In Boneland, Colin is a professor who spends his days at Jodrell Bank "using the radio telescope to look for his lost sister in the Pleiades. At the same time the Watcher cuts the rock ... to keep the sky above the earth and the stars flying."
It sounds like Red Shift. Red Shift is the book by Garner to which I feel a peculiar affinity. But all of his books are powerful. I think they have uncanny resonance, Like Alan Moore or Coleridge or Leonora Carrington. Make the hair rise up on your head.
Philip Pullman says Garner's work is "where human emotion and mythic resonance, sexuality and geology, modernity and memory and craftsmanship meet and cross-fertilise ... any country except Britain would have long ago recognised his importance, and celebrated it with postage stamps and statues and street names"
Though I somewhat feel that it's because the British establishment can't see it that fantastic writing is so eccentric and lively in this country, which I probably value more than stamps, but it's rough on the suffering writers to be sure.
ETA and I hear that Garner hinted he was writing something (this? something else?) which would feature the Gawain chapel. That would be bloody fantastic. Garner has written a translation of Gawain, and feels a Midlands affinity.