A World Book Day 'Recommended Read' for 2011
One of our 'Must Reads'. Alan Garner weaves together Arthurian Legend and local folklore to stunning effect in this magical adventure. 10 year olds and upwards will devour this weird and wonderful fantastical adventure. The story revolves around Susan and Colin, two children holidaying in the town of Alderley Edge. They find themselves pursued by sinister eldritch creatures controlled by the Morrigan, the Norse goddess of war and destruction. When the Weirdstone of Brisingamen is lost, they become the key in aiding the wizard Cadellin Silverbrow and returning it to its rightful place. If you like this book then there is an excellent sequel called The Moon of Gomrath.
The wizard who saves Colin and Susan from the eerie creatures pursuing them across Alderley Edge has been looking for the Weirdstone of Brisingamen - a source of deep magic - for over 100 years. As evil closes in, the children realize that they are the key.
"Excellent and overflowing with largesse and imagination is this first novel by Alan Garner...a piece of marvellously sustained invention. This is a fine, new-mint book with echoes in it from the best of the old." Times Literary Supplement
"Absolutely first class. Well written, well told, it mixes legend, fact and fairy tale." Manchester Evening News
|Publication date:||5th August 2002|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers|
|Genres:||Fantasy / Magical|
|Other Categories:||Audio Books, Bookshelf Essentials|
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.More About Alan Garner