If you say “Alicia” quickly it sounds just like a well-behaved sneeze.

(Diana Wynne Jones, The Merlin conspiracy, Collins, 2003)


“It is a real name . . . It’s a lady in my book that I read every night. Someone swam the sea all the time to visit her.”

“I know,” said Mr. Lynn. “I was just surprised that you did.”

“And it’s a sort of joke . . . . I know a lot about heroes because of my book.”

(Diana Wynne Jones – Fire and Hemlock, 1985)


“I do think being called Euphemia is a heavy enough burden for anyone to bear, however rude they are.”

(Diana Wynne Jones, Charmed Life, 1977)