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Storyland: A New Mythology of Britain

by Amy Jeffs (Author)

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A TIMES BESTSELLER, January 2022. A TIMES HISTORICAL FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR, SHORTLISTED FOR WATERSTONES BOOK OF THE YEAR. A BBC HISTORY MAG BOOK OF THE YEAR. A DAILY EXPRESS BOOK OF THE YEAR.

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× Storyland: A New Mythology of Britain

by Amy Jeffs (Author)

Format:

Paperback / softback

400 pages

Publisher:Quercus Publishing

Imprint:riverrun

ISBN:9781529408003

Published:28 Apr 2022

Dimensions:130 x 198 x 34 (mm)

Pub. Country:United Kingdom

Country of Origin:GB

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A TIMES BESTSELLER, January 2022. A TIMES HISTORICAL FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR, SHORTLISTED FOR WATERSTONES BOOK OF THE YEAR. A BBC HISTORY MAG BOOK OF THE YEAR. A DAILY EXPRESS BOOK OF THE YEAR. 'Expressive, bold and quite beautiful' The Lady. A delight of a book' Antonia Senior, The Times. 'Ravishingly lovely' The Times Ireland'. A lively retelling of British myths' Apollo Magazine. Soaked in mist and old magic, Storyland is a new illustrated mythology of Britain, set in its wildest landscapes. It begins between the Creation and Noah's Flood, follows the footsteps of the earliest generation of giants from an age when the children of Cain and the progeny of fallen angels walked the earth, to the founding of Britain, England, Wales and Scotland, the birth of Christ, the wars between Britons, Saxons and Vikings, and closes with the arrival of the Normans. These are retellings of medieval tales of legend, landscape and the yearning to belong, inhabited with characters now half-remembered: Brutus, Albina, Scota, Arthur and Bladud among them.

Told with narrative flair, embellished in stunning artworks and glossed with a rich and erudite commentary. We visit beautiful, sacred places that include prehistoric monuments like Stonehenge and Wayland's Smithy, spanning the length of Britain from the archipelago of Orkney to as far south as Cornwall; mountains and lakes such as Snowdon and Loch Etive and rivers including the Ness, the Soar and the story-silted Thames in a vivid, beautiful tale of our land steeped in myth. It Illuminates a collective memory that still informs the identity and political ambition of these places.

In Storyland, Jeffs reimagines these myths of homeland, exile and migration, kinship, loyalty, betrayal, love and loss in a landscape brimming with wonder.

Wild : Tales from Early Medieval Britain

by Amy Jeffs (Author)

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Howling wolves, forests, the unceasing cries of birds and the death grip of subterranean vaults that have never seen the sun: these are wild landscapes of a world almost familiar. In Wild, Amy Jeffs journeys - on foot and through medieval texts - from landscapes of desolation to hope, offering the reader an insight into a world at once distant and profoundly close to home.

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× Wild : Tales from Early Medieval Britain

by Amy Jeffs

Format:

Paperback / softback

240 pages

Publisher:Quercus Publishing

Imprint:riverrun

ISBN:9781529424263

Published:27 Apr 2023

Dimensions:129 x 197 x 23 (mm)

Pub. Country:United Kingdom

Country of Origin:GB

Description

By the bestselling author of Storyland. Sheer cliffs, salt spray, explosive sea spume, thunderous clouds, icy waves, whales with mountains on their backs, sleet, bitter winds, bleak, impenetrable marshes, howling wolves, forests, the unceasing cries of birds and the death grip of subterranean vaults that have never seen the sun: these are wild landscapes of a world almost familiar. In Wild, Amy Jeffs journeys - on foot and through medieval texts - from landscapes of desolation to hope, offering the reader an insight into a world at once distant and profoundly close to home.

