Diana Wynne Jones dies in Hospital
Diana Wynne Jones, the author of the book Howl’s Moving Castle, passed away today at the age of 76.
The British author had been battling Lung Cancer since 2009, and made the decision to cease chemotherapy last June, as it made her feel “very ill indeed”. She passed away in hospital in Bristol this morning.
Jones wrote the book Howl’s Moving Castle, on which the 2004 Ghibli film was based. As well as that, she wrote more than 40 books, including collections of short stories, children’s books, plays and non-fiction books. She also wrote two books following on from Howl’s Moving Castle: Castle in the Air, which won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and House of Many Ways. Her most notable series is the Chrestomanci series, which began in 1977 and has won numerous awards. In 1999 Jones won both the Children’s Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and the Karl Edward Wagner Award, with J.K. Rowling a runner up on both occasions.
The film of Howl’s Moving Castle was nominated for an Oscar as Best Animated picture.
Diana Wynne Jones was born in 1934, and took to writing when her father would not provide books for her and her two sisters. Though extremely dyslexic, she wrote two long stories between the ages of twelve and fourteen, which filled twenty notebooks. She went on to attend St Anne’s College, Oxford, in 1953 where she was lectured by the likes of C.S. Lewis and JRR Tolkein.
Her first book was published in 1973.
Jones was also one of the ‘four witches’ Neil Gaiman dedicated his four part mini-series The Books of Magic to.