I’ve got back-to-back reviews up at Shiny New Books, with my review of the new Folio Society edition of Charmed Life posted this week.
Neil Gaiman and I have at least one thing in common: we both started reading Diana Wynne Jones when we picked up one of her books at age 16 in the children’s department of a local bookshop. And we even started with the same book: Charmed Life, originally published in 1977.
I learned this fun fact by reading Gaiman’s foreword to the new, gloriously bound and illustrated Folio edition, in which he also says “when I finished reading Charmed Life I had a new favourite author.” Same here.
I’m so happy to see one of my favorite authors getting the treatment she deserves, and am hoping that Folio will consider publishing more Chrestomanci books. (What is Chrestomanci? Check out the review, or better yet, just pick up Charmed Life and start reading. You, too, might acquire a new favorite author.)