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Here Jones and her younger sisters, Isobel and Ursula, led a life of neglect and emotional abuse, experiences which would later feature strongly in her work.
She attended St Anne's College, Oxford, where she read English - and counted authors JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis among her lecturers.
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Other successes included Archer's Goon (1984), Fireand Hemlock (1985) and Howl's Moving Castle (1986).She was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009 and died two years later.Jones was born in London in 1934 but following the outbreak of the Second World War she spent time living in Wales, Cumbria and Yorkshire.In 1943 she settled in Thaxted, Essex with her parents, where they ran an educational conference centre.
She penned a string of fantasy novels including Wilkins' Tooth (1973), The Ogre Downstairs (1974), Eight Days of Luke (1975) and Power of Three (1976).She won the 1978 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize with Charmed Life (1977).