Diana Wynne Jones Books

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Diana Wynne Jones was an English author who wrote principally in the fantasy genre. She wrote for both young people and adults, and was consistently successful from her early years in the 1970s until her death from lung cancer in 2011. Jones also wrote small amounts of non-fiction, as well as a few plays.

Order of The Dalemark Quartet Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Cart and Cwidder 1975 Description / Buy
2 Drowned Ammet 1977 Description / Buy
3 The Spellcoats 1979 Description / Buy
4 The Crown of Dalemark 1993 Description / Buy

Order of MagicQuest Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Throme of the Erril of Sherill ( By: Patricia A. McKillip) 1973 Description / Buy
2 Power of Three 1976 Description / Buy
3 Tulku ( By: Peter Dickinson) 1979 Description / Buy
4 The Magicians of Caprona 1980 Description / Buy

Order of Chrestomanci Series

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1 Charmed Life 1977 Description / Buy
2 The Magicians of Caprona 1980 Description / Buy
3 Witch Week 1982 Description / Buy
4 The Lives of Christopher Chant 1988 Description / Buy
5 Conrad's Fate 2005 Description / Buy
6 The Pinhoe Egg 2006 Description / Buy

Order of Chrestomanci Collections

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1 Mixed Magics: Four Tales of Chrestomanci 2000 Description / Buy

Order of Howl's Castle Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Howl's Moving Castle 1986 Description / Buy
2 Castle in the Air 1990 Description / Buy
3 House of Many Ways 2008 Description / Buy

Order of Magids Series

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1 Deep Secret 1997 Description / Buy
2 The Merlin Conspiracy 2003 Description / Buy

Order of Derkholm Series

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1 Dark Lord of Derkholm 1998 Description / Buy
2 Year of the Griffin 2000 Description / Buy

Order of Diana Wynne Jones Standalone Novels

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1 Changeover 1970 Description / Buy
2 Wilkins' Tooth / Witch's Business 1973 Description / Buy
3 The Ogre Downstairs 1974 Description / Buy
4 Dogsbody 1975 Description / Buy
5 Eight Days of Luke 1975 Description / Buy
6 The Four Grannies 1980 Description / Buy
7 The Time of the Ghost 1981 Description / Buy
8 The Homeward Bounders 1981 Description / Buy
9 Archer's Goon 1984 Description / Buy
10 Fire and Hemlock 1985 Description / Buy
11 A Tale of Time City 1987 Description / Buy
12 Chair Person 1989 Description / Buy
13 Wild Robert 1989 Description / Buy
14 Aunt Maria / Black Maria 1991 Description / Buy
15 A Sudden Wild Magic 1992 Description / Buy
16 Hexwood 1993 Description / Buy
17 Everard's Ride 1995 Description / Buy
18 Puss in Boots 1999 Description / Buy
19 Stealer of Souls 2000 Description / Buy
20 Enna Hittims 2006 Description / Buy
21 The Game 2007 Description / Buy
22 Enchanted Glass 2010 Description / Buy
23 Earwig and the Witch 2011 Description / Buy
24 The Islands of Chaldea ( With: Ursula Jones) 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Diana Wynne Jones Short Story Collections

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1 Warlock at the Wheel and Other Stories 1984 Description / Buy
2 Stopping for a Spell 1993 Description / Buy
3 Minor Arcana 1996 Description / Buy
4 Believing Is Seeing 1999 Description / Buy
5 Unexpected Magic 2002 Description / Buy
6 Vile Visitors 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Diana Wynne Jones Picture Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 Who Got Rid of Angus Flint? 1978 Description / Buy
2 Yes Dear 1992 Description / Buy

Order of Diana Wynne Jones Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Skiver's Guide 1984 Description / Buy
2 The Tough Guide to Fantasyland 1996 Description / Buy
3 Reflections 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Howl's Moving Castle Film Graphic Novels with Hayao Miyazaki

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1 Howl's Moving Castle Picture Book 2004 Description / Buy
2 Howl's Moving Castle, Vol. 1 2004 Description / Buy
3 Howl's Moving Castle, Vol. 2 2005 Description / Buy
4 Howl's Moving Castle, Vol. 3 2005 Description / Buy
5 Howl's Moving Castle, Vol. 4 2005 Description / Buy
6 Howl's Moving Castle Picture Book 2005 Description / Buy

