[DWJ] News from the archive - Everard's Ride

Amy Harlib aharlib at earthlink.net
Wed Jul 13 11:29:58 EDT 2011





aharlib at earthlink.net
Thanks for this fascinating information.
How I wish those sequels to Everard's Ride had been written.
Amy

-----Original Message----- 
From: Hannah Green
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 10:24 AM
To: 'dwj at suberic.net'
Subject: [DWJ] News from the archive - Everard's Ride

Apologies for the long silence - been rather a lot else going on up here, 
and I've been diverted from cataloguing for a bit!  But I have just started 
in on some of the unpublished material in the archive today, and have just 
been having a fascinating journey of exploration into the Principality over 
the Water from 'Everard's Ride'.

Although it was first published in 1995, the story 'Everard's Ride' was 
actually written quite early on, some time in the late 1960s or early 1970s, 
it just took a long time to get it published.  The title page of the 
typescript gives her name as Diana Burrow, her married name but obviously 
not the name she published under, suggesting it was written before she had 
established her published name as Diana Wynne Jones.  What I have 
discovered, as I've been working through the unpublished manuscripts, is 
that when Diana wrote 'Everard's Ride' she clearly envisaged it as part of a 
series.  The unpublished material includes files of manuscript and 
typescript drafts for three other works, all roughly the length of a short 
novel, which are all set in the same world as 'Everard's Ride'.

These stories - entitled 'Prince Edward's Island', 'Hornets of Gairne' and 
'The Burning of Tremath' - all focus on the adventures of Julia Hornby, 
great-granddaughter of Alex Hornby from 'Everard's Ride', and her friends 
Steven and Jane Unwin as they visit the Island over the Water on successive 
summer holidays.  If you read 'Everard's Ride' carefully, you can actually 
pick up several hints which show that Diana had a much larger canvas in mind 
than a single story when she wrote it - for example, when Everard's party 
are recovering at his hunting lodge after the showdown with Towerwood, there 
is a reference to an army camping on the same spot in much less happy 
circumstance 100 years later, which seemed slightly odd when I first read 
it.  But when you realize 'Everard's Ride' was intended as a sort of 
prequel, set in the past of a world which would already be familiar to the 
reader, it makes a lot more sense!

Hannah Green
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