The seven chapters, entitled Earth, Ocean, Forest, Beast, Fen, Catastrophe, Paradise, open with fiction and close with reflection. They blend reflections of travels through fen, forest and cave, with retelling of medieval texts that offer rich depictions of the natural world. From the Old English elegies to the englynion and immrama of the Celtic world - stories that largely represent figures whose voices are not generally heard in the corpus of medieval literature: women, outcasts, animals.

Illustrated with original wood engravings, evoking an atmospheric world of whales, wolves, caves, cuckoos and reeds, Wild: Tales From Early Medieval Britain will leave readers feeling 'westendream': delight in the wilderness.

The Watkins Book of English Folktales

by Neil Philip (Author)

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This is a golden treasury of over one hundred English folktales captured in the form they were first collected in past centuries.

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× The Watkins Book of English Folktales

by Neil Philip (Author)

Format:

Hardback

400 pages

Publisher:Watkins Media Limited

Imprint:Watkins Publishing

Edition:0 New edition

ISBN:9781786787095

Published:11 Oct 2022

Dimensions:162 x 242 x 38 (mm)

Pub. Country:United Kingdom

Description

This is a golden treasury of over one hundred English folktales captured in the form they were first collected in past centuries. Read these classic tales as they would have been told when storytelling was a living art - when the audience believed in boggarts and hobgoblins, local witches and will-o'-the-wisps, ghosts and giants, cunning foxes and royal frogs. Find "Jack the Giantkiller", "Tom Tit Tot" and other quintessentially English favourites, alongside interesting borrowings, such as an English version of the Grimms' "Little Snow White" - as well as bedtime frighteners, including "Captain Murderer", as told to Charles Dickens by his childhood nurse.

Neil Philip has provided a full introduction and source notes on each story that illustrate each tale's journey from mouth to page, and what has happened to them on the way. These tales rank among the finest English short stories of all time in their richness of metaphor and plot and their great verbal dash and daring.

A Treasury of British Folklore : Maypoles, Mandrakes and Mistletoe

by Dee Dee Chainey (Author)

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An entertaining and engrossing collection of British customs, superstitions and legends from past and present.

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× A Treasury of British Folklore : Maypoles, Mandrakes and Mistletoe

by Dee Dee Chainey (Author)

Format:

Hardback

192 pages, 30 black & white illustrations

Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers

Imprint:National Trust Books

ISBN:9781911358398

Published:5 Apr 2018

Dimensions:198 x 145 x 24 (mm)

Pub. Country:United Kingdom

Country of Origin:IN

Description

An entertaining and engrossing collection of British customs, superstitions and legends from past and present. Did you know, in Cumbria it was believed a person lying on a pillow stuffed with pigeon's feathers could not die? Or that green is an unlucky colour for wedding dresses? In Scotland it was thought you could ward off fairies by hanging your trousers from the foot of the bed, and in Gloucestershire you could cure warts by cutting notches in the bark of an ash tree. You've heard about King Arthur and St George, but how about the Green Man, a vegetative deity who is seen to symbolise death and rebirth? Or Black Shuck, the giant ghostly dog who was reputed to roam East Anglia? In this beautifully illustrated book, Dee Dee Chainey tells tales of mountains and rivers, pixies and fairy folk, and witches and alchemy.

She explores how British culture has been shaped by the tales passed between generations, and by the land that we live on. As well as looking at the history of this subject, this book lists the places you can go to see folklore alive and well today. The Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival in Cambridgeshire or the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance in Staffordshire for example, or wassailing cider orchards in Somerset.

Treasury of Folklore - Seas and Rivers : Sirens, Selkies and Ghost Ships

by Dee Dee Chainey (Author) , Willow Winsham (Author)

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Enthralling tales of the sea, rivers and lakes from around the globe. Folklore of the seas and rivers has a resonance in cultures all over the world. Watery hopes, fears and dreams are shared by all peoples where rivers flow and waves crash.

