• 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

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