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]

E-book collections

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 ward Janet Chant.

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

Dalemark Quartet[edit]

  1. Cart and Cwidder (1975)
  2. Drowned Ammet (1977)
  3. The Spellcoats (1979)
  4. Crown of Dalemark (1993) – Mythopoeic Award, Children's Fantasy[3]
"The True State of Affairs" is set in Dalemark,[8] but doesn't share any characters with the novels.


  • The Dalemark Quartet, Vol. 1: Cart and Cwidder & Drowned Ammet (1977)
  • The Dalemark Quartet, Vol. 2: The Spellcoats & The Crown of Dalemark (1993)
  • The Dalemark Quartet]] (2003) (Illustrated by [[Anne Yvonne Gilbert)

Derkholm series[edit]

  1. Dark Lord of Derkholm (1998) – Mythopoeic Award, Children's Fantasy[3][9]
  2. Year of the Griffin (2000)

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

The 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]

  • Warlock at the Wheel and Other Stories (1984), 8 stories publ. 1978 to 1984
    • "Warlock at the Wheel"
    • "The Plague of Peacocks"
    • "The Fluffy Pink Toadstool"
    • "Aunt Bea’s Day Out"
    • "Carruthers"
    • "No One"
    • "Dragon Reserve, Home Eight"
    • "The Sage of Theare"
  • Everard’s Ride (1994/1995, republished 1997): a 1983 essay and 7 stories publ. 1984 to 1995
    • Introduction by Patricia C. Wrede
    • "Everard’s Ride"
    • "Nad and Dan Adn Quaffy"
    • "The Shape of the Narrative in 'The Lord of the Rings'" (essay)
    • "No One"
    • "Dragon Reserve, Home Eight"
    • "The Master"
    • "The Plague of Peacocks"
    • "The True State of Affairs"
  • Stopping for a Spell: Three Fantasies (1993), publ. 1975 to 1989, Illustrated by Chris Mould
    • "Who Got Rid of Angus Flint?"
    • "The Four Grannies"
    • "Chair Person"
  • Minor Arcana (1996), UK Release, 7 stories publ. 1982 to 1995[6]British Fantasy Award nominee
    • Introduction
    • "The Sage of Theare"
    • "The Master"
    • "The Girl Who Loved the Sun"
    • "Dragon Reserve, Home Eight"
    • "What the Cat Told Me"
    • "Nad and Dan Adn Quaffy"
    • "The True State of Affairs"
  • Believing is Seeing: Seven Stories (1999), US Release, 7 stories publ. 1982 to 1999, Illustrated by Nenad Jakesevik
    • Introduction
    • "The Sage of Theare"
    • "The Master"
    • "Enna Hittims"
    • "The Girl Who Loved the Sun"
    • "Dragon Reserve, Home Eight"
    • "What the Cat Told Me"
    • "Nad and Dan Adn Quaffy"
    • "Excerpt from Howl’s Moving Castle"
    • "Excerpt from The Merlin Conspiracy"
    • "Excerpt from Dark Lord of Derkholm"
    • "Excerpt from Archer’s Goon"
  • Mixed Magics: Four Tales of Chrestomanci (2000)
    • "Warlock at the Wheel"
    • "Stealer of Souls"
    • "Carol Oneir’s Hundredth Dream"
    • "The Sage of Theare"
  • Unexpected Magic: Collected Stories (2002), 16 stories published 1978 to 2003[6]
    • "The Girl Jones"
    • "Nad and Dan Adn Quaffy"
    • "The Plague of Peacocks"
    • "The Master"
    • "Enna Hittims"
    • "The Girl who Loved the Sun"
    • "The Fluffy Pink Toadstool"
    • "Auntie Bea’s Day Out"
    • "Carruthers"
    • "What the Cat Told Me"
    • "The Green Stone"
    • "The Fat Wizard"
    • "No One"
    • "Dragon Reserve, Home Eight"
    • "Little Dot"
    • "Everard’s Ride"

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]

  • "Reflections On the Magic of Writing" (2012) - A collection of more than 25 papers including autobiographical tales, literary criticism, though about life and writing, and information about the origins of her books. Includes a foreword by Neil Gaiman, and an introduction and interview by Charlie Butler.
    • "Foreword" by Neil Gaiman
    • "Reflecting on Reflections" by Charlie Butler
    • "Preface"
    • "The Children in the Wood"
    • "The Shape of the Narrative in 'The Lord of the Rings'"
    • "Two Kinds of Writing?"
    • "When I Won the Guardian Award"
    • "Reading C. S. Lewis’s Narnia"
    • "Creating the Experience"
    • "Fantasy Books for Children"
    • "The Value of Learning Anglo-Saxon"
    • "The Halloween Worms"
    • "A Day Visiting Schools"
    • "Writing for Children: A Matter of Responsibility"
    • "The Heroic Ideal: A Personal Odyssey"
    • "A Talk About Rules"
    • "Answers to Some Questions"
    • "Some Hints on Writing"
    • "A Whirlwind Tour of Australia"
    • "- Lecture One: Heroes"
    • "- Lecture Two: Negatives and Positives in Children’s Literature"
    • "- Lecture Three: Why Don’t You Write Real Books?"
    • "Inventing the Middle Ages"
    • "Some Truths About Writing"
    • "The Origins of 'The Merlin Conspiracy'"
    • "Review of "Boy in Darkness" by Melvyn Peake"
    • "- Freedom to Write"
    • "- Our Hidden Gifts"
    • "Characterization: Advice for Young Writers"
    • "Something About the Author"
    • "The Girl Jones"
    • "The Origins of 'Changeover'"
    • "A Conversation with Diana Wynne Jones"
    • "Two Family Views of Diana and Her Work"
    • "- Fantasies for Children"
    • "- Address at Diana’s Funeral"
    • "Notes"
    • "Diana Wynne Jones Bibliography

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. ^ a b Mendlesohn, Farah (September 13, 2013). Diana Wynne Jones: The Fantastic Tradition and Children's Literature. Routledge. ISBN 9781135461287. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  9. ^ See her remarks on winning the award: "Mythopoeic Awards: Acceptance Remarks – 1999". Mythopoeic Society. Archived from the original on 18 June 2015.
  10. ^ "The tough guide to Fantasyland" (2006 edition). Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved December 20, 2014.

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