Alan Garner

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Best fiction of 2021
Dazzling debuts, a word-of-mouth hit, plus this year’s bestsellers from Sally Rooney, Jonathan Franzen, Kazuo Ishiguro and more

Justine Jordan

04, Dec, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Treacle Walker by Alan Garner review – the book of a lifetime
Myth meets modern science in a late masterwork brimming with ideas and imagination

Alex Preston

01, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Treacle Walker by Alan Garner review – a phenomenal late fable
A convalescent young boy is visited by a mythical wanderer in a deeply evocative exploration of storytelling and time

Justine Jordan

30, Oct, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Alan Garner: ‘You don’t want to have a brilliant idea for a novel at the age of 87’
As the much-loved fantasy writer publishes yet another 'final’ novel – about a healer who can cure everything but jealousy – he talks about being made a pariah by Oxford and almost dying three times

Alison Flood

25, Oct, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Alan Garner on Alderley Edge: ‘The hill was my playground, school and world’
The children’s author on growing up at the foot of the Cheshire cliffs that he would later come to treasure

Alan Garner

11, May, 2019 @10:59 AM

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Where Shall We Run to? by Alan Garner review – a hauntingly beautiful memoir
From keeping a hedgehog to trying on gas masks, this wartime memoir is filled with the innocence of childhood

PD Smith

24, Apr, 2019 @9:14 AM

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From Hound of the Baskervilles to the Essex Serpent: top 10 folk tales in fiction
Folklore continues to inspire writers like Neil Gaiman and Sarah Perry – as well as online communities with #FolkloreThursday and creepypastas

Dan Coxon

28, Nov, 2018 @11:11 AM

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Book clinic: what are the best English gothic tales from the north?
The north is a good fit for gothic, inspiring the dark brilliance of Ted Hughes, Susan Hill and Fiona Mozley

Philip Hensher

27, Oct, 2018 @5:00 PM

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Alan Garner: ‘I just let the voice settle and listened’
The acclaimed children’s author on writing a memoir about his wartime upbringing in rural Cheshire

Alex Preston

04, Aug, 2018 @5:00 PM

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First Light review – a celebration of Alan Garner
Children’s authors, a historian of witchcraft and a former archbishop of Canterbury pay tribute to a much-loved fantasy writer

Michael Newton

12, Aug, 2016 @6:30 AM

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Eighty years of children's books: the best Carnegie medal winners
Julia Eccleshare looks back at the incredible roll-call of past Carnegie medal winners since the children’s book prize began in 1936, and wonders if any have been unjustly forgotten

Julia Eccleshare

13, Jun, 2016 @2:29 PM

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Top 10 adventure stories inspired by Wales
To celebrate St David’s Day Jenny Nimmo has chosen her 10 favourite children’s adventures stories inspired by the landscape of Wales, from Alan Garner’s The Owl Service to Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach

Jenny Nimmo

01, Mar, 2016 @8:31 AM

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