“…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
From the Back Cover
'Something was stirring in the valley, something powerful and old. Something which had no place in the rational modern world…'
Gwyn heard noise behind him, and he turned. A lump of pebble-dash had come off the wall, and another fell, and in their place on the wall two eyes were watching him.
The hot summer days were filled with an oppressiveness that the heat alone could not explain. Alison, Gwyn and Roger could feel it, but only Huw could really understand it. And as the inevitable confrontations between present and past drew nearer, Gwyn alone seemed strong enough to stall the disaster that hung over them all.
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