Reviews

  • "Those new to the world of Byatt might well begin here, with these tales-within-tales, which one can read as anything from contemporary allegories - such as the superb Dragon's Breath, evoking every idyll that ever fell foul of war or famine - to sheer celebrations of storytelling itself"

    Vogue
  • "The familiar elements of fairy story come to life under A.S. Byatt's touch...with lightness, precision, grace"

    Observer
  • "A cerebral extravaganza, bristling with ideas"

    Spectator
  • "The fairy story is obviously a form that fascinates A.S. Byatt, it suits her spare, cool prose and this collection enables her to create very different effects... a beautifully produced book"

    Financial Times