Next DWJ book?

Allison Marles apm at
Tue Aug 23 17:13:38 EDT 2005

I think the Chrestomanci universe books get lumped as a "series" 
because DWJ writes stories that take place in all sorts of different
worlds with different sets of magical rules and organization.   While
there is similarity between the Chrestomanci worlds and the Deep Secret
worlds (for example), they certainly appear to be entirely separate
creations.  If all DWJs books took place in the Chrestomanci worlds, it
would be clear that they were not a series, because they wouldn't be so
obviously grouped by a common trait.  They only gain a common trait due
to DWJ's vast imagination which spawns many other non-Chrestomanci-world


On Mon, Aug 22, 2005 at 01:26:47PM +0100, minnow at wrote:
> Paul wrote:
> >I am reminded: When 'Conrad's Fate' came out, DWJ did an interview for
> >BBC Radio, which was promoted with the line "Diana tells [the
> >interviewer] why she waited 17 years to write the latest instalment of
> >her Chrestomanci series."
> >
> >Anyone who heard the interview, why *did* Diana wait 17 year to write
> >the latest instalment of her Chrestomanci series?
> I didn't hear the interview (or if I did I have forgotten which one it was)
> but the simple answer might be "because the idea for another book in which
> a Chrestomanci played a bit-part and was a useful person to help sort out
> the ending didn't come along".  If a story that involved a Chrestomanci
> didn't happen to present itself, then she would write the story that *did*
> happen to present itself.  There was a fourteen year gap between Dalemark
> books (1979, 1993), but interviewers don't ask her about the reason for
> that, probably because the only thing they know about her is
> "Chrestomanci", whom they think is a character like Harry Potter who has
> rote adventures and could be written to order with no particular thought
> involved, rather than being the title given to someone who holds a
> particular government post.  The Chrestomanci in *Conrad's Fate* isn't
> Christopher Chant, it's Gabriel de Witt, and I would put large sums on that
> not being something the interviewer knew!
> I have doubts whether all the books in which a Chrestomanci occurs ought to
> be called a series anyhow, and I am severely pissed off about any one of
> them being refered to as an "installment", because they are individual
> books that happen to have a few characters who recur in them.  It seems to
> me somewhat like a publishers' attempt to cash in on the Harry Potter
> Phenomenon.
> Bah.
> Minnow
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