When Cornelia started to write Inkheart, she didn't suspect that this story would grow untill it could fill more than one book.

I have dreamed for a long time of writing a story in which characters from a book come into our world. Which book addict doesn’t know the feeling that the characters in a book can seem more real than the people around us? And there is of course a simple reason for that. For which real person would permit us to look into their hearts as deeply as a storyteller permits us to look into his characters’? Into the deepest regions of their souls we may spy, see all their fears, all their love and all their dreams.

And there was something else that made Cornelia write Inkheart. It was an image she saw again and again – the image of a girl kneeling on her bed and looking out of a window wet with rain. She sees someone standing outside and she doesn’t know who it is. Cornelia kept seeing this image quite clearly, almost like seeing a movie poster. All she had to do was find the story behind this image.

And writing down the story was great fun, for she got to read lots of books full of the strangest stories about book collectors, book maniacs, books thieves, book murderers, and book addicts. All these stories helped her to feed her story and this is why writing a story has never been as easy for her as it has been with Inkheart.

No story has ever forced itself onto paper as strongly and uncompromisingly and I think this has to do with the fact that it is a story about my own deepest passions – for books and for reading stories aloud.

Well, Cornelia hopes you will enjoy reading the book as much as she enjoyed writing it – welcome to the labyrinth of letters!


Age 9 + • Published 2004 • 544 pages • Chicken House Scholastic • Cover illustration, Inkworld map and chapterhead by Carol Lawson, interior illustration by Cornelia Funke



Read by Lynn Redgrave • Unabridged Compact Disc • Published by Random HouseAvailable at IndieBound.org

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