Diana Wynne Jones (Re)Read

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Diana Wynne Jones’ books are special to me. I could name hundreds of “favourite books” by so many authors, and I could name dozens of “favourite authors”, but if something happened and I could only read ONE author for the rest of my life, there would be no competition. It would be Diana Wynne Jones. I think so much of the adult I’ve become was shaped by my reading her as a younger person. And now, I delight not just in rereading her books, but also in reading reviews and studies of them.

I re-read at least one of her books every year – usually Fire & Hemlock, Eight Days of Luke, Howl’s Moving Castle, or one of the Chrestomanci stories. And each time, I would get this urge to re-read all the Diana Wynne Jones I have, and reading the ones I haven’t read, and doing it all in order of publication. This year, I decided to finally just start doing it. Because I’ve yet to figure out how to get my hands on a copy of Changeover without selling my soul (or at least a kidney), I’m starting my reread with Wilkin’s Tooth, which will actually be my first reading of it. (Yay!) Before starting, I have read only 39 of the 69 titles I listed, which counts each short story as an individual title. Most of the ones I haven’t read are the short stories and stories for younger readers. I can’t wait to read the rest, but I expect I’ll be sad to finish this (re)read, since that would mean I’ve run out of unread DWJ stories. At least there would always be the dream of Changeover!

I am not the first person to do this, although I think I’m the only one to look at each short story as a separate title. Other re-readers that I know of are: flissp from this Library Thing thread, and Katy at Readers By Night.

My list was made from checking the bibliographic indexes in various books, as well as the listings on The Diana Wynne Jones Fansite and Chrestomanci Castle. The main difference in how I list mine is just that I mix the short stories with the novels, and mix the books from different age groups as well – I wanted my re-read to be as close as the published order as I can be, I guess.

I’ll try to include and update information on print availability of the titles when I can. I don’t think I’ll be collecting bibliographical info on every single available edition, so those will only be added on a if-I-happen-to-see-a-new-to-me-edition basis, but mainly I hope to keep track of whether the titles are still in print.

LIST STARTED: October 10th 2014
LAST UPDATED: February 28th 2017


0. Changeover (1970)
→ published by Macmillan 1970; out of print
 reprinted by Moondust in 2004; out of print

1. Wilkin’s Tooth (1973)
 published by Macmillan 1973; out of print
→ reprinted in the US as Witch’s Business, Greenwillow 1974; out of print
→ reprinted by Collins 2002; out of print

2. The Ogre Downstairs (1974)
♦ DWJ had noted that she wrote this book before Wilkins’ Tooth
→ published by Macmillan in 1974; out of print
→ reprinted by HarperCollins in 2010; in print

3. Who Got Rid of Angus Flint? (1975)
→ published as “The Fearsome Friend” in Young Winter’s Tale 6, 1975; out of print
→ reprinted as Who Got Rid of Angus Flint in 1978; out of print
→ reprinted in the omnibus Stopping For A Spell, 1993; out of print

→ reprinted in the omnibus Vile Visitors, 2013; in print

4. Eight Days of Luke (1975)
♦ DWJ noted that she wrote this book before Wilkins’ Tooth
→ published by Macmillan 1975; out of print
→ reprinted by HarperCollins 2000; in print

5. Cart and Cwidder (1975)
→ published by Macmillan 1975; out of print
→ reprinted in Dalemark Quartet Volume 1, Greenwillow/Eos 2005; out of print
→ reprinted by Oxford University Press 2003; out of print
→ reprinted by HarperCollins in Nov 2016

6. Dogsbody (1975)
→ published by Macmillan in 1975; out of print
→ reprinted by HarperCollins in 2010; in print
→ reprinted by Firebird with introduction by Neil Gaiman, 2012; in print

7. Power of Three (1976)
→ published by Macmillan in 1976; out of print
→ reprinted by HarperCollins in 2011; in print

8. Drowned Ammet (1977)
→ published by Macmillan in 1977; out of print
→ reprinted in Dalemark Quartet Volume 1, Greenwillow/Eos 2005; out of print
→ reprinted by Oxford University Press in 2003; out of print
→ reprinted by HarperCollins in Nov 2016

9. Charmed Life (1977)
→ published by Macmillan in 1977; out of print
→ reprinted by HarperCollins in 2009; in print
→ reprinted in Greenwillow omnibus The Chronicles of Chrestomanci Vol 1, 2007; in print

