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William Horwood was born in Oxford in 1944, the illegitimate last child of five. He was a feature editor with the Daily Mail until 1978 when he began work on the first of his now classic Duncton Chronicles series which became instant international bestsellers. Despite their enormous success, and that of his later novels, Horwood has written that he would gladly have exchanged them all to have known the identity of his father and ‘held his hand, if only for a moment’. William has been married three times, has six children and now lives in Oxford, just a few hundred yards from where he was born.
ONLY COURAGE CAN SAVE THEIR LANDS The Hydden city of Brum now faces its darkest days; joining its greatest enemy to combat invaders. But ultimately, survival depends on its champions - Jack, Katherine and scrivener Bedwyn Stort. If they can locate a last gem, burning with fire and magic, devastation may be averted. But if the jewel fails to reach Juliet before winter's end, human and Hyddenkind will pay the price. Yet his quest will cost Stort dearly. It requires him to finally let Juliet go; the epic love that's sustained him. There is a solution, but is this buried too deep, lost beneath ice and snow?
ONLY COURAGE CAN SAVE THEIR LANDS Storms rage as the worst winter in living memory ravages the human and Hydden worlds. The prophesied End of Days is here and the universe is dying, yet only a few are even aware of the forces at work. Jack and Katherine must help their friend Bedwyn Stort halt this chaos by locating the last gem of Winter, something only he can do. Then it must be returned to the Earth's unwilling guardian, their daughter Judith. She will need it to try and reignite the fires of the universe. Yet Stort is riddled with uncertainty. He yearns for Judith, as she does for him, but a love between mortal and immortal cannot be. To find the gem, he must solve this conundrum and vanquish death itself. But can he really lead mortalkind to salvation? The climactic final volume in the Hyddenworld sequence, a lyrical epic fantasy adventure of bravery, loss and a quest for the impossible, from William Horwood, the acclaimed author of the Duncton Wood novels.
January 2011 Book of the Month. Wonderful storytelling is the hallmark of all William Horwood's novels. Here in the first of four, William has returned to his fantasy routes in this epic series that follows the flow of the seasons. The Hydden are little people with big beliefs who live on the borders of the human world and one of them, Jack is sent to live amongst humans in order to try and find a long lost object that is so dear to them but can he and his loved one that he meets in the human world find their true destiny and complete the quest he was set to do and save both worlds? This journey begins in Spring and will continue in Summer and Autumn before culminating in Winter.
I would never have thought that the author of the bestselling Duncton Wood Chronicles had such a story to tell, although I knew it would be beautifully written. It contains haunting passages constructed with a spellbinding lyricism that continues to affect you long after you have turned the final page. Capturing life in 1950’s seaside England, its appeal lies in its ability to convey the central character’s aching desolation whilst surging you on through a strength of personal spirit that is impossible to resist. The back cover says it is ‘based’ on the author’s childhood; I believed every word.
The triumphant third volume of the unique and magical Duncton ChroniclesThe ruthless war against the Stone has almost been won by disciples of the Word - only wild Siabod and mysterious Beechenhill still hold out, and everywhere the followers of the Stone go in peril of their lives.Yet in the shadows of Duncton Wood a new light is shining. For the Stone Mole has come, to revive the moles' faith in themselves and in the ancient power of the Stone to defeat and deny the evil Word.But it is a task that will demand a greater sacrifice than any mole has yet to faceA story of courage, loyalty and the power of love inspired by the shadows and light of England's most beautiful countryside. 'A massive read more readable and rewarding than The Lord of the Rings' The Times The Duncton ChroniclesDuncton WoodDuncton QuestDuncton Found
The magnificent sequel to the worldwide bestseller Duncton WoodWhen Tryfan, son of Bracken and Rebecca, returns to the sacred Burrows of Uffington, he finds dreadful signs of death and destruction. For out of the chilly North have swarmed the grikes, a fanatical tribe of warrior moles bent on destroying all believers in the powers of the Stone. Tryfan's duty is clear - to muster and protect the few remaining Stone followers from the evil that seems certain to engulf them. With only a frail and timid mole named Spindle for company, he sets off on an epic journey But can he save his friends? The unputdownable second instalment of the multi-million copy bestselling fantasy series, The Duncton Chronicles, for readers of Terry Brooks and Jean M. Auel. The Duncton ChroniclesDuncton WoodDuncton QuestDuncton Found'An inspiring novel an epic in the tradition of The Lord of the Rings. A tale of passion, courage, fear and love' Sunday Times
