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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Abridged edition edition (6 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007213409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007213405
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.7 x 12.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,510,828 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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Think of a world, almost like our own but a little more genteel and old-fashioned, where magic and witchcraft is as common as mathematics--but just as dangerous in the wrong hands. In The Lives of Christopher Chant--the fourth book in her Worlds of Chrestomanci series--Diana Wynne Jones succeeds in creating a vision of England close to our expectations of what should be, but subtly different enough to excite our interest and draw us into a strange new world of incredible reality and possibilities.

Christopher Chant is a dreamer, a boy who returns home each night with strange gifts from his nocturnal travels and leaves sand in his bed as proof. He's happy to play cricket and wander the world in secret--so having nine lives and being the next "Chrestomanci" is not part of his plans for the future. It's only when an evil smuggler known as The Wraith threatens his existence that the young Christopher truly takes hold of his destiny. He must try to halt his loss of lives and defeat evil before times runs out.

Set at least 20 years before the events as told in the first Chrestmanci novel, Charmed Life, The Lives of Christopher Chant is a detailed fantasy and wild adventure with dollops of humour that will challenge and intrigue every fan of this sequence of otherworldly novels.

Chrestomanci patrols the pages of three more full-length novels--Charmed Life, The Magicians of Caprona, Witch Week and in a collection of short stories, Mixed Magics. He is undoubtedly Diana Wynne Jones' finest creation and should not be missed. --John McLay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“Truly magical – guaranteed to leave you gasping – even hotter than Potter”
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Feb 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is an excellent book. I borrowed it from the library and began reading it one evening and read right through the night. I just couldn't put it down. I'd recommend it to any lover of fantasy books, young or old. I'm 19 and I still think it's among the best books I've ever read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "96taubec" on 14 Feb 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
No offence to charmed life but this is secretly my favourite of the Chrestomanci books. It has the best hero-Christopher Chant makes me laugh even when he's being rude and obnoxious and its obvious he's really a very nice person and a bit of a softy(besides Cat is wet and weedy and annoying).I also loved it for the extra insight it gives you into world 12a and how Chrestomanci got to be like he is in Charmed life and why Millie is Called Millie which is brilliant and very cool
It has a very clever plot all about other worlds and multiple lives and evil gangs of smugglers with a magical twist which is written with all the flair and wit I have come to expect from a Diana Wynne Jones book (eg the mallory towers spoof)and has some very neat peices of charachteristation (eg Tackroy and Millie-the-godess)which make it that little bit special and more enjoyable the climax is well measured and skillfull and keeps you constantly turning pages desperate to get to the next bit. This book is brilliant-read it.
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By Blue Shoes on 13 April 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Its taken me about 3 years to actualy want to sit down and finish the series of books, that is not because 'The Chrestomanci Series' are bad, but because I was a rather lazy child.

I have read the first half of the book over and over again, the description of the different worlds always amazed me. As the book went along I guessed what was going on - prehaps it was a bit predictable, but for a kids book it is remarkable.

Although I loves the begining of the book I found the ending a bit too quick, but as I loved the begining and found it so remarkable, I think 4 out of 5 is a great score.

This series is a great one for children who love to read around the age of 9, I think I bought this book when I was 7 and found it quite difficult to get into, but now I am a lot older and loved it!
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By A Customer on 26 Jan 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For fans of Diana Wynne Jones this book is a real treat as it deals with the childhood of Chrestomanci, or Christopher Chant, for as we discover Chrestomanci is merely a job title. Although it is a bit of a shock to discover the cool, calm and collected great man was once a frightened, confused child it is also nice to see him in that way. Milly, his wife also puts in an appearance in an unexpected guise. Although this isn't one of Diana Wynne Jones's best ever books it is still an exciting, intersting story, and well worth a read.
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By A Customer on 15 Jun 2000
Format: Hardcover
I first read this as a child and have been hooked on Diana Wynne Jones books ever since. The Lives of Christopher Chant has a fairly complex storyline which is so well explained that you feel that you could be there. The most impressive things about Diana Wynne Jones' books for children is that she is never condescending as many other authors are and her characters are not merely charicatures but recognisable as ordinary humans, some of whom have some very extraordinary talents!
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Format: Hardcover
This book which has been out of print for some time is a "Chrestomanci" book (like Charmed Life" and "Witch Week")
Christopher Chant lives in a world similar to Edwardian England, save that magic is alive and well.
This is very enjoyable as a straight childrens story, but has both depth and humour - I first read it as a child and still re-read for pleasure now. Readers who have enjoyed Harry Potter may like to move on to Diana Wynne Jones
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Recently ordered this for my nephew who loves it as much as I did (and still do). The best of the Chrestomanci series in my opinion. Christopher struggles with his emerging magic powers, the discovery that he has a few more lives than normal and his complicated and deadly family relationships. I'm a Harry Potter fan but I really think this book has that series beaten for sheer imagination and good writing.
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By Anon on 7 Feb 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It's such a great fantasy book and different and inspiring ideas, persuades you to read the rest of the books.
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