‘Melior’, said Watt, ‘I’m a Ghosty Boy. Khul has no king.’ His sister put her hand on his head...‘I’ll see you crowned if it kills me!’

Khul, a proud kingdom founded by slaves, is invaded. Its king is slain, his family in hiding, and resistance brutally suppressed.

Slaves once more,  its people still whisper the forbidden name of the dead king’s son: ‘Avtar.’ Is he alive? Will he return to save them?

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Picture Books and Young Fiction

Ursula Jones is the author of young fiction & award winning picture books such as The Witch's Children and The Princess who has no Kingdom.

The Islands of Chaldea
The brand new and final novel from the magical pen of ‘the Godmother of Fantasy’, Diana Wynne Jones; co-authored with her sister Ursula Jones.



the princess who had no kingdom
This beautiful princess doesn't have a kingdom but she does have a pony called Pretty, a cart and a red umbrella.

The Princess who had no fortune
Discover the story of a princess like no other: the princess who had no fortune.

About Ursula

When I was little, I wanted to be an actress.  I still wanted to be one when I grew up, so I became one!

Having trained at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) I worked in what was called ‘weekly rep’.  The actors put on a play every week, performing one at night and rehearsing the next one during the day.  It’s hard work.  I shed kilos.  Then I took a banana boat to Jamaica where I helped research a frog that hatches baby frogs and not tadpoles.  I moved on to New York where I did some exciting, experimental theatre. Back in England, I was lucky enough to join the Unicorn Theatre for Children in London.

It was there that I discovered I wanted to be a writer, too. And so that’s what I did.  I wrote lots of plays for the company, and I haven’t stopped writing for children since.  Read more