In 1999, Diana Wynne Jones won the children's section of the Mythopeic Award in the USA and the Karl Edward Wagner Award in the UK, awarded by the British Fantasy Society.
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.
"...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..."