Diana Wynne Jones bibliography

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Diana Wynne Jones (16 August 1934 – 26 March 2011) was a British writer of fantasy novels for children and adults. She wrote a small amount of non-fiction.


This list follows the Internet Speculative Fiction Database in grouping many works in five fiction series. Some other classifications differ from ISFDB. There is some overlap in listings.

Stand alone books for adults[edit]

Stand alone books for children and young adults[edit]

Other Compilations

Series for children and young adults[edit]

Chrestomanci series[edit]

The Chrestomanci fantasy series comprises six novels and four short stories.[6]

Publication order The books in order of release:

  1. Charmed Life (1977) – Guardian Children's Fiction Prize; Carnegie Medal commendation; Preis der Leseratten (ZDF Schülerexpress, Germany)
  2. The Magicians of Caprona (1980)
  3. Witch Week (1982)
  4. The Lives of Christopher Chant (1988) – Carnegie Medal commendation
  5. Mixed Magics (2000), short stories published 1982 to 2000
  6. Conrad's Fate (2005)
  7. The Pinhoe Egg (2006) – Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Children's finalist;[3] Locus Award Young Adult Book, 6th place

If the short stories in Mixed Magics are counted separately, the order of release is:

  1. Charmed Life (1977)
  2. The Magicians of Caprona (1980)
  3. Witch Week (1982)
  4. "The Sage of Theare", in Hecate's Cauldron (1982) ed. Susan M. Schwartz
  5. "Warlock at the Wheel", in Warlock at the Wheel (1984) by Jones
  6. "Carol Oneir's Hundredth Dream", in Dragons and Dreams (1986) ed. Jane Yolen et al.
  7. The Lives of Christopher Chant (1988)
  8. "Stealer of Souls", in Mixed Magics (2000) by Jones
  9. Conrad's Fate (2005)
  10. The Pinhoe Egg (2006)

Reading order Diana Wynne Jones herself, however, recommended reading the books in this order:[7]

  1. Charmed Life (1977)
  2. The Lives of Christopher Chant (1988)
  3. Conrad's Fate (2005)
  4. Witch Week (1982)
  5. The Magicians of Caprona (1980)

The short stories in Mixed Magics can be read in any order after that. The Pinhoe Egg can probably be read after The Magicians of Caprona.

Chronological order

Two works feature Christopher Chant as a boy and teen; the others are set during his tenure as Chrestomanci. The narrative sequence is clear for all but two(‡).

  1. The Lives of Christopher Chant
  2. Conrad's Fate
  3. Charmed Life
  4. "Warlock at the Wheel"
  5. "The Sage of Theare"‡
  6. Witch Week
  7. The Magicians of Caprona
  8. "Stealer of Souls"
  9. "Carol Oneir's Hundredth Dream"
  10. The Pinhoe Egg

‡ Three of the short stories follow soon after the novels as listed here. On the other hand, "The Sage of Theare" does not have a fictional date or any landmark that relates it closely to another work in the series. (There is some evidence that it predates Witch Week whose own place is uncertain. Both works were published in 1982. In the novel, Chrestomanci observes that he likes to dress nicely and reveals that he has been called away in his dressing gown a couple of times in spite of his care. That may be an allusion to the short story, where he is summoned in pyjamas.)

Witch Week is set sometime after Charmed Life, in which Chrestomanci acquires his legal ward Janet Chant.

Chronicles of Chrestomanci The Chronicles of Chrestomanci series are set in three volumes:

Further Compilations

Dalemark Quartet[edit]

In order of internal chronology:

  1. The Spellcoats (1979)
  2. Cart and Cwidder (1975)
  3. Drowned Ammet (1977)
  4. Crown of Dalemark (1993) – Mythopoeic Award, Children's Fantasy[3]

However, when the books were published by Oxford University Press, they were numbered in the order in which they were published (Cart, Ammet, Spellcoats, Crown), and it is possible to read them in this order without any spoilers. (Each of the three other than Crown is a self-contained story with no direct references to the characters or events of the other three books, except for tenuous connections between the characters of Spellcoats, and the folkloric heroes they would be remembered as by the time of the later books. Thusly, minor spoilers can be avoided by reading Spellcoats, the third book, but the order is otherwise irrelevant as long as Crown is read last.)


Planned sequels Diana Wynne Jones insisted she would not be able to write a sequel to The Crown of Dalemark, until she had worked out what became of Tanaqui (The Spellcoats) after the One had reshaped the land[citation needed]. Unfortunately, any further sequels are unlikely following Diana Wynne Jones' passing in 2011.

Derkholm series[edit]

  1. Dark Lord of Derkholm (1998) – Mythopoeic Award, Children's Fantasy[3][10]
  2. Year of the Griffin (2000)

The Tough Guide to Fantasyland (1996) is noted to have similar themes.[citation needed]

Howl's Moving Castle series[edit]

  1. Howl's Moving Castle (1986) – Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Fiction runner-up;[1] 2006 Phoenix Award[4]
  2. Castle in the Air (1990) – Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Children's finalist[3]
  3. House of Many Ways (2008) – Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Children's finalist[3]


Other Formats

Magids series[edit]

Picture books and books for younger readers[edit]


Short stories[edit]


These are anthologies Diana Wynne Jones edited herself.

Contributed short stories[edit]

These short stories were not published as separate volumes, and not included in any collections entirely written by Jones (the next section).[6]

Short story collections[edit]

These collections include about 25 pieces of short fiction with much repetition.[6]

Stand alone short stories[edit]

Published also in other compilations

Other anthologies her works were included in[edit]

Complete list of short stories in alphabetical order[edit]



Diana Wynne Jones also wrote several short stories and poems that have been published in anthologies.

Nonfiction and humor[edit]

Non-fiction and essays[edit]


Book Introductions[edit]

Diana Wynne Jones wrote introductions to the following books:



Essay Collections[edit]

List of collections containing her essays and interviews[edit]

Entire bibliography in order of publication[edit]







Published posthumously:

New Collections:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Winners and Honor Books 1967 to present". The Horn Book. Archived from the original on 2011-10-19. Retrieved 2013-03-04.
  2. ^ a b c d "Diana Wynne Jones" Archived May 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. The Locus Index to SF Awards: Index to Literary Nominees. Locus Publications. Retrieved 2013-03-04.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Mythopoeic Awards – Fantasy" Archived October 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. The Mythopoeic Society. Retrieved 2013-03-04.
  4. ^ a b "Phoenix Award Brochure 2012"[permanent dead link]. Children's Literature Association. Retrieved 2013-03-04.
    See also the current homepage, "Phoenix Award" Archived 2012-03-20 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ a b "Diana Wynne Jones's final book completed by sister". Alison Flood. The Guardian. June 24, 2013. Retrieved July 3, 2013. The headline is a poor match for the content which closes, 'Jones said there were also "other things were coming to light" among her sister's papers. "She left behind a mass of stuff", she said.'
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Diana Wynne Jones at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 2013-03-04. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.
  7. ^ MacArdle, Meredith. "The Chrestomanci Series". The Official Diana Wynne Jones Website. Archived from the original on December 3, 2012. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
  8. ^ "Everard's Ride by Diana Wynne Jones". NESFA press. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Mendlesohn, Farah (September 13, 2013). "Diana Wynne Jones: The Fantastic Tradition and Children's Literature". Routledge. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  10. ^ See her remarks on winning the award: "Mythopoeic Awards: Acceptance Remarks – 1999". Mythopoeic Society. Archived from the original on 18 June 2015.
  11. ^ "The tough guide to Fantasyland" (2006 edition). Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved December 20, 2014.

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