Rereading Our Childhood

Rereading The Owl Service by Alan Garner

September 07, 2023 Mary Grace McGeehan and Deborah Kalb Season 1 Episode 9
Rereading Our Childhood
Rereading The Owl Service by Alan Garner
Show Notes

In this episode, Mary Grace and Deborah reread Alan Garner’s Carnegie Medal-winning 1967 novel The Owl Service, which tells the story of three teenagers, Alison, Gwyn, and Roger, who find themselves reliving a Welsh legend of love and betrayal that plays out over every generation. Word to the wise, read it, but not right before bed!

Here’s a 2021 Guardian profile of Garner. (Note: links may not show on all podcast platforms. You can find them on the podcast website, rereadingourchildhood.com) .

Mary Grace recommends Lloyd Alexander’s The Chronicles of Prydain series and Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising series for fans of The Owl Service.

At the beginning of the book, Alison becomes obsessed with a set of dinner plates with pictures of owls or flowers, depending on how you look at them. As Mary Grace mentions, the plates in the book were inspired by a real-life set that Garner saw at someone’s house. You can see the plates at the Bodleian Libraries‘ Facebook page.

You can find Debby’s author interviews on her blog, Books Q&A by Deborah Kalb, and Mary Grace’s adventures in the 1920s on her blog, My Life 100 Years Ago.

This episode was edited by Adam Linder of Bespoken Podcasting.

Podcast website at rereadingourchildhood.com