Diana Wynne Jones

Born:
Aug. 16, 1934
Died:
March 26, 2011

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A British writer, principally of fantasy novels for children and adults, as well as a small amount of non-fiction.

[Comment from Kelly Link on The Guardian][1]:

I can't pick just one book by Diana Wynne Jones. She wrote so many books, all of them essential, and funny, and weird, and true. She mixed up fantasy and science fiction and the domestic so that unhappy families and awkward adolescents got smooshed up, quite believably, with mythological figures, extraterrestrial powers, and all other sorts of dangerous beasties. I was already a science-fiction reader before I found [Dogsbody][2]. But I might have outgrown science fiction quickly, moved on to books about horses and girls and high schools, if it weren't for books such as Dogsbody and [The Homeward Bounders][3] and [Archer's Goon][4], and if it weren't for characters such as Kathleen, who rescues a puppy and falls in love with a star, and Jamie, who spies on a dangerous game that They are playing, and Howard, with his two very complicated families.

Wynne Jones's books are often literally about other worlds, but her characters belong very firmly to this one. They are eccentric, flamboyant, pragmatic, lonely, sometimes selfish, often stubborn, always recognisable. How they navigate the territory that they find themselves in is, I suppose, a kind of metaphor for the process of growing up. But I'm grown up now, and have a child of my own, and I rely on her books, her pinprick insights into familial relationships, her astonishing way of seeing the worlds.

[1]: www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/may/14/science-fiction-authors-choice [2]: openlibrary.org/works/OL60144W/Dogsbody [3]: openlibrary.org/works/OL60134W/The_Homeward_Bounders [4]: openlibrary.org/works/OL60137W/Archer%27s_Goon