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Duncton Wood

(1980)
(The first book in the Book of Silence / Duncton Chronicles series)
A novel by

 
 
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.



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Hardback Editions

September 1980 : UK Hardback
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Title: Duncton Wood
Author(s): William Horwood
ISBN: 0-600-36794-0 / 978-0-600-36794-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Book Club Associates/ Country Life Books
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March 1980 : USA Hardback
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Title: Duncton Wood
Author(s): William Horwood
ISBN: 0-07-030434-3 / 978-0-07-030434-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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Paperback Editions

July 1985 : UK Paperback
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Title: Duncton Wood (The Duncton Chronicles)
Author(s): William Horwood
ISBN: 0-09-944300-7 / 978-0-09-944300-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
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July 1986 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Duncton Wood
Author(s): William Horwood
ISBN: 0-345-34189-9 / 978-0-345-34189-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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February 1984 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: DUNCTON WOOD
Author(s): William Horwood
ISBN: 0-345-31770-X / 978-0-345-31770-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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January 1981 : UK Paperback
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Title: Duncton Wood
Author(s): William Horwood
ISBN: 0-600-20434-0 / 978-0-600-20434-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamlyn
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January 1981 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Duncton Wood
Author(s): William Horwood
ISBN: 0-345-29113-1 / 978-0-345-29113-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Audio Editions

July 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Duncton Wood
Author(s): William Horwood
ISBN: 1-978633-55-6 / 978-1-978633-55-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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April 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Duncton Wood
Author(s): William Horwood
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April 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Duncton Wood
Author(s): William Horwood
Publisher: Audible Studios
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April 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Duncton Wood
Author(s): William Horwood
Publisher: Audible Studios
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April 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Duncton Wood
Author(s): William Horwood
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

January 2017 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Duncton Wood (Duncton Chronicles Book 1)
Author(s): William Horwood
Publisher: Canelo Adventure
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