Alan Garner is a British writer whose work is firmly rooted in his local Cheshire culture, both linguistically and thematically. His early writing was mainly for children and could be ascribed to the category of fantasy fiction, though he rejects any ghettoization of his work. His more recent work is definitely not for children (Strandloper, Thursbitch), while the earlier The Stone Book Quartet is poetic in style and inspiration. His most recent novel is Thursbitch.
His collection of essays and public talks, The Voice That Thunders, contains much autobiographical material. His writing is the subject of Neil Philip's The Fine Anger, which offers a socio-linguistic analysis of his work.
Philip Pullman is a strong admirer, and The Weirdstone of Brisingamen is an acknowledged classic of children's literature.
He was created an OBE for services to literature in the 2001 New Year's Honours list.
His best known works are:
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
The Moon of Gomrath
The Owl Service
The Stone Book Quartet
The Voice That Thunders
He has also edited a collection of stories about fools, The Guizer (1975)