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× Treasury of Folklore - Seas and Rivers : Sirens, Selkies and Ghost Ships

by Dee Dee Chainey (Author) , Willow Winsham (Author)

Format:

Hardback

192 pages

Publisher:Batsford Ltd

Imprint:Batsford Ltd

ISBN:9781849946599

Published:4 Mar 2021

Dimensions:144 x 200 x 23 (mm)

Pub. Country:United Kingdom

Description

Enthralling tales of the sea, rivers and lakes from around the globe. Folklore of the seas and rivers has a resonance in cultures all over the world. Watery hopes, fears and dreams are shared by all peoples where rivers flow and waves crash.

This fascinating book covers English sailor superstitions and shape-shifting pink dolphins of the Amazon, Scylla and Charybdis, the many guises of Mami Wata, the tale of the Yoruba River spirit, the water horses of the Scottish lochs, the infamous mystery of the Bermuda Triangle, and much more. Accompanied by stunning woodcut illustrations, popular authors Dee Dee Chainey and Willow Winsham explore the deep history and enduring significance of water folklore the world over, from mermaids, selkies and sirens to ghostly ships and the fountains of youth.

Treasury of Folklore: Woodlands and Forests : Wild Gods, World Trees and Werewolves

by Dee Dee Chainey (Author) , Willow Winsham (Author)

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Filled with primal gods and goddesses, dryads and the fairy tales of old, the forests still beckon to us, offering sanctuary, mystery and more than a little mischievous trickery.

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Treasury of Folklore: Woodlands and Forests : Wild Gods, World Trees and Werewolves

by Dee Dee Chainey (Author) , Willow Winsham (Author)

Format:

Hardback

192 pages

Publisher:Batsford Ltd

Imprint:Batsford Ltd

ISBN:9781849946872

Published:5 Aug 2021

Dimensions:200 x 146 x 23 (mm)

Pub. Country:United Kingdom

Country of Origin:CN

Description

An entertaining and enthralling collection of myths, tales and traditions surrounding our trees, woodlands and forests from around the world. From the dark, gnarled woodlands of the north, to the humid jungles of the southern lands, trees have captured humanity's imagination for millennia. Filled with primal gods and goddesses, dryads and the fairy tales of old, the forests still beckon to us, offering sanctuary, mystery and more than a little mischievous trickery.

From insatiable cannibalistic children hewn from logs, to lumberjack lore, and the spine-chilling legend of Bloody Mary, there is much to be found between the branches. Come into the trees; witches, seductive spirits and big, bad wolves await you.

The Fairy Tellers : A Journey into the Secret History of Fairy Tales

by Nicholas Jubber (Author)

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'Like a child after the Pied Piper I pursued Jubber into a world both human and full of magic. A carnival of a book, rigorously researched and jostling with life'. Amy Jeffs, author of Storyland: A New Mythology of Britain.

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× The Fairy Tellers : A Journey into the Secret History of Fairy Tales

by Nicholas Jubber (Author)

Format:

Paperback / softback

336 pages

Publisher:John Murray Press

Imprint:John Murray Publishers Ltd

ISBN:9781529327700

Published:18 Aug 2022

Dimensions:129 x 197 x 26 (mm)

Pub. Country:United Kingdom

Country of Origin:GB

Description

'His cornucopia of tellers and tales is a delight, a riveting celebration of a genre that revels in its own hybridity and the imaginative riches produced by the crossing of cultural and literary borders'. Financial Times.

'Like a child after the Pied Piper I pursued Jubber into a world both human and full of magic. A carnival of a book, rigorously researched and jostling with life'. Amy Jeffs, author of Storyland: A New Mythology of Britain.

'Magical tales about magical tales and tellers. Jubber, congenially and fascinatingly, explores the land from which the great fairy stories seeped, making the stories more resonant, powerful and important than ever'. Charles Foster, author of Being a Human and Being a Beast.

The surprising origins and people behind the world's most influential magical tales: the people who told and re-shaped them, the landscapes that forged them, and the cultures that formed them and were in turn formed by them.

