Australasia's Biggest Online Store

We won't be beaten by anyone. Guaranteed

Reflections
By

Rating
Hurry - Only 4 left in stock!
Diana Wynne Jones is best-known for her novels and stories - of magical fantasy - written mainly for children. 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. But she was also a witty, entertaining speaker, a popular guest at science fiction and fantasy conventions and an engaged, scholarly critic of writing that interested her. This collection of more than twenty-five papers, chosen by Diana herself, includes fascinating literary criticism (such as a study of narrative structure in The Lord of the Rings and a ringing endorsement of the value of learning Anglo Saxon) alongside autobiographical anecdotes about reading tours (including an account of her famous travel jinx), revelations about the origins of her books, and thoughts in general about the life of an author and the value of writing. The longest autobiographical piece, 'Something About the Author', details Diana's extraordinary childhood and is illustrated with family photographs. Reflections is essential reading for anyone interested in Diana's works, fantasy or creative writing. The collec
Product Details

Promotional Information

'Ferociously intelligent, astonishingly readable' - Neil Gaiman

About the Author

Brought up starved of books, Diana Wynne Jones first made up stories at the age of eight to entertain her sisters. Her first novel - a satire for adults - was published in 1970, and afterwards she settled into writing children's fantasies. Her books have been translated into eighteen languages. Diana died in 2011, leaving behind a rich legacy of writing and a vast legion of dedicated fans.

Reviews

"Sometimes directly, sometimes obliquely, the reader comes to know Diana Wynne Jones through this book in ways which few conventional autobiographies allow ... Reflections is certainly a compelling read for anyone interested in writing, in how an author sees children as readers, in fantasy, and in the shifting fashions of the children's lit scene from the seventies to the present day. And, of course, it is essential reading for all those, many of them adult, devoted to Wynne Jones' work." -- Books for Keeps * Books for Keeps * "For Jones, fantasy is a medium where magic stands as a metaphor for thoughts, offering readers a forum where they can both recognise and validate their most powerful daydreams ... This present book [is] an admirable commentary on all [the] work from a writer of rare distinction." -- Nicholas Tucker * Independent Online * "Often humorous, always fascinating, Diana Wynne Jones describes the influence of her own (astounding) childhood on her novels...Certainly of use to anyone interested in the importance of children's literature, and also an absorbing insight into the developing thoughts of a great author." -- Susanna Thomson * Carousel *

Look for similar items by category
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 5% commission by selling Reflections on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Item ships from and is sold by Fishpond.com, Inc.
Back to top