The Owl Service by Alan Garner
  

The Owl Service

Written by Alan Garner

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The Owl Service by Alan Garner

It all begins with the scratching in the ceiling. From the moment Alison discovers the dinner service in the attic, with its curious pattern of floral owls, a chain of events is set in progress that is to effect everybody's lives. Relentlessly, Alison, her step-brother Roger and Welsh boy Gwyn are drawn into the replay of a tragic Welsh legend -- a modern drama played out against a background of ancient jealousies. As the tension mounts, it becomes apparent that only by accepting and facing the situation can it be resolved.

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...A rare imaginative feat and the taste that it leaves is haunting. The Observer

About the Author

Alan Garner
Alan Garner, the son of Colin and Marjorie Garner, was born ("with the cord wrapped twice round my throat") in his grandmother's front room in Congleton, Cheshire on 17th October 1934, and grew up in Alderley Edge, where his father's family have lived for more than three hundred years, being craftsmen in the area. He completed two years' national service in the Royal Artillery as a Second Lieutenant. He began writing his first novel, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, at the age of twenty-two.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
224 pages
Interest Age: From 9

Author

Alan Garner
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Publisher

Harpercollins Publishers

Publication date

2nd April 2007

ISBN

9780007127894

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