10. “Carruthers” (1978)
→ from Young Winter’s Tale 8, 1978; out of print
→ included in the collection Warlock at the Wheel
, 1984; out of print
→ reprinted in the collection Unexpected Magic, 2004; in print

11. “Aunt Bea’s Day Out” (1979) 
→ from The Cat Flap and the Apple Pie and Other Funny Stories, 1979; out of print
→ reprinted in the collection Warlock at the Wheel, 1984; out of print
→ reprinted in the collection Unexpected Magic, 2004; in print
→ reprinted in the omnibus Freaky Families, 2013; in print

12. “The Fluffy Pink Toadstool” (1979)
→ from Puffin Post 13, no.4, 1979; out of print
→ reprinted in the collection Warlock at the Wheel, 1984; out of print

→ reprinted in the collection Unexpected Magic, 2004; in print

13. The Spellcoats (1979)
→ published by Macmillan in 1979; out of print
→ reprinted in The Dalemark Quartet Volume 2 by Greenwillow/Eos in 2005; out of print
→ reprinted by Oxford University Press in 2003; out of print
→ reprinted by HarperCollins in Feb 2017

14. The Magicians of Caprona (1980)
– published by Macmillan in 1980; out of print
– reprinted by HarperCollins in 2008; in print
– reprinted Greenwillow omnibus The Chronicles of Chrestomanci Vol 2, 2007; in print

15. Four Grannies (1980)
→ published by Hamish Hamilton in 1980; out of print
→ reprinted in the omnibus Stopping For A Spell, 1993; out of print
→ reprinted in the omnibus Freaky Families, 2013; in print

16. The Time of the Ghost (1981)
→ published by Macmillan in 1981; out of print
→ reprinted by HarperCollins in 2001; in print

17. The Homeward Bounders (1981)
→ published by Macmillan in 1981; out of print
→ reprinted by HarperCollins in 2010; in print

18. “The Sage of Theare” (1982)
→ from the anthology Hecate’s Cauldron, 1982; out of print
→ included in the collection Minor Arcana, 1995; out of print

→ included in the collection Mixed Magics, 2000; in print
→ included in the anthology Unnatural Creatures, 2013; in print

19. Witch Week (1982)
→ published by Macmillan in 1982; out of print
→ reprinted by HarperCollins in 2009; in print
→ reprinted in Greenwillow omnibus The Chronicles of Chrestomanci Vol 2, 2007; in print

20. “Dragon Reserve, Home Eight” (1984)
→ from the collection Warlock at the Wheel and Other Stories, 1984; out of print
→ reprinted in anthology Dragons and Warrior Daughters, 1989; out of print
→ reprinted in the collection Minor Arcana, 1995; out of print
→ reprinted in the collection Unexpected Magic, 2004; in print

21. “No One” (1984)
→ from the collection Warlock at the Wheel and Other Stories, 1984; out of print 
→ reprinted in Everard’s Ride, New England SF Association 1995; out of print
→ reprinted in the collection Unexpected Magic, 2004; in print

22. “The Plague of Peacocks” (1984)
→ from Puffin Post 14 no.4, 1979; out of print
→ reprinted in the collection Everard’s Ride, NESFA 1995; out of print
→ reprinted in the collection Unexpected Magic, 2004; in print

23. Archer’s Goon (1984)
→ published by Methuen in 1984; out of print
→ reprinted by HarperCollins in 2011; out of print

24. Fire and Hemlock (1984)
→ published by Greenwillow in 1984; out of print
→ reprinted by Methuen in 1985; out of print
→ reprinted by HarperCollins in 2011; in print
→ reprinted by Firebird with introduction by Garth Nix, 2012; in print

25. “Warlock at the Wheel” (1984)
→ from Warlock at the Wheel and Other Stories, Macmillan 1984; out of print
→ reprinted in the collection Mixed Magics, 2000; in print

26. The Skiver’s Guide (1984)
→ published by Knight in 1984; out of print
→ reprinted by Barn Owl Books in 2006; in print

27. “Carol Oneir’s Hundreth Dream” (1986)
→ from the anthology Dragons and Dreams, Harper 1986; out of print
→ reprinted in the collection Mixed Magics, 2000; in print

28. Howl’s Moving Castle (1986)
→ published by Methuen in 1986; out of print
→ reprinted by HarperCollins; in print
→ reprinted by Greenwillow in 2008; in print

29. “The Fat Wizard” (1987)
→ reprinted in Guardian Angels, Viking Kestrel 1987; out of print
→ reprinted in A Treasury of Witches and Wizards, Kingfisher 1996; out of print
→ reprinted in the collection Unexpected Magic, 2004; in print

