Glastonbury has inspired many works of fiction. I thought I’d do my best to list them all for you. They are of varying quality, appearance in this list is not necessarily a recommendation! I’ve put my personal favourites towards the top, but obviously it’s a question of taste.
Where to buy books set in Glastonbury
If you are thinking of buying any of these titles I’d suggest you try one of Glastonbury’s booksellers first – support local business! You can find them al
Labyrinth Books – new and secondhand books
The Speaking Tree – new and remaindered titles
Courtyard Books – secondhand books
Other Glastonbury shops sell books too, in their own specialist areas. Or you could join the wonderful Library of Avalon in the Glastonbury Experience Courtyard, I bet they’ve got a fair few of these titles on their shelves.
I’m not fond of Amazon, but must confess I find their Kindle titles convenient if I want to download a book to read immediately. I’ve put in Amazon affiliate links, so if you click on the pictures you’ll
The author who has best captured Glastonbury for me is the supernatural thriller writer Phil Rickman. The Chalice was a well observed and sometimes amusing novel set in contemporary Glastonbury, while The Bones of Avalon was a fictionalised account of the life of Medieval alchemist John Dee
Phil Rickman has also written two entertaining works of teenage fiction set in Glastonbury, originally published under the pen name T
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I’m a massive fan of Fay Weldon’s pithy feminist
Nell Leyshon was born in Glastonbury (her family still live locally) and this dark and brooding novel perfectly captures a darker side of life on the Somerset Levels.
Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Mists of Avalon is the Glastonbury classic, the re-imagined tale of Arthur and his Knights. I read it when I first moved to Glastonbury, sat in my tent in a campsite at the foot of the Tor.
John Cowper Powys
This novel, the classic work of Glastonbury fiction, should arguably go at the top of this list, except that it’s my list and I’ve never got past the first few pages without falling asleep. Those who have assure me it is a transformative read!
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