Diana Wynne Jones Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Dragons & Dreams 1986 Description / Buy
2 Gaslight & Ghosts 1988 Description / Buy
3 Dragons and Warrior Daughters 1989 Description / Buy
4 Arrows Of Eros 1989 Description / Buy
5 Hidden Turnings 1989 Description / Buy
6 Now We Are Sick 1991 Description / Buy
7 Fantasy Stories 1994 Description / Buy
8 Spellbound 1995 Description / Buy
9 A Treasury of Witches and Wizards 1996 Description / Buy
10 Secret City 1997 Description / Buy
11 Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction 2003 Description / Buy
12 Fantasy: Red Hot Reads 2004 Description / Buy
13 Firebirds Rising: An Anthology of Original Science Fiction and Fantasy 2005 Description / Buy
14 The Wand in the Word 2006 Description / Buy
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Diana Wynne Jones is best known today for her 1986 fantasy novel Howl’s Moving Castle, which was initially quietly received but which reached a huge audience after being made into a successful animated movie by Studio Ghibli. This was a standalone work, but she also enjoyed great success with several series, including the seven-book Christomanci saga and several collections of short stories.


Throughout her career, Diana Wynne Jones enjoyed critical success, which led to her winning several prestigious awards. Among these were the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize in 1978, which she received for the first Christomanci book, Charmed Life. The final book in the same series, The Crown of Dalemark, won the Mythopoeic Prize for fantasy writing in 1996, and Jones was awarded the prize again three years later for her parodic fantasy novel The Dark Lord of Derkholm.

In 2007, Jones was honored with the Life Achievement award from the World Fantasy Convention. As well as these award wins, Jones was frequently nominated for other prizes; she was a four-time finalist for the Mythopoeic Prize, while The Tough Guide to Fantasyland was nominated for a Hugo Award.


One of Jones’ books has been adapted for the big screen: Howl’s Moving Castle. Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli was impressed by the book, at that time relatively little known beyond genre readers, and made it into a full-length animated feature that was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2005. The movie was dubbed from its original Japanese into English, with Emily Mortimer, Christian Bale and Jean Simmons starring roles.

Jones’ young adult novel Archer’s Goon, later cited by Neil Gaiman as being a favorite book of his, was produced by the BBC as a six-part TV adaptation in 1992.


Three of the books by Diana Wynne Jones that make great places to start dipping into her writing are:

Howl’s Moving Castle: Although many people will know it only from the movie, the original novel is a wonderful way into Jones’ magical world. The story of Sophie, an orphaned young woman coming to terms with growing up in a land where fairytales are real, has a number of differences from the movie. Magic is at the heart of this tale, especially in the complex and fascinating relationship between Sophie and the powerful, apparently evil wizard Howl. Readers are likely to be gripped by the way the story twists and turns, with every page bringing a new perspective on events and personalities. Unlike the film, the book itself never won a major award, but its legions of devoted fans haven’t let that bother them.

Charmed Life is the start of the Christomanci sequence, but makes a very good read on its own. This book shares with Howl’s Moving Castle a central hero who has unusual and sometimes disturbing gifts and must search for the answer to who she truly is. Cat Chant, who like Sophie is an orphan, has an attractively flawed personality – gullible and often seemingly all at sea in the real world – that makes him easy to identify with. As the story goes on, it becomes clear that what Cat is really running away from is his own destiny. Jones’ Guardian Children’s Fiction Award for Charmed Life was the first major literary prize she had won, and all her gifts in creating a believable yet very alien fantasy landscape are on show here.

The Tough Guide to Fantasyland
is a very different work, but one that is seized on by fans of the fantasy genre who are jaded by the same old tropes being used again and again. In this book, produced as a cross between a spoof guidebook and a Dungeons & Dragons glossary, Jones guides readers – as potential visitors to Fantasyland – through a world where sporting contests largely consist of fighting, and explains why Dark Lords are everywhere but Dark Ladies are virtually unknown. Jones’ tone is deliciously tongue-in-cheek throughout the book, allowing her to avoid the charge of undermining her own more serious books. Its Hugo nomination was a fitting reward for a book that has become a classic of the spoof guidebook genre.

When Does The Next Diana Wynne Jones book come out?

Diana Wynne Jones doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Islands of Chaldea and was released on April, 21st 2015.


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