30. “Enna Hittims” (1987)
→ from The Methuen Book of Humorous Stories, Methuen 1987; out of print
→ reprinted in Unexpected Magic, 2004; in print

31. A Tale of Time City (1987)
→ published by Methuen, 1987; out of print
→ reprinted by HarperCollins in 2010; in print
→ reprinted by Firebird with introduction by Ursula Le Guin, 2012; in print

32. The Lives of Christopher Chant (1988)
→ published by Methuen, 1988; out of print
→ reprinted by HarperCollins in 2008; in print
→ reprinted in Greenwillow omnibus The Chronicles of Chrestomanci Vol 1, 2007; in print

33. “The Green Stone” (1988)
→ from Gaslights and Ghosts, Jo Fletcher 1988; out of print
→ reprinted in Fantasy Stories, Robinson Children’s Books 1996; out of print
→ reprinted in the collection Unexpected Magic, 2004; in print

34. Chair Person (1989)
→ published by Hamish Hamilton, 1989; out of print
→ reprinted in the omnibus Stopping For A Spell, 1993; out of print
→ reprinted in the omnibus Vile Visitors, 2013; in print

35. Wild Robert (1989)
→ published by Methuen in 1989; out of print
→ reprinted by Mammoth in 1991; out of print
→ reprinted by HarperCollins in 2009; out of print or POD

36. “Mela Worms” (1989)
→ published in the anthology Arrows of Eros, 1989; out of print

37. “The Master” (1989)
→ from the anthology Hidden Turnings, 1989; out of print
→ reprinted in Everard’s Ride, New England SF Association 1995; out of print
→ reprinted in the collection Minor Arcana, 1996; out of print

→ reprinted in the collection Unexpected Magic, 2004; in print

38. “The Girl Who Loved The Sun” (1990)
 from the anthology Heartache, 1990; out of print
 reprinted in the collection Minor Arcana, 1995; out of print

→ reprinted in the collection Unexpected Magic, 2004; in print

39. Nad and Dan adn Quaffy” (1990)
 from the anthology Digital Dreams, 1990; out of print
reprinted in Everard’s Ride, New England SF Association 1995; out of print
 reprinted in the collection Minor Arcana, 1996; out of print
 reprinted in the collection Believing Is Seeing, Greenwillow 1999; out of print

→ reprinted in the collection Unexpected Magic, 2004; in print

40. Castle in the Air (1990)
 published by Methuen in 1990; out of print
 reprinted by Mammoth in 1991; out of print
→ reprinted by HarperCollins in 2009; in print
→ reprinted by Greenwillow in 2008; in print

41. Black Maria (1991)
♦ published as Aunt Maria in the US
 published by Methuen in 1991; out of print
 reprinted by Mammoth in 1992; out of print
 reprinted by HarperCollins in 2000; out of print

42. “A Slice of Life” (1991)
 published in the anthology Now We Are Sick, 1991; out-of-print

43. A Sudden Wild Magic (1992)
 published by Morrow in 1992; out of print

44. Yes, Dear (1992)
 published by HarperCollins in 1992; out of print

45. The Crown of Dalemark (1993)
→ published by Mammoth in 1993; out of print
→ reprinted in The Dalemark Quartet Volume 2 by Greenwillow/Eos in 2005; out of print
→ reprinted by Oxford University Press in 2003; out of print
→ reprinted by HarperCollins in Feb 2017

46. Hexwood (1993)
→ published by Methuen in 1993; out of print
→ reprinted by HarperCollins in 2000; out of print

47. “What the Cat Told Me” (1994)
→ from the anthology Fantasy Stories, 1994; out of print
→ reprinted in the collection Minor Arcana, 1995; out of print

→ reprinted in the collection Unexpected Magic, 2004; in print
→ reprinted in the anthology Spellbound: Fantasy Stories, 2007; out of print

48. “Everard’s Ride” (1995; written 1966)
→ from the collection Everard’s Ride, NESFA 1995; out of print
→ reprinted in the collection Unexpected Magic, 2004; in print

49. “The True State of Affairs” (1995; written 1960s)
→ from the collection Everard’s Ride, NESFA 1995; out of print
→ reprinted in the the collection Minor Arcana, 1996; out of print

50. The Tough Guide to Fantasyland (1996)
→ published by Vista, 1996; out of print
→ reprinted by Firebird in 2006; in print

