Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales, Hardback Book

Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales Hardback

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Once upon a time fairy tales weren't meant just for children, and neither is Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales. This stunning collection contains lyrical tales, bloody tales and hilariously funny and ripely bawdy stories from countries all around the world- from the Arctic to Asia - and no dippy princesses or soppy fairies.

Instead, we have pretty maids and old crones; crafty women and bad girls; enchantresses and midwives; rascal aunts and odd sisters.

This fabulous celebration of strong minds, low cunning, black arts and dirty tricks could only have been collected by the unique and much-missed Angela Carter.

Illustrated throughout with original woodcuts.


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A collection of folklore from around the world, tales of wise women, crafty witches and resourceful maidens… the feminist theme doesn’t intrude on the stories, just makes it a more cohesive collection than most fable anthologies. There’s an all-too-short yet interesting forward by Carter, and the woodcut illustrations are a lovely accompaniment. Considering that I’ve been meaning to read something of the work of Angela Carter for a long time, I’m a bit nonplussed to find myself starting with a book she complied and edited rather than wrote, but I’m not sorry I bought this volume, because it’s a marvellous anthology that brings a bit of girly sass to my otherwise male-dominated fable/folklore shelf.