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  • Cornish Horrors : Tales from the Land\\\'s End : 24

    Cornish Horrors : Tales from the Land\\\'s End : 24

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    A mariner inherits a skull that screams incessantly along with the roar of the sea; a phantom hare stalks the moors to deliver justice for a crime long dead; a man witnesses a murder in the woods near St. Ives, only to wonder whether it was he himself who committed the crime. Offering a bounty of lost or forgotten strange and Gothic tales set in Cornwall, Cornish Horrors explores the rich folklore and traditions of the region in a journey through mines, local mythology, shipwrecks, seascapes, and the coming of the railway and tourism.

    With stories by Gothic luminaries such as Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe, this new collection also features chilling yarns of the haunted peninsula from a host of underappreciated writers from the past two centuries

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  • Evil Roots : Killer Tales of the Botanical Gothic

    Evil Roots : Killer Tales of the Botanical Gothic

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    Strangling vines and meat-hungry flora fill this unruly garden of strange stories, selected for their significance as the seeds of the villainous (or perhaps just misunderstood) `killer plant' in fiction, film and video games. Step within to marvel at Charlotte Perkins Gilman's giant wistaria and H. G. Wells' hungry orchid; hear the calls of the ethereal women of the wood, and the frightful drone of the moaning lily; and do tread carefully around E. Nesbit's wandering creepers... Every strain of vegetable threat (and one deadly fungus) can be found within this new collection, representing the very best tales from the undergrowth of Gothic fiction

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  • Weird Woods : Tales from the Haunted Forests of Britain

    Weird Woods : Tales from the Haunted Forests of Britain

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    Woods play an important and recurring role in horror, fantasy, the gothic and the weird. They are places in which strange things happen, where you often can't see where you are or what is around you. Supernatural creatures thrive in the thickets.

    Trees reach into underworlds of earth, myth and magic. Forests are full of ghosts. In this new collection, immerse yourself in the whispering voices between the branches in Wistman's Wood on Dartmoor, witness an inexplicable death in Yorkshire's Strid Wood and prepare yourself for an encounter with malignant pagan powers in the dark of the New Forest.

    This edition also includes notes on the real locations and folklore which inspired these deliciously sinister stories.

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  • Heavy Weather : Tempestuous Tales of Stranger Climes : 21

    Heavy Weather : Tempestuous Tales of Stranger Climes : 21

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    Since Odysseus' curious crew first unleashed the bag of winds gifted him by Aeolus, the God of Winds, literature has been awash with tales of bad or strange weather. From the flood myths of Babylon, the Mahabharata and the Bible, to twentieth-century psychological storms, this foray into troubled waters, heat waves, severe winters, hurricanes and hailstones, offers the perfect read on a rainy day -- or night. Featuring a selection of some of the finest writers in the English language -- Algernon Blackwood, Herman Melville, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edgar Allan Poe and more -- this collection of weird tales will delight and disturb.

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  • Cornish Folk Tales for Children

    Cornish Folk Tales for Children

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    JOIN JAMIE, the son of a travelling droll teller, as he journeys across Cornwall, a land steeped in myth and legend. Along the way you will hear mysterious and exciting tales like what happened when Bodrugan took his soldiers to capture Richard Edgcumbe, why the ghost of Lady Emma was never seen again, what proper job King Arthur gave the Giant and how St Piran came to settle in Cornwall. These stories - specially chosen to be enjoyed by 7- to 11-year-old readers - sparkle with magic and explode with adventure.

    As old as the moors and as wild as the sea, they have been freshly re-told for today's readers by storyteller Mike O'Connor.

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  • Devon Folk Tales for Children

    Devon Folk Tales for Children

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    Folk Tales and lore are woven into the ancient landscape of Devon: swimming in the rivers, soaring with the buzzards over farms and moors and making soft tracks across the sands of a wild coastline. In Devon Folk Tales for Children you'll find goblins tinkering in the old ore mines, a changeling hare-woman who runs by the light of the moon, and pixies playing on the old pack routes trodden by the hooves of Dartmoor ponies. This beautifully illustrated collection of tales from storyteller and artist Leonie Jane-Grey will take you on a wild and magical adventure through the ancient lands of Devon.

