I know Tessa normally picks up the slack and does our Tuesday topics, but as my love for Diana Wynne Jones is deep and abiding, I asked to do it this week. Oh let me describe the love for you.
Diana Wynne Jones did snarky British wizarding schools before Harry Potter was out of diapers with her Chrestomanci books, starting with The Lives of Christopher Chant.
She combined a dog protagonist (my favorite thing when I was 12) with intergalactic angst and hounds of death — OMG the hounds made this all worthwhile — in Dogsbody, which I read 6 times back to back when I got it, and only as an adult got the double meaning of the title.
She created quite possibly my most favorite protagonist/ antagonist ever in Howl, the reluctantly, cowardly, incredibly appealing and funny wizard in Howl’s Moving Castle.
She wrote about fun with chemicals and why gifts should always be regarded with suspicion and why it’s dangerous to fly in The Ogre Downstairs.
I’ve read so many of her books but what I find the most impressive is that each has their own character and that she’s been writing professionally since 1973 and still going strong. She’s an institution. I would love to follow in her footsteps.