Cornelia Funke - Author

About the Author

The German author Cornelia Funke was born in 1958 in Dorsten, Westphalia. As a child she dreamed of becoming an astronaut – until she discovered the military training involved so she trained to be social worker. During her time as a social worker, Cornelia discovered the kinds of stories that grasped their imaginations. These were the stories she wanted to illustrate – and ultimately to write – the kind that would appeal to bookish children as well as inspiring those children who hadn’t yet had many positive reading experiences. At the age of 35 Cornelia realised her true love of storytelling and became a full-time writer. She has since written over 40 titles ranging from picture books and short novels for young readers

Although she quickly became one of the most popular children’s authors in Germany, Cornelia Funke was hardly known in Britain or the United States – and had it not been for a keen young reader, this could still be the case. Barry Cunningham, the publisher of a small, innovative publishing house in rural England called The Chicken House, received a letter from a bilingual (English and German) young reader, who wanted to know why her favourite author wasn’t published in English. Barry set about the task of tracking down the latest title from Cornelia Funke, Herr der Diebe.

When the English translation, The Thief Lord, was published in the USA by Scholastic in 2002, it entered the New York Times bestseller list straightaway, and proceeded to climb to the number two position.

There has been enormous interest in Cornelia’s novels, with fierce bidding by film company executives for the rights. The Thief Lord movie, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Alexei Sayle, was released in Spring 2006.

Inkheart the movie is released on 12th December 2008, has a stellar cast that includes Helen Mirren as Elinor, Jim Broadbent as Fenoglio and Paul Bettany as Dustfinger.

Cornelia Funke lives in Los Angeles in the USA with her teenage daughter, Anna, and young son, Ben (Benjy). They have a crazy dog, Luna, nicknamed Loonie, and their house is crammed with books and DVDs.

Featured books by Cornelia Funke

Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh (Mirrorworld)

Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh (Mirrorworld)

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/09/2016

Best-selling author Cornelia Funke, whose Inkheart was a world-wide phenomenon, has created a wonderful imaginary world peopled with a gigantic cast of original and outlandish characters. Searching for his missing father, Jacob Reckless steps through the mirror into a strange, story-filled world in which danger is never very far away. When Jacob mistakenly allows his brother to follow him through the mirror he discovers the awesome powers he is working against and needs to use all his skill and cunning to save his brother from a horrible death as he is gradually turned to stone. Cornelia Funke’s original storytelling captures the hearts and minds of all young readers. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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Reckless II: Living Shadows (Mirrorworld)

Reckless II: Living Shadows (Mirrorworld)

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/09/2016

Best-selling Cornelia Funke has an exceptional gift for creating gloriously gothic otherworlds in which the unusual and seemingly impossible can – and does- happen. Part two of the Mirrrorworld series, Living Shadows, follows The Petrified Flesh and catches up with Jacob who desperately seeks a cure to overcome the curse imposed on him by the fairies. Jacob’s cure is such a dark magic that it must be deeply hidden; the search for it takes him where no one should tread. That would be dangerous enough but, worse still, someone else is desperate for the cure too.  Luckily, Fox, a shape shifting girl is willing to help in the quest.  ~ Julia Eccleshare

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Inkheart

Inkheart

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/10/2008

Impeccably written, this is a real treasure trove of imagination, nail-biting drama and characters so cleverly drawn that you feel you know every one of them personally. Inkworld is a marvellous place of magical realism, full of adventure, passion and excitement and you’ll feel utterly compelled to read this one and its sequels Inkspell and Inkdeath.   Inkheart the movie, released on 12th December 2008, stars among others Helen Mirren, Eliza Bennett and Jim Broadbent and has been made by the makers of The Lord of the Rings and The Golden Compass.   Click here to see the trailer..  

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Reckless

Reckless

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/12/2015

Traicionada por el rey Kami'en, el Hada Oscura buscara un remedio para olvidar su gran amor por el. Por su parte, Jacob Reckless tendra que enfrentar las consecuencias de haber cerrado un trato magico para salvar la vida de su amada Fux. Juntos, se adentraran como nunca antes en el mundo al otro lado del espejo y viajaran al oriente entre zares, espias, alfombras voladoras, palacios y sombrios bosques. Mientras tanto, Will Reckless emprendera la desesperada caza del hada para salvar a su amada Clara del profundo sueno en el que Jugador la ha sumergido. Las busquedas de esta historia estaran guiadas por el misterioso hilo de oro, tan inquebrantable que hasta las mismas hadas parecen desvalidas ante su poder...

