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When Alan Garner's first book, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, was published he was hailed by reviewers as a great new writer. The Weirdstone and its sequel The Moon of Gomrath are magic-fiction stories set around Alderley Edge in Cheshire, which is his home. The next book, Elidor is of the same genre, but here the setting is Manchester (where Alan Garner went to school), and the magic is seen only through the children's eyes.

It was The Owl Service which undoubtedly brought Alan Garner to everyone's attention. It won two important literary prizes: The Guardian Award and the Carnegie Medal, was made into a serial by Granada Television and has established itself as a classic. Set in Wales, its roots grow so deep into Welsh mythology that the characters are often inseparable from their ancient counterparts.

In Red Shift conventional time means even less, and physical place even more. Lives which appear to be lived in different historical periods are bound together by a power that is outside space and time.

"At the bottom level, my stories have to work as entertainment, keep a reader turning the page to find out what happens next. At the top level, they have to work for me, say what I want to express. In fact, I must write poetry, making words work on more than one level, subjecting myself to the poetic disciplines - pace, compression, simplicity."

 
Used availability for Alan Garner's Red Shift


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Hardback Editions

September 1973 : Hardback
Title: Red Shift
Author(s): Alan Garner
ISBN: 0001841572 / 9780001841574 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
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October 1973 : Hardback
Title: Red shift
Author(s): Alan Garner
ISBN: 0027358704 / 9780027358704 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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Paperback Editions

October 2002 : Paperback
Title: Red Shift
Author(s): Alan Garner
ISBN: 0007127863 / 9780007127863 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
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October 2011 : Paperback
Title: Red Shift (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Alan Garner
ISBN: 1590174437 / 9781590174432 (USA edition)
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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May 1992 : Paperback
Title: Red Shift
Author(s): Alan Garner
ISBN: 0006742955 / 9780006742951 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
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January 1975 : Paperback
Title: Red Shift (Armada Lions)
Author(s): Alan Garner
ISBN: 000671000X / 9780006710004 (UK edition)
Publisher: Lions
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May 1985 : Paperback
Title: Red Shift (Flamingo)
Author(s): Alan Garner
ISBN: 0006541135 / 9780006541134 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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October 1981 : Mass Market Paperback
Title: Red Shift
Author(s): Alan Garner
ISBN: 0345300718 / 9780345300713 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books (Mm)
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Kindle Editions

August 2013 : Kindle edition
Title: Red Shift
Author(s): Alan Garner
ISBN: B00DPZN39C
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
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October 2011 : Kindle edition
Title: Red Shift (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Alan Garner
ISBN: B004KPM1CQ
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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