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Diana Wynne Jones
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5 Mar 2009

A new look for one of Diana Wynne Jones’ funniest and most popular novels.

In the land of Ingary, where seven league boots and cloaks of invisibility do exist, Sophie Hatter catches the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste and is put under a spell.

Deciding she has nothing more to lose, she makes her way to the moving castle that hovers on the hills above Market Chipping. But the castle belongs to the dreaded Wizard Howl whose appetite, they say, is satisfied only by the souls of young girls… There she meets Michael, Howl’s apprentice, and Calcifer the Fire Demon, with whom she agrees a pact.

But Sophie isn’t the only one under a curse – her entanglements with Calcifer, Howl, and Michael, and her quest to break her curse is both gripping – and howlingly funny!


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New edition edition (5 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007299265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007299263
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,871 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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“Imaginative and terribly funny ”
Michael Morpurgo
THE TELEGRAPH - 100 Best Books a Child Should Read

“Wit and humor glint from the pages"
THE HORN BOOK

Praise for Diana Wynne Jones

“…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

“Diana Wynne Jones ought to be crowned with coloured garlands because she is the best writer of magical fantasy for children in this country ” Evening Standard

“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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'In the land of Ingary, where seven league boots and cloaks of invisibility do exist, Sophie Hatter catches the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste and is put under a spell.'

Deciding she has nothing more to lose she makes her way to the moving castle that hovers on the hills above Market Chipping. But the castle belongs to the dreaded Wizard Howl whose appetite, they say, is satisfied only by the souls of young girls… There she meets Michael, Howl's apprentice, and Calcifer the Fire Demon, with whom she agrees a pact.

But Sophie isn't the only one under a curse – her entanglements with Calcifer, Howl, and Michael, and her quest to break her curse is both gripping – and 'howlingly' funny!

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
By Anne
Format:Paperback
Diana Wynne Jones is renowned for being "hotter than Potter" and her books are sold all over the world. They are popular and loved by each generation they touch. Diana Wynne Jones is famous for the award winning THE CHRESTOMANCI SERIES, and other works such as DARK LORD OF DERKHOLM. Yet out of all of her novels there is one novel which is without a doubt the most popular, treasured and loved of them all - HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE. Most people who have read it will confirm that it is a charming tale of magic, love, humour and wonder. It touches the fibres of your heart so greatly that the sound of the character's names "Sophie", "Howl" and "Calcifer" bring a smile to your face. Although each character is faulted they are wonderfully painted so that you love them as if they were real people.

The story follows the tale of Sophie Hatter, the eldest of three sisters, who unfortunately lives in a world where fairytale traits are the laws of physics. For that reason, despite being attractive, intelligent and talented, the eldest child is destined to come to nothing. While her younger sisters go out doing their own thing, Sophie is forced to make hats in their late father's hat shop. However, it turns out that she has a remarkable talent with magic as well as a needle as she speaks life into the hats, giving them personalities so that good things will come to the wearer of the hat. This is how Sophie attracts unwanted attention from the jealous Witch of the Waste, thinking her a rival witch, and turns her into an old woman to punish her.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Howl's definitely moved me! 2 Feb 2005
Format:Paperback
Thank goodness there are people out there like me!! I have read this book at least 20 times (probably more!) since my early teens and at 23 I'm still going strong, thumbing through dog-eared pages!
I have no hesitation in saying that this is my favourite book of all time. I fell in love with the magic and the mystery the book conjures up. I was sucked into the world of Ingary and every visit I made I never wanted to leave! I have been waiting eagerly for years for this book to be made into a film. Forget Harry Potter, this is the fantasy story that deserves a cinematic showing.
I know the characters so well they almost feel like family! Sophie with her defiant attitude and ambition (despite a spell that's turned her into a 90-year-old crone!) and Howl with his womanising and three-hour long bathroom stints, hmmm reminds me of a few men I know!
With a door that can open to four different towns Howls Moving Castle is a fantasy masterpiece that everyone must read. If you're a lover of all things weird and wonderful this book will knock your seven league boots off!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 1 Sep 2007
By Lulamae
Format:Audio Cassette
I have read a few Wynne Jones books and this is the best one so far, I agree with the reviewer below that you want to start all over again as soon as you finish it. This is a rare enough thing in the world of the book.

