The Owl Service

Alan Garner

1 review
Great for age 12+

This is an all-time classic, combining mystery, adventure, history and a complex set of human relationships. It all begins with the scratching in the ceiling. From the moment Alison discovers the dinner service in the attic, with its curious pattern of floral owls, a chain of events is set in progress that is to effect everybody’s lives. Relentlessly, Alison, her step-brother Roger and Welsh boy Gwyn are drawn into the replay of a tragic Welsh legend – a modern drama played out against a background of ancient jealousies. As the tension mounts, it becomes apparent that only by accepting and facing the situation can it be resolved.


The Owl Service by Alan Garner won the Carnegie Award in 1967 and the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1968. It currently has an age rating of -1+ years and a 5 star rating on TheBookSeekers. There are currently 2 reviews for this book on this site; click on the review tab to view. Click on the + buttons to include your own ratings!

The Owl Service was written by Alan Garner. It was written for young readers to enjoy.

Genres: Fantasy, Legends and Welsh legends

Tags: Jealousy, Magic and dinner service


Date: 10/Jul/2015

I read this book as a child and was captivated by it. As an adult I find it equally enthralling. If you liked Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising series, then this is a good bet.



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