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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

Other books by Cornelia Funke

Reckless

Reckless

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2011

Through a mirror is a dangerous world. For years, Jacob Reckless has enjoyed its secrets and treasures. Not any more. His younger brother has followed him. Now dark magic will turn the boy to beast, break the heart of the girl he loves, and cause chaos to rule forever. Unless Jacob can find a way to save them. This extraordinary darkly romantic, fantasy thriller from the bestselling author of the Ink trilogy, is now available in paperback.

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.

Reckless

Reckless

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

Beyond the mirror, the darkest fairy tales come alive. . . .For years, Jacob Reckless has enjoyed the Mirrorworld's secrets and treasures.Not anymore.His younger brother has followed him.Now dark magic will turn the boy to beast, break the heart of the girl he loves, and destroy everything Jacob holds most dear. . . . Unless he can find a way to stop it.

Inkspell

Inkspell

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2009

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 / softback 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: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/11/2008

Life in the Inkworld has been far from easy since the extraordinary events of Inkspell, when the story of Inkheart magically drew Meggie, Mo and Dustfinger back into its pages. With Dustfinger dead, and the evil Adderhead now in control, the story in which they are all caught has taken an unhappy turn. Even Elinor, left alone in the real world, believes her family to be lost - lost between the covers of a book. But as winter comes on there is reason to hope - if only Meggie and Mo can rewrite the wrongs of the past and make a dangerous pact with death.

Inkdeath

Inkdeath

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: eBook Release Date: 14/10/2008

Caught between the covers of a cursed story Ever since the extraordinary events of Inkspell, when the enchanted book Inkheart drew Meggie and her father, Mo, into its chapters, life in the Inkworld has been more tragic than magical. Dustfinger is dead, having sacrificed his life for his apprentices, and now, under the rule of the evil Adderhead, the fairy-tale land is in bloody chaos, its characters far beyond the control of Fenoglio, their author. Facing the threat of eternal winter, Mo inks a dangerous deal with Death itself. There yet remains a faint hope of changing the cursed storyif only he can fill its pages fast enough.Inkdeaththe captivating final tale in the Inkheart trilogy.From the Compact Disc edition.

Inkdeath

Inkdeath

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

Inkdeath

Inkdeath

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/09/2008

Ever since the extraordinary events of Inkspell , when the story of Inkheart magically drew Meggie, Mo and Dustfinger back into its pages, life in the Inkworld has been far from easy. With Dustfinger dead, and the evil Adderhead now in control, the story in which they are all caught has taken an unhappy turn. Even Elinor, left alone in the real world, believes her family to be lost-lost between the covers of a book. As winter turns to spring, there is reason to hope - but only if Meggie and her father, and their loyal band of followers, are ready to make a dangerous deal with death.

The Wildest Brother

The Wildest Brother

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2008

Ben is a fearless young boy - as brave as a lion, as strong as an elephant. Nothing can distract him from the tireless task of protecting his big sister, Anna. He gallantly spends his day fending off mouldy green ghosts, slime-burping monsters, robbers and wild beasts. But when the day is over and darkness descends, Ben stops feeling quite so brave - and realises that sometimes it is his sister who does the protecting. Just the story to settle wild brothers and sisters for bedtime!

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: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2008

An adventure is what Igraine wishes for most in the world - and on her twelfth birthday she finds one! Everyone at Castle Pimpernel is looking forward to Igraine's birthday. But when her magical present goes wrong and her parents turn themselves into pigs, it's up to Igraine to put things right - even if that means facing giants, three-headed dragons and a particularly Spiky Knight.

When Santa Fell to Earth

When Santa Fell to Earth

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2007

Mischievous reindeer Twinklestar has bolted - leaving real-life Santa Claus Niklas to fall from the sky in his Christmas caravan! Luckily he crash-lands in a friendly neighbourhood, where two children come to his rescue. But he's still in terrible danger. For on his trail are Gerold Goblynch and his bad Santas from Yule Land, who will stop at nothing to steal Christmas! A big-hearted story of two children's adventures to save the last real Santa on earth.

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?