Hyddenworld: Spring by William Horwood
Sometimes it’s hard to separate our feelings for a book from the setting in which we read it. Somewhere along the way of my first backpacking trip through Great Britain, I managed to obtain a copy of William Horwood’s Duncton Wood. A purchase at Waterstone’s, a swap with another backpacker, a left-behind-for-anyone copy on a hostel table; I have no idea how or why I picked it up. But I was quickly glad I did and once I’d finished it, immediately found the ensuing books as well, buying them one by one and leaving finished copies behind me like a trail of bread crumbs (first rule of backpacking: never carry what you don’t absolutely have to). When I got home, I re-collected the series and it still sits on my shelf, my love for it an inseparable combination of its literary quality and its physical associations with two of the best months of my life. So it wa... Read More
William HorwoodWilliam Horwood was born in Oxford in 1944. He was a feature editor with the Daily Mail until 1978 when he began work on the first of his now classic Duncton Chronicles series. Mr. Horwood has six children and now lives in Oxford, just a few hundred yards from where he was born. Learn more at William Horwood’s website.
HyddenWorld — (2009-2012) Publisher: The adventure of a lifetime is just beginning… It has lain lost and forgotten for fifteen hundred years in the ancient heartland of England — a scrap of glass and metal melded by fierce fire. Itis the lost core of a flawless Sphere made by the greatest of the Anglo-Saxon Craeft Lords in memory of the one he loved. Her name was Spring and, contained in the very heart of this work is a spark from the Fires of Creation. But while humans have lost their belief in such things, the Hydden, little people existing on the borders of our world, have not. Breaking the silence of centuries they send one of their own, a young boy, Jack, to live among humans in the hope that he may one day find what has been lost for so long. His journey leads him to Katherine, a girl he rescues from a tragic accident — it’s a meeting that will change everything. Only one person understands the historic significance of what is happening. Disgraced astral-archaeologist Arthur Foale has long believed that the myths and legends of past times have a root in reality. His disappearance sets Jack and Katherine’s feet on a path that will lead them to an adventure and a world beyond their imagination. It is only through their voyage into the dangerous Hyddenworld that they will realize their destiny, find love and complete the great quest that will save both their worlds from destruction. Their journey begins with SPRING…
Hyddenworld: Spring by William Horwood
The Book of Silence — (1980-1993) Publisher: Duncton Wood is the story of a quest into the nature of love and greed, oppression and freedom, courage and corruption — of a quest, finally, into the nature of grace and the power of the spirit. In this moving epic fantasy Horwood bestows a mythology upon the dark and mysterious world of moles and at the same time gives it a vivid life that takes us beyond the realities of nature itself to the eternal struggle between Good and Evil. The moles of Duncton Wood are a varied lot. There are the aggressive Westsiders, the secretive and sickly Marshenders and the independent eastsiders. Despite their differences, all are members of the same once proud and famous mole system, and all are now tyrannised by Mandrake, a mole so powerful and senselessly destructive that his name seems a curse on those who mutter it. But the source of the evil that spreads through Duncton lies not only in Mandrake but in the growing disinterest in the rites and traditions that surround the now deserted standing Stone that was once the heart of the system itself. It is in the shadow of this towering Stone that the lonely Bracken by chance meets Rebecca, daughter of Mandrake. They exchange a few words and scurry off in different directions, never to forget a moment which will change the course of their lives forever. Only Hulver the Elder, guardian of the old ways, understands that the future happiness of the system depends on their love, and the courage with which they can pursue its suffering and joy. Accompanied by Boswell, the strange scribemole from Uffington, Bracken sets out to revive the ancient rituals and disperse the evil from Duncton. Together they seek the sacred seventh Stillstone. Not since The Lord of the Rings and Watership Down has a non-human world been so originally and imaginatively created.And never has such a closely observed world of the English countryside been so spellbindingly combined with as rich a creation of myth and history.
The Wind in the Willows — (1993-1998) Publisher: This is a re-creation of the much-loved world of Kenneth Grahames “The Wind in the Willows”. William Horwood, author of the “Duncton” trilogies, brings to life the characters of Badger, Water Rat, Mole and Toad.
The Wolves of Time — (1995-1997) Publisher: Wolves driven out of remote regions of Europe set out for the mountains of Czechoslovakia, the mythical heartland of wolfkind, summoned by the fallen gods. They seek to re-establish the position they held long ago, before Man set out to hunt them to extinction.
The Stonor Eagles — (1982) Publisher: In 1917, Cuillin, the last great sea eagle, abandons her home on Skye to fly to Norway where she finds others of her kind, but they to are torn by conflict and perhaps extinction, but sculptor James Stonor has a vision left by his father who watched Cuillin depart the Isles all those years before.
Callanish — (1984) Publisher: One evening, a frightened and bedraggled golden eagle is brought to the London Zoo, his young life constrained to a bleak cage far from his native Scotland. It is tempting for Creggan to forget: to bury memories of the mountain and seas and, above all, the glorious skies of his homeland. But there is an eagle who won’t let him forget, an eagle for Callanish who encourages him to remember every vivid detail – only by remembering can the caged creatures keep themselves truly alive. Creggan owes his survival to Minch. It is she who makes it possible for him to seize his chance of escape when the moment comes, and it is her memory that eventually draws him back to the zoo. For Creggan has made a vow that he will never leave Minch to face a slow death in her cage. William Horwood, the author of DUNCTON WOOD and THE STONOR EAGLES was born in Oxford, England, and brought up on the southeast coast of England. He wrote this brilliant novel from a passionate anger about the way man holds wild creatures in captivity and, with the belief that in allowing such captivity we, their keepers, are ourselves in bondage. It is a poignant and thought-provoking story.