The Witches and the Grinnygog

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For the television series of the same name, see The Witches and the Grinnygog (1983 series)

The Witches and the Grinnygog is a children's novel by the writer Dorothy Edwards, published in 1981[1] and shortlisted for that year's Whitbread Prize for a children's book.

The Witches and the Grinnygog is a story of pre-Christian traditions, considered in the middle ages to be witchcraft, surviving into the modern world, and deals with various themes related to English folklore, ghosts and time slips.

Plot summary[edit]

When an ancient English church is moved to a new site, one stone – a strange statue, the Grinnygog – is found to be missing. It is accidentally found by a woman who, not realizing its significance, gives it to her elderly father as a pseudo garden gnome. Shortly thereafter, three eccentric old women (who seem to be looking for something lost or hidden many years before) arrive in the town.


  1. ^ "The Witches and the Grinnygog". OCLC Worldcat. Retrieved 6 April 2014.