A tale combining mystery, adventure, history and a complex set of human relationships.
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Alan Garner was born and still lives in Cheshire, an area which has had a profound effect on his writing and provided the seed of many ideas worked out in his books. His fourth book, 'The Owl Service' brought Alan Garner to everyone's attention. It won two important literary prizes -- The Guardian Award and the Carnegie Medal -- and was made into a serial by Granada Television. It has established itself as a classic and Alan Garner as a writer of great distinction.From AudioFile:
When Alison hears noises in the attic and discovers a set of old dishes decorated with owls, she sets in motion fantastic events that bind her to her new stepbrother, Roger, and bring anguish to her new friend, Gwyn. Wayne Forester's accents are the perfect vehicle for interpreting this tale rooted in the ancient myths of Wales. The conflicts between the local folk who have lived and worked here for generations and the incoming British owners on holiday are apparent. Forester excels at individualizing the Welsh villagers who comment on the story's events like a Greek chorus. This enigmatic novel leaves many questions unanswered, but the extensive liner notes provide helpful background, supplying a short summary of the relevant myths and information about the author. R.H.H. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine
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Book Description HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks, 1967. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. A slight tan to the page edges. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0005767958
Book Description Collins, London, 1967. hardcover. Book Condition: Good. First Ed.. N/A. Ships from the UK. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP92789642
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR001218583
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR001210428
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Bookseller Inventory # GOR001683390
Book Description William Collins Sons & Co Ltd, London, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Jacket design by Kennth Farnhill (illustrator). 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. First published 1967, this is a twelfth impression of 1986. Ex library with usual but fairly discreet stamps on first title page and last page and torn away paste in on ffep. Some slight edge wear affecting top and bottom of jacket and spine, slight page yellowing, corners slightly bruised, internally clean tight and square, not price clipped (£5.95), no personal inscriptions, overall in vg+ condition. The flowery owl pattern on the old dinner service, which Gwyn finds in a loft, obsesses Alison. Its discovery marks the start of an extraordinary chain of events that affect not only Gwyn and Alison, but also her stepbrother Roger. For there's a power stirring in the remote valley that dates from a sad and distant myth, a tragic Welsh legend that has begun to repeat itself. Gwyn tries to shake off his involvement by running away, but he cannot escape, and, as the tension mounts, he is made to realise that only by facing up to the myth can it be resolved. ''The Owl Service' won both the Carnegie Medal and The Guardian Award. One of the best children's books ever written. Bookseller Inventory # 005225
Book Description Collins, London, 1977. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 10th Impression. slight wear cover edges, library marks, otherwise book clean and tight. DJ: clipped, slight edge wear Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Ex Library. Bookseller Inventory # 020616
Book Description Collins, London, 1973. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine - Price Clipped. Reprint. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 18337