August 16, 1934
“Diana Wynne Jones's books overflow with magic, mystery and suspense,” Fiona Lafferty said. “They tell of fantastic adventures in this world and in parallel fantasy worlds and portray events in the past, present and future—often simultaneously. Her stories feature witches, wizards and warlocks, ghosts, space-age time travelers, mythological characters and, just very occasionally, ordinary people.” “Diana Wynne Jones is a British fantasist of astonishing originality and power,” in the estimate of Michele Landsberg.
The daughter of educators, Jones grew up during World War II with relatives in Wales and learned to speak Welsh. She received a bachelor of arts degree in 1956 from St. Anne's College, Oxford. That same year, she married John A. Burrow, a university professor. They have three sons.
Jones decided to write fantasy, Lafferty said, “firstly because she had been starved of it as a child and, secondly, because she feels books should provide something other than reality. This is not to suggest that her books aren't firmly rooted in reality, albeit a rather distorted reality. She creates fantastic worlds and situations, but her characters are very real and the ways they behave are entirely plausible.”
Her first book was Wilkin's Tooth. “Frank and Jess find themselves without pocket money because they have broken a chair,” J. Murphy explained, “so they set up an 'Own Back' Agency Ltd. in their back shed. Their first customer is the local bully and gang leader,