyachij zamok znamenityj mul'tiplikator Hayao Miyadzaki, obladatel' Zolotogo l'va - vysshej nagrady Venecianskogo kinofestivalya, snyal odnoimennyj animacionnyj fil'm, zavoevavshij populyarnost' vo mnogih stranah. Proshlo chut' men'she goda s tekh por, kak Mur CHant poselilsya v zamke Krestomansi i otkryl v sebe talant k magii. ZHizn' idet svoim cheredom, Krestomansi neutomimo nadziraet za tem, chtoby nikto ne ispol'zoval volshebstvo vo zlo. No obitateli zamka, vse kak odin mogushchestvennye kudesniki i charodei, dazhe ne podozrevayut, chto sovsem ryadom, u nih pod bokom, procvetaet osobennoe volshebstvo, takoe, o kakom oni dazhe i ne slyshali. Ono peredaetsya iz pokoleniya v pokolenie v neskol'kih bol'shih i shumnyh derevenskih semejstvah, kotorye derzhat ego v strozhajshej tajne ot Krestomansi. No tut v derevne po sosedstvu sluchaetsya bol'shoj perepoloh, i dela prinimayut neozhidannyj oborot...

spellcoats

spellcoats

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 30/03/2015

EHto bylo davnym-davno, kogda Dejlmark eshche ne byl Dejlmarkom i dazhe rusla rek byli drugimi. Narod Rechnogo kraya pochital Reku kak boga i pochital svoih Bessmertnyh, no otvyk ot chudes. No odnazhdy iz-za morya yavilis' chuzhaki i prinesli s soboj strah i zlye chary. Tut i prishlos' zhitelyam Rechnogo kraya vspomnit' o sobstvennoj magii, kotoraya hranila ih zemli s nezapamyatnyh vremen... Vniz po velikoj reke - tret'ya kniga iz cikla Kvartet Dejlmarka velikoj skazochnicy Diany Uinn Dzhons, avtora znamenitogo Hodyachego zamka, perenesennogo na ehkran Hayao Miyadzaki. Pervye tri knigi cikla mozhno chitat' v lyubom poryadke, no v chetvertoj vse niti sojdutsya i svershitsya prednachertannoe...

The Islands of Chaldea

The Islands of Chaldea

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/02/2015

The brand new and final novel from the magical pen of `the Godmother of Fantasy', Diana Wynne Jones; co-authored with her sister Ursula Jones. Now in paperback. How are you supposed to turn into a Wise Woman if your powers just won't show up? Aileen is convinced she'll never become as magical as her Aunt Beck. Then one day her aunt is set a seemingly impossible mission. She must go to the island of Logra and rescue the kidnapped High Prince from the enemy, and Aileen must go with her. They set off along with Ivar, Aileen's spoilt cousin, and Ogo his clophopping servant, recruiting on their way a huge and elusive cat, a monk with an uncannily wise parrot, and a boy inventor who keeps a pet lizard up his sleeve. But this is no band of mighty warriors, and the evil Lograns and their wizards have blocked their way with an invisible barrier in the sea. Aileen doubts that even with all the magic in the Islands of Chaldea, including Aunt Beck's, they will be able to penetrate it. But Aileen is about to discover that she could be more important to the mission than she realises. Perhaps it is her, above all, who is being drawn to Logra, and for a very special purpose...

Drowned ammet

Drowned ammet

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 10/12/2014

Anglijskaya pisatel'nica Diana Uinn Dzhons schitaetsya poslednej velikoj skazochnicej. Miry ee knig nastol'ko yarki, chto tak i prosyatsya na ehkran. Po ee bestselleru Hodyachij zamok znamenityj mul'tiplikator Hayao Miyadzaki, obladatel' Zolotogo l'va - vysshej nagrady Venecianskogo kinofestivalya, snyal odnoimennyj animacionnyj fil'm, zavoevavshij populyarnost' vo mnogih stranah. Nekogda vsemi zemlyami Dejlmarka pravil korol', no ehpoha korolej ushla v proshloe, i strana raskololas'. I esli v Severnom Dejlmarke lyudi zhivut svobodno, to na YUge pravyat zhestokie grafy. Mitt vyros v portovom gorode Holland, nauchilsya pravit' lodkoj i lovit' rybu, no ne mechtal o sud'be rybaka. On zadumal otomstit' za svoego otca, pust' dazhe ehto oznachalo dlya nego vernuyu smert'. K schast'yu, sud'ba vmeshalas' v ego plany. Ved' ne zrya Mitta nazvali v chest' legendarnogo Stariny Ammeta, pokrovitelya ehtih zemel', kotorogo na ostrovah zovut Kolebatelem Zemli...

Conrad's fate

Conrad's fate

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 10/11/2014

Konradu ne vezlo vsyu zhizn' - s nim to i delo sluchalis' nepriyatnosti. K schast'yu, ego dyadya byl volshebnik i bystro nashel prichinu: okazyvaetsya, Konrad v proshloj zhizni sdelal chto-to ne to. Tochnee, ne sdelal koe-chto vazhnoe. I esli srochno ne ispravit' oploshnost', Zloj Rok ego pogubit. Vot i prishlos' Konradu vmesto togo, chtoby idti uchit'sya dal'she, otpravlyat'sya v zagadochnyj i roskoshnyj zamok vysoko nad rodnym gorodom, nanimat'sya slugoj i s golovoj pogruzhat'sya v tajny obitayushchego tam aristokraticheskogo Semejstva. Horosho eshche v pervyj zhe den' on podruzhilsya s nekim Kristoferom, kotoryj znal sebe cenu, umel koldovat' i tozhe koe-kogo razyskival.

