Alan Garner is one of the few children’s authors whose work I enjoyed as a child. I still do enjoy them, in fact. The works that I refer to, specifically, are those in the Tales of Alderley: The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, The Moon of Gomrath and Boneland. The way he weaves legend and ordinary life, in a part of Britain with which he is intimately familiar, is captivating. He is truly a master of his art.
I actually came to read Mr Garner’s works thanks to my elder brother, Paul. I borrowed a copy of The Weirdstone of Brisingamen that he had brought home. So strong was the impact, when I went to the Peak District years later, with my parents, I was sorely tempted to try to trace the paths that he had written about. I didn’t, in the end, because I feared disillusionment. Still, being in the Peak District was enough to conjure memories of the stories.
If you have children who wish to discover the magic that hides in the past and the present, then I strongly recommend these books.
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