Alan Garner

Alan Garner is best known for his children's fantasy novels and his retellings of traditional British folk tales. His work is firmly rooted in the landscape, history and folklore of his native county of Cheshire, North West England, being set in the region and making use of the native Cheshire dialect. Born into a working-class family in Congleton, Cheshire, Garner grew up around the nearby town of Alderley Edge, and spent much of his youth in the wooded area known locally as 'The Edge', where he gained an early interest in the folklore of the region.

Alan Garner books reviewed


  • The Weirdstone of Brisingamen (1960)
    When Colin and Susan are pursued by eerie creatures across Alderley Edge, the wizard - Cadellin Silverbrow - takes them to safety deep in the caves of Fundindelve. Here he watches over the sleep of one hundred and forty knights, awaiting the fated hour when they must rise and fight. But the Weirdstone of Brisingamen is lost, and without it the wizard cannot hold back the forces of evil for long. The children realise that they are the key to its return, but how can mere children stand against an ancient evil bent on destroying the world.
  • The Moon of Gomrath (1963)
    When Colin and Susan unwittingly rouse the Old Magic from its slumber, the uncontrollable ferocity of the Wild Hunt is unleashed upon the world once more. Soon they are inextricably caught up in the struggle between the wizard, Cadellin Silverbrow – and the evil Morrigan. But the children too are in great danger. They will need all of their strength and courage, just to survive…
  • Elidor (1965)
  • The Owl Service (1967)
  • Red Shift (1973)
  • Strandloper (1996)
  • Thursbitch (2003)
  • Boneland (2012)
    If the sleeper wakes, the dream dies… Professor Colin Whisterfield spends his days at Jodrell Bank, using the radio telescope to look for his lost sister in the Pleiades. At the same time, and in another time, the Watcher cuts the rock and dances, to keep the sky above the earth and the stars flying. Colin can’t remember; and he remembers too much. Before the age of twelve years and nine months is a blank. After that he recalls everything: where he was, what he was doing, in every minute of every hour of every day. But Colin will have to remember what happened when he was twelve, if he wants to find his sister. And the Watcher will have to find the Woman. Otherwise the skies will fall, and there will be only winter, wanderers and moon…