Folio’s beautiful edition of House of Many Ways brings another dose of magic and mayhem from the world of Howl’s Moving Castle. The final volume in Diana Wynne Jones’s trilogy is illustrated by Marie-Alice Harel.
House of Many Ways is the final volume in the much-loved Moving Castle trilogy. Set in the same enchanted world, each book has its own delicious flavour. House of Many Ways is an irresistible coming-of-age story, following the adventures of the unworldly Charmain Baker as she becomes embroiled in the magical mysteries surrounding the much-loved characters of Howl, Sophie and the fire-demon Calcifer.
Produced in series with Howl’s Moving Castle and Castle in the Air, this gorgeous collector’s edition features exquisite colour illustrations by series artist Marie-Alice Harel, as well as a truly bewitching binding design embellished with silver foil details. A world of enchantment, adventure and fun awaits readers of all ages inside these celebrated books.
Bound in printed and blocked textured paper
Set in Agfa Wile
6 colour illustrations, 10 black & white chapter openings and a title-page spread
9˝ x 6¼˝
All Charmain Baker wants is some peace and quiet to read her precious books, and a way to escape the apron strings of her overbearing mother. It looks like her wish is granted when she’s sent to look after an ailing uncle’s tumbledown cottage, but Great Uncle William is a wizard, and his unassuming little cottage is a powerful magical labyrinth where a wrong step could take you halfway up a mountain, or years into the past. It is one of these missteps that lands Charmain directly in the path of a scheming creature known as the Lubbock. Already out of her depth, this bookworm must think fast, or the entire kingdom of Norland will fall into a monster’s clutches.
‘Weird, wise and wonderful’
With all of the chaotic magic and breathless adventure it can be easy to overlook the elegant construction of these fairy tales, but Jones was something of a magician herself when it came to the craft of storytelling. House of Many Ways sizzles with Jones’s characteristic humour and witty observations – of course wizards would have terrible handwriting. For this edition, series artist Marie-Alice Harel once again brings the magic of Ingary to the page, with six full-colour illustrations, a set of black-and-white chapter headings, and a pair of illustrated endpapers. The show-stopping binding gives us a glimpse of the majestic mountains of High Norland and the house itself, the only clue to its highly magical nature a flurry of stars escaping from the chimney. And on the back, the monstrous Lubbock awaits …
Diana Wynne Jones had an unsettled childhood against the background of the Second World War. Her family moved frequently, finally settling in rural Essex. She and her two sisters were deprived of books but, armed with a vivid imagination and an insatiable appetite for stories, Jones wrote them herself to read to her sisters. She never ceased writing, and from 1973 onwards published many titles, which have been released worldwide in 30 languages. Her magical adventures have enthralled children and adults ever since. Among Jones’s best-loved books are the Chrestomanci series and Howl’s Moving Castle (The Folio Society, 2019) and its two sequels. In 2004 Howl’s Moving Castle was made into an animated film by Hayao Miyazaki for Studio Ghibli, Japan. It broke all box-office records in Japan at the time and was nominated for an Oscar. Jones’s numerous awards include the Guardian Award for Children’s Fiction, two Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards and a Life Achievement Award at the World Fantasy Convention 2007. Neil Gaiman called her ‘the best writer of Magic there is’.
Marie-Alice Harel is a French illustrator based in Edinburgh. She started her career as a Geosciences PhD and researcher before taking up illustration full-time in 2016. Her illustrations, predominantly watercolours, can be found in books, picture books, galleries and magazines. Harel teaches life drawing and illustration at the Edinburgh Drawing School. Previously longlisted in the 2018 Book Illustration Competition, run by the House of Illustration and The Folio Society, Harel’s illustrations and binding design for Howl’s Moving Castle won the 2019 competition. Marie has since illustrated Castle in the Air for Folio (2021) and House of Many Ways(2021).
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