S1 Ep 2: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Episode 2 carries on with some fairy tale motifs, as we explore another favourite: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. Some people may know this title because of the Studio Ghibli animated film of the same name, but trust us—watching the film is no substitute for reading this fantastic book.

As always, spoiler warning! Read first, listen after. 🙂

HarperCollins edition, 2009.

Show Notes:

  • If you’d like to learn more about Diana Wynne Jones than we provided in our cursory intro, there is a wonderful collection of her autobiographical writings called Reflections: On the Magic of Writing. These papers were selected by Diana Wynne Jones herself and published posthumously.
  • The book blog that we mention, things mean a lot, hasn’t been updated since 2017, but the archives have some excellent reviews and recommendations. Check it out!
  • What is a Pentstemmon? Well, as it turns out, nothing. However a penstemon is a flower, also known as a beardtongue. Make of that what you will.
  • Here is a link to the full text of John Donne’s “Song“, in case you want to check out the misogynistic third verse for yourself.
  • Not mentioned in the episode, but Folio Society recently published a glorious illustrated edition of Howl’s Moving Castle, and last year they held a contest to find an illustrator. Here are some of the stunning submissions. Which are your faves?

Thanks to Rob Muir for the theme song, original intro music, and all things audio. And thanks to you for listening!

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