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Charmed Life (Essential Modern Classics) [Paperback]

Diana Wynne Jones
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Book Description

28 May 2009 Essential Modern Classics

Glorious new rejacket of a Diana Wynne Jones classic award-winning favourite, featuring Chrestomanci – now a book with extra bits!

Everybody says that Gwendolyn Chant is a gifted witch with astonishing powers, so it suits her enormously when she is taken to live in Chrestomanci Castle. Her brother Eric (better known as Cat) is not so keen, for he has no talent for magic at all.

However, life with the great enchanter is not what either of them expects and sparks begin to fly!

Winner of the Guardian Award.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New Ed edition (28 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007255292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007255290
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diana Wynne Jones is recognised internationally as a major writer of fantasy and in 2007 received a LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the World Fantasy Convention. She has also won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award (twice) and the Guardian Award for CHARMED LIFE. Her books have been translated into more than eighteen languages, and her novel HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE was made into an animated film by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. Diana lives in Bristol with her husband, a professor of Early English literature.

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Amazon Review

Every saga has a beginning. Every journey has a first step...And so it is with the magical "Worlds of Chrestomanci" which English fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones began so many years ago with her own episode one--Charmed Life.

Winner of the Guardian Award for Children's Books, Charmed Life has been a favourite escape to parallel fantastical worlds since 1977, and remains refreshingly captivating and reassuringly addictive in its latest paperback edition with a wonderful new jacket illustration.

The adventure begins in a strange and not-quite contemporary England that is still peppered with paddle steamers, horse-drawn carriages and girls wearing petticoats. Orphans Eric Chant (nicknamed Cat) and his sister Gwendolen, a gifted witch, are whisked away to live in a castle with Chrestromanci, a much-revered man of magic, wealth and mysterious ways. Their new life is full of the surreal and unexpected, and there are several crazy new rules to master--not least by Gwendolen who must learn to channel her astonishing powers for good instead of mischief as she forever seems determined to do!

Chrestomanci is a truly original creation, and Charmed Life introduces this dandy nine-lived enchanter--the king of the regal dressing gown--and his associated colourful characters in a story of pace and substance, twists and turns, treachery and bravado. There's also humour amid the author's very immediate writing, and enough puzzles and mystery to keep an inquisitive mind captivated until the very end.

Charmed Life is followed by three more full-length Chrestromanci novels--The Magicians of Caprona, Witch Week, The Lives of Christopher Chant and by a collection of short stories, Mixed Magics. All are equally inventive. (Ages 10 and over) --John McLay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“…Her hallmarks include laugh-aloud humour, plenty of magic and imaginative array of alternate worlds. Yet, at the same time, a great seriousness is present in all of her novels, a sense of urgency that links Jones’s most outrageous plots to her readers’ hopes and fears…”
Publishers Weekly

“Truly magical – guaranteed to leave you gasping – even hotter than Potter”
The Bookseller

“Diana Wynne Jones could teach Stephen King and JK Rowling a thing or two … [she] has a skill for inserting just the right amount of detail in her written words, leaving you satiated but not stuffed.” SFX


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic! 19 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I first picked this book up because it looked interesting and I love magical stories. I had read 'Witch Week' by Diana Wynne Jones which was enjoyable but slightly confusing, so I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. However once I got into it I could not put it down again. It is well written, interesting and witty and has extremely realistic characters. I would recommend this to children or adults and especially to any Harry Potter fans as all 5 'Chrestomanci' books are absolutely brilliant and are almost as good as Harry Potter. Please buy this book now and get lost in the Pure Magic of it as it is one of the best books you'll ever read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful read 6 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
some books just have magic. I loved this one- far more exciting than Harry Potter which just seems repetitive! I love the insects that are made large and ooe through doorways gathering up their giant legs.

Cat and his sister Gwendoline are the main characters in this wonderful novel about Chrestomanci- ( a civil servant in magic)

Gwendoline is not what you would desire in a sister, but she gets sent elsewhere and a nice character from a different parallell world replaces her. Cat has nine lives - already his horrible sister has stolen some of them.A magical story from a great imagination, this is a must for children who love fantasy and magic.