Cart and cwidder

Cart and cwidder

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 28/07/2014

Anglijskaya pisatel'nica Diana Uinn Dzhons schitaetsya poslednej velikoj skazochnicej. Miry ee knig nastol'ko yarki, chto tak i prosyatsya na ehkran. Po ee bestselleru Hodyachij zamok znamenityj mul'tiplikator Hayao Miyadzaki, obladatel' Zolotogo l'va - vysshej nagrady Venecianskogo kinofestivalya, - snyal odnoimennyj animacionnyj fil'm, zavoevavshij populyarnost' vo mnogih stranah. Nekogda vsemi zemlyami Dejlmarka pravil korol', no ehpoha korolej ushla v proshloe, i strana raskololas'. Severnyj i YUzhnyj Dejlmark vrazhduyut uzhe mnogo let, i lish' torgovcy da stranstvuyushchie menestreli otvazhivayutsya puteshestvovat' po obe storony granicy. Moril, syn Klennena-menestrelya, eshche ochen' yun, on vostorzhenno slushaet skazaniya o starodavnih vremenah, kogda muzyka mogla voskreshat' mertvyh i dvigat' gory. On poka ne znaet, chto istoriya imeet svojstvo povtoryat'sya i vskore emu predstoit projti po puti svoego legendarnogo predka. On ne znaet, chto muzyka i po sej den' sposobna tvorit' samye nastoyashchie chudesa...

World of Howl Collection

World of Howl Collection

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 08/07/2014

One of the most memorable and irresistible characters in all of literaturethe Wizard Howlis introduced in Diana Wynne Jones's classic fantasy novel Howl's Moving Castle and makes guest appearances in two stand-alone sequel novels, Castle in the Air and House of Many Ways. Howl's Moving Castle was adapted into an acclaimed and Academy Award-nominated film of the same name, produced by Studio Ghibli and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.Sophie Hatter never intended to set out and seek her fortune. The eldest of three sisters, Sophie thought she was destined to fail. That all changed the day the Witch of the Waste turned her into an old woman. In order to lift the spell, Sophie barges into Wizard Howl's moving castle and strikes a bargain with Calcifer, his fire demon. But Howl is outrunning a curse of his own, and soon Sophie realizes that nothing is as it appears. . . . Howl, Sophie, and Calcifer return in both Castle in the Air and The House of Many Ways, two stand-alone sequels full of mayhem, secrets, and magic.

Freaky Families

Freaky Families

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Two quirky and hilarious stories from the bestselling Diana Wynne Jones. Two groups of children learn that while you can choose your friends, dealing with your family can make you wish you could choose a different one... THE FOUR GRANNIES. Two children are left alone for a couple of days, while their parents go away on a business trip. They have four very different grandmas - a mean one, a snobby one, an anxious one, and a delicate one. Erg (the boy) tries to make all the grannies leave him alone, but manages to turn them into one `Super-Granny'... AUNTIE BEA'S DAY OUT. Annoying Auntie Bea always does things HER way. And when she decides to take the three children (Nancy, Debbie and Simon) to the seaside, despite what the signs say, she is determined that they will sit on the small, fenced off and isolated island. It turns out to be a magical island though, and whisks her & the children (and dog) around to different places trying to get rid of them...

Year of the griffin

Year of the griffin

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 02/06/2014

Magicheskij universitet vnov' otkryvaet svoi dveri! Ne upustite vozmozhnost' poluchit' interesnuyu i redkuyu professiyu volshebnika! S nashim diplomom vy nikogda ne ostanetes' bez raboty! Nashi prepodavateli nauchat vas tvorit' chudesa! My otkryty dlya vsekh - lyudej, gnomov, bolotnyh zhitelej i predstavitelej inyh razumnyh vidov. Dobro pozhalovat'

Howl`s moving castle

Howl`s moving castle

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 28/02/2014

Sofi zhivet v skazochnoj strane, gde ved'my i rusalki, semimil'nye sapogi i govoryashchie sobaki - obychnoe delo. Poehtomu, kogda na nee obrushivaetsya uzhasnoe proklyatie kovarnoj Bolotnoj Ved'my, Sofi nichego ne ostaetsya, kak obratit'sya za pomoshch'yu k tainstvennomu charodeyu Houlu, obitayushchemu v Hodyachem zamke. Odnako, chtoby osvobodit'sya ot char, Sofi predstoit razgadat' nemalo zagadok i prozhit' v zamke u Houla gorazdo dol'she, chem ona rasschityvala. A dlya ehtogo nuzhno podruzhit'sya s ognennym demonom, pojmat' padayushchuyu zvezdu, podslushat' penie rusalok, otyskat' mandragoru i mnogoe, mnogoe drugoe.