Who were the Fairy Tellers? In this far-ranging quest, award-winning author Nicholas Jubber unearths the lives of the dreamers who made our most beloved fairy tales: inventors, thieves, rebels and forgotten geniuses who gave us classic tales such as 'Cinderella', 'Hansel and Gretel', 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Baba Yaga'. From the Middle Ages to the birth of modern children's literature, they include a German apothecary's daughter, a Syrian youth running away from a career in the souk and a Russian dissident embroiled in a plot to kill the tsar. Following these and other unlikely protagonists, we travel from the steaming cities of Italy and the Levant, under the dark branches of the Black Forest, deep into the tundra of Siberia and across the snowy fells of Lapland.

In the process, we discover a fresh perspective on some of our most frequently told stories. Filled with adventure, tragedy and real-world magic, this bewitching book uncovers the stranger lives behind the strangest of tales.

Enchanted Tales : A spell-binding collection of magical stories

by Laura Sampson (Author)

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A treasury of spellbinding stories that sparkle and glitter with magic. This stunning collection brings together a selection of enchanted tales from all over the world.

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× Enchanted Tales : A spell-binding collection of magical stories

by Laura Sampson (Author)

Illustrated by:Phung Nguyen Quang & Huynh Thi Kim Lien

Format:

Hardback

96 pages

Publisher:Templar Publishing

Imprint:Templar Publishing

ISBN:9781800785915

Published:28 Sep 2023

Dimensions:234 x 272 x 15 (mm)

Pub. Country:United Kingdom

Country of Origin:CN

Description

A treasury of spellbinding stories that sparkle and glitter with magic. This stunning collection brings together a selection of enchanted tales from all over the world - from North America to West Africa, France, Ukraine, Peru, India, Japan, Vietnam, New Zealand and more! Get lost in tales of imaginary worlds, enchanted animals, fantastical creatures, wishes and wizards. Retold by storyteller and vocal performer Laura Sampson, with beautifully detailed artwork by Taiwanese duo Quang and Lien.

A beautifully illustrated story collection to treasure, Enchanted Tales is the perfect gift to open up a world of magic to readers of all ages.

Kew - The Magic of Mushrooms : Fungi in folklore, superstition and traditional medicine

by Sandra Lawrence (Author) , Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (Author)

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Explore the wonderful world of some of the most incredible natural forms on our planet - fungi. At the centre of countless superstitions, folkloric tales and magical beliefs.

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× Kew - The Magic of Mushrooms : Fungi in folklore, superstition and traditional medicine

by Sandra Lawrence (Author) , Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (Author)

Format:

Hardback

208 pages, 200 illus

Publisher:Welbeck Publishing Group

Imprint:Welbeck

ISBN:9781787399068

Published:4 Aug 2022

Dimensions:157 x 219 x 23 (mm)

Pub. Country:United Kingdom

Country of Origin:GB

Description

Explore the wonderful world of some of the most incredible natural forms on our planet - fungi. At the centre of countless superstitions, folkloric tales and magical beliefs, as well as appearing in recipes and medicines both traditional and modern, mushrooms have incredible powers. Featuring images of over 100 fascinating species, sourced from the archives at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, The Magic of Mushrooms shows that from saving lives to expanding the mind, the potential of these fascinating organisms should not be underestimated.

Arthurian Myths & Legends : Tales of Heroes, Gods & Monsters

by Prof Raluca Radulescu (Introduction By)

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Gorgeous Collector's Edition. Many medieval writers, especially from France and Wales, wrote stories about the great British leader, King Arthur.

