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Their legend was the remnant of an oral tradition passed down the generations that had lived on Alderley Edge, a sandstone escarpment near Macclesfield, since the sixteenth century. The process was painful.
Five decades later Garner was still puzzling over what had been lost, returning in his ninth novel Boneland to the myth of the Sleepers in the Hill. The novels are fantasy adventures in which two young modern-day siblings, Colin and Susan, visit Alderley Edge and discover that its myth is true. Re-read, Weirdstone and Gomrath turn out to be obsessive books, engrossed in their myth-making and the Cheshire landscape but barely interested in human motives.
Fifty years later, that phrase led to Boneland.
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Each successive novel has given the impression of an author refining technique, bringing new experience to fixed preoccupations, and mining the same vein ever more deeply: deep myth, deep time, deep place. Boneland thus begins with Colin in the strange predicament of being a grown-up. He is now a distinguished middle-aged scientist, a professor of astronomy at Jodrell Bank, but he is in crisis. He lives in a one-room cabin in an abandoned quarry on Alderley Edge and wanders the hill in his professorial robes, a secular wizard, never leaving the area. Without knowing why, he wastes his research budget pointing the Jodrell Bank radio telescopes into the Pleiades.
Colin suspects that Meg is the Morrigan in disguise, but Meg, unfazed, observes that all her patients accuse her of being a witch sooner or later. The Watcher is a Stone Age hominid, perhaps homo erectus or heidelbergensis , living an isolated life in interglacial Cheshire. At the beginning of his story, he emerges from his cave to discover that his woman and child have been killed by a falling slab of ice:.
The colours and webs faded and he saw the world. The ice had dropped from the two cliffs flat in the gap.
He braced himself against each side of stone, and moved over the fall. He found them lying together. He tried to touch her and the child through the ice. He saw his echo, but they had no echo. Though the eyes met, they did not speak. They were not him.
Where the crag had shed, spirit faces looked down from the scar, rough, knuckled, green; and grass hung over the ledges. He passed where the cleft opened more than a spear length. The sky was blue, icicles shone; the sun played, but could not reach the floor. He went along, up, around, and left Ludcruck hole by the arch to the hill.
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