Castle in the air

Castle in the air

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 28/02/2014

Kakuyu by fantasticheskuyu istoriyu ni rasskazala chitatelyu Diana Uinn Dzhons, avtor proslavlennoj serii Miry Krestomansi skuchat' tochno ne pridetsya. Na ehtot raz ej mozhet pozavidovat' sama SHaherezada. CHitatelya zhdut magicheskij detektiv i volshebnaya skazka, kovarstvo i lyubov', pohishchenie princessy (i ne odnoj), zaoblachnye kraya i vozdushnyj zamok, znojnye pustyni i lesnye chashchi, razbojniki i volshebniki, a takzhe uzhe znakomye geroi Hodyachego zamka ZHil da byl v dalekoj yuzhnoj strane yunosha po imeni Abdulla. On torgoval na bazare kovrami, no bol'she vsego na svete lyubil stroit' vozdushnye zamki, grezit' o chudesah i mechtat' o zhenit'be na prekrasnoj princesse. No ne uspel Abdulla i vpryam' obzavestis' volshebnym kovrom-samoletom i poznakomit'sya s samoj chto ni na est' nastoyashchej princessoj, kak spokojnaya zhizn' konchilas': prelestnuyu Cvetok-v-Nochi tut zhe pohitil uzhasnyj ifrit. I nachalis' zahvatyvayushchie priklyucheniya... Vskore Abdulla volej-nevolej vyyasnil, chto vozdushnye zamki byvayut bolee chem real'ny, a lyudi (i ne tol'ko lyudi), kotorye vstrechayutsya tebe v stranstviyah, - vovse i ne te, kem kazhutsya na pervyj vzglyad!

House of many ways

House of many ways

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 18/02/2014

Knigi anglijskoj pisatel'nicy Diany U. Dzhons nastol'ko yarki, chto tak i prosyatsya na ehkran. Po ee bestselleru Hodyachij zamok znamenityj mul'tiplikator Hayao Miyadzaki (Unesennye prizrakami), obladatel' Zolotogo l'va - vysshej nagrady Venecianskogo festivalya, snyalanimacionnyj fil'm, pobivshij v YAponii rekord kassovyh sborov. V dome pridvornogo charodeya Vil'yama Norlanda prostranstvo i vremya vedut sebya po svoim, charodejskim zakonam. Edinstvennaya dver' vedet kuda ugodno- i v spal'ni, i v kuhnyu, i v gornye peshchery, i v proshloe, i v korolevskuyu biblioteku. Rodstvennica charodeya, yunaya CHarmejn, volej-nevolej vynuzhdena razbirat'sya, kak ustroen dom s harakterom, - i v rezul'tate okazyvaetsya v gushche pridvornyh intrig. Dobryj korol' i ego doch' pytayutsya vyyasnit', otchego korolevstvo prishlo v upadok, i najti utrachennyj EHl'fijskij Dar, a dlya ehtogo zovut na pomoshch' mogushchestvennuyu koldun'yu Sofi - da-da, tu samuyu, uzhe znakomuyu chitatelyam po Hodyachemu i Vozdushnomu zamku, - i ona pribyvaet ko dvoru v soprovozhdenii ognennogo demona Kal'cifera i dvuh ocharovatel'nyh malen'kih mal'chikov, odin iz kotoryh - ee synishka Morgan, a vot vtoroj prigotovil vsemsyurpriz Novaya istoriya s uchastiem staryh znakomyh - vpervye na russkom yazyke!

Year of the Griffin

Year of the Griffin

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

A hilarious fantasy sequel to The Dark Lord of Derkholm, set at the Wizard University, and centred around six fantastical students. From the 'Godmother of Fantasy', Diana Wynne Jones. The Year of the Griffin is the sequel to the Dark Lord of Derkholm, set in the same world several years after the abolition of commercial 'fantasy world' tourism from our world. Running a University for Wizards was never going to be easy. And with no money, no staff and no idea what he's doing, Wizard Corkoran is struggling. Especially when his students, handpicked from the wealthiest families around, turn out to be rather different than expected. The daughter of the world's Ruling Wizard is an enormous Griffin; King Luther's son is penniless. The emperor's sister is a jinxed exile, and the dwarf is a runaway slave. And that's all before the assassins start arriving...

Vile Visitors

Vile Visitors

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2013

Two hilarious stories from the bestselling and well-loved author Diana Wynne Jones, about the worst visitors in the world coming to stay. In VILE VISITORS, we meet Angus Flint and Chair Person - the worst guests in the world. In Who Got Rid of Angus Flint? We meet a man so mean, he even insults the furniture! Despite the children's best pranks, he just won't leave. But when the furniture has had enough, it's time to rise up and get rid of this most vile of visitors... In CHAIR PERSON, that old armchair with the broken crystal ball spilled on it has been locked in the shed. But then the children find a mysterious visitor... Transformed into the most annoying visitor ever, they are desperate to get rid of him. But can they turn him back into a chair before he ruins them forever?

Freaky Families

Freaky Families

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 26/09/2013

Two quirky and hilarious stories from the bestselling Diana Wynne Jones. Two groups of children learn that while you can choose your friends, dealing with your family can make you wish you could choose a different one...THE FOUR GRANNIES. Two children are left alone for a couple of days, while their parents go away on a business trip. They have four very different grandmas - a mean one, a snobby one, an anxious one, and a delicate one. Erg (the boy) tries to make all the grannies leave him alone, but manages to turn them into one `Super-Granny'...AUNTIE BEA'S DAY OUT. Annoying Auntie Bea always does things HER way. And when she decides to take the three children (Nancy, Debbie and Simon) to the seaside, despite what the signs say, she is determined that they will sit on the small, fenced off and isolated island. It turns out to be a magical island though, and whisks her & the children (and dog) around to different places trying to get rid of them...

