Saturday, March 26, 2011

RIP, Diana Wynne Jones

Though it’s mostly unconfirmed at time of writing, Saturday morning, the Twitterverse was a-buzz at the loss of well-loved children’s author Diana Wynne Jones who reportedly passed away after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. She was 76.

“We’re sad to confirm our wonderful and inspiring author Diana Wynne Jones passed away today,” came a tweet from HarperCollins UK children’s division. “She will be much missed.”

Bestselling author Neil Gaiman, a dear friend of Jones’, tweeted, “Rest in Peace, Diana Wynne Jones. You shone like a star. The funniest, wisest, writer & the finest friend. I miss you.”

Jones was born in London in 1934. She is best known for her novels of fantasy and magical realism for children and young adults including the Chrestomanci series and the novels Howl’s Moving Castle and Dark Lord of Derkholm. You can read reviews of two of Jones’ books on January Magazine here and here.



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