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Arthurian Myths & Legends : Tales of Heroes, Gods & Monsters

by Prof Raluca Radulescu (Introduction By)

Edited by:J.K. Jackson

Series:Flame Tree Collector's Editions

Format:

Hardback

416 pages, 3 Line drawings, black and white

Publisher:Flame Tree Publishing

Imprint:Flame Tree Publishing

ISBN:9781804173282

Published:10 Jan 2023

Dimensions:174 x 119 x 24 (mm)

Pub. Country:United Kingdom

Country of Origin:CN

Description

Gorgeous Collector's Edition. Many medieval writers, especially from France and Wales, wrote stories about the great British leader, King Arthur. Legends, folklore and myths from this period come together to paint a picture of who he was with some describing him as a great warrior, defending Britain from its enemies, while others suggest Arthur had magical qualities.

Throughout this mystery, King Arthur has become an iconic figure, known for his court and knights and his chivalric adventures. This collection offers a selection of myths, featuring Arthur's knights of the round table, his love for Queen Guinevere and of course the ultimate betrayal by his most trusted knight, Sir Lancelot. Flame Tree Collector's Editions present the foundations of speculative fiction, authors, myths and tales without which the imaginative literature of the twentieth century would not exist, bringing the best, most influential and most fascinating works into a striking and collectable library.

Each book features a new introduction and a Glossary of Terms.

Viking Folk & Fairy Tales : Ancient Wisdom, Fables & Folkore

by S. Hodge (Introduction By)

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Character-forming moral fables, Viking and Nordic folk and fairy tales take the magic of the natural world and combine it with the practical common sense of the everyday.

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× Viking Folk & Fairy Tales : Ancient Wisdom, Fables & Folkore

by S. Hodge (Introduction By)

Edited by:J.K. Jackson

Series:Flame Tree Collector's Editions

Format:

Hardback

416 pages, 3 Line drawings, black and white

Publisher:Flame Tree Publishing

Imprint:Flame Tree Publishing

ISBN:9781804172308

Published:20 Sep 2022

Dimensions:174 x 115 x 24 (mm)

Pub. Country:United Kingdom

Description

Character-forming moral fables, Viking and Nordic folk and fairy tales take the magic of the natural world and combine it with the practical common sense of the everyday. Good folk are rewarded for their hard work, the honest and the faithful are valued by the gods: treasured tales from Hans Christian Andersen, such as 'The Little Match Girl', and less well known stories such as 'Katie Woodencloak' (a Norwegian Version of Cinderella) by Asbjornsen & Moe are some of the heartwarming pieces in this new selection for the modern reader. Flame Tree Collector's Editions present the foundations of speculative fiction, authors, myths and tales without which the imaginative literature of the twentieth century would not exist, bringing the best, most influential and most fascinating works into a striking and collectable library.

Each book features a new introduction and a Glossary of Terms.

Indian Myths & Legends : Tales of Heroes, Gods & Monsters

by Dr.Raj Balkaran (Introduction By)

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Gorgeous Collector's Edition. India, one of the great, ancient civilizations, spawned a fascinating canon of myths and legends. With multiple gods, and a riot of colour and character.

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× Indian Myths & Legends : Tales of Heroes, Gods & Monsters

by Dr.Raj Balkaran (Introduction By)

Edited by:J.K. Jackson

Series:Flame Tree Collector's Editions

Format:

Hardback

416 pages, 3 Line drawings, black and white

Publisher:Flame Tree Publishing

Imprint:Flame Tree Publishing

ISBN:9781804173275

Published:10 Jan 2023

Dimensions:119 x 176 x 25 (mm)

Pub. Country:United Kingdom

Country of Origin:CN

Description

Gorgeous Collector's Edition. India, one of the great, ancient civilizations, spawned a fascinating canon of myths and legends. With multiple gods, and a riot of colour and character, this fantastic new book, Indian Myths & Legends, explores the themes and landscapes that created the tales, and reveals the boundless energy that brought us the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, retelling the stories of Krishna, Buddha and Shiva, and some of the many different versions of creation.

Flame Tree Collector's Editions present the foundations of speculative fiction, authors, myths and tales without which the imaginative literature of the twentieth century would not exist, bringing the best, most influential and most fascinating works into a striking and collectable library. Each book features a new introduction and a Glossary of Terms.