The Dark Lord of Derkholm

The Dark Lord of Derkholm

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/08/2013

A hilarious adventure about a fantasy world in danger of destruction from that most vile of threats... tourism .Winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature in 1999. A humorous fantasy from Diana Wynne Jones. In a world next door to ours, the tourist industry is devastating the population by its desire to experience all the fantasy cliches - Dark Lords, impoverished villages, dragons etc. The Head of the University resolves to shut the tours down; the only problem being the ruthless tour-master - and his all-powerful demons. To save them all, the incompetent wizard Derk is appointed as Dark Lord in the hope that he will ruin the tours, and sure enough proceeds to fail at everything due to his general uselessness. But can failing at everything lead to a win this time?

The Merlin Conspiracy

The Merlin Conspiracy

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/04/2013

A bestselling fantasy adventure about two teens from two very different worlds, who must work together to save the universe. The companion novel to the bestselling Deep Secret. Arianrhod Hyde's world (or Roddy, as she prefers to be called) is very much the world of magic, pageantry and ritual. Presiding over all, the most important person is the Merlin, who is entrusted with the magical health of the Isles of Blest. Nick Mallory's world is much more familiar - at least, it starts off being our own. But Nick's not the ordinary 15 year old he seems, as he slips sideways into something he thinks is a dream - but in fact is another world entirely. Now, Nick's been on other worlds before (although never alone) but he's a confident type. Maybe a bit too confident... In Roddy's world, the current Merlin expires and a new one takes his place. Yet something is wrong - the rituals have been upset and nothing is going the way it should. Roddy needs help, and Nick might be the one to do it - even if he can't use magic... Their stories unfold, side-by-side, and the Merlin Conspiracy thickens - two stories combining until the mystery is finally revealed. Compelling, howlingly funny in places, mind-boggling - this story will wow Diana Wynne Jones fans all around the world (and probably in other universes too).

Deep Secret

Deep Secret

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/04/2013

A fantasy adventure about saving the universe one world at a time from Diana Wynne Jones. The companion novel to the bestselling The Merlin Conspiracy. Magids look after all worlds, steer them towards magic, and keep history happening. But Rupert Venables' mentor has just died, and as the junior magid on earth he has to find a replacement while also trying to find the lost heir of a collapsing empire, worlds away. Rupert interweaves the fate lines to get all the candidates together at a sci-fi fantasy convention, and havoc ensues as they all converge on a very strange hotel, where everything is always linked, the walls keep moving, people are trying to kill him, and nothing is as it seems...a magical, epic story from the Godmother of fantasy.

Dogsbody

Dogsbody

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2010

A powerful being fights for his life within the body of a humble, earthbound puppy. Sirius, immortal Lord of the Dog Star and infamous for his quick temper, cannot believe it when he is falsely accused of murder and banished to Earth. There he is reborn into the body of a puppy and learns that he has the life-span of that creature to recover the missing murder weapon. If he fails, he will die. He is adopted by Kathleen, who has no idea that her beloved Leo' is anything more than an abandonded stray. She is a loving owner, but an unwanted guest in a family who mostly resent her presence. Sirius soon learns that he has enemies amongst the humans as well as amongst the unearthly beings who sentenced him. How on earth can he clear his name without his special powers?

Hexwood

Hexwood

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2009

All I did was ask you for a role-playing game. You never warned me I'd be pitched into it for real! And I asked you for hobbits on a Grail quest, and not one hobbit have I seen! Hexwood Farm is a bit like human memory; it doesn't reveal its secrets in chronological order. Consequently, whenever Ann enters Hexwood, she cannot guarantee on always ending up in the same place or even the same time. Hexwood Farm is full of machines that should not be tampered with - and when one is, the aftershock is felt throughout the universe. Only Hume, Ann and Mordion can prevent an apocalypse in their struggle with the deadly Reigners - or are they too being altered by the whims of Hexwood? A complex blend of science fiction and all sorts of fantasy - including fantasy football!!

House of Many Ways

House of Many Ways

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2009

A chaotically magical sequel to Howl's Moving Castle. Charmain Baker is in over her head. Looking after Great Uncle William's tiny cottage while he's ill should have been easy, but Great Uncle William is better known as the Royal Wizard Norland an his house bends space and time. Its single door leads to any number of places - the bedrooms, the kitchen, the caves under the mountains, the past, to name but a few. By opening that door, Charmain is now also looking after an extremely magical stray dog, a muddled young apprentice wizard and a box of the king's most treasured documents, as well as irritating a clan of small blue creatures. Caught up in an intense royal search, she encounters an intimidating sorceress named Sophie. And where Sophie is, can the Wizard Howl and fire demon Calcifer be far behind?

Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle

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Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/11/2008

In the land of Ingary, where seven league boots and cloaks of invisibility do exist, Sophie Hatter catches the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste and is put under a spell. Deciding she has nothing more to lose, she makes her way to the moving castle that hovers on the hills above Market Chipping. But the castle belongs to the dreaded Wizard Howl whose appetite, they say, is satisfied only by the souls of young girls...There she meets Michael, Howl's apprentice, and Calcifer the Fire Demon, with whom she agrees a pact. But Sophie isn't the only one under a curse - her entanglements with Calcifer, Howl, and Michael, and her quest to break her curse is both gripping - and howlingly funny!