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  • Woodland Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland

    Woodland Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland

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    Once upon a time, most of Britain and Ireland was covered in woodland. Many of the trees have been cleared, but our connection with the wildwood remains. It is a place of danger, adventure and transformation, where anything could happen.

    Here is a collection of traditional folk tales of oak, ash and thorn; of hunting forests and rebellion, timber and triumph in battle, wild ghosts and woodwoses. Lisa Schneidau retells some of the old stories and relates them to the trees and forests in the landscape of our islands today.

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  • Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland

    Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland

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    The islands of Britain and Ireland hold a rich heritage of plant folklore and wisdom, from the magical yew tree to the bad-tempered dandelion. Here are traditional tales about the trees and plants that shape our landscapes and our lives through the seasons. They explore the complex relationship between people and plants, in lowlands and uplands, fields, bogs, moors, woodlands and towns.

    Suitable for all ages, this is an essential collection of stories for anyone interested in botany, the environment and our living heritage.

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  • Devon Ghost Tales

    Devon Ghost Tales

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    THESE spooky ghost tales from one of Britain's most ancient counties are vividly retold by local storyteller Janet Dowling. Their origins lost in the oral tradition, these stories are as eerie and mysterious as the windswept moorland, wild shorelines and rugged landscapes from which they derive. Here you will find stories of a voice beyond the grave, a ghost on the pivot between heaven and hell, and the spectres of Viking princes on moonlit roads.

    Richly illustrated by Vicky Jocher with original drawings, these atmospheric tales are perfect for reading aloud in front of a roaring fire or alone under the covers on dark, stormy nights.

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  • Folk Tales for Bold Girls

    Folk Tales for Bold Girls

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    Do you think that legends are all about princes and princesses, knights and heroes, giants and monsters? Well, they aren't always. The stories in this book are about girls like you and girls you might know: clever, strong, brave and resourceful. Here you can read the story of Vasilisa, who wasn't afraid of the deep dark forest; Mollie Whuppie, who knew how to trick a giant; Tipingi, who was able to call on her friends to help her get out of trouble; Seren, who used her love of singing to help others; and many more fearless characters.

    Storyteller Fiona Collins has chosen the best of the old tales from all around the world and reworked them into new and exciting versions to be enjoyed by everyone, accompanied by magical illustrations by talented artist Ed Fisher.

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  • Foxfire, Wolfskin and Other Stories of Shapeshifting Women

    Foxfire, Wolfskin and Other Stories of Shapeshifting Women

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    Charged with possibility and power, this memorable collection is an extraordinary immersion into the bodies and voices, mindscapes and landscapes, of the shapeshifting women of our native folklore. Drawing on myth and fairy tales found across Europe from Croatia to Sweden, Ireland to Russia, these stories are about coming to terms with our animal natures, exploring the ways in which we might renegotiate our fractured relationship with the natural world, and uncovering the wildness and wilderness within.

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  • The Magpie@apos;s Nest : A Treasury of Bird Folk Tales

    The Magpie@apos;s Nest : A Treasury of Bird Folk Tales

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    From crowded train stations to quiet woods and from city centres to our own back gardens, birds remind us that nature is everywhere. But do you know which is the king of the birds? Has anyone ever told you how the brave swallow got its forked tail? And what of the owl, who was really a baker's daughter? Take a look inside The Magpie's Nest, where a hoard of stories, riddles and rhymes is waiting for you. Suitable for all ages and charmingly illustrated by Lakeland artist Becca Hall, this is an essential collection of stories for all who love the natural world.

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  • Cornish Folk Tales of Place : Traditional Stories from North and East Cornwall

    Cornish Folk Tales of Place : Traditional Stories from North and East Cornwall

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    Cornwall's rugged coast is etched with stories. Here you'll find tales of powerful mermaids, spiteful witches, crafty smugglers and woeful ghosts. Up on the moors are mischievous creatures, huge giants and elusive beasts.

