......stories that endure......


Diana Wynne Jones catalogue

Diana Wynne Jones is an extraordinarily clever British writer who thoroughly trumps J. K. Rowling in world-building, plot, characters and language.
Her books are usually wildly funny in an understated, dry way, and the plots are sometimes so dizzying it takes a few days of hard thinking just to figure them out entirely. It is, however, always worth it to do so.

Neil Gaiman said: "The best writer of magic there is."

March 2011: Diana Wynne Jones has died - no more books from that vivid imagination...
Read Neil Gaiman's tribute here:


updated 24th February 2016

Most of these books for sale are new,
sometimes with a black texta line across bottom closed page edges.

Thin paperbacks will travel as letters
Postage in Australia varies from AU$1.80 to AU$3 depending on weight.
Fatter books up to 500g cost AU$7.85
500g - 3Kg cost AU$12.50

Chrestomanci series (in the author's suggested reading order)


Charmed Life
Gwendolyn Chant is a gifted witch with astonishing powers, so she loves going to Chrestomanci Castle to learn more. Her brother Cat is not so keen because he has no talent for magic at all.

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The Lives of Christopher Chant - The Childhood of Chrestomanci

Prequel to Charmed Life
Discovering that he has nine lives and is destined to be the next Chrestomanci is not part of Christopher's plans for the future: he'd much rather play cricket.

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Witch Week
Larwood House is a school for witch orphans and the last thing they need is a visit from Chrestomanci.

WJ041 Collins 2000 illustrated by Tim Stevens pb GD/--, slight, dogears. $6




The Magicians of Caprona

This adventure takes place in Italy where music is enchantment and spells are as slippery as spaghetti.

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Mixed Magics
4 short stories, all featuring Chrestomanci - taller and more handsome than ever.

WJ113 HarperCollins 2000 illustrated by Tim Stevens VG/-- as new. $6



Conrad's Fate
Someone at Stallery Mansions is changing the world and it's up to Conrad to find out who is behind it. But he has very bad karma - and it will take all of Christopher Chant's skills to save the day before Conrad's awful fate catches up with him.

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The Pinhoe Egg
Spells always have consequences and it's Chrestomanci's job to make sure everything is safely under control. But when Cat finds the Pinhoe egg, chaos begins. Her best in my opinion.

WJ117 Greenwillow Book of HarperCollins 2007 VG/-- with black line along bottom closed page edges, as new. $8



Stealer of Souls (also in Mixed Magics)
Short story featuring Cat Chant and Tonino Montana from Caprona.

WJ081 Collins 2000 illustrated by Tim Stevens, slim pb GD/--, very slight dogears. $2

other novels - not Chrestomanci



Howl's Moving Castle
Sophie Hatter attracts the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste and is put under a curse. Determined to make the best of things, Sophie travels to the one place where she might get help - the moving castle which hovers on the hills above Market Chipping.

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Castle in the Air -
sequel to Howl's Moving Castle
By day Abdullah is a humble carpet merchant, but in his dreams he is a prince. Then Abdullah's dreams suddenly start to come true when he meets the lovely Flower-in-the-Night.

WJ093 Collins 2000 illustrated by Tim Stevens pb GD/-- $8



House of Many Ways - sequel to Howl's Moving Castle & Castle in the Air
Charmain Baker is in over her head. Looking after Great Uncle William's tiny cottage should have been easy but he is the Royal Wizard Norland whose house bends space and time.

WJ116 HarperCollins 2008 illustrated by Tim Stevens, NEW. $8



The Merlin Conspiracy

Roddy Hyde lives in a world of magic, pageantry and ritual. The daughter of two court wizards, she travels with the King's Progress and Merlin - who is entrusted with the magical health of the Isles of the Blest.
Nick Mallory's world seems quite ordinary in comparison - which isn't surprising because it's plain old Earth. Then their worlds intersect.

WJ101 Collins Greenwillow 2003 pb NEW, black texta line. $12



Eight Days of Luke
David is spending a miserable summer holidays with his awful relatives until Luke turns up, full of jokes and plans. "Just kindle a flame and I'll be with you," he says.

WJ102 Collins 2000 illustrated by David Wyatt pb NEW, blue texta line. $6



The Homeward Bounders

When They threw Jamie out to the Boundaries he was too shocked to make sense of it. He'd be told he could go Home if he found himself in the right world, but life became a succession of strange countries.

WJ103 Mandarin Teens 1983 pb GD/--. $6



Witch's Business
aka Wilkin's Tooth
Jess and Frank's father has stopped their allowances for four whole months! So they start a business Own Back Ltd, specialising in revenge.

WJ104 Greenwillow HarperTrophy 2002 pb NEW, black texta line. $6



Stopping For a Spell
Three fantasies - Chair Person, The Four Grannies, Who Got Rid of Angus Flint?

WJ105 Greenwillow HarperTrophy 2002 pb NEW, tiny black texta line. $9



Power of Three

Dorig are coming up onto land to fight Lymen in their own halls, the Giants are planning some great evil and even the Lymen are warring among themselves.

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Drowned Ammet
#2 in the Dalemark Quartet
The Sea Festival was always a holiday in Holand and they always threw a plaited straw Old Ammet into the sea. Mitt was a Free Holander and the secret police were after him.

WJ109 Macmillan 1977 1st ed. hb with dj GD/GD, ex-library with usual stamps. $10




A Tale of Time City
When Vivian is evacuated from London in 1939, instead of ending up in the countryside she is unexpectedly whisked away to Time City - a place that exists outside time and space.

WJ110 Collins 2000 illustrated by David Wyatt pb NEW, black texta line. $8



Black Maria
Great Aunt Maria seems like a cuddly old lady, all chit-chat and lace doilies - but when Mig and her family go for a visit they discover that she rules Cranbury-on-Sea with a rod of iron. Mig is convinced that Aunt Maria must be a witch but no-one will believe her.

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The Time of the Ghost

The ghost turns up one summer day, alone in a world she once knew, among people who were once her family. Something terrible is about to happen. One of her sisters will die - unless the ghost can use the future to reshape the past.
Diana Wynne Jones at her creative best!

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