Alan Garner

Alan Garner is a British author known for his children's fantasy novels and his retellings of traditional British folk tales. Born on October 17, 1934, in Congleton, Cheshire, he is best recognized for works such as 'The Weirdstone of Brisingamen', 'The Owl Service', and 'Red Shift'. His writing often draws on the mythology, folklore, and landscapes of his native England. Garner has received numerous accolades for his contributions to literature, including the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.


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  1. 1. The Owl Service

    "The Owl Service" is a gripping and mysterious novel that follows three teenagers, Alison, Roger, and Gwyn, as they uncover a dark and ancient secret hidden within a Welsh valley. As they become entangled in a haunting and supernatural phenomenon involving an ancient Welsh myth, the three must confront their own fears and unravel the truth before it consumes them. With elements of folklore, mythology, and psychological suspense, this atmospheric tale explores themes of identity, destiny, and the power of ancient forces that still hold sway in the present day.

  2. 2. The Weirdstone Of Brisingamen

    In this fantasy novel, two children staying in a rural English village stumble upon an ancient magical stone that is the key to a struggle between good and evil forces. As they are drawn into a world of myth and legend, they encounter a host of magical creatures and characters from local folklore. With the help of a wizard, the children must navigate treacherous landscapes and battle dark forces to keep the powerful stone out of the hands of the malevolent Morrigan and her minions, who seek to use it to dominate both the magical and human worlds. The children's courage, loyalty, and resourcefulness are tested as they fight to protect the stone and maintain the balance between light and darkness.

  3. 3. Thursbitch

    The book follows two parallel narratives. The first is set in the 18th century, focusing on a packman named Jack Turner who is mysteriously found dead in the valley of Thursbitch. The second narrative is set in the present day, where a woman named Sal and her friend Ian explore the same area, finding themselves mysteriously drawn to the mystery of Jack's death. The narratives intertwine as the boundaries between past and present blur, revealing the mystical and spiritual significance of the valley. The story explores themes of time, memory, and the enduring power of place.