Diana Wynne Jones

Diana Wynne Jones (born London August 16, 1934) is a writer of fantasy novels for children and adults, as well as a small amount of non-fiction.

She was raised in the village of Thaxted in Essex, and now lives in Clifton in the city of Bristol, England. She studied at Oxford, where she attended lectures by both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. She is married to John Burrow, who teaches Middle English at the University of Bristol.

Her most famous work is the Chrestomanci series, which tells of the adventures of a nine-lived enchanter in a series of connected worlds who is responsible for preventing the misuse of magic.

She is friends with Neil Gaiman and they are both fans of each others' work. She dedicated her novel Hexwood to him after something he said in a conversation inspired a key part of the plot.

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 (inspired by, but otherwise unconnected with, Wikipedia): see External links below.




Chrestomanci series

Derkholm series

  1. Dark Lord of Derkholm [1999: Mythopoeic Fantasy Award ] See also Jones' remarks on winning the award. (http://www.mythsoc.org/a99remarks.html)
  2. Year of the Griffin

Dalemark Quartet

  1. Cart and Cwidder (1975)
  2. Drowned Ammet (1977)
  3. The Spellcoats (1979)
  4. Crown of Dalemark (1993)

Castle series

  1. Howl's Moving Castle [1986: Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor]
  2. Castle in the Air [1992: Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, nominated]

Magids series

  • Deep Secret (marketed to adults)
  • The Merlin Conspiracy


  • Archer's Goon [1984: Boston Globe - Horn Book Honor Book; World Fantasy Award for Best Novel nominee]
  • Black Maria (UK Title) / Aunt Maria (US Title)
  • Believing is Seeing (short stories)
  • "Chair Person" in Stopping for a Spell
  • Changeover
  • Dogsbody [1975: Carnegie Medal Commended]
  • Eight Days of Luke (1975)
  • Everard's Ride (short stories)
  • Fire and Hemlock [1986: Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, nominated]
  • "The Four Grannies" in Stopping for a Spell
  • Hexwood
  • Hidden Turnings (short stories)
  • The Homeward Bounders
  • Minor Arcana (short stories) [1996: British Fantasy Award, nominated]
  • The Ogre Downstairs
  • Power of Three [1977: Guardian Award Commended; Silberner Griffel (Netherlands)]
  • Puss in Boots
  • Stopping for a Spell (three novellas)
  • 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 (short stories; two Chrestomanci, both also in Mixed Magics)
  • "Who Got Rid of Angus Flint?" in Stopping for a Spell
  • Wild Robert
  • Wilkins' Tooth (UK Title) / Witch's Business (US Title)
  • Yes, Dear


  • Fantasy Stories
  • Minor Arcana
  • Believing is Seeing
  • Unexpected Magics

Non-Fiction or Poetry

  • "A Slice of Life" in 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]

Books About DWJ

  • Diana Wynne Jones - An Exciting and Exacting Wisdom [2002] edited by Rosenberg, et al.

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