Duncton Wood (The Duncton Chronicles) [William Horwood] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Duncton Wood is the title of the first novel by . Duncton Wood is a novel by William Horwood about moles that live in the English countryside – specifically, the fictional Duncton Wood in Oxfordshire. Read “Duncton Wood” by William Horwood with Rakuten Kobo. The epic million- copy bestseller, available as an ebook for the first time The moles of Duncton.

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Despite that, I will be on the lookout for the others in this series as I had forgotten how well written they were. Jul 29, Liam Mulkeen rated it it was amazing. The Gryphon Series Boxed Set. But this is the best of them, I felt that the others got a little too bogged down in philosophy and Horwood turned slightly preachy with his pacifist moles.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Preview — Duncton Wood by William Horwood. This is another key theme of the story — how time creates myths. The characters are too often mere stereotypes.

How Moles Come to Life in William Horwoods “Duncton Wood” (Book Review)

This is a serious flaw. But Duncton Wood is more than just a dhncton of old ground, and dduncton influences are wider too. If you are fond of Watership Down and hoping for a similar experience, you won’t find it here. I realize Harry Potter is not in the least a fair comparison. Bracken and Bosworth, Rebecca and Cairn, Mandrake and Rebecca, all these relationships are portrayed with great empathy and capable a bringing out great compassion from the reader.


It is the pinnacle of what he could make it, and his dedication and passion shines in every page. The way it flows and how the world is shaped but just the most simple of things like a adjective here instead of there. It has also improved my understanding of the English language and improved my literary techiniques. Helen from Weston Super Mare Absolutely fantastic – I have read the trilogy before and enjoying it even more the second time.

The moles of Duncton Wood live in the shadow of Mandrakea cruel tyrant corrupted by absolute power.

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There’s a sacredness about it and you really care about the main characters. Jun 27, Liz rated it really liked it.

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The other focus of the Duncton series is the Stone, a religion based on the standing stones and stone circles of Britain. I read an excellent review of Duncton Wood on ducton site where the reviewer had researched the various locations of the mole systems. It became a question in the end of ‘I’m not going to let it beat me’. Mandrake is a character never to be forgotten.


The eponymous wood itself is fictional, inspired by Wittenham Clumps and Wytham Woods both near Oxford where the author was living when he wrote the first book and borrowing its name from a village in West Sussex. Fantasy Books Of The Year After reading these they will never leave you and you will often find yourself strangely drawn to them on your bookshelf and be tempted to read them all again.

The religion the moles practice hints to me of pagan celtic nature worship, they revere the standing stones, still standing, left by that civilization in dunfton British isle millennia ago.

Duncton Wood (Duncton Chronicles, #1) by William Horwood

I do hope the library has the next one sitting waiting for me on the shelf. The story they are engaged in is one which a group of talking rabbits could plausibly undertake.

I also admired his ability to give them character without un-animalizing them. The Blood Flesh Bone Trilogy. Feb 11, James rated it really liked it Shelves: I find Bracken a bit wishy-washy and whiny to start, and then slightly dense in the middle, and then hard to woov with at the end.

Aug 16, Paperpaws rated it really liked it.