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Reckless III: The Golden Yarn

Reckless III: The Golden Yarn

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/06/2017

The third book in Cornelia Funke's internationally bestselling Reckless series After a perilous encounter with an Alder Elf, Jacob must journey into the enchanted Mirrorworld once again. Together with Fox, his beautiful shapeshifting friend, Jacob has no choice but to follow his brother on the trail of the Dark Fairy, who has fled deep into the East: to a land of folklore, Cossacks, spies, time-eating witches and flying carpets. But what exactly is the Dark One running from? The third book in the series, The Golden Yarn is a thrilling tale of courage and fear, jealousy and forbidden desire; in which love has the power both to save a life - and to destroy it.

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Other books by Cornelia Funke

RECKLESS: STEINERNES FLEISCH

RECKLESS: STEINERNES FLEISCH

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Ebook Release Date: 06/02/2014

Dzhon Besshabashnyj bessledno ischez, ostaviv synovej, Dzhekoba i Uilla, gadat', chto s nim proizoshlo. Tol'ko god spustya Dzhekob nashel klyuch k ehtoj tajne: zapisku, vlozhennuyu v odnu iz otcovskih knig. Zerkalo otkroetsya lish' tomu, kto sebya ne vidit - govorilos' tam. Razgadav ehtu zagadku, Dzhekob nashel dorogu v mir, gde zhivet volshebstvo. Net takoj skazki, dobroj ili strashnoj, kotoraya po tu storonu zerkala ne imela by voploshcheniya. EHtot mir Dzhekob polyubil kuda bol'she rodnogo. On sdelalsya tam ohotnikom za volshebnymi sokrovishchami, styazhal slavu i perezhil nemalo udivitel'nogo. No odnazhdy vsled za nim skvoz' zerkalo shagnul ego mladshij brat Uill, ne podozrevavshij ob opasnostyah, kotorye sulit volshebstvo. I teper' on den' za dnem prevrashchaetsya v kamen' - ne tol'ko telom, no i dushoj. Govoryat, sposobov izbavit'sya ot zaklyatiya Temnoj Fei, porazivshego ego, ne sushchestvuet, no Dzhekob gotov na vse, chtoby spasti brata

Kein Keks fur Kobolde

Kein Keks fur Kobolde

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Ebook Release Date: 16/12/2013

Bestsellerautorin Cornelia Funke erzahlt eine spannende, originelle Abenteuergeschichte um drei liebenswerte, pfiffige kleine Kobolde, die vom Winter uberrascht werden. Fur die drei kleinen Kobolde Neunauge, Feuerkopf und Siebenpunkt kommt der Winter fruher als erwartet. Wo sollen sie jetzt ihre geliebten Ravioli, Apfel und Kekse herkriegen? Es bleibt ihnen keine Wahl: Um nicht zu verhungern, mussen sie sich in allerlei Abenteuer sturzen. Als sie sich dann noch mit dem "e;weien Kobold"e; anlegen, wird die Lage richtig brenzlig ...Die von Cornelia Funke gemalten Bilder wurden liebevoll nachkoloriert.Kein Keks fur Kobolde wurde als 26-teilige Animationsserie fur das Fernsehen verfilmt und wird unter dem gleichnamigen Titel ausgestrahlt.

TINTENBLUT

TINTENBLUT

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Ebook Release Date: 13/12/2013

CHernil'naya krov' - vtoraya chast' trilogii znamenitoj nemeckoj pisatel'nicy Kornelii Funke. Vse poklonniki ee tvorchestva s udovol'stviem prochtut prodolzhenie detektivnoj istorii geroev CHernil'nogo serdca, stavshego sobytiem ne tol'ko v istorii zhanra fehntezi, no i voobshche v knizhnom mire. Vo vtoroj chasti rasskazyvaetsya o priklyucheniyah geroev, popavshih v CHernil'nyj mir - mir iz bumagi i tipografskoj kraski. Sazheruk vozvrashchaetsya domoj. Farid i Meggi sleduyut za nim, a vskore tuda otpravlyayutsya i roditeli Meggi. V ehtom mire, sochinennom Fenolio, gde zhivut fei i rusalki, tak legko pogibnut' po proizvolu zlogo pravitelya. Geroev zhdut nelegkie ispytaniya, no oni dostojno vstrechayut ih, obnaruzhivaya v sebe kachestva, o kotoryh i ne podozrevali.

