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Diana Wynne Jones obituary

fire-and-hemlock1Diana Wynne Jones, the famous children’s fantasy and science fiction author, has died at the age of 76. The Guardian has an obituary. Signed copies of her books are moderately priced.

Her intelligent and beautifully written fantasies are of seminal importance for their bridging of the gap between “traditional” children’s fantasy, as written by CS Lewis or E Nesbit, and the more politically and socially aware children’s literature of the modern period, where authors such as Jacqueline Wilson or Melvyn Burgess explicitly confront problems of divorce, drugs and delinquency.

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