Howl’s Moving Castle (Novel)
In this beloved modern classic, young Sophie Hatter from the land of Ingary catches the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste and is put under a spell…
Deciding she has nothing more to lose, Sophie makes her way to the moving castle that hovers on the hills above her town, Market Chipping. But the castle belongs to the dreaded Wizard Howl, whose appetite, they say, is satisfied only by the souls of young girls…
There Sophie meets Michael, Howl’s apprentice, and Calcifer the fire demon, with whom she agrees a pact. Her entanglements with Calcifer, Howl and Michael and her quest to break her curse come alive with Diana Wynne Jones’s unique combination of magic, humour and imagination.
From one of the most beloved, bestselling and award-winning fantasy writers of all time.
Diana Wynne Jones is best known for being the original creator of Howl’s Moving Castle, She won the Guardian Award in 1977 with Charmed Life, was runner-up for the Children’s Book Award in 1981 and was twice runner-up for the Carnegie Medal.
Jones spent her childhood in Essex and began writing fantasy novels for children in the 1970s. With her unique combination of magic, humour and imagination, she enthralled generations of children and adults with her work.
Praise for Diana Wynne Jones
“… Her hallmarks include laugh-aloud humour, plenty of magic and imaginative array of alternate worlds. Yet, at the same time, a great seriousness is present in all of her novels, a sense of urgency that links Jones’s most outrageous plots to her readers’ hopes and fears…” – Publishers Weekly
“Diana Wynne Jones ought to be crowned with coloured garlands because she is the best writer of magical fantasy for children in this country.” – Evening Standard
“Diana Wynne Jones could teach Stephen King and JK Rowling a thing or two … [she] has a skill for inserting just the right amount of detail in her written words, leaving you satiated but not stuffed.” – SF
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‘Quite simply the best writer of magic there is’ – Neil Gaiman
‘Truly magical . . . Guaranteed to leave you gasping’ – The Bookseller
‘She is the best writer of magical fantasy for children’ – Evening Standard
“Imaginative and terribly funny ” – Michael Morpurgo, The Telegraph – 100 Best Books a Child Should Read
“Wit and humor glint from the pages” – The Horn Book
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