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

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

Order of MagicQuest Series

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

Order of Chrestomanci Series

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

Order of Chrestomanci Collections

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

Order of Howl's Castle Series

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

Order of Magids Series

1Deep Secret 1997Description / Buy
2The Merlin Conspiracy ( By: David Wyatt) 2003Description / Buy

Order of Derkholm Series

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

Order of Diana Wynne Jones Standalone Novels

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

Order of Diana Wynne Jones Short Story Collections

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

Order of Diana Wynne Jones Picture Books

1Who Got Rid of Angus Flint? 1978Description / Buy
2Yes Dear 1992Description / Buy

Order of Diana Wynne Jones Non-Fiction Books

1The Skiver's Guide 1984Description / Buy
2The Tough Guide to Fantasyland 1996Description / Buy
3Reflections 2012Description / Buy

Diana Wynne Jones Anthologies

1 Arrows Of Eros1989Description / Buy
2 Hidden Turnings1989Description / Buy
3 Fantasy Stories1994Description / Buy
4 Spellbound1995Description / 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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