Thanks for sharing these. I've seen Garner give an illustrated talk about the genesis of the book, but these are actually clearer than I remember his being.
As I was peering at the memorial stone to John Turner, my daughter came up behind me and said, "That looks like a weird stone." A very Garnerish moment!
The talk that is reprinted on the Garner website contains references to photographs- only they're not attached. Very frustrating.
...Is this the Alan Garner of The Owl Service and Elidor fame? Because if so, you might be able, very faintly, to hear my transatlantic squee even now. I've never HEARD of this book, but must now go and find it at once!
It's the same guy. Thursbitch came out in 2003.
That's so much as I imagined it! Thank you for the marvellous pictures.
It's a very lonely place- or perhaps not- because I didn't particularly feel alone- but not hostile. My presence there was tolerated.
Wow! What a fascinating place. I should not have expected such a place to survive into these latter days reasonably unmolested.
Does Garner's novel offer a satisfactory explanation of what's going on?
And it's only five miles from the large, post-industrial town of Macclesfield.
Garner spent decades researching the book. He had all this disparate material that seemed to be linked in some fashion, but he couldn't see how. In the end I think he ties it together admirably.
Thanks so much for sharing all this. Usually, ghost stories don't do too terribly much for me, but this is fascinating. I should love to see the well he mentions.
One puzzling question is why no one in the archaeologicl community seems interested in Thursbitch, if Garner's discoveries have the significance he believes them to have.
I found another article about Garner and his work:http://www.common-ground.org.uk/2010/03/unriddling-the-world/
That's a good article.
I believe the answer to most things in archaeology- in particular why one site gets dug and another doesn't- is funding.
I had thought funding might be the answer. Thanks again.
I do love the way that Garner's stories are inextricably linked with the landscape. I haven't read Garner's more recent works, but your photos have made me want to read the book now!
Thursbitch is a wonderful book.
To find out more about the mythos read this fascinating article- and to find out even more read the book.
Thursbitch is, I think, the only novel by Garner I've never read—there wasn't a copy in the house when I was growing up and I never see it in used book stores. I will track it down.
It's very recent. It first came out in 2003. I believe it's one of his best.
You must. I agree that it's one of his best - and its last page is one of the most beautiful things I know.
I'm not really convinced that these monoliths are in situ...
What a bizarre memorial stone - and what's with the woman's shoe???
I'm agnostic about the monoliths, but it makes for a great story.
As for the shoe, who knows...
Excellent article. I could sit and read about Garner all day. What a fascinating man!
What a wonderfully creepy old tombstone! I love the words.
It's that cool windy time of year when I pile up my ghost books and make hot tea.
I've recently read Uncle Silas by LeFanu. How claustrophobic and spooky his writing is--this book isn't exactly a ghost story, but it's scarier than some I've read (his "Judge's House" is one of my favorite stories).
Hope you and Ailz are well.
My grandchildren now have two black rabbits! I told them about yours.
I did a mini dissertation on le Fanu when I was at University.
He's good, isn't he! I recommend The House by the Churchyard.
We're fine. Going on holiday in a couple of days. It's good to have you back.