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about the author

Most people know that Christopher Plover was, along with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, one of the founders of the modern English fantasy tradition. But many readers are surprised to learn that Plover wasn't English at all: he was actually born in Chicago in 1885, the only child of a draper. Though not an educated man, Plover's father was a lover of books, and the family home -- which is now preserved as a museum -- was full of them. He may have been disappointed when his son, having won a place at Harvard, was asked to leave the school in his second year (for what was called, at the time, "moral turpitude") and returned to join the family business.

If so, his disappointment cannot have lasted. Christopher Plover turned out to have a solid head for numbers and seemingly boundless determination, and he built his father's draper's shop into a chain so large and profitable that by 1931, in the teeth of the Great Depression, he was able to retire from business entirely. Plover bought Darras House in Cornwall and adopted the manners of a grand English country gentleman. He never returned to Chicago.

Until then Plover had shown little interest in writing. But now, as a retired bachelor sequestered deep in the Cornish countryside, he began to produce the books that would become Fillory and Further. He didn't have to look far for his main characters: every summer the Chatwin family, which included five children, took a cottage not far from Plover's home. Their adventures, real and imagined, became the books that have delighted generations since then.

Plover's later years were colored by the mysterious disappearance of Martin Chatwin, the eldest of the Chatwin Children, in 1935. (Plover removed him from the later books in the series.) Plover himself died suddenly in 1939, under circumstances that have never been adequately explained. Rumors of the existence of a final, sixth volume of the Fillory series have never been substantiated.

Plover did not live to see the world embrace his vision. But the dream of Fillory lives on in the hearts and minds of children everywhere. And even a few grown-ups.



The World of Fillory

Every summer the five Chatwin children enter a magical land called Fillory, which is ruled over by a pair of twin rams, Ember and Umber. In Fillory the Chatwins are treated as kings and queens, and time and again they rescue the creatures who live there from any threats that menace them, including the sinister witch known as the Watcherwoman.

fillory map The artist Roland Chambers has created this full-color map of the magical land of Fillory.Click here to download the Fillory map at full size.

Read the First Chapter Of The World in the Walls here.
The first novel of the series introduces the Chatwin children, and the series' avuncular narrator, then sends the two oldest, Martin and Fiona, to Fillory through a grandfather clock in their aunt's house in Cornwall.

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  The World in the Walls

The first book in the series. Martin and Fiona have to stop the Watcherwoman from stopping time at 5:00 on a rainy September afternoon.

The Girl Who Told Time

Helen and Rupert are magicked out of their boarding schools and into Fillory - but also back in time. Rupert secretly helps Martin and Fiona battle the Watcherwoman (without them knowing it), while Helen hunts the mysterious Questing Beast.

The Flying Forest

Rupert and Fiona search for the source of a mysterious ticking sound that is troubling their friend Sir Hotspots, a noble leopard.

The Secret Sea

Set adrift on the Outer Ocean by the Watcherwoman, Rupert and Jane seek out the remnants of the Great Shark Army to help them take back Fillory.

The Wandering Dune

The last in the series. Helen and Jane find a mysterious sand dune blowing through Fillory. It carries them out into the desert, where they discuss morality. Then, the bunnies show up.





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