Young Werewolf

Young Werewolf

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2013

Fun supernatural tale. Matt is returning home from the cinema when a yellow-eyed monster bites his hand and his whole world - and body - changes. Helped by his best friend Lisa and teacher Mrs Ruskin, they have just two days to find a cure before the curse takes hold forever! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 8+

TINTENTOD

TINTENTOD

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Ebook Release Date: 21/08/2013

Poslednyaya chast' trilogii znamenitoj nemeckoj pisatel'nicy. Prodolzhayutsya stranstvovaniya devochki Meggi i ee sem'i po CHernil'nomu miru, v kotorom oni okazalis' blagodarya neobychnomu daru otca Meggi prevrashchat' knizhnye slova v real'nost'. CHernil'nyj mir zacharovyvaet vsekh, kto tuda popadaet, svoej krasotoj. On polon volshebstva i prevrashchenij, tam smeyutsya deti, razgulivayut velikany, fei, ehl'fy i edinorogi. No Zlo pytaetsya peredelat' ehtot mir po-svoemu, i dlya spaseniya CHernil'nogo mira geroyam prihoditsya iskat' vyhod iz beznadezhnyh situacij, vnov' i vnov' riskuya svoej zhizn'yu. Na ehtot raz sud'ba gotovit im vstrechu s samoj Smert'yu.

GEISTER RITTER

GEISTER RITTER

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Ebook Release Date: 28/06/2013

Raskryvaya zagadku davnego ubijstva, odinnadcatiletnij Jon Uajtkroft vmeste so svoej podrugoj EHlloj vyzyvaet duh rycarya Uil'yama Longspe. On edinstvennyj, kto sposoben zashchitit' mal'chika ot gruppy presleduyushchih ego prizrakov, kotorye ugrozhayut emu s togo samogo dnya, kak on pribyl v internat goroda Solsberi. V blagodarnost' za svoe spasenie mal'chik vyzyvaetsya pomoch' rycaryu-prizraku vernut' ego serdce i tu, kotoruyu on lyubit.

HERR DER DIEBE

HERR DER DIEBE

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Ebook Release Date: 28/06/2013

V detstve tak hochetsya poskoree stat' vzroslym. Mechtaet ob ehtom i Scipio. On nazyvaet sebya Korolem vorov i opekaet besprizornyh detej. A odnazhdy poluchaet zadanie, kotoroe privodit ego na ostrov Tajn. Tut-to i sbyvaetsya ego zavetnaya mechta - on prevrashchaetsya vo vzroslogo. Pravda, vse ehto proiskhodit v Venecii, i sam gorod s ego kanalami, gondolami i dvorcami stanovitsya dejstvuyushchim licom ehtogo avantyurnogo romana. I chuditsya poroj, a uzh ne prisutstvuem li my na znamenitom venecianskom karnavale?

Fearless

Fearless

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Ebook Release Date: 02/04/2013

Jacob Reckless returns once again to the Mirrorworld--filled with profound characters, extraordinary creatures, and epic life-or-death treasure hunts that could only come from the mind of the master storyteller of our generation, Cornelia Funke. Jacob Reckless has only a few months left to live. He's tried everything to shake the Fairy curse that traded his life for his brother's--legends such as the All-Healing Apple, the Well of Eternal Youth, the blood of a northern Djinn. And yet hope after hope is extinguished. After months of fruitless searching, Jacob journeys through his father's mirror one final time to deliver the bad news to Fox. But there they hear of one last possibility--an item so legendary that not even Mirrorworlders believe it exists: a crossbow that can kill thousands, or heal one, when shot through the heart. But a Goyl treasure hunter is also searching for the prized crossbow. Jacob must find it first--and somehow convince Fox to do whatever it takes to save him.

