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Alan Garner

Author of The Owl Service

Alan Garner is an English novelist best known for his children's fantasy books and retellings of English and Welsh folk tales. Born in Congleton, Cheshire, he grew up with a fondness for his local environment and the folklore of the region. He wrote a number of fantasy novels in the 1960s, including The Weirdstone of Brisingamen (1960) and The Moon of Gomrath (1963). The Owl Service was published to critical acclaim in 1967, winning both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. He has gone on to write many works of fantasy, all of which incorporate the local culture and history of the regions in which they are set. He lives in Alderley Edge, where his family has lived for nearly 300 years.