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Howl's Moving Castle series

Howl's Moving Castle
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US Paperback UK Paperback US Hardcover, Greenwillow 1986, Cover by Jos. A. Smith, ISBN 0-688-06233-4. UK Hardcover

The First Chapter permission pending.

The melody to Calcifer's silly saucepan song. It's a Welsh folksong, traditionally sung at Rugby matches.

published 1986.

Author's note on the dedication page:

"The idea for this book was suggested by a boy in a school I was visiting, who asked me to write a book called The Moving Castle. I wrote his down his name, and put it in such a safe place, that I have been unable to find it ever since.

I would like to thank him very much."

Sophie Hatter knows from the start that she's doomed, as the eldest of three in a land where seven-league boots exist. Watch her defeat the lecherous Wizard Howl, a nefarious villain from a land of great evil.

The Movie!

Hayao Miyazaki has made a film adaptation of Howl's Moving Castle for Studio Ghibli.


Boston Globe Horn Book Honor, 1986.

shameless plug

Read Deborah's thesis on Diana Wynne Jones and the power of language which has an extended section on this book.

Castle in the Air

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hardback, published 1990, Methuen Children's Books, cover by Alan Fraser, ISBN 0-416-15782-3 paperback, published 1991 by Mammoth, an imprint of Mandarin Paperbacks, cover by Alan Fraser ISBN0 7497 0475 6 hardback, Greenwillow

published 1990.

Kindness to animals pays off in a land where only the True can prevail against the Djinni. Sound hokey? In anyone else's hands, it would have been.

Castle in the Air
1992: Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, nominated