Charmed Life, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Glorious new rejacket of a Diana Wynne Jones classic award-winning favourite, featuring Chrestomanci - now a book with extra bits!

Everybody says that Gwendolyn Chant is a gifted witch with astonishing powers, so it suits her enormously when she is taken to live in Chrestomanci Castle.

Her brother Eric (better known as Cat) is not so keen, for he has no talent for magic at all.

However, life with the great enchanter is not what either of them expects and sparks begin to fly!

Winner of the Guardian Award.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages, (chapter heads line illustrations)
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780007255290



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This edition has a celebratory foreword by Neil Gaiman, and an author interview and discussion questions after the story. I'm enjoying a <i>frisson</i> of suspense - whose life is the <i>charmed life</i> of the title? Is it accomplished witch Gwendolen Chant or her modest brother Cat, or someone else?<br>In a magical world is a charmed life a blessing or a curse?<br>content spoiler: corporal punishment.

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It's a good read, a story of a boy who lives in the shadow of his sister and whose life changes when they end up in the Castle of Chrestomanci and then he discovers the truth about his sister and her ambitions.It's an interesting read, something on that borderline between fantasy and reality with characters who work well and things that would have resolved quicker if everyone would have just talked to each other! And characters who point this out too.Great read, love the story, there are layers here that would reward re-reading.

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