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Based on the true story of William Buckley, Strandloper begins in the rural Cheshire of the 1790s. Where young William and Het are preparing for the annual festival known as Shick-Shack Day. William has been chosen as the village's Shick-Shack, an ancient fertility figure. Het is to be his "Teaser". When the local landowner discovers the celebration in the church, William is arrested and transported to New Holland. Arriving in the strange continent, he escapes and walks for more than a year in the intense heat. He collapses and is discovered by Aborigines, who believe him to be Murrangurk, the great hero, lawgiver, and heater of their people, returned from the dead. William then becomes Murrangurk in reality, and Het is a forgotten memory. When he finally does return it is neither as William nor Murrangurk, but as "Strandloper". And in a magnificent climax, the Dreaming of the Aborigines and the ancient green magic of England are fused as one.
Based on a true story, Strandloper tells the extraordinary tale of a nineteenth-century Englishman who, having been sentenced and transported to Australia, escaped to live among the Aborigines for thirty years.
Alan Garner was born in Congleton, Cheshire, in 1934 and grew up in Alderly Edge, where his father's family had lived for more than three hundred years. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School and at Magdelen College, Oxford, after which he began writing his first novel, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, at the age of twenty-two. He is renowned as one of Britain's outstanding writers for young adults and has won many prizes for his writing. In 2001 he was awarded the OBE for services to literature.