Diana Wynne Jones died yesterday at the age of 76 after being diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009.
Jones is one of my favorite authors and I don’t think it’s exaggeration to say that her books truly changed the face of the fantasy genre. Fire and Hemlock in particular is an amazing work–one that I (and dynamo librarian “Sarah”) think really works with every single book ever written.
I’m really crushed by this news and so sad to know there will be no more books by this wonderful, talented, amazing author.
If you have read some of her books (maybe Howl’s Moving Castle or a Chrestomanci novel) I hope you eventually read all of them as I know I will. If you have not yet found her I hope you pick up one of her novels so you can love her books as much I do and so that you can understand why this is such a huge loss.