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Publication Order of The Dalemark Quartet Books

Cart and Cwidder (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Drowned Ammet (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spellcoats (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Crown of Dalemark (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of MagicQuest Books

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

Publication Order of Chrestomanci Books

Charmed Life (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magicians of Caprona (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Witch Week (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lives of Christopher Chant (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Conrad's Fate (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pinhoe Egg (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Chrestomanci Collections

Mixed Magics: Four Tales of Chrestomanci (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Howl's Castle Books

Howl's Moving Castle (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Castle in the Air (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
House of Many Ways (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Magids Books

Deep Secret (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Merlin Conspiracy (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Derkholm Books

Dark Lord of Derkholm (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year of the Griffin (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Changeover (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wilkins' Tooth / Witch's Business (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ogre Downstairs (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dogsbody (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eight Days of Luke (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Four Grannies (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Time of the Ghost (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Homeward Bounders (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Archer's Goon (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fire and Hemlock (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Tale of Time City (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chair Person (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wild Robert (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aunt Maria / Black Maria (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Sudden Wild Magic (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hexwood (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Everard's Ride (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Puss in Boots (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stealer of Souls (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Enna Hittims (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Game (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Enchanted Glass (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Earwig and the Witch (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Islands of Chaldea (With: Ursula Jones) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Warlock at the Wheel and Other Stories (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stopping for a Spell (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Minor Arcana (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Believing Is Seeing (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unexpected Magic (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vile Visitors (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

Who Got Rid of Angus Flint? (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Yes Dear (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Skiver's Guide (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tough Guide to Fantasyland (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reflections (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Howl's Moving Castle Film Graphic Novels

with Hayao Miyazaki
Howl's Moving Castle Picture Book (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Howl's Moving Castle, Vol. 1 (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Howl's Moving Castle, Vol. 2 (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Howl's Moving Castle, Vol. 3 (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Howl's Moving Castle, Vol. 4 (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Howl's Moving Castle Picture Book (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Dragons & Dreams(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gaslight & Ghosts(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dragons and Warrior Daughters(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Arrows Of Eros(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hidden Turnings(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Now We Are Sick(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fantasy Stories(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spellbound(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Treasury of Witches and Wizards(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Secret City(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fantasy: Red Hot Reads(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Firebirds Rising: An Anthology of Original Science Fiction and Fantasy(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wand in the Word(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Diana Wynne Jones was an author who was born in London, England, in the 1934. She was born to Richard Aneurin and Marjorie Jones who both were teachers by profession. She lived in London until war was declared in 1939 where her and her family fled to Wales. Her childhood was rather chaotic and negatively impacted by the war as her family could not stay in one place for very long. They spent brief stints in York, Coniston Water and even back in London, always relocating. Eventually they settled in a place named Thaxted, Essex in the 1943.

Her parents started working in an educational conference centre in Essex once they had set up home there. While her parents worked, Jones and her two sisters, well known literary critic Isobel Armstrong and and actress and writer Ursula Jones, were mostly left to themselves. They were left devoid of much reading material by their father who was described as someone who could “beat Scrooge in a meanness contest.” At even a young age, she had a vivid imagination suited with a career as a writer which she channelled into making stories for herself to make up for the lack of books she had to read. However her desire to be a writer was never supported by her parents who simply laughed at her as she was extremely dyslexic.. However, by the time she was fourteen, she had two epic length stories written between twenty copy books.

She went to school in Friends School, a Quaker independent school in Saffron Walden, Essex. After finishing schooling there, she attended St Anne’s College in Oxford, where she studied English. There she was able to attend the lectures of famous writers such as C. S. Lewis, author of “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe,” and J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings series which further inspired her love for language and writing.

When she graduated from college in 1956, she got married to a man named John Burrow in the same year. He worked as a scholar of medieval literature. Together they had three sons named Richard, Michael and Colin and they lived together in London until they moved back to Oxford in 1957. When their youngest child was two years old in the mid 1960s, Jones decided to start writing. She claimed it was “mostly to keep (her) sanity” whilst raising the children, dealing with her sick husband, and being encapsulated in the other assorted crises throughout their household.

Her first book, Changeover, was about a fictional African country transitioning from functioning as a colony to as an independant country. The story is a large mass of characters from all walks of life in the conflict: government, police, and army bureaucracies. It deals with themes related to sex, politics and news. It was aimed at an adult audience and was published by Macmillan in 1970, a time where many colonies had split from under the rule of the British Empire.

Her books varied greatly in genre from slapstick situational comedy to critical political as well as social commentary. Her books for children were often compared to the later Harry Potter series by well loved author JK is Rowling. Even when some of Jone’s books were out of print, the popularity of the Harry Potter series brought them back into popularity. Her works were often compared to the works of famous authors Robin McKinley and Neil Gaiman too. Gaiman even dedicated a witch in his book The Books of Magic to her.

One of her most famous books was probably Howl’s Moving Castle. The story took form after a boy, whose name she had forgotten, in a school she was visiting asked her to write a book about a castle that moved. It was published in 1986 by Greenwillow Books of New York in the United States. It was a runner up for the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and in 2005 it won the Phoenix Award after the feature length film had been released.

Howl’s Moving Castle was probably more famous as the feature length, Japanese language movie it was adapted into by Hayao Miyazaki, famous director with Studio Ghibli. The film was released in 2004 and broke box office records in Japan when it was released. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and was subsequently dubbed in English and various other European languages.

The book told the story of a young woman named Sophie Hatter living in the fictional town of Market Chipping in the magical kingdom of Ingary. She becomes acquainted with a wizard named Howl and they go on amazing and convoluted adventures together until they eventually settle down as husband and wife. The book became part of a series and subsequent books titled Castle in the Air and House of Many Ways were published in 1990 and 2008 respectively as this actually happened.

She has been the winner of many prestigious awards in her time. These include the Guardian Prize in 1978; the Mythopoeic Award in 1996 and in 1999; and the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 2007. She was also nominated and a runner up for countless awards. She was a runner up for the Children’s Book Award in 1981 and was a runner up for the prestigious Carnegie Medal twice. In 1999 alone she won two major fantasy awards,the awards were as follows; the children’s Mythopoeic Award in the United States as well as the Karl Edward Wagner Award in the United Kingdom. The latter is only awarded to authors believed to have made a large cultural impact on fantasy fiction writing.

In the early summer of 2009, Jones was diagnosed with lung cancer. She was able to undergo the necessary surgery that summer and believed it to be successful. However in 2010 she accepted that the harsh chemotherapy she had to undergo was making her too ill for it to continue. She died on the 26th of March, 2011, leaving behind her husband, three sons, five grandchildren and a legacy in her published novels that will last for generations.While Diana Jones may no longer be with us, her novels have created a cultural impact that will stay with the fantasy genre for decades to come.

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