The epic million-copy bestseller, available as an ebook for the first timeThe moles of Duncton Wood live in the shadow of Mandrake, a cruel tyrant corrupted by absolute power. A solitary young mole, Bracken, is thrown into leading the fight to free Duncton Wood. Only by putting his trust in the ancient Stone, forgotten symbol of a great spiritual past, can he find the strength to challenge Mandrake's darkness.When Bracken falls in love with Rebecca, Mandrake's daughter, the moles must make life and death choices as their extraordinary search for freedom and truth begins Together Bracken and Rebecca will embark on moving journey that will challenge them in ways they could never have imagined. But can they save Duncton before it's too late?Duncton Wood is the first instalment in The Duncton Chronicles, an unforgettable six-book series now widely regarded as a fantasy classic. For readers of J.R.R. Tolkien, Brian Jacques and Richard Adams' Watership Down, this is a quest into the heart of nature, the redemptive power of love and the triumph of spirit.The Duncton ChroniclesDuncton WoodDuncton QuestDuncton Found Praise for Duncton Wood'An inspiring novel An epic in the tradition of The Lord of the Rings' Sunday Times 'A breathtaking achievement' Washington Post'A passionate, lyrical, appealing tale Consistently absorbing Enchanting' Cosmopolitan'A great big mole-epic with a great big theme' Daily Mail'Horwood has placed his astute ear to the ground and fashioned a modern masterpiece Classic themes of conflict are here, good and evil, love and hate, the clash of traditional and modern values.' Houston Chronicle'Destined to be a classic A beautiful story.' Little Rock Arkansas Gazette'An earthy epic fantasy The themes of power, survival, passion, courage, sacrifice, love and devotion are presented with astonishing clarity.' Los Angeles Times Book Review'An absolute spell-binder, by Lord of the Rings out of Watership Down. I found it enchanting, compulsive reading I am still haunted by its beauty' Magnus Magnusson'The stuff of legend Horwood's natural world is lyrically realised, his mole empire a delight, his romantic tale full of adventure, suspense, battle and searchings A rich, cautionary fairy tale.' Publishers Weekly'More readable and more rewarding than The Lord of the Rings' The Times'Special, endearing, successful truly touching This is a novel for the pure-at-heart and slightly naive, for the childishness in the weary, and the children we should be having Allegorically fabulous.' Village Voice'Luxuriantly written richly drawn, painting a detailed and loving panorama.' Associated Press
Die schlimmsten Wintersturme seit unvordenklichen Zeiten suchen die Welt der Menschen und der Hydden heim. Nur einige wenige wissen, wer die ungeheuren Krafte entfesselt hat. Bedwyn Stort bleibt nur eine Moglichkeit, die drohende Katastrophe aufzuhalten: Er muss den Letzten der vier Edelsteine finden und ihn Judith, der auserwahlten Wachterin der Erde, ubergeben. Nur mit seiner Hilfe kann sie das Feuer des Universums neu entfachen. Als Bedwyn und Judith ihre Gefuhle fureinander entdecken, schwindet jedoch jegliche Hoffnung auf Rettung, denn eine Liebe zwischen Sterblichen und Unsterblichen darf es nicht geben.
This stunning sequel follows the further adventures of four of the most beloved characters in English literature: loyal Mole, resourceful Water Rat, stern but wise Badger, and of course, capricious, irresistible Toad. In this new tale, the comfortable bachelor world of the River Bank is thrown into turmoil by the arrival of a formidable female character who seems to win Toad's heart. Recognizing the familiar danger signals, his long-suffering companions must do all that they can to save the infatuated Toad from himself. Enriched once again by the delightful illustrations of Patrick Benson, Toad Triumphant by William Horwood is another captivating tale for audiences and imaginations everywhere.
Schon seit Jahrtausenden lebt das Volk der Hydden unter der Erde und halt sich vor den Menschen bedeckt. Aber jetzt, da die Fyrd, unberechenbare Feinde vom Kontinent, angreifen, geraten die alten Ordnungen durcheinander. Jack der Riesengeborene und Katherine mussen alles daransetzen, dass Brum verteidigt wird und so dem Untergang entgeht. Aber das Land heilen kann nur Judith, die kunftige Schildmaid. Die Zeit drangt: Schon kundigt sich in gewaltigen Naturkatastrophen uber Englalond an, wie eng das Schicksal von Hydden und Menschen verknupft ist. Horwoods groe Hyddenworld-Saga ist voll mythischer Stringenz und Schonheit und dabei so anruhrend, als ginge es um unser eigenes Schicksal.
