Book review: Reflections on the magic of writing

Jones, Diana Wynne. Reflections on the magic of writing. Foreword by Neil Gaiman. Includes bibliography and index. Greenwillow Books, 2012. $24.99 ISBN 9780062219893 Ages 14-up. P7Q9

In the months preceding her death, Diana Wynne Jones and her agent combed through her essays and other nonfiction writings, selecting some 25 pieces for this volume. Ranging from an essay on Beowulf, through several school visit presentations, and an in-depth Horn Book interview, Jones displays a tremendous breadth of interest and an abiding interest in fantasy as literature. One of her repeated anecdotes speaks specifically to the importance of fantasy written for children. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries and as an additional purchase for high school libraries as an introduction to an important and fascinating author. October 2014 review by Jane Cothron.

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