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The Moon of Gomrath by Alan Garner

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The fast-paced and beautifully written follow-up to The Weirdstone of Brisingamen. After unwittingly stirring the Wild Hunt from its slumber, Colin and Susan must again help the wizard Cadellin fight the powers of darkness which threaten Alderley Edge and the wider world. Drawing upon folklore and myth, there is a tremendous depth to the writing and also a harder edge than the first book, with Colin and Susan being forced to make some life-or-death decisions. Once again, Garner manages to effortlessly shift the action between the mundane and the magical. These are books that you can return to and discover more in each time that you read them. Although you could join the story at this point, we would recommend that you read The Weirdstone of Brisingamen first as it establishes many of the characters and locations. The series continues, after a gap of almost 50 years, in Boneland which is published on 30 August. We can’t wait!

If you like Alan Garner you might also like to read books by William Horwood.


The Moon of Gomrath by Alan Garner

It is the Eve of Gomrath - the night of the year when the Old Magic is aroused. Had Colin and Susan known this, they would never have lighted a fire on the Beacon, thereby releasing the uncontrollable ferocity of the Wild Hunt. Soon they are inextricably caught up in the struggle between their friend, the Wizard Cadellin, and the evil Morrigan. The strength of their courage will determine whether or not they survive the awaiting ordeal...


Critical acclaim from 1963:

'It is not only powerful but remarkably sophisticated.' The Guardian

'Weird and marvellously evocative tale of Celtic mysteries, elves, spirits and strange presences felt, mingled to make high adventure for Colin and Susan -- and peril for Susan. It is a timeless story, full of wonder and magic, terror and beauty. A fine author indeed, and perhaps one of a new generation of classics.' Books and Bookmen

About the Author

Alan Garner

Alan Garner was born in Congleton in Cheshire in October 1934. He was brought up on Alderley and lives with his wife and family, between Congleton and Alderley. Alan Garner's writing was Highly Recommended for the only international children's book award, The Hans Christian Andersen Medal, in 1978. He was also awarded the twelfth annual Children's Literature Association International Phoenix Award for his novel The Stone Book and by extension, of course, for the entire Stone Book Quartet. In 2001, Alan was awarded an OBE for his services to Children's Literature, despite admitting that he doesn't write for children - they just understand his books best.

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Book Info

Publication date

16th January 2018


Alan Garner

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HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


224 pages
Interest Age: From 9 years


Literary Fiction
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Science fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)



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