Most of the essays in this book focus on Jones's thoughts on writing- both her own and writing in general. However, this book came highly recommended by a friend, and is also by one of my favorite authors, so I decided I might as well get it out from the library. It was also fun finding out about her writing process. Reflections includes insightful literary criticism alongside autobiographical anecdotes about reading tours including an account of the author's famous travel jinx , revelations about the origins of the author's books, and thoughts in general about the life of an author and the value of writing. I also have placed a hold on one of her books that she mentions many times. Fascinating collection of essays from one of my favorite fantasy authors. Reflections includes insightful literary criticism alongside autobiographical anecdotes about reading tours including an account of the author's famous travel jinx , revelations about the origins of the author's books, and thoughts in general about the life of an author and the value of writing.
So I thought this was perfect. In the same year she married John Burrow, a scholar of medieval literature, with whom she had three sons, Richard, Michael and Colin. There's also a lot to discover about Diana as a person, about her family life, and about her side of what comes across as horrendous parental abuse by her family. And, of course, it is essential reading for all those, many of them adult, devoted to Wynne Jones' work. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb. .
However, this book came highly recommended by a friend, and is also by one of my favorite authors, so I decided I might as well get it out from the library. And, to my foolish surprise, I loved it. What Colin probably doesn't realize is a grandparent's relationship and a mother's relationship are entirely different. Fans of Jones will really appreciate learning her ideas about the importance of fantasy as a way to nurture imagination and practice problem-solving. The other two are on my to-be-read list.
The introduction by Neil Gaiman is also very moving. Diana Wynne Jones is truly one of the greats of fantasy. Editors Linda Joy Myers and Brooke Warner have taught and coached hundreds of memoirists to the completion of their memoirs, and they know that the journey is fraught with belittling messages from both the inner critic and naysayers, voices that make it hard to stay on course with the writing and completion of a book. I especially appreciated the two pieces by her sons at the end. I'm curious to reread or read for the first time, some of her work after reading her opinion of writing and fantasy writing specifically. Read the book on paper - it is quite a powerful experience. I think that the book is wonderful reading for anyone whether you're a fan or not but as a children's author, I felt like she'd just handed me Excalibur with a chuckle and a win This book is a random canter through Diana Wynne Jones's childhood experiences, her fantastic books, the process behind her craft and her views on children's literature.
Register a Free 1 month Trial Account. For Charmed Life, the first Chrestomanci novel, Jones won the 1978 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a once-in-a-lifetime award by The Guardian newspaper that is judged by a panel of children's writers. However, Diana Wynne Jones's style is anything but dry or boring, and certainly does not go right over my head. According to her autobiography, Jones decided she was an atheist when she was a child. Sadly, within a relatively little time she discovered she had cancer, dying just two years later in 2011.
Many times, Jones cited her childhood necessity of caring for her book-starved younger sisters and amusing them with stories as the motivation for her writing career. And, yes, a childhood where we can believe that magic exists, as something to be in wonder and awe about, to prepare ourselves for the miracles of nature and the universe. As she said in many of these articles: when I was five, the world went mad. Reflections: on the magic of writing is a wonderful collection of writings, mostly by Diana herself, for magazines, conferences and lectures. This was interesting and often entertaining, but it would have been much improved by being edited down to half its length. She did this in a style so deceptively simple its almost surreal to re-read a work of hers and realize just how much there truly is to digest. The longest autobiographical piece, 'Something About the Author', details Diana's extraordinary childhood and is illustrated with family photographs.
It is a pragmatic, witty and sensible set of essays by a prodigious writer whose fantasy works for children are still masterpieces. S Lewis even though she attended his lectures as well. These studies stress three features of the occult in modern Africa: 1 as an explanatory and tactical device, it is resilient; 2 it is malleable, with a capacity to absorb and assimilate new elements; 3 it is flexible and adaptable to emerging situations and novel circumstances. Just too many of the same stories repeated. However, if you've read at least some of Diana Wynne Jones's books and loved them, then yes, yes, yes, read this book. One of my favorite surprising nuggets was when she talked about two things coming together in a strange way to form something new and fantastic. She received a World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2007, as well as two Mythopoeic Awards and the Guardian Fiction Award for Charmed Life.
She had a growing loyal following from the mid-seventies onwards, but perhaps the fillip to her popularity came with an audienc Where to start? Azar Nafisi, Dani Shapiro, Margo Jefferson, Raquel Cepeda, Jessica Valenti, Daisy Hernández, Mark Matousek, and Sue William Silverman. Being very young, she conflated Germans with germs, and typhoid with Twyford the manufacturer of the tap , giving rise to a nightmare of Germans dashing across the surface of the lake and coming through the tap to give everyone Twyford. If anything it helps to underline more of the stories and attitudes that drove her as a writer. What can I say more about Diana Wynne Jones that others have not said? It just won't go away! Reading her books gives me a place on the writing horizon to reach for and even if I never reach it, there is a standard to strive for. If you're looking for inspiration, The Magic of Memoir will be a valuable companion. She was told to fear Germans and never to drink from a tap that connected to water infested with typhoid germs.
Her son Colin vehemently disagrees, at least about his grandmother. It's a wonderful privilege to see inside the workings of her unique mind and I laughed out loud at her many refreshingly politically incorrect opinions. Tolkien himself was interested in. Diana Wynne Jones is one of my all time favorite writers, so I'm a little biased, but. In 1943 her family finally settled in Thaxted, Essex, where her parents worked running an educational conference centre.