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Diana Wynne Jones, 1932-2011

Diana Wynne Jones passed away today (the 26th) due to a long battle with cancer.

She was a very talented writer and will be missed.

According to her blog:

A short novel for younger readers, Earwig and the Witch, will be published in summer 2011 by HarperCollins (UK), Greenwillow (US) and Tokuma Shoten (Japan). This tells the story of young Earwig, who loved living in an orphanage and hates Bella Yaga, who chose her from the children's home and makes her do horrible jobs such as scrubbing the floor and powdering rats' bones. With the help of Thomas the Cat, Earwig solves her predicament with DWJ's trademark humour and understanding.

Secondly, next year David Fickling Publishers will be producing a collection of Diana's articles, lectures, talks, etc. This will include an introduction by Charlie Butler and an interview by him with her, probably Diana's last ever interview.


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Mar. 27th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
You're right, she will indeed be missed. Thanks for mentioning the upcoming collection; I'll keep an eye out for it.
Mar. 28th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
RIP, Miss Jones. I love her book "Tough Guide to Fantasyland".
Mar. 29th, 2011 09:00 am (UTC)
And we can't forget the Tough Guide's novelized form, Dark Lord of Derkholm, one of my favorite fantasy novels ever.

She will be greatly missed indeed.
Mar. 29th, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC)
I read Dark Lord too; it's a very fun book.
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