The Owl Service by Alan GarnerThe Owl Service by Alan Garner

The Owl Service

byAlan Garner

Hardcover | June 20, 2017

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Winner of both the Guardian Award and the Carnegie Medal, this is an all-time classic, combining mystery, adventure, history and a complex set of human relationships. Featuring a new introduction by Philip Pullman.It all begins with the scratching in the ceiling. From the moment Alison discovers the dinner service in the attic, with its curious pattern of floral owls, a chain of events is set in progress that is to effect everybody's lives.Relentlessly, Alison, her step-brother Roger and Welsh boy Gwyn are drawn into the replay of a tragic Welsh legend - a modern drama played out against a background of ancient jealousies. As the tension mounts, it becomes apparent that only by accepting and facing the situation can it be resolved.
Alan Garner was born and still lives in Cheshire, an area which has had a profound effect on his writing and provided the seed of many ideas worked out in his books.His fourth book, 'The Owl Service' brought Alan Garner to everyone's attention. It won two important literary prizes - The Guardian Award and the Carnegie Medal - and was m...
Title:The Owl ServiceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pagesPublished:June 20, 2017Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0008238022

ISBN - 13:9780008238025

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally gripping "The Owl Service" was totally gripping. Throughout the book there was a constant sense of foreboding. The story centres on the finding of a set of dinner plates with a slightly odd design. From the moment the plates are found a sense of something not right settles over the three main characters. They are teenagers and the relationship they have to each other slowly unfolds as the tension between them ratchets up. I've had The Owl Service on my to-read-next shelve since I was a kid. I wished I had read it earlier but I'm still glad I read it now.
Date published: 2011-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This was a bizarre little book. It is a retelling of an old Welsh legend - a legend of a curse that is relived in each generation, again and again, in the same Welsh Valley. The main characters are Allison and Roger who are Step Siblings and Gwen is the son of the flitch - the wise man of the valley. The book captivated and I could not put it down. Various kinds of discrimination and prejudice pervade the plot and the book is full of dark twisty turns in the plot and sub-plots, one of which is the condensation of the English to the Welsh and its corollary in the Welsh resentment of English wealth. The class divide is on many different levels: between a working class boy and richer children, between a land-owning family and a businessman's family and finally there is the divide between urban Welsh and the Welsh-speaking country people. It was a fantastic book and as I stated earlier I could not put it down. (First written as Journal Reading Notes in 1999.)
Date published: 2008-12-04

Editorial Reviews

".A rare imaginative feat and the taste that it leaves is haunting." The Observer"One of the first and best [novels] for and about teenagers; it remains one of the most original and gripping ghost stories. timeless." Amanda Craig, The Times"Alan Garner's The Owl Service is not meant only for children or anyone else; it's a novel; and not many better novels will be published this year.The power grows, throbs nearer, builds to unbearable tension, and comes to wild release in the last few pages." The Guardian"A fascinating book. The Owl Service is a fabulous, multi-layered book of mystery and suspense." The Book Bag"This book is a superb piece of architecture in which every detail plays its proper part." Growing Point