When I moved to the States, when I was about 13, most of my DWJ books got lost in the transition, and I spent a year or two rereading The Magicians of Caprona over and over and over again because it was the only one I had. One afternoon I sat in the bookstore on 86th Street in Manhattan and read Deep Secret in a few hours.
I've been slowly rebuilding my Wynne-Jones (shelved on it's own shelf, so as to avoid any alphabetising confusion in my home) collection and only recently did a friend give me Castle In The Air as a holiday gift reminding me that there are whole DWJ books I haven't read.
So I'm going to try to re-read - and indeed read for the first time in some cases - all of Diana Wynne Jones' books and mark down my comments and thoughts. Her books changed, shaped and ameliorated my life - first as a child and now again as I grow up - so hugely, that I'm excited to explore the emotional impact they have on me now. Plus, I'm hoping that wrapping myself up in her words, like a blanket, will in some way, help ease my grief over the passing of one of my favourite authors.
So here is the beginning of my reading list. I'm starting with the Chrestomanci books, but in the order she recommended they be read (which is in fact different from the order I read them as a child) and then adding on ones that have been published since after I first read them. Starred are the ones that I haven't read/didn't read originally back in the early '90s.
- Charmed Life (1977)
- The Lives of Christopher Chant (published 1988)
- Conrad's Fate (2005) *
- Warlock at the Wheel (short story, published in Mixed Magics).*
- The Sage of Theare (short story, reprinted in Mixed Magics) *
- Witch Week (1982)
- The Magicians of Caprona (1980)
- Stealer of Souls (short story, published in Mixed Magics) *
- Carol Oneir's Hundredth Dream (short story, published in Mixed Magics) *
- The Pinhoe Egg (2006) *