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Treacle Walker


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Shortlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize and a Guardian Best Fiction Book of 2021

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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 made into a serial by Granada Television. It has established itself as a classic and Alan Garner as a writer of great distinction.


'Treacle Walker is a small miracle' New Statesman Best Books of 2021

'Remarkable ... there's mastery of craft, resonance and deep feeling on every one of these 150 pages.' Daily Telegraph

'Spare and allusive ... luminous and understated. It's about seeing and healing; any more by way of summary would be useless' Rowan Williams, New Statesman

'It's a strange, austere, uncompromising book, leagues ahead of anything else I've read this year' Peter Thonemann, TLS

'This seemingly brief tale is a hypnotic wonder, blurring the boundaries of time and spirit... A glorious wonder in its own right. Here is real magic between hard covers' Erica Wagner, New Statesmen

'Treacle Walker is a circular narrative, made of smaller interlocking circles, with actions and whole paragraphs repeating: in its end is its beginning. This late fiction also works the seam opened up in Garner's very first novel, inspired by the story handed down to his grandfather about enchanted sleepers under Alderley Edge ... Playful, moving and wholly remarkable work ... There's a life's work inside this little book' Guardian

'Sparse yet masterful... This is a mesmerising folktale where every word counts' Literary Review

'Garner has always suggested that there is essentially just one story, and this novel... contains all the exuberance and eccentricity, all the deep thought and resounding mythology of his best work. At the end of his life, Philip Roth wrote the extraordinary Nemesis, a book that felt like a conversation between the author and his younger self, an attempt to express in a single novel the concerns of a lifetime. Treacle Walker does something similar, cramming [in] ... more ideas and imagination than most authors manage in their whole careers' Observer

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