• "Can itself evoke the sense of startled wonder that these tales first gave us"

    Laurel Graeber, New York Times
  • "She is a terrific writer and an original scholar. This is a landmark book"

    Victoria Glendinning, Daily Telegraph
  • "Just like the tale-tellers she celebrates...she's a weaver of enchantments, each sentence is like a silken knot charming you further into her web of meanings"

    Michelle Roberts, Independent on Sunday
  • "Consistently enlightening...this is a brilliant work: wise, witty and as magisterially omniscient as any Sibylline oracle"

    Nicholas Tucker, New Statesman and Society
  • "Open the book at almost any page and you will find something to fascinate you"

    Noel Malcolm, Guardian