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Warlock At the Wheel and Other Stories
A collection of magical short stories from Diana Wynne Jones. Includes: Warlock at the Wheel / The Plague of Peacocks / The Fluffy Pink Toadstool / Auntie Bea's Day Out / Carruthers / No One / Dragon Reserve, Home Eight / The Sage of Theare.
Hardcover, 156 pages
Published 1984 by Greenwillow Books
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This is the first book I read from my new library. Some of the stories are better than others and some are dated. I was super excited to read "The Sage of Theare" because it's a Chrestomanci I haven't read before. My favorite was "Dragon Reserve, Home Eight" which I think I have read before. I love the complete universe DWJ created for one short story.
This book is a perfect little bundle of delightful and fanciful diversions with which to pass a lazy day. Each story has a little twist that takes you from the everyday to the fantastic, and yet all told in a very understated tone. A good read indeed.
"Warlock at the Wheel" is collected within Mixed Magics by Diana Wynne Jones. It features the Warlock from Chrestomanci's home world and minor character in Charmed Life. He's the one who is a tutor to Gwendolyn and helps her try to mess things up. Very cute and farcically loveable.
Diana was born in London, the daughter of Marjorie (née Jackson) and Richard Aneurin Jones, both of whom were teachers. When war was announced, shortly after her fifth birthday, she was evacuated to Wales, and thereafter moved several times, including periods in Coniston Water, in York, and back in London. In 1943 her family finally settled in Thaxted, Essex, where her parents worked running an ed ...moreMore about Diana Wynne Jones...