Howl's Moving Castle
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Howl's Moving Castle

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A new look for one of Diana Wynne Jones' funniest and most popular novels.


In the land of Ingary, where seven league boots and cloaks of invisibility do exist, Sophie Hatter catches the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste and is put under a spell.


Deciding she has nothing more to lose, she makes her way to the moving castle that hovers on the hills above Market Chipping. But the castle belongs to the dreaded Wizard Howl whose appetite, they say, is satisfied only by the souls of young girls... There she meets Michael, Howl's apprentice, and Calcifer the Fire Demon, with whom she agrees a pact.


But Sophie isn't the only one under a curse - her entanglements with Calcifer, Howl, and Michael, and her quest to break her curse is both gripping - and howlingly funny!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 20mm | 230g
  • HarperCollins
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0007299265
  • 9780007299263
  • 2,772

Review Text

Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail...
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"Imaginative and terribly funny "
Michael Morpurgo
THE TELEGRAPH - 100 Best Books a Child Should Read


"Wit and humor glint from the pages"
THE HORN BOOK


Praise for Diana Wynne Jones


"...Her hallmarks include laugh-aloud humour, plenty of magic and imaginative array of alternate worlds. Yet, at the same time, a great seriousness is present in all of her novels, a sense of urgency that links Jones's most outrageous plots to her readers' hopes and fears..."
Publishers Weekly


"Diana Wynne Jones ought to be crowned with coloured garlands because she is the best writer of magical fantasy for children in this country " Evening Standard


"Diana Wynne Jones could teach Stephen King and JK Rowling a thing or two ... [she] has a skill for inserting just the right amount of detail in her written words, leaving you satiated but not stuffed." SFX
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About Diana Wynne Jones

Diana Wynne Jones (1934-2011) spent her childhood in Essex and began writing fantasy novels for children in the 1970s. With her unique combination of magic, humour and imagination, she enthralled generations of children and adults with her work. She won the Guardian Award in 1977 with Charmed Life, was runner-up for the Children's Book Award in 1981 and was twice runner-up for the Carnegie Medal.
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Rating details

158,209 ratings
4.3 out of 5 stars
5 51% (81,242)
4 32% (50,707)
3 13% (20,404)
2 3% (4,245)
1 1% (1,611)

Our customer reviews

I only realised this was a book recently (after already seeing the anime) and it captures my heart, Howl is a chilidish yet brilliant wizard and calcifer is so very entertaining I didn't want to put the book down, it was frustrating at times, as Sophie would have no regard for rules or respect Howl at times but she gets better as the book goes on.. it's a great read, the first in a trilogy though Howl and Sophie appear very little in the sequels.show more
by Jasmine
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