29 March 2011
14. Archer's Goon by Diana Wynne Jones
It is always sad when a beloved author dies, particularly one you loved during your childhood but finding out about Diana Wynne Jones' death moments after I had finished reading my favourite book of hers, also one of my favourite books from my childhood, when I hadn't read anything by her for years, really affected me. After reading a beautiful tribute by her friend, Neil Gaiman (http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2011/03/being-alive.html) I was in tears.
As Gaiman puts it, "There was only one Diana Wynne Jones, and the world was a finer one for having her in it."
The books of Diana Wynne Jones are unique, witty, warm and wonderful. Her work was hugely influential on my childhood, but also of thousands of others. Another lovely memorial to her writing is on the Guardian blog: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2011/mar/29/diana-wynne-jones-chrestomanci