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  • Published: 5 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9781783522538
  • Imprint: Unbound Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

First Light

A Celebration of Alan Garner

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A tribute to the life and work of Alan Garner by some of the most celebrated writers, artists and academics of our time.

For more than 50 years, Alan Garner has enraptured generations of readers with works like The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, The Owl Service, Red Shift, and The Stone Book Quartet. Described by Philip Pullman as 'the most important British writer of fantasy since Tolkien', Alan Garner has inspired readers and writers alike.

Now, in celebration of his 80th birthday, comes First Light. A collaboration by many of the acclaimed writers, artists, archaeologists and historians he has influenced over the years, this anthology includes original contributions from David Almond, Margaret Atwood, John Burnside, Susan Cooper, Helen Dunmore, Stephen Fry, Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Garner, Paul Kingsnorth, Katherine Langrish, Helen Macdonald, Robert Macfarlane, Gregory Maguire, Neel Mukherjee, Philip Pullman, Ali Smith, Elizabeth Wein, Michael Wood, and many, many more.

Whether a literary essay, a personal response to Alan's work, a memory of the first time they read his work, or a story about the man himself, each piece is a tribute to his remarkable impact.

Edited by the acclaimed literary journalist and novelist, Erica Wagner, First Light is a striking collection that will touch the heart of anyone who grew up reading the works of Alan Garner.

  • Pub date: 5 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9781783522538
  • Imprint: Unbound Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

Praise for First Light

“Now comes First Light, a celebration of the work of Alan Garner, whose books explore the mysterious subterranean links between the present and the past, between psychology and landscape, between the real and the dream. If the rocks, caves, lakes, fens, bogs and dens of the land of Britain had a voice, it would sound like Alan Garner telling a story.”

Philip Pullman

“Highly enjoyable… Not just a tribute to Garner, but a homage to the power of writing and storytelling”


“A life-affirming joy.”

Glasgow Herald

“A wonderful collection.”

Fortean Times