Sunday 10 October 2010

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen

Today is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Alan Garner's The Weirdstone of Brisingamen.

When I was seven years old, our English teacher sat us down (legs crossed) on the tiled floor of our classroom. She read the first chapter of The Weirdstone of Brisingamen to the class. We were, to a boy and girl, spellbound. Then she shut the book up and told us to finish it for ourselves. I rushed straight off to the library and nabbed a copy; and that was the day I became a lover of books.

Hats off to you, Mr Garner.


Stu Cameron said...

Wow, that's bizarre. I haven't seen that book since I was a kid! I used to read it while listening to Stormwatch. Must dig it out... I still have it here somewhere.

Anonymous said...

The Owl Service is pretty good too. And Elidor, come to think of it.

Gregory Spawton said...

Yes, both beautiful books. Better still, in my opinion, are his later works from his early period -Red Shift and The Stone Book Quartet.

James Griffiths said...

I'm now approaching 58 years old, and Weirdstone is still my favourite book, bar none. Wonderful stuff.