The adventure of a lifetime is just beginning . . . It has lain lost and forgotten for fifteen hundred years in the ancient heartland of England - a scrap of glass and metal melded by fierce fire. It is the lost core of a flawless Sphere made by the greatest of the Anglo-Saxon CraeftLords in memory of the one he loved. Her name was Spring and contained in the very heart of this work is a spark from the Fires of Creation. But while humans have lost their belief in such things, the Hydden - little people existing on the borders of our world - have not. Breaking the silence of centuries they send one of their own, a young boy, Jack, to live among humans in the hope that he may one day find what has been lost for so long. His journey leads him to Katherine, a girl he rescues from a tragic accident - it's a meeting that will change everything. It is only through their voyage into the dangerous Hyddenworld that they will realize their destiny, find love and complete the great quest that will save both their worlds from destruction. Their journey begins with Spring . . .
Jack, der als Hydden geboren wurde, wei, dass er zur Welt der Hydden wie auch zur Menschenwelt gehort und doch in der einen wie der anderen ein Fremder ist. Ganz wie Judith, von der es hie, sie sei die lange erwartete Schildmaid, Tragerin der Edelsteine und Helferin der Menschen. Aber irgendeine Macht scheint dagegen zu arbeiten ... Hyddenworld ist ein Land, das direkt neben und unter unserer Welt liegt, das aber den menschlichen Augen verborgen ist. Und doch ereignen sich gerade hier Dinge, die uber das Schicksal kommender Zeiten entscheiden werden. Als Jack, der fur einen Hydden zu gro geraten ist, bei den Menschen auftaucht, mit einem feinen ledernen Rucksack auf dem Rucken, lebt eine alte Prophezeiung uber das Schicksal von Hydden und Menschen wieder auf.
Einst vor vielen Jahrhunderten schuf der Schmied Beornamund eine sagenumwobene Brosche aus Glas und Metall, die er aus Zorn und Schmerz uber den Tod seiner Geliebten in tausend Stucke schlug. In ihren Scherben ist etwas vom Feuer des Universums bewahrt, und erst wenn der letzte Mosaikstein der Brosche gefunden ist, werden die Menschen und das Volk der kleinen Hydden ihr Schicksal meistern. Als Jack, der fur einen Hydden zu gro geraten ist, bei den Menschen auftaucht, mit einem feinen ledernen Rucksack auf dem Rucken, lebt eine alte Prophezeiung uber das Schicksal von Hydden und Menschen wieder auf. Band 2 "e;Der Sommer"e; kommt im Fruhling 2013
With the future of the River and the Wild Wood threatened, Mole, Badger, Ratty and even the irrepressible Mr Toad must rally together. William Horwood recreates again the magic of "e;The Wind in the Willows"e; in this compelling new tale. With the future of the River and the Wild Wood threatened, Mole, Badger, Ratty and even the irrepressible Mr Toad must rally together. William Horwood recreates again the magic of "e;The Wind in the Willows"e; in this compelling new tale.
The adventures of Toad and his friends Ratty, Mole and Badger continue to delight in this new tale that will appeal to adults and children alike. The adventures of Toad and his friends Ratty, Mole and Badger continue to delight in this new tale that will appeal to adults and children alike.
Toad, Mole, Ratty and Badger return once more in a special Christmas tale from the bestselling author of The Willows in Winter, Toad Triumphant and The Willows and Beyond. The Tales Of The Willows sequence - in which William Horwood returned to the idyllic setting of The Wind In The Willows and brought back Kenneth Grahame's much-loved characters, began in 1993, with The Willows In Winter, which immediately caught the imagination of the public. The series continued with Toad Triumphant and was brought to a conclusion with The Willows And Beyond. Now, in The Willows At Christmas, William Horwood has created a spellbinding new tale especially for Christmas which takes place after the events in The Wind In The Willows but before The Willows In Winter. As the story opens, the normally bumptious Toad is not looking forward to Christmas one bit. Every year the dreaded Mrs Ffleshe comes to stay at Toad Hall. And every year she does all she can to protect Toad from the dangers of over-indulgence, despite his protestations. The daughter of the nanny who made Toad Senior's life a misery years before, Mrs Ffleshe feels it is her duty to take the errant younger Toad under her wing to save him from himself. This year, however, his loyal friends Mole, Ratty, Badger and Otter plan to rescue Toad from his unwanted guardian. Yet their efforts serve only to goad him into his most mischievous behaviour, and it seems as if Mole and Toad will be spending their Christmas together - in the Village gaol.
In this sequel to The Wind in the Willows, the characters of the River Bank come alive in a new adventure.In this sequel to The Wind in the Willows, the characters of the River Bank come alive in a new adventure.
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