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The best fiction of 2022: Alan Garner’s Treacle Walker and writing outside the constraints of time

By Anna Robinson, Senior Lecturer in Media Foundation and Creative Writing, University of East London
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When Treacle Walker was announced as a nominee for the 2022 Booker Prize, 87-year-old Alan Garner was highlighted as the oldest-ever shortlisted author. He is now 88. That said, Treacle Walker, begins with a quote from Italian quantum physicist, Carlo Rovelli: “Time is ignorance.”

Age is, of course, an aspect of time. But Garner, older as he might…The Conversation


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