Year of the Griffin - Diana Wynne Jones

Having just finished re-reading The Year of the Griffin I'm sitting here thinking how unbelievable it is that not everyone knows and loves Diana Wynne Jones's books. Most of them were written for children, but she is one of the few authors whose work I've enjoyed for decades. The wit is warm, but sharp, and beautifully written.

 

You may have heard of her because of the book (a lovely one) made into an animated movie, "Howl's Moving Castle".