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Alan Garner

Alan Garner (born 1934)

Alan Garner is a British writer whose work is firmly rooted in his local Cheshire culture, both linguistically and thematically. His early writing was mainly for children and could be ascribed to the category of fantasy fiction, though he rejects any ghettoization of his work. His more recent work is definitely not for children (Strandloper, Thursbitch), while the earlier The Stone Book Quartet is poetic in style and inspiration. His most recent novel is Thursbitch.

His collection of essays and public talks, The Voice That Thunders, contains much autobiographical material. His writing is the subject of Neil Philip's The Fine Anger, which offers a socio-linguistic analysis of his work.

He was awarded the OBE for services to literature in the 2001 New Year's Honours list.

His best known works are:

He has also edited a collection of stories about fools, The Guizer (1975)