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March 15th, 2012


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09:03 pm - Boneland
Boneland, the third part of Alan Garner's Brisingamen trilogy, will be published this August.
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.

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From:emmzzi
Date:March 15th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
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my friends list has exploded with squee at this news.
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From:communicator
Date:March 15th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
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Oh I do so hope it's a success, because Garner has been unrecognised for so long. I must read Thursbitch which for some reason I haven't ever got round to.
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From:steepholm
Date:March 15th, 2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, you should. (I enjoyed it much more than Strandloper fwiw.)
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From:happytune
Date:March 15th, 2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
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I love Garner. The first time we visited the UK was when I was 9 years old. My uncle and aunt lived near Alderley Edge, and they gave me a copy of the book, and took me to the Edge itself. Wonderful.
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From:communicator
Date:March 16th, 2012 10:21 am (UTC)
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I can remember visiting Alderley Edge at abotu the same age and being slightly overawed that it really existing - like driving up to Narnia or something
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From:happytune
Date:March 16th, 2012 10:33 am (UTC)
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Exactly! You've expressed exactly how I felt!
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From:katlinel
Date:March 16th, 2012 12:13 pm (UTC)
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Me too! My godparents lived in Goostrey at the time, and when we visited, they took us to Alderley Edge. It was just like Narnia come to life, and I was very excited to find the wizard's well still dripping.
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From:tehomet
Date:March 23rd, 2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
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OMG! Cannot wait. :D

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