Chair PersonDiana Wynne Jones
Chair Person is included in the book Stopping for a Spell.
The old armchair has been sitting in front of the television for as long as Simon and Marcia can remember. But it has never been very comfortable, and is now so old and worn that Mum and Dad decide it is time to replace it with a new one. It will make a good seat for the guy on bonfire night.
But the chair itself has other ideas. To the amazement and growing alarm of the family the discarded chair takes on a life of its own and Chair Person, as he calls himself, settles in as an uninvited guest. He speaks oddly and is terribly clumsy, but at first seems friendly, so that the children do their best to make him feel at home. But soon they regret their hospitality as Chair Person's behaviour gets worse and worse. His manners are appalling and his demands outrageous. No one seems able to control him. The whole family is plunged into chaos and the search for a solution becomes increasingly desperate – perhaps Auntie Christa will be able to help?
Diana Wynne Jones (1934–2011) was a British writer, principally of fantasy novels for children and adults, as well as a small amount of non-fiction. Some of her better-known works include the Chrestomanci series and the novels Howl's Moving Castle and Dark Lord of Derkholm.