Diana Wynne Jones spent her childhood in Essex and has been writing fantasy novels for children since 1973. With her unique combination of magic, humour and imagination, she has been enthralling children and adults with her work ever since. She won the Guardian Award in 1977 with Charmed Life, was runner-up for the Children's Book Award in 1981, and was twice runner-up for the Carnegie Medal. She is married with three sons, and lives in Bristol with her husband.
Imaginative and terribly funny Michael MorpurgoTHE TELEGRAPH - 100 Best Books a Child Should Read Wit and humor glint from the pages THE HORN BOOK Praise for Diana Wynne Jones ...Her hallmarks include laugh-aloud humour, plenty of magic and imaginative array of alternate worlds. Yet, at the same time, a great seriousness is present in all of her novels, a sense of urgency that links Jones's most outrageous plots to her readers' hopes and fears... Publishers Weekly Diana Wynne Jones ought to be crowned with coloured garlands because she is the best writer of magical fantasy for children in this country Evening Standard Diana Wynne Jones could teach Stephen King and JK Rowling a thing or two ... [she] has a skill for inserting just the right amount of detail in her written words, leaving you satiated but not stuffed. SFX