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Dear Reader,

Here is my new book, House of Many Ways, which I hope you will enjoy. It is a sequel to Howl's Moving Castle and Castle in the Air, set in the world where such things as seven-league boots and flying carpets are not only possible but real. For this one we move to the small mountainous kingdom of High Norland, where the elderly King and his almost equally elderly daughter are busy cataloging their huge library, but not so busy to notice that they are getting poorer and poorer. Their Royal Wizard falls ill and is unable to help them, which is how we come to meet Charmain, a cross-grained teenager who has been brought up so respectably that she knows almost nothing about anything except about books. Charmain is volunteered to look after the Royal Wizard's house while he is ill. But of course a wizard's house is bound to be peculiar, and this one is, very. While Charmain struggles with its peculiarities and with a very small and very greedy dog called Waif, she runs into the fearsome lubbock, a cocksure boy called Peter, a tribe of kobolds, and the inhabitants of the moving castle - Sophie, her son Morgan, Calcifer the fire demon, and Wizard Howl in a very irritating disguise. Oh, and there are elves, too, not to speak of Jamal the cook and his surly dog.

I had fun writing this. I hope you will have equal fun reading it.

Best wishes,
Diana Wynne Jones


‘Howl's Moving Castle’ 1986-2008, Diana Wynne Jones. 'Hauru no ugoku shiro' AKA 'Howl's Moving Castle' 2004-2008 Hayao Miyazaki, Ghibli Studios. Text/Website Sophie Withall, 2004-2008. Based upon Diana Wynne Jones' novel ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ and Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli animated film 'Hauru no ugoku shiro'. Layout Tripod. All characters are entirely fictional. 

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