First Light by Erica Wagner
A Celebration of Alan Garner

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His writing has presented opportunities, granted permission, offered a reprieve. Wagner’s book becomes not just a tribute to Garner, but a homage to the power of writing and storytelling.
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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.

 

About Erica Wagner

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Erica Wagner is the author of Gravity, a book of stories, and Ariel’s Gift. She was born in New York and lives in London, where she is literary editor of The Times.
 
Published May 12, 2016 by Unbound Digital. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Michael Newton on Aug 12 2016

His writing has presented opportunities, granted permission, offered a reprieve. Wagner’s book becomes not just a tribute to Garner, but a homage to the power of writing and storytelling.

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