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Diana Wynne Jones 1934-2011

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1EveleenM
Mar 26, 2011, 9:38am

Sad news that Diana has passed away.

2_Zoe_
Mar 26, 2011, 9:42am

:(

3foggidawn
Mar 26, 2011, 11:32am

Very sad. She will be missed.

4tardis
Mar 26, 2011, 12:00pm

Yes indeed.

5flissp
Mar 28, 2011, 2:32pm

I knew that she had cancer, but I'd thought it had been in remission, so the news was quite a surprise. Very sad.

Neil Gaiman has written a rather lovely blog about her - they were friends and he saw her not long before she died.

6Nerilka
Mar 28, 2011, 7:25pm

7Nerilka
Mar 29, 2011, 6:14pm

8ed.pendragon
Mar 31, 2011, 7:40am

Yes, sad news indeed. Feel quite depressed, especially after the suggestion she might be in remission. She wrote a very kind response to a letter soon after I left Bristol, asking if I'd watched the film of Howl's Moving Castle, but sadly it was some time later till I saw it and I never did get round to resuming the correspondence, especially after news of her illness.
Thanks for the links, Nerilka and flissp.

9schinders
Apr 17, 2011, 4:14am

thanks for sharing neil's post. i've been a fan of diana's since 1982, when i was 12 and discovered the magicians of caprona. i feel as though i've lost a much loved relative.

10avatiakh
May 19, 2012, 6:16pm

There is now a Celebrate DWJ blog tour and tumblr set up for tributes to DWJ.
http://dwj2012.tumblr.com/
Here's Australian Judith Ridge's piece. She wrote a thesis on DWJ's work a few years ago.

11ed.pendragon
Jun 26, 2012, 8:40am

I've posted this on Goodreads, but it's worth repeating here: I recently picked up Stories, edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio, which, if you weren't already aware of it, includes a short story by DWJ called 'Samantha's Diary'. The collection came out in 2010 in hardback, in paperback last year, so this must have been one of her last published stories.

It's very slight, a futuristic take on The Twelve Days of Christmas and not one of her best, but in many ways typical of her short stories. She must have written it in response to NG's personal request. I've yet to get properly stuck into the other stories, but many of them (including some by very big names) look promising. Myself, I find short story collections generally unsatisfying, despite the fact that they promise so much, so I hope this bucks the trend!

12ed.pendragon
Dec 17, 2012, 5:10pm

Really interesting read, DWJ's Reflections: on the Magic of Writing, which I've given a lengthyish review of. Hopefully it'll appear in paperback in the not too distant future so more fans can afford to enjoy the range of her ideas, experiences and self-deprecating humour.

13ed.pendragon
Jun 21, 2013, 7:56am

Good news! Just seen this via the Diana Wynne Jones Fan Page on Facebook: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/articl...

14foggidawn
Jun 21, 2013, 8:16am

#13 -- Intriguing!

15ed.pendragon
Aug 16, 2014, 10:21am

Today's Google Doodle for DWJ's birthday, illustrating Howl's Moving Castle
http://www.google.com/doodles/diana-wynne-jones-80th-birthday