A brilliant, intricate and magical novel from the Godmother of British fantasy.
When Andrew Hope's magician grandfather dies, he leaves his house and field-of-care to his grandson who spent much of his childhood at the house. Andrew has forgotten much of this, but he remembers the very strong-minded staff and the fact that his grandfather used to put the inedibly large vegetables on the roof of the shed, where they'd have vanished in the morning. He also remembers the very colourful stained glass window in the kitchen door, which he knows it is important to protect.
Into this mix comes young Aidan Cain, who turns up from the orphanage asking for safety. Exactly who he is and why he's there is unclear, but a strong connection between the two becomes apparent.
There is a mystery to be solved, and nothing is as it appears to be. But nobody can solve the mystery, until they find out exactly what it is!
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Praise for Enchanted Glass
"Enchanted Glass is no exception to Diana Wynne Jones's general rule of using, and possibly abusing, folklore and fantasy for her own splendid ends… Wynne Jones belongs to an elect clan of the most treasured of British children's authors, creating her own unique brand of fantasy, in the same manner as Alan Garner and Susan Cooper, and it's surely this experience that breeds the confidence to write with such subtle depth. Blissful."
Marcus Sedgwick, The Guardian
"At her best, as in… Enchanted Glass, Wynne Jones is superb, mixing the comical with the magical… Highly recommended, especially for boys."
Amanda Craig, The Times
"No one has ever written quite like Diana Wynne Jones. The author of over 40 novels, she combines the delicate humour and nostalgic village settings of Barbara Pym with the wild imagination of JRR Tolkien… This latest book remains as predictably unpredictable as all her other works."
Nick Tucker, The Independent
"Time to waive the 'no reading at table' edicts; Diana Wynne Jones is back with another fantasy novel, so if you have an eight- to 12-year-old, enjoy the silence for 332 pages. Enchanted Glass demands nothing less than full-body immersion."
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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Book Description HarperCollins Children's Books, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007320787