Alan Garner’s award-winning and influential novel The Weirdstone of Brisingamen celebrates its 50th Anniversary this autumn. To mark the occasion a lavish gift edition will be published in hardback, with a foreword by the author on 30 September 2010.
The book, which has never been out of print, has been published in several languages and been adapted into a stage and radio play. Its anniversary is also being marked with a weekend festival in Alderley Edge between October 8 -10.
In the seminal fantasy masterpiece when Colin and Susan are pursued by eerie creatures across Alderley Edge, they are saved by the Wizard. He takes them into the caves of Fundindelve, where he watches over the enchanted sleep of one hundred and forty knights.
But the heart of the magic that binds them – Firefrost, also known as the Weirdstone of Brisingamen – has been lost. The Wizard has been searching for the stone for more than 100 years, but the forces of evil are closing in, determined to possess and destroy its special power.
Colin and Susan realise at last that they are the key to the Weirdstone’s return. But how can two children defeat the Morrigan and her deadly brood?
The Weirdstone of Brisingmen and the sequel The Moon of Gomrath will also be re-issued in paperback on 2 September 2010.
ALAN GARNER was born in Congleton in Cheshire in October 1934. He was brought up on Alderley and still lives with his wife and family, between Congleton and Alderley.
Alan was educated at Alderley Edge Primary School, Manchester Grammar School, did two years National Service and then went to Magdalen College, Oxford. He left Oxford knowing that he had to be a writer and not a teacher as he had originally intended.
Alan Garner’s first two books were The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath. These were followed by Elidor (which was staged as a rock musical, and was also made into a TV series broadcast on BBC Television in January 1995). Then came The Owl Service, which won the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award and was serialised by Granada Television.
Alan Garner’s writing was Highly Recommended for the only international children’s book award, The Hans Christian Andersen Medal, in 1978. He was also awarded the twelfth annual Children's Literature Association International Phoenix Award for his novel The Stone Book and by extension, for the entire Stone Book Quartet. In 2001, Alan was awarded an OBE for his services to Children’s Literature, despite admitting that he doesn’t write for children – they just understand his books best.
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“Alan Garner is indisputably the great originator, the most important British writer of fantasy since Tolkien.”
“Alan Garner's fiction is something special.”
“The power and range of Alan Garner's astounding talent has grown with every book he's written.”
“The Weirdstone of Brisingamen is one of the most important books in children's fantasy.”
“The wonderful debut by one of our greatest writers. Garner writes books that really matter.”