As an adult, it appeals to me very much too. Read, enjoy and delight in a fantastic world of DWJ- a far more gifted writer of unique stories than the creator of Harry potter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charmed Life is a fantastic book 9 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
I have loved this book as a child and having recently reread it I still think is it wonderful. Gwendolyn is a wonderful villian and Cat is a reluctant hero but he comes good when it counts. I did not releasise Diana Wynne Jones wrote many other books but having read then lately they are all wonderful. I especially liked the Magicians of Caprona another in the Chrestomanci series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant addictive book!!! 23 July 2003
Format:Paperback
I first started reading this book because I had read 'Witch Week' and started to get addicted to it. When I got 'Charmed Life' I couldn't put it down it is brilliant!
I've read it so much the pages are going black and falling out!
Great book for Harry Potter, Hobbit and magical-fanasty fans!!
I got sort of stumped when there weren't any more books in the 'Chrestomanci Chronicles'!
But don't stop (I didn't) I read others by Diana there just as good and addictive.
Diana I think is better then J.K. Rowling who's books only keep you reading because you want to know the answers and the end though Diana Wynne jones's keep you reading because of the brilliance of it and make you wish there is more of it when you get to the end.
This book is my fav of the lot I've read (and I've read alot)!!!
So BUY IT NOW!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A children's book that adults will enjoy 9 Jun 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
As one of Diana Wynne Jones' Chrestomanci books, Charmed Life is merely very good - by other standards it is excellent. The book presents a different and more down to earth view of magic than most children's fantasy, and so has less of a fairy tale feel than you might expect from a book about witches and enchanters.
The plot is twisty and quick enough to keep adults entertained, and will absolutely enthrall children. Well worth reading.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant addictive book!!! 23 July 2003
Format:Paperback
I first started reading this book because I had read 'Witch Week' and started to get addicted to it. When I got 'Charmed Life' I couldn't put it down it is brilliant!
I've read it so much the pages are going black and falling out!
Great book for Harry Potter, Hobbit and magical-fanasty fans!!
I got sort of stumped when there weren't any more books in the 'Chrestomanci Chronicles'!
But don't stop (I didn't) I read others by Diana there just as good and addictive.
Diana's books keep you reading because of the brilliance of it and make you wish there is more of it when you get to the end.
This book is my fav of the lot I've read (and I've read alot)!!!
So BUY IT NOW!!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Diana Wynne Jones obviosly writes fantastic books,Charmed life the best of them all. Why read Harry Potter and Narnia when you can read about Cat and Gwendolynn's adventures in Chrestomanci Castle? This book should win all the major book awards in my opinion and alot of other peoples opinion.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic 8 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Don't judge this book by its ugly new cover. I first read CHARMED LIFE when I was a mere 7 years old, 18 years ago. I have been rereading it every two or three years since, and rediscovering bits to it I hadn't remembered from the last time around. This is a brilliant, witty, unexpected, endearing, interesting, fun, exciting, scary, fascinating, hilarious book, and once you've finished reading it, you'll want to rush off and read everything else ever written by Diana Wynne Jones. Don't just stick to Chrestomanci. Try ARCHER'S GOON. Or THE HOMEWARD BOUNDERS. Or HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE. Do yourself a favor - stop wasting time reading my review and hurry up and get yourself a copy of this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charmed Life
Charmed Life is a very good book. It is exciting, amazing and super. I would recommend it to people age nine to twelve. Read more
Published 22 days ago by JOSELYN
4.0 out of 5 stars Enid Blyton meets Harry Potter!
Not my usual type of read at all but I was attracted by the storyline, read the sample and decided to give it ago for 99p. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bobby
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read for anyone with a heart
A must read for the child inside of us all . It never fails to entertain just magical and a joy to read
Published 2 months ago by derek slattery
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent light reading for children and adults
I have to confess that I'd never heard of Diana Wynne Jones before. I downloaded a sample on a whim, read a few pages, and immediately purchased it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Easy Goin Roj
5.0 out of 5 stars magic!
this is a fantastic book i read this years ago way, before harry potter . Diana Wynne Jones is a brilliant writer and i was always looking out for her books so i very sad to hear... Read more
Published 9 months ago by momo
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book for all ages!
i love dianna wynne jonhes and have been a big fan of hers ever since i read 'the Merlin conspiracy'
this is a very simple book with a good story, a must read for anyone who... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars The most 'perfect' book ever written
I have read this book countless times - the first time when I was 13 and still reading it now in my forties. It never ages, it never disappoints - it just gets better and better. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
I was told about the series by a friend and while late in life to catch up with what is ostensibly a children's book, I found the story delightful and the premise of magical worlds... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Fiona Jewels
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite author
I own every one of Diana Wynne Jones' books as well as the animation Howl's Moving Castle. She is sadly missed. Read more
Published 13 months ago by annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating.
A well constructed and amusing story. Suitable for all ages if you have enough imagination.Thoroughly enjoyable.aand hard to put down.
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