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Where Shall We Run To?: A Memoir

Written by Alan Garner

Narrated by Peter Wickham


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Where Shall We Run To?: A Memoir

Written by Alan Garner

Narrated by Peter Wickham

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4/5 (1 rating)
Length:
3 hours
Released:
Aug 9, 2018
ISBN:
9780008302856
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Description

From one of our greatest living writers, comes a remarkable memoir of a forgotten England.

'The war went. We sang in the playground, "Bikini lagoon, an atom bomb’s boom, and two big explosions." David’s father came back from Burma and didn’t eat rice. Twiggy taught by reciting “The Pied Piper of Hamelin”, “The Charge of the Light Brigade” and the thirteen times table. Twiggy was fat and short and he shouted, and his neck was as wide as his head. He was a bully, though he didn’t take any notice of me.’

In Where Shall We Run To?, Alan Garner remembers his early childhood in the Cheshire village of Alderley Edge: life at the village school as ‘a sissy and a mardy-arse'; pushing his friend Harold into a clump of nettles to test the truth of dock leaves; his father joining the army to guard the family against Hitler; the coming of the Yanks, with their comics and sweets and chewing gum. From one of our greatest living writers, it is a remarkable and evocative memoir of a vanished England.

Released:
Aug 9, 2018
ISBN:
9780008302856
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook


About the author

Alan Garner was born and still lives in Cheshire, an area which has had a profound effect on his writing and provided the seed of many ideas worked out in his books. His fourth book, ‘The Owl Service’ brought Alan Garner to everyone’s attention. It won two important literary prizes – The Guardian Award and the Carnegie Medal – and was made into a serial by Granada Television. It has established itself as a classic and Alan Garner as a writer of great distinction.


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    The author Alan Garner recalls his childhood in the Cheshire village of Alderley Edge in the 1930's and 40's. The young Alan is a studious child who suffered long bouts of illness, but also had the freedom to roam that children today don't have. A short book very much told from the point of view of a child rather than that of an adult looking back, and one which captures beautifully the often mystifying workings of a young child's brain:'Next to the air-raid shelter there was a great clump of nettles. Roman nettles, purple-stemmed, the worst.I was standing by the clump with Harold, and I thought of the pain of one nettle. Here there were ever so many, hundreds. How much pain would that be? Would rubbing dock leaves on be enough to cure it? If one nettle made me cry, what would all those do? It was a big question; a scientific question. I must find the answer.I moved behind Harold, put both hands between his shoulders, and pushed him in.'My favourite book as a child was Alan Garner's [The Weirdstone of Brisingamen] and it was fascinating to see that very many of the locations from that book were real locations where the author had played as a child.