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HarperCollins signs Garner's folk tales

HarperCollins Children's Books has bought a new collection of previously unpublished work and out of print folk tales by The Weirdstone of Brisingamen author Alan Garner for publication this autumn.

Editorial director Nick Lake bought world rights to Collected Folk Tales from Karolina Sutton at Curtis Brown. Published in November 2011, the book comprises stories from Garner's out of print Book of British Folk Tales and The Hamish Hamilton Book of Goblins, as well as never before published stories from Garner's archive.

Lake said: "Alan Garner’s knowledge of landscape, of history and prehistory, and the way in which they continue to shape the stories we tell, is unsurpassed.

"As a literary craftsman, a storyteller, and an inheritor of an unbroken oral tradition, he is both a unique talent and a living well-spring of story—and this collection shows him at the height of his powers."