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Conrad's Fate

Conrad's Fate

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2008

Glorious new rejacket of a Diana Wynne Jones Chrestomanci novel - now a book with extra bits! Conrad is young, good at heart, and yet is apparently suffering from the effects of such bad karma that there is nothing in his future but terrible things. Unless he can alter his circumstances - well, quite frankly, he is DOOMED. Conrad is sent in disguise to Stallery Mansion, to infiltrate the magical fortress that has power over the whole town of Stallchester, and to discover the identity of the person who is affecting his Fate so badly. Then he has to kill that person. But can any plan really be that simple and straightforward? Of course it can't! And things start to go very strangely for Conrad from the moment he meets the boy called Christopher... This is trademark DWJ - packed with laugh-aloud humour, insane logic, spot-on observations, organised chaos, and all wrapped up in a rattling good adventure which oozes magic from every seam. Literally.

The Lives of Christopher Chant

The Lives of Christopher Chant

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2008

Glorious new rejacket of a Diana Wynne Jones favourite, exploring the childhood of Chrestmanci - now a book with extra bits! Discovering that he has nine lives and is destined to be the next 'Chrestomanci' is not part of Christopher's plans for the future: he'd much rather play cricket and wander around his secret dream worlds. But he soon finds that destiny is difficult to avoid, and that having more than the usual number of lives is pretty inconvenient - especially when you lose them as easily as he does! Then an evil smuggler, known only as The Wraith, threatens the ways of the worlds and forces Christopher to take action...

Mixed Magics

Mixed Magics

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2008

Glorious rejacket of the story collection set in the worlds of Chrestomanci. The stories featured in this collection are: Warlock at the Wheel Stealer of Souls Carol Oneir's Hundredth Dream The Sage of Theare Everybody's favourite nine-lifed enchanter makes a guest appearance in each tale. Plus man favourites from theChrestomanci novels - and a cast of thousands! With illustrations by Tim Stevens.

The Magicians of Caprona

The Magicians of Caprona

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2008

Glorious new rejacket of a Diana Wynne Jones favourite, featuring Chrestomanci - now a book with extra bits! The Dukedom of Caprona is a place where music is enchantment and spells are as slippery as spaghetti. The magical business is run by two families - the Montanas and the Petrocchis - and they are deadly rivals. So when all the spells start going wrong, they naturally blame each other. Chrestomanci suspects an evil enchanter; others say it is a White Devil. Or maybe a different kind of magic is needed to save Caprona...

The Lives of Christopher Chant

The Lives of Christopher Chant

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2008

Glorious new rejacket of a Diana Wynne Jones favourite, exploring the childhood of Chrestmanci - now a book with extra bits! Discovering that he has nine lives and is destined to be the next 'Chrestomanci' is not part of Christopher's plans for the future: he'd much rather play cricket and wander around his secret dream worlds. But he soon finds that destiny is difficult to avoid, and that having more than the usual number of lives is pretty inconvenient - especially when you lose them as easily as he does! Then an evil smuggler, known only as The Wraith, threatens the ways of the worlds and forces Christopher to take action...

Conrad's Fate

Conrad's Fate

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2008

Glorious new rejacket of a Diana Wynne Jones Chrestomanci novel - now a book with extra bits! Conrad is young, good at heart, and yet is apparently suffering from the effects of such bad karma that there is nothing in his future but terrible things. Unless he can alter his circumstances - well, quite frankly, he is DOOMED. Conrad is sent in disguise to Stallery Mansion, to infiltrate the magical fortress that has power over the whole town of Stallchester, and to discover the identity of the person who is affecting his Fate so badly. Then he has to kill that person. But can any plan really be that simple and straightforward? Of course it can't! And things start to go very strangely for Conrad from the moment he meets the boy called Christopher... This is trademark DWJ - packed with laugh-aloud humour, insane logic, spot-on observations, organised chaos, and all wrapped up in a rattling good adventure which oozes magic from every seam. Literally.

The Pinhoe Egg

The Pinhoe Egg

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2008

Glorious new rejacket of a Diana Wynne Jones favourite, featuring Chrestomanci - now a book with extra bits! Spells always have consequences and it's Chrestomanci's job to make sure everything is safely under control. Even so, in the village around Chrestomanci Castle, all sorts of secret magical misuse is going on. And when Cat Chant finds the Pinhoe egg, chaos is just the beginning! A masterpiece of magic, mayhem and mirth!

The Magicians of Caprona

The Magicians of Caprona

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2008

Glorious new rejacket of a Diana Wynne Jones favourite, featuring Chrestomanci - now a book with extra bits! The Dukedom of Caprona is a place where music is enchantment and spells are as slippery as spaghetti. The magical business is run by two families - the Montanas and the Petrocchis - and they are deadly rivals. So when all the spells start going wrong, they naturally blame each other. Chrestomanci suspects an evil enchanter; others say it is a White Devil. Or maybe a different kind of magic is needed to save Caprona...

Witch Week

Witch Week

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2008

Glorious new rejacket of a Diana Wynne Jones favourite, featuring Chrestomanci - now a book with extra bits! SOMEONE IN THIS CLASS IS A WITCH When the note, written in ordinary ballpoint, turns up in the homework books Mr Crossley is marking, he is very upset. For this is Larwood House, a school for witch-orphans, where witchcraft is utterly forbidden. And yet magic keeps breaking out all over the place - like measles! The last thing they need is a visit from the Divisional Inquisitor. If only Chrestomanci could come and sort out all the trouble.

