“It is quite a risk to spank a wizard for getting hysterical about his hair.”


For those of you who recognize this line, you will be in the same category as I and hundreds of other readers of fantastic children’s fantasy are in.  Dianna Wynne Jones fans.  Some of us could even be called obsessed.  The title is a quote from Howl’s Moving Castle, the classic novel of wizards, war and true love.  I can’t even count the times I have read this book, and then later watched the film produced by Hayao Miyazaki.  It is quite simply favourite book alongside Michael Ende’s, The Neverending Story.

Which is why I was devastated on Saturday when I learned via a twitter feed from The Book Smugglers that Dianna Wynne Jones has passed away.   The Guardian has put up a wonderful obituary on their website.  If you want to read it and possibly learn more about Dianna Wynne Jones, click HERE.

She influenced so many modern children writers and created many smiles with her books.  Rest in peace.

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