51. Deep Secret (1997)
→ published by Gollancz, 1997; out of print
→ reprinted by Vista, 1998; out of print
→ reprinted by HarperCollins in 2013; in print but abridged
→ reprinted by Tor in 2014; in print

52. “The Girl Jones” (1998)
→ published in the anthology Sisters, Mammoth 1998; out of print
→ reprinted in the collection Unexpected Magic, 2004; in print

53. Dark Lord of Derkholm (1998)
→ published by Gollancz in 1998; out of print
→ reprinted by Greenwillow in 2001; in print
→ reprinted by HarperCollins in 2013; in print

54. Puss in Boots (1999)
→ published by Scholastic in 1999; out of print

55. Year of the Griffin (2000)
→ published by Gollancz in 2000; out of print
→ reprinted by Greenwillow in 2001; in print
→ reprinted by HarperCollins in 2014; in print

56. “Stealer of Souls” (2000)
→ published in the collection Mixed Magics, 2000; in print

57. “Little Dot” (2003)
→ published in the anthology Firebirds, 2003; in print
→ reprinted in the collection Unexpected Magic, 2004; in print

58. The Merlin Conspiracy (2003)
→ published by HarperCollins in 2003; in print

59. Conrad’s Fate (2005)
→ published by HarperCollins in 2005; in print
→ reprinted in Greenwillow omnibus The Chronicles of Chrestomanci Vol 3, 2007; in print

60. “I’ll Give You My Word” (2006)
→ published in the anthology Firebirds Rising in 2006; in print

61. The Pinhoe Egg (2006)
→ published by HarperCollins in 2006; in print
→ reprinted in Greenwillow omnibus The Chronicles of Chrestomanci Vol 3, 2007; in print

62. The Game (2007)
→ published by Firebird in 2007; out of print
→ reprinted by HarperCollins in 2008; out of print

63. House of Many Ways (2008)
→ published by HarperCollins in 2008; in print
→ reprinted by Greenwillow in 2009; in print

64. “JoBoy” (2009)
→ published in the anthology The Dragon Book, 2009; in print

65. Enchanted Glass (2009)
→ published by HarperCollins in 2009; in print
→ reprinted by Greenwillow in 2010; in print

66. “Samantha’s Diary” (2010)
→ from the anthology Stories: All-New Tales, 2010; in print

67. Earwig and the Witch (2011)
→ published by HarperCollins in 2011; in print
→ reprinted by Greenwillow in 2012; in print

68. Reflections (2012)
→ published by David Fickling, 2012; in print
→ published by Greenwillow, 2012; in print

69. The Islands of Chaldea (2014)
→ published by HarperCollins, 2014; in print
→ published by Greenwillow, 2014; in print

4 thoughts on “Diana Wynne Jones (Re)Read

  1. This is an extremely interesting and helpful list, Marisa. I’m glad I’ve managed to get many of the out of print books secondhand from charity shops, but dispiriting that so many remain o/p. It reminds me (again!) how I need to get on with my reviews; I’m trying — slowly — to complete series (for example, I’ve still got The Pinhoe Egg to reread, and I’ve got some notes from my first reading somewhere) but otherwise it’s just as the mood takes me. But this will be a good port of call for me to check what I’ve missed and what I’ve still to acquire, so thanks!

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    1. I’ve yet to re-read The Pinhoe Egg – I think that and Conrad’s Fate are the Chrestomanci novels that I’ve only read once. My friend keeps telling me to re-read it (it’s one of her favourites) so I can’t wait to get to it in my re-reads, but it’s a long way to go! Over here you can only hope to get the in-print titles in shops, but thanks to abebooks I’ve been buying out-of-print titles 😀

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      1. I’m not a great online shopper, but I’m a great believer in serendipity, aided by assiduous scouring of those secondhand bookshops and charity shops!

        The Pinhoe Egg was only the second Chrestomanci I read (after Conrad’s Fate not too long after I discovered Diana’s work) and I feel in a better position to appreciate it now I’ve reread the rest of the series in sequence.

        But first, I need to put my hands on my notes where I’ve sketched out family trees, Chrestomanci’s denizens, maps and timelines. Sometime I really must stick all these online…

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  2. I just found your list and am enjoying reading all your comments on each of her works. I’ve read most of her middle grade and up books and stories at one point or another. I’d love to do something like this too, but tracking them all down again would be a lot of work. 😄

    The ones I have I often pick up off my shelf and start rereading without even thinking about it.

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