The Game

The Game

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2008

A dark castle in Ireland, a mysterious, secret game, and a host of magnificent characters - Diana Wynne Jones' latest magical offering is a splendid blend of the familiar and the unusual. Hayley's parents disappeared when she was a baby, so she has been brought up by her grandparents. Then one day she is packed off to Ireland to live with her aunts - and a whole host of cousins she never new about! Here she is introduced to the game which involves adventures in the forbidden mythosphere . And here also is where Hayley discovers the truth about her family.

Spellbound Fantasy Stories

Spellbound Fantasy Stories

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2007

This collection of 18 stories introduces young readers to the best contemporary writers of fantasy. It also contains extracts from enduring classics such as C. S. Lewis' The Silver Chair , Puck of Pook's Hill by Rudyard Kipling and Five Children and It by E. Nesbit. Carefully selected by the renowned children's writer Diana Wynne Jones, this is an anthology to treasure. This stories include: The Peasant and the Devil - The Brothers Grimm; Boris Chernevsky's Hands - Jane Yolen; The Hobgoblin's Hat - Tove Jansson; Ully the Piper - Andre Norton; Milo Conducts the Dawn - Norton Juster; Who Goes Down this Dark Road? - Joan Aiken; The House of Harfang - C. S. Lewis; Martha in the Witch's Power - K. M. Briggs; Abu Ali Meets a Dragon - Noel Langley; The Box of Delights - John Masefield; The Amazing Flights of the Gump - L. Frank Baum; On the Great Wall - Rudyard Kipling; The Waking of the Kraken - Eva Ibbotson; The Caves in the Hills - Elizabeth Goudge; Bigger than the Baker's Boy - E. Nesbit; Jermain and the Sorceress - Patricia C. Wrede; Una and the Red Cross Knight - Andrew Lang; and, What the Cat Told Me - Diana Wynne Jones.

The Pinhoe Egg

The Pinhoe Egg

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/09/2006

Magical mayhem is afoot in a new adventure set in the worlds of the nine-lived enchanter Chrestomanci. As many people know already, it's Chrestomanci's job to control the magic in the related worlds. Using magic is always dangerous, and it always has consequences, so even the best-intentioned witch or warlock needs help and guidance from time to time. Not only that, but there are plenty of ordinary people in the worlds without even a whiff of magical ability, and they need someone to make sure that the magic-users don't get their own way all of the time. Even so, in the village around Chrestomanci Castle, all sorts of magical misuse is going on which very few people seem to be aware of! When Cat Chant finds the egg in Gammer Pinhoe's attic, he knows he has to have it. Marianne Pinhoe isn't sure what Gammer will think about that, but she lets him take it anyway. Rumour has it it's an elephant egg, but Cat's convinced it's a dragon's egg. Within the safety of Chrestomanci Castle, the egg eventually hatches - and at the same time, chaos breaks out in the surrounding village. Can Cat and Marianne get to the root of the problem, and can Cat's new charge help?

Enna Hittims

Enna Hittims

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2006

Anne Smith is sick of being sick. So she invents stories about the adventurer Enna Hittims but doesn't expect Enna to come to life! An extraordinary, imaginative romp. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Conrad's Fate

Conrad's Fate

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2006

A splendid, new, magical adventure from Diana Wynne Jones, set in the worlds of Chrestomanci! Conrad is young, good at heart, and yet is apparently suffering from the effects of such bad karma that there is nothing in his future but terrible things. Unless he can alter his circumstances - well, quite frankly, he is DOOMED. Conrad is sent in disguise to Stallery Mansion, to infiltrate the magical fortress that has power over the whole town of Stallchester, and to discover the identity of the person who is affecting his Fate so badly. Then he has to kill that person. But can any plan really be that simple and straightforward? Of course it can't! And things start to go very strangely for Conrad from the moment he meets the boy called Christopher... This is trademark DWJ - packed with laugh-aloud humour, insane logic, spot-on observations, organised chaos, and all wrapped up in a rattling good adventure which oozes magic from every seam. Literally.

The Magicians Of Caprona

The Magicians Of Caprona

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/03/2006

Discover Diana Wynne Jones' Magician's of Caprona - now available for the first time on CD, read by Nickolas Grace. In the worlds of Chrestomanci, anything can happen. This adventure takes place in the Italian Dukedom of Caprona, where spells are as slippery and as tricksy as spaghetti! Casa Montana and Casa Petrocchi look after the magical business in the Dukedom of Caprona, watched over by its magnificent guardian statue, the Angel. The families have been feuding for years, so when all the spells start going wrong, each naturally blames the other. Then young Tonino Montana and Angelica Petrocchi disappear. Could the terrible rumours of a White Devil who threatens Caprona be true after all?

Charmed Life

Charmed Life

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/03/2006

The first of the Chrestomanci novels - full of magical adventure and now available for the first time on CD! Read by Tom Baker. Everybody says that Gwendolyn Chant is a gifted witch with astonishing powers, so it suits her enormously when she is taken to live in Chrestomanci Castle. Her brother Eric (better known as Cat) is not so keen, for he has no talent for magic at all. However, life with the great enchanter is not what either of them expects and sparks begin to fly!

