By Alan Garner
In second-century Britain, Macey and a gang of fellow deserters from the Roman military hunt and are hunted by way of lethal neighborhood tribes. Fifteen centuries later, in the course of the English Civil warfare, Thomas Rowley hides from the ruthless troops who've encircled his village. And in modern Britain, Tom, a precocious, love-struck, mentally risky teen, struggles to deal with the approaching departure for London of his female friend, Jan.
Three separate tales, 3 totally various lives, far-off in time and but unusually associated with a unmarried position, the mysterious, looming outcrop referred to as Mow Cop, and a unmarried item, the blunt head of a stone awl: these types of come jointly in Alan Garner’s remarkable Red Shift, a pyrotechnical and deeply relocating elaboration on issues of probability and destiny, time and eternity, visionary awakening and harmful insanity.
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