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1001 Charmed Life
Added on 14th August 2020

Author Diana Wynne Jones
First published 1977
Publisher Macmillan Children’s Books

Action and adventure Magic
1001

A fantasy novel, full of magic, written by an original and imaginative story teller.

Story

Cat and Gwendolen Chant were orphaned after their parents drowned in a boating accident. Now they live in Chrestomanci Castle, home of the Chrestomanci – a powerful enchanter. Gwendolen is a witch-in-training, but the Chrestomanci doesn’t seem to care about her magic. Her younger brother Cat is quite content to let Gwendolen take the spotlight, because he has no magical powers… or does he?

Why we chose it

Charmed Life and the other books in the Chrestimanci series, are fantasy classics, full of magic, by an original and imaginative story teller. Diana Wynne Jones wrote over 40 books for children creating satisfying and exciting magical worlds and memorable and much loved characters.

Where it came from

Diana Wynne Jones was a prolific writer of children’s stories and other works. She began making up stories for herself and her sister at an early age, and as she got older, she started writing them down. The Chrestomanci series is rooted in fantasy, but Jones was keen to avoid fantasy clichés such as impossible quests. In many of her stories, the children are the heroes!

Where it went next

There are a further six books in the Chrestimanci series, as well as several short stories. The novels are The Magicians of Caprona, Witch Week, The Lives of Christopher Chant, Mixed Magics, Conrad’s Fate and The Pinhole Egg.

Associated stories

Other books by Diana Wynne Jones include Howl’s Moving Castle, Enchanted Glass, A Tale of Time City, Fire and Hemlock, The Merlin Conspiracy, Deep Secret and Hexwood.

Added on 14th August 2020

Author Diana Wynne Jones
First published 1977
Publisher Macmillan Children’s Books

Action and adventure Magic
1001