Conrad's Fate

Conrad's Fate

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2005

A splendid, new, magical adventure from Diana Wynne Jones, set in the worlds of Chrestomanci! Conrad is young, good at heart, and yet is apparently suffering from the effects of such bad karma that there is nothing in his future but terrible things. Unless he can alter his circumstances - well, quite frankly, he is DOOMED. Conrad is sent in disguise to Stallery Mansion, to infiltrate the magical fortress that has power over the whole town of Stallchester, and to discover the identity of the person who is affecting his Fate so badly. Then he has to kill that person. But can any plan really be that simple and straightforward? Of course it can't! And things start to go very strangely for Conrad from the moment he meets the boy called Christopher... This is trademark DWJ - packed with laugh-aloud humour, insane logic, spot-on observations, organised chaos, and all wrapped up in a rattling good adventure which oozes magic from every seam. Literally.

The Merlin Conspiracy

The Merlin Conspiracy

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/02/2004

A glorious new fantasy from an award-winning author. The story is narrated by two very different teenagers, who each inhabit two extraordinarily different worlds. Arianrhod Hyde's world (or Roddy, as she prefers to be called) is very much the world of magic, pageantry and ritual. Not unlike Britain in King Arthur's Day, Roddy is daughter of two Court Wizards and therefore part of the King's Progress, travelling round the Islands of Blest and ready to take part in whatever ritual or ceremony is required, as it occurs. Presiding over all, the most important person is the Merlin, who is entrusted with the magical health of the Isles of Blest. Nick Mallory's world is much more familiar - at least, it starts off being our own. But it soon transpires that Nick's not quite the ordinary 15 year old he seems, as he slips sideways into something he thinks is a dream - but in fact is another world entirely. Now, Nick's been on other worlds before (although never alone) but he's a confident type. Maybe a bit too confident... In Roddy's world, the current Merlin expires and a new one takes his place. Yet something is wrong - the rituals have been upset and nothing is going the way it should. Roddy needs help, and certain powers indicate that Nick is to be the one to help her. And Nick is cool about helping her - in theory... but it's a bit worrying that she seems to mistake him for a magic-user. Their stories unfold, side-by-side, each part leading into the next, and the Merlin Conspiracy thickens as the tales swirl around each other - twining, meeting and affecting each other, yet never completely combining until the very end chapters when all is finally revealed. Compelling, howlingly funny in places, mind-boggling - this is going to WOW DWJ fans all around the world (and probably in other universes too).

Wilkins' Tooth

Wilkins' Tooth

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2002

The first children's book written by the Godmother of British fantasy, Diana Wynne Jones. OWN BACK LIMITED REVENGE ARRANGED, PRICE ACCORDING TO TASK Frank and Jess set up Own Back Limited because they need the money - so why not offer to do the bad things people don't dare to do themselves? Their first customer is the neighbourhood bully. After his tooth is knocked out by Vernon Wilkins, he demands a tooth from Wilkins in revenge. But the local witch, Biddy Iremonger, sees Own Back Limited as a threat to her own evil schemes. And when Biddy is angry, there's no end to the trouble she'll cause . . .

Power of Three

Power of Three

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2001

This is the story of Ayna and Ceri, who both had Gifts, and of Gair, who thought he was ordinary. Gair spent his time gazing out onto the Moor and brooding. Ayna could answer questions about the future, Ceri could find things which were lost. Gair seems to have no Gift and knew he was a disappointment to his jovial, heroic father - who is Chief. Perhaps his feelings of not fitting in was what made him so curious about these other different sorts of beings who lived on the Moor - the Giants and the Dorig. Certainly it was because he believed he was ordinary that he did his best to become wise, and to learn as much as he could abou the three great Powers of Sun, Moon and Earth. And when the crisis came, Gair found the knowledge he had gained was to help save not only his own life but those of all his people.

The Time of the Ghost

The Time of the Ghost

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2001

Can a ghost from the future save a life in the past? A chilling tale of dark forces and revenge... The ghost turns up one summer day, alone in a world she once knew, among people who were once her family. She knows she is one of four sisters, but which one? She can be sure of only one thing - that there's been an accident. As she struggles to find her identity, she becomes aware of a malevolent force stirring around her. Something terrible is about to happen. One of the sisters will die - unless the ghost can use the future to reshape the past. But how can she warn them, when they don't even know she exists?

Wild Robert

Wild Robert

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2001

In the grounds of Castlemaine is a peculiar mound, hidden by yew trees. People say it's the grave of Wild Robert... Heather finds the mound when she tries to escape the hordes of tourists who invade the stately home where she lives. Wild Robert, I wish you were really under there! she cries. You could come out and deal with the tourists! All of a sudden, there is a smell like earth and strange spices. A voice says, Did somebody call? Heather gets her wish, and nothing is ever the same again! Wild Robert is a gentle, charming ghost, who is half a magician [on his mother's side]. He returns after 350 years and is horrified by the antics of the tourists at his once home Castlemaine House. Since he's a ghost who haunts by day, he plays some wonderfully wicked pratical jokes which drive the tourists away...

Eight Days of Luke

Eight Days of Luke

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/12/2000

There seemed nothing odd about Luke to begin with - except perhaps the snakes. If they were snakes, that is... David wasn't sure. Just kindle a flame and I'll be with you, says Luke. David thinks he's joking, but certainly, whenever he strikes a match, Luke appears immediately. But David's new friend seems to have some extraordinary friends and relations, and some very dark secrets. And when David enters into a bargain with the mysterious one-eyed Mr Wedding, life gets very hot indeed!