She has a lovely, light-hearted style and great characters. Sophie and Howl are really wonderful characters, both flawed and funny, and I loved Calcifer who had a very definite personality all of his own. I don't know how she writes like this, she doesn't give explanations yet you feel that nothing is left out. A magician.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. By far the best book I have ever read 26 Dec 2007
Format:Paperback
I watched the film first as i am a big fan of anime. After the film was finished in the credits I noticed it said that the film was based on a book so I bought it the very next day. I'm so glad I did. The magic is not to over the top and everything about the book is believable. It's written so well. Much better than Harry Potter although i dont know why people are comparing it to this. One thing that did strike me about the book is that it's so different from the film so dont not buy the book because you think its going to be an exact copy because believe me its not!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my copy is worn out - unlike the story 10 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
i only came on to this page to investigate the price of a new copy of this book. I bought my copy just 4 years ago and since then it has been read so many times that there is barely a book left! i have never been so engrossed in a story before, or the characters. I have to confess that at 19 (nearly 20) i own every book that DWJ has ever written and i've not been disappointed by one of them! she is a fabulous writer and a true gem. this book however is, i think, her best work. howl is such a loveable character and i am sad that she did not write more about him and calcifer.still everyone must read this book at least once!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 10 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
First of all, if you think this is a kids book think again! It's brilliant for both kids and adults. Howl is everybodys ideal hero (because he's not perfect)and many female readers will totally fall in love with him(although i myself prefer Tom from "Fire and Hemlock")and cheer for Sophie as she falls from mis-adventure to mis-adventure...read it! Believe me, it's worth it!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant childrens fantasy 20 Feb 2005
Format:Paperback
I have read both Howl's moving Castle and its sequel, Castle in the Air, and enjoyed them both emensly. I am a fan of Diana wynne Jones, and when I learned that she was the author behind the book on which Myazaki's(I am a fan of his work) new film was based, I had to read the book.
It is enchanting and surreal, but also very funny, everything I look for in a book.
I would reccomend this book and its sequel to anyone.
Please read, you will not be dissapointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars jolly good fun!
imaginative, bubbling with ideas, and occasionally very funny (Howl's expanding suit is great), worth reading the book and watching the film. Read more
Published 4 days ago by jmartincheape
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
This book is a good read for children and those interested in finding out more of the back story of the anime film by Studio Ghibli. Read more
Published 27 days ago by bob skeleton
4.0 out of 5 stars A Splash of Magic
Arguably revived to greater prominence with the 2004 Hazao Miyazaki anime film in 2004, Diana Wynne Jones's novel is a charming fantasy story about a young hatmaker, Sophie Hatter,... Read more
Published 28 days ago by J. Ang
4.0 out of 5 stars Older kids would love this
Not sure if this is intended for older children or adults - if it's for adults it's a bit childish. It is, however, great fun and I loved the way the different characters progress... Read more
Published 1 month ago by fionafrog
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Book!
I bought this book because I love the Studio Ghibli film, and although it is very different from the film, I still really enjoyed reading this book! I
Published 1 month ago by Alexandra
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those books you will read forever
I bought this after watching the film. I must admit I was a little surprised how different they were from each other. Read more
Published 1 month ago by GamerG
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Howl's Moving Castle has become extremely popular as the Studio Ghibli anime, but not many of the people I've spoken to about it are aware that it was first a book, much less know... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rebbie Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing amazing, but certainly an interesting read
I'd like to give it 5 Stars, I loved the premise of the book.
I however found it just, slowly trotted along with minor goings on. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Koopa90
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to remember
I loved this book, it was sent quickly and came in perfect condition. It is a lovely children's story or for adults who just enjoy something fairy tale. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Eloise Bowman
5.0 out of 5 stars At last
This was a book I have wanted to read for some time. What better way to use a new kindle, so easy!
Published 2 months ago by S L MORTIMER
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