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Editor reviews

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)
"Truly magical - guaranteed to leave you gasping - even hotter than Potter" (The Bookseller)

For The Merlin Conspiracy:

"The characterisation is first rate, the ideas are fabulous … This is fantasy at its most inventive - canny, funny and far-reaching." (The Telegraph)
"A curiosity shop of a book … a pleasure to lose yourself in." (The Sunday Times)
"The Merlin Conspiracy is Wynne Jones on top form … [her] powerful narrative and her ability to create extraordinary charachers with real emotions make her more than a worthy rival to J K Rowling." (Financial Times)
"A must for all Wynne Jones fans, past, present and future." (Limited Edition)

Summary

Two quirky and hilarious stories from the best-selling Diana Wynne Jones. Two groups of children learn that while you can choose your friends, dealing with your family can make you wish you could choose a different one….

'The Four Grannies': Two children are left alone for a couple of days, while their parents go away on a business trip. They have four very different grandmas - a mean one, a snobby one, an anxious one, and a delicate one. Erg (the boy) tries to make all the grannies leave him alone, but manages to turn them into one ‘Super-Granny'….

'Auntie Bea's Day Out': Annoying Auntie Bea always does things her way. And when she decides to take the three children (Nancy, Debbie and Simon) to the seaside, despite what the signs say, she is determined that they will sit on the small, fenced off and isolated island. It turns out to be a magical island though, and whisks her & the children (and dog) around to different places trying to get rid of them….

©2013 Diana Wynne Jones (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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