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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

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

eBooks of the Month
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..  

eBooks of the Month
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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