Treacle Walker by Alan Garner
An introspective young boy, Joseph Coppock squints at the world with his lazy eye. Living alone in an old house, he reads comics, collects birds’ eggs and plays with his marbles. When, one day, a rag-and-bone man called Treacle Walker appears, exchanging an empty jar of a cure-all medicine and a donkey stone for a pair of Joseph's pyjamas and a lamb's shoulder blade, a mysterious friendship develops between them.
A fusion of myth, magic and the stories we make for ourselves, Treacle Walker is an extraordinary novel from one of our greatest living writers.
"Treacle Walker is a small miracle." - New Statesman Best Books of 2021
"Remarkable … there’s mastery of craft, resonance and deep feeling on every one of these 150 pages." - Daily Telegraph
"Spare and allusive … luminous and understated. It’s about seeing and healing; any more by way of summary would be useless." - Rowan Williams, New Statesman
"It’s a strange, austere, uncompromising book, leagues ahead of anything else I’ve read this year." - Peter Thonemann, TLS
"This seemingly brief tale is a hypnotic wonder, blurring the boundaries of time and spirit… A glorious wonder in its own right. Here is real magic between hard covers." - Erica Wagner, New Statesman
"Treacle Walker is a circular narrative, made of smaller interlocking circles, with actions and whole paragraphs repeating: in its end is its beginning. This late fiction also works the seam opened up in Garner’s very first novel, inspired by the story handed down to his grandfather about enchanted sleepers under Alderley Edge … Playful, moving and wholly remarkable work … There’s a life’s work inside this little book." - Guardian
Publisher: Fourth Estate