The Homeward Bounders

The Homeward Bounders

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/11/2000

You are now a discard. We have no further use for you in play. You are free to walk the Bounds, but it will be against the rules for you to enter play in any world. If you succeed in returning Home, then you may enter play again in the normal manner. When Jamie unwittingly discovers the scary, dark-cloaked Them playing games with human's lives, he is cast out to the boundaries of the worlds. Only then does he discover that there are a vast number of parallel worlds, all linked by the bounds, and these sinister creatures are using them all as a massive gamesboard. Clinging to Their promise that if he can get Home he is free, he becomes the unwilling Random Factor in an endless game of chance. Irresistible Diana Wynne Jones fantasy adventure, featuring an insect-loving shapeshifter, an apprentice demon hunter and a whole host of exotic characters clinging to the hope that one day they will return Home.

Hexwood

Hexwood

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/11/2000

All I did was ask you for a role-playing game. You never warned me I'd be pitched into it for real! And I asked you for hobbits on a Grail quest, and not one hobbit have I seen! Hexwood Farm is a bit like human memory; it doesn't reveal its secrets in chronological order. Consequently, whenever Ann enters Hexwood, she cannot guarantee on always ending up in the same place or even the same time. Hexwood Farm is full of machines that should not be tampered with - and when one is, the aftershock is felt throughout the universe. Only Hume, Ann and Mordion can prevent an apocalypse in their struggle with the deadly Reigners - or are they too being altered by the whims of Hexwood? A complex blend of science fiction and all sorts of fantasy - including fantasy football!!

Mixed Magics

Mixed Magics

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2000

Glorious rejacket of the story collection set in the worlds of Chrestomanci. The stories featured in this collection are: Warlock at the Wheel Stealer of Souls Carol Oneir's Hundredth Dream The Sage of Theare Everybody's favourite nine-lifed enchanter makes a guest appearance in each tale. Plus man favourites from theChrestomanci novels - and a cast of thousands! With illustrations by Tim Stevens.

Castle in the Air

Castle in the Air

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2000

A magical Arabian Nights tale from the captivating creator of fantasy, Diana Wynne Jones. The dazzling sequel to Howls Moving Castle. Far to the south in the Land of Ingary, lives a young carpet merchant called Abdullah. In his dreams, he is the long-lost son of a great prince. This dream is a complete castle in the air... or is it? Abdullah's day-dreams suddenly start to come true when he meets the exquisite Flower-in-the-Night, daughter of the ferocious Sultan of Zanzib. Fate has destined them for each other, but a bad-tempered genie, a hideous djinn, and various villanous bandits have their own ideas. When Flower-in-the-Night is carried off, Abdullah is determined to rescue her - if he can find her.

Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2000

A new look for one of Diana Wynne Jones' funniest and most popular novels. In the land of Ingary, where seven league boots and cloaks of invisibility do exist, Sophie Hatter catches the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste and is put under a spell. Deciding she has nothing more to lose, she makes her way to the moving castle that hovers on the hills above Market Chipping. But the castle belongs to the dreaded Wizard Howl whose appetite, they say, is satisfied only by the souls of young girls... There she meets Michael, Howl's apprentice, and Calcifer the Fire Demon, with whom she agrees a pact. But Sophie isn't the only one under a curse - her entanglements with Calcifer, Howl, and Michael, and her quest to break her curse is both gripping - and howlingly funny!

Black Maria

Black Maria

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2000

A magical classic novel from the Godmother of British fantasy, Diana Wynne Jones. On the surface, Great Aunt Maria seems like a harmless old lady. But when Mig and her family go to visit, they soon learn that Aunt Maria rules Cranbury-on-Sea with a rod of sweetness that's tougher than iron and deadlier than poison. Life revolves around women's tea parties, while grey-suited men behave like zombies and clone-like children fade into the background. Mig is convinced that Aunt Maria must be a witch, but who will believe her? Maybe the ghost who haunts the downstairs bedroom holds the key . . .?

Fire and Hemlock

Fire and Hemlock

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2000

In the mind of a lonely, imaginative girl, who can tell where fiction ends and reality begins? An epic fantasy, spanning nine years... The fire and hemlock photograph above Polly's bed sparks memories in her that don't seem to exist any more. Halloween; nine years ago; she gatecrashed a funeral party at the big house and met Thomas Lynn for the first time. Despite the fact that he's an adult, they struck up an immediate friendship, and began making up stories together - stories in which Tom is a great hero, and Polly is his assistant. The trouble is, these scary adventures have a nasty habit of coming true... But what has happened in the years between? Why has Tom been erased from Polly's mind, and from the rest of the world as well? Gradually Polly uncovers the awful truth and, at Halloween nine years on, realises that Tom's soul is forfeit to demonic powers unless she can save him.

A Tale of Time City

A Tale of Time City

Author: Diana Wynne Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2000

When Vivian is evacuated from London in 1939, she expects to be staying in the countryside. Instead, she is whisked away to Time City - a place that exists outside time and space. It is a strange and remarkable place, where technology rules - yet important events of both past and future are marked by the appearance of mysterious Time Ghosts. Here, a Time Patrol works to preserve historical events - but unknown rogue time-travellers are plotting to take control and are stealing the wards that protect the city. If they succeed, Time City and History as we know it will both be destroyed. Jonathan and Sam are convinced that Vivian can help to save their home - for, astonishingly, she appears as a Time Ghost herself in a forgotten part of the city. But how can she possibly know what to do, when the important event hasn't even happened yet?!

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