DWJ Project

Picture made by Deborah O’Carroll (that’s me); feel free to use it!

Welcome to my Diana Wynne Jones page!

I’ll be adding to it over time. 🙂

Diana Wynne Jones being one of my very, very favorite authors (sharing the top spot with Tolkien), I thought it would be fun to have a page dedicated to her works. I’m on an ongoing quest to read all of her books, and I always enjoy running into fellow DWJ fans — it’s like an instant connection, you know? ❤

Here’s a list of her books which I’ve read so far (linked if I’ve written reviews); further down is a list of books I’d still like to read, and other fun stuff like quotes and posts and such. Again, I’ll be adding to this page over time!

Titles I’ve Read (followed by number of times read + year read)

  • Howl’s Moving Castle (8)
  • House of Many Ways (3)
  • Dark Lord of Derkholm (2)
  • Castle in the Air (3)
  • Mixed Magics (3)
  • Year of the Griffin (2)
  • Cart and Cwidder (2)
  • Drowned Ammet (2)
  • The Spellcoats (2)
  • Reflections: On the Magic of Writing (2)
  • The Crown of Dalemark (2)
  • Charmed Life (3)
  • The Lives of Christopher Chant (2)
  • Conrad’s Fate (3)
  • The Magicians of Caprona (2)
  • Witch Week (2)
  • The Pinhoe Egg (2)
  • Enchanted Glass
  • Power of Three
  • Archer’s Goon (2)
  • Fire and Hemlock (2)
  • The Tough Guide to Fantasyland
  • Deep Secret (see My Diana Wynne Jones Journey (So Far) for a post about all the titles up to this point)
  • The Merlin Conspiracy [2016]
  • The Ogre Downstairs [2016]
  • Eight Days of Luke [2016]
  • Wild Robert [2017] (2)
  • Aunt Maria [2017]
  • Hexwood [2017] (2)
  • Puss in Boots [2017]
  • Dogsbody [2017]
  • The Game [2018] (2)
  • Yes Dear (picture book) [2018]
  • The Homeward Bounders [2018]
  • A Sudden Wild Magic [2018]
  • A Tale of Time City [2019]
  • Earwig and the Witch [2019]
  • Unexpected Magic (short story collection) [2020]
  • The Islands of Chaldea [2020] (See My Diana Wynne Jones Journey, Part 2, for thoughts on The Merlin Conspiracy through this one)
  • Stopping for a Spell (short story collection) [2020]
  • Witch’s Business (Wilkin’s Tooth [UK title]) [2021]
  • The Time of the Ghost [2021]
  • The Skiver’s Guide [2021]

Separate Short Stories I’ve Read

  • I’ll Give You My Word (in Firebirds Rising edited by Sharyn November)
  • JoBoy (in The Dragon Book edited by Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois)
  • Little Dot (in Firebirds edited by Sharyn November — also in Unexpected Magic)


To Collect (already read)

  • Yes, Dear (picture book)

Unread: To Find (someday, maybe)

  • Changeover (impossible to find)
  • Plays/short stories?

DWJ posts I’ve written

How to Read a Diana Wynne Jones Book

The Diana Wynne Jones Experience

DWJ graphics I’ve made (feel free to use them!)

My DWJ pinterest board

[Pinterest board]

Favorite Quotes

“There goes Mig with her happy endings again,” Chris said. But I don’t care. I like happy endings. And I asked Chris why something should be truer just because it’s unhappy. He couldn’t answer.

— from Aunt Maria

“When you grow up to be an author and write books, you’ll think you’re making the books up, but they’ll all really be true, somewhere.”

— from Witch Week (Chrestomanci series)

“Only thin, weak thinkers despise fairy stories. Each one has a true, strange fact hidden in it, you know, which you can find if you look.”

— from Fire and Hemlock

“Can’t you treat yourself with a bit more consideration?”

“Why should I?” Mordion said, hugging the duvet round himself.

“Because you’re a person, of course!” Ann snapped at him. “One person ought to treat another person properly even if the person’s himself!”

“What a strange idea!” Mordion said.

— from Hexwood

Coming soon…

Useful DWJ-ish links and info

Above titles will be linked to my reviews (if I wrote one) eventually


8 thoughts on “DWJ Project

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  3. Loving all your DWJ posts! I’ve started down a proverbial rabbit hole of reading them! Not to be a Gwendolyn, but your list is missing a book! It’s called “Changeover” – her very first book. There’s no magic in it but it’s full of her trademark plot twists and surprises! You should check it out if you can get your hands on a copy!

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    • Thank you! The rabbit hole is lovely, isn’t it? 😉 And I’m aware of Changeover, but thank you for mentioning it! 😀 I purposefully haven’t added it to this list for now, because it’s so hard to get a hold of and it’s not as “DWJ-y”, HOWEVER I would definitely love to read it if I can, someday, if I can find it! 🙂

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