Thursday, 30 September 2010

Alan Garner’s Classic The Weirdstone of Brisingamen Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

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.


Alan Garner is indisputably the great originator, the most important British writer of fantasy since Tolkien.”
Philip Pullman

Alan Garner's fiction is something special.”
Neil Gaiman

The power and range of Alan Garner's astounding talent has grown with every book he's written.”
Susan Cooper

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen is one of the most important books in children's fantasy.”
Garth Nix

The wonderful debut by one of our greatest writers. Garner writes books that really matter.”
David Almond


Anonymous said...

This book is to blame for everything. It's the first book I experienced rather than simply read. I discovered him and loved the dark places. Simply outstanding. To even count something this great as an influence is something that makes me feel like what I do makes sense. To be this good... now that's something to aim for.

MC Rogerson said...

Thanks for posting this. Alderley Edge is just round the corner so I'll try to attend one of the events. Alan Garner has had a huge influence on both my reading tastes and writing style.

Nick Cross said...

This is one of the few books I can actually remember reading as a child (along with The Phantom Tollbooth for some reason). And I've always wondered how you pronounced Brisingamen. I used to say brizz-in-gammon, but I just looked online and the true answer is bree-seen-gah-men. I've only been getting it wrong for about 30 years then!

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