Entrancing, multi-layered and as wittily subversive as fairy tales themselves, this beautifully illustrated work explores and illuminates the unfolding history of famous fairy tales and the contexts in which they flourished. It also lifts the curtain on the tellers themselves - from ancient sibyls and old crones to the more modern Angela Carter and, of course, Walt Disney. A brilliant compendium of folklore, fairytales and learning which reveals unexpected links and histories behind some of our oldest and most-loved tales.
Can itself evoke the sense of startled wonder that these tales first gave us
She is a terrific writer and an original scholar. This is a landmark book
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
Consistently enlightening...this is a brilliant work: wise, witty and as magisterially omniscient as any Sibylline oracle
Open the book at almost any page and you will find something to fascinate you