Four stories which span several generations of craftsmen. A child is central to each story - Mary sees eternal truths written in stone, William gets a new sledge crafted from wood and iron, Joseph becomes a blacksmith and Robert's name is carved in a steeple. By the author of The Owl Service .
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.