Hinter verzauberten Fenstern

Hinter verzauberten Fenstern

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Ebook Release Date: 17/09/2012

Der Weihnachtsbestseller von Cornelia FunkeWarum hat mein bloder kleiner Bruder Olli den schonen Schokoladenadventskalender bekommen und ich nur diesen doofen Papieradventskalender, argert sich Julia. Doch das auf ihrem Kalender abgebildete Haus glitzert so silbrig und geheimnisvoll, dass Julia der Versuchung nicht widerstehen kann und das erste Fenster ihres Kalenderhauses offnet. Da bemerkt sie, dass das Haus bewohnt ist und dass sie die Menschen, die darin leben, besuchen kann. Damit beginnt ein ganz ungewohnliches Abenteuer...Zum ersten Mal erscheint der Adventsbestseller von Cornelia Funke mit farbigen Innenillustrationen. Die von Cornelia Funke gemalten Bildern wurden liebevoll nachkoloriert.

Ghost Knight

Ghost Knight

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Ebook Release Date: 08/05/2012

Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft never expected to enjoy boarding school. Then again, he never expected to be confronted by a pack of vengeful ghosts, either. And then he meets Ella, a quirky new friend with a taste for adventure....Together, Jon and Ella must work to uncover the secrets of a centuries-old murder while being haunted by terrifying spirits, their bloodless faces set on revenge. So when Jon summons the ghost of the late knight Longspee for his protection, there's just one question: Can Longspee truly be trusted?

Reckless

Reckless

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Ebook Release Date: 14/09/2010

Ever since Jacob Reckless was a child, he has been escaping to a hidden world through a portal in his father's abandoned study. Over the years, he has made a name for himself as a finder of enchanted items and buried secrets. He's also made many enemies and allies--most important, Fox, a beautiful shape-shifting vixen whom Jacob cares for more than he lets on.But life in this other world is about to change. Tragedy strikes when Jacob's younger brother, Will, follows him through the portal. Brutally attacked, Will is infected with a curse that is quickly transforming him into a Goyl--a ruthless killing machine, with skin made of stone.Jacob is prepared to fight to save his brother, but in a land built on trickery and lies, Jacob will need all the wit, courage, and reckless spirit he can summon to reverse the dark spell--before it's too late.

Inkspell Collectors' Edition

Inkspell Collectors' Edition

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/2009

Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of the extraordinary events of Inkheart, and the story whose characters strode out of the pages, and changed her life forever. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater, torn from his world of words, the need to return has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the magical ability to read him back, he sets in motion a dangerous reversal that sees the characters of Inkheart transported to a charmed Inkworld, about to be fought over by rebels and princes.

Inkheart Trilogy Slipcase

Inkheart Trilogy Slipcase

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2008

A special movie tie-in slipcase containing the classic original paperbacks of the bestselling, critically acclaimed Inkheart, Inkspell and Inkdeath to coincide with the movie release. Three parts of the same tale. A story within a story, where the imaginary becomes real. In Inkheart, twelve-year-old Meggie discovers an extraordinary secret. When her father, Mo, reads aloud from books, they can quite literally come alive. Characters jump out from between the pages and people in the real world are charmed inside. So begins their adventures in the Inkworld. Their story weaves a magical path through love, loss and courage, ending, as it must, in Inkdeath, the final part of this critically acclaimed, best-selling series.

Inkdeath

Inkdeath

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2008

Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke

Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost

Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Ebook Release Date: 25/03/2008

Its an icky, sticky situationLook out for ghost goo! Dripping sticky green slime wherever it goes, an ASG (thats Averagely Spooky Ghost) is hiding out in Toms cellar. Why? Because its being haunted, too by a much bigger, way badder Incredibly Revolting Ghost (IRG, for anyone new to ghouls). And the IRG is the kind of ghost that uses its head as a ginormous bellowing bowling ball, gross! Good thing for Tom his grandmas best friend just happens to be a world-famous ghosthunter

Igraine the Brave

Igraine the Brave

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Ebook Release Date: 25/09/2007

Igraine, who turns twelve tomorrow, dreams of becoming a famous knight. But today, like most days, life at the family castle remains . . . rather boring. Until the nefarious nephew of the baroness-next-door shows up. Greedy Osmunds got a dastardly plan to capture Pimpernel Castle and steal the singing magic books that belong to Igraines mom and dad. Complicating matters, on the eve of the siege her parents misspeak a spell and turn themselves into pigs! (How inconvenient.)Igraines birthday wish has come true, and the challenge is bigger than she ever bargained for: Will she face her fears and find the courage to save the dayand the books?