Hunting down some of the paperbacks that I read as a kid, trawling through my parent's archives.

The story takes place somewhere in the British Isles, and the main character is an artsy-fartsy type, likely in the 70s. He has a sort of ongoing antagonism with a more straight laced member of his community about the same age.

Parts of the novel are told from his perspective. The other sections are told from the POV of an alien being living underneath the henge nearby. It's a massive tentacled thing that was ostracized from its home, and has come to earth to perform an experiment.

Both our main character and his antagonist are constantly reincarnated creations of the alien under the henge, with the goal to see who solves the mystery of their existence first. What has happened every other iteration is that the straight laced fellow eventually murders his artsy-fartsy counterpart, ending the game in a draw.

I may be misremembering some details, and I would not be surprised to discover the book was very bad - in retrospect I can see a sort of thinly veiled pro-hippy, anti-Thatcher agenda laced with some ancient aliens nonsense, but I've never been able to hunt down a copy to check my recollection.

  • Welcome to the site. You have a good start here. If you could take a look at this guide to help jog your memory and edit in any more details, that would be great. Every little bit helps us.
    – amflare
    Feb 15, 2018 at 20:18
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    What is a "henge"? Do you mean a stone circle like Stonehenge?
    – user14111
    Feb 15, 2018 at 21:57
  • This looks very much, but not quite, Fred Saberhagen's Specimens (1981).
    – LSerni
    Feb 15, 2018 at 23:12
  • @user14111 Assuming the spelling is correct, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henge
    – JAB
    Feb 16, 2018 at 19:18
  • Yes henge as in Stonehenge like earthwork. Feb 19, 2018 at 15:09

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Time and Timothy Grenville? This was a story with an alien under the henge, that split its personality in two and had them trying to kill each other, over several lifetimes.

  • Yes! Thank you so much! Recognized the cover immediately. Feb 20, 2018 at 20:12
  • Happy to help :-).
    – James
    Feb 22, 2018 at 12:00

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