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Inkworld

When Cornelia wrote Inkheart she never planned to write more than one book about Meggie, Mo and Dustfinger. She did not even plan to visit the world Dustfinger came from. But when she had finished Inkheart she realized that she wanted to know whether he would ever get back.

I wanted Meggie to see that world, Mo, Elinor..... I wanted to see it myself! No, Cornelia, I said to myself. No, no, no. There are more than enough series and trilogies in the world of books. Don’t add another! But the story would not stop whispering. So I finally gave myself two weeks to find out whether it was really waiting, whether there was a story to be told . It poured onto the paper so fast that I almost couldn’t follow.

There has never been a book before, that was easier to write than Inkspell, and when Cornelia realized how sad an ending it would have, she knew she had to write a third book. She was not sure whether the story would close with it until she wrote the very last chapters. She still remembers how she first stepped into Inkworld with Dustfinger.

Of all the chapters I ever wrote this is one of my absolute favourites... not for what it turned out to be, but for the pure pleasure it brought to write it. A world formed in front of my eyes, formed from words, as Fenoglio had done it. I felt it, saw, smelled and heard it. It became more real with every step Dustfinger took and I loved it as much as he did. When I brought Meggie over I had to enter it in a very different way. With her I could show how frightening a new world can be, the disturbing feeling of leaving everything that’s familiar behind.

Inkworld is a medieval world. Cornelia always loved that time of history despite its cruelty and hardship. Life was harder, but people knew more about life and death, about the rhythm of nature, they were more connected to the planet they lived on, for good and bad, and in many ways the structures and rules were much simpler than in our time and age - which makes a wonderful canvas for a storyteller. Of course Inkworld is not a truly medieval world. After all it was created by a writer, but as every imagined place all the inspiration comes from this world.

 

Inkheart

After the nightly visit of the mysterious Dustfinger, bookbinder Mo and his daughter Meggie leave their home in a hurry, carrying with them a precious but dangerous book.

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

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Inkheart

Read by Lynn Redgrave • Unabridged Compact Disc • Published by Random House

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Inkspell

This time the journey takes Mo and Meggie into Dustfinger’s world. Medievally dark and dangerous, but at the same time fascinatingly strange and bewitching.

Age 10 + • Published 2005 • 688 pages • Chicken House Scholastic • Cover illustration, Inkworld map and chapterhead by Carol Lawson, interior illustration by Cornelia Funke

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Inkspell

Read by Brendan Fraser • Unabridged Compact Disc • Published by Random House

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Inkdeath

The White Women took Dustfinger away and the Adderhead is immortal. Inkworld is getting even darker. Under the cover of the Black Forest, the Bluejay and his men fight to free Ombra.

Age 10 + • Published 2008 • 656 pages • Chicken House Scholastic • Cover illustration, Inkworld map and chapterhead by Carol Lawson, interior illustration by Cornelia Funke

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Inkdeath

Read by Allan Corduner • Unabridged Compact Disc • Published by Random House

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