    Let the piskeys lead you astray across the windy tors and sandy shorelines to experience wonder, miracles, secrets and magic. Bodmin Moor folklore writer Anna Chorlton retells tales of North and East Cornwall, illustrated by local artists and members of the community.

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  • Forest Folk Tales for Children

    Forest Folk Tales for Children

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    Nestled within our green and pleasant land lies pockets of emerald trees. Their roots search deep into the ground and the branches reach high towards the sun. For centuries some of these have stood watching and listening to the human creatures living among them, hearing their stories and remembering.

    What mysteries could these woodlands tell if the trees could speak? Stories of brave deeds and foolish, star-crossed lovers, of monsters, giants and witches, hobs and kings. Discover the secrets of our forests in this engaging collection of folk tales.

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  • Treasury of Folklore - Seas and Rivers : Sirens, Selkies and Ghost Ships

    Treasury of Folklore - Seas and Rivers : Sirens, Selkies and Ghost Ships

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    Treasury of Folklore - Seas and Rivers : Sirens, Selkies and Ghost Ships
    by Dee Dee Chainey (Author) , Willow Winsham (Author)
    Format:Hardback 192 pages, 40 woodcut Illustrations
    Publisher:Pavilion Books
    Imprint:Batsford Ltd
    ISBN:9781849946599
    Published:4 Mar 2021
    Classifications:Oceans & seas, Folklore, myths & legends, Sea life & the seashore
    Readership:General (US: Trade)
    Weight:478g
    Dimensions:144 x 200 x 23 (mm)
    Pub. Country:United Kingdom
    For sale in: All countries
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    Enthralling tales of the sea, rivers and lakes from around the globe. Folklore of the seas and rivers has a resonance in cultures all over the world. Watery hopes, fears and dreams are shared by all peoples where rivers flow and waves crash.

    This fascinating book covers English sailor superstitions and shape-shifting pink dolphins of the Amazon, Scylla and Charybdis, the many guises of Mami Wata, the tale of the Yoruba River spirit, the water horses of the Scottish lochs, the infamous mystery of the Bermuda Triangle, and much more.

    Accompanied by stunning woodcut illustrations, popular authors Dee Dee Chainey and Willow Winsham explore the deep history and enduring significance of water folklore the world over, from mermaids, selkies and sirens to ghostly ships and the fountains of youth. With this book, Folklore Thursday aims to encourage a sense of belonging across all cultures by showing how much we all have in common.

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  • Treasury of Folklore: Woodlands and Forests : Wild Gods, World Trees and Werewolves

    Treasury of Folklore: Woodlands and Forests : Wild Gods, World Trees and Werewolves

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    An entertaining and enthralling collection of myths, tales and traditions surrounding our trees, woodlands and forests from around the world. From the dark, gnarled woodlands of the north, to the humid jungles of the southern lands, trees have captured humanity's imagination for millennia. Filled with primal gods and goddesses, dryads and the fairy tales of old, the forests still beckon to us, offering sanctuary, mystery and more than a little mischievous trickery.

    From insatiable cannibalistic children hewn from logs, to lumberjack lore, and the spine-chilling legend of Bloody Mary, there is much to be found between the branches. Come into the trees; witches, seductive spirits and big, bad wolves await you. With this book, Folklore Thursday aim to encourage a sense of belonging across all cultures by showing how much we all have in common.

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  • Folk Tales From the Garden

    Folk Tales From the Garden

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    The garden is an oasis, a pocket of nature in our busy modern lives, full of plants, animals, insects - and a fair bit of magic. Folk Tales from the Garden follows the seasons through a year of stories, garden lore and legends. Explore the changing face of nature just outside your front door, from the tale of the Creator painting her birds and the merits of kissing an old toad, to pixies sleeping in the tulips, and an unusually large turnip.

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  • Folk Tales of Song and Dance

    Folk Tales of Song and Dance

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    The life of the travelling musician hasn't changed much over the millennia. For a prehistoric harper, a medieval fiddler or a modern guitar player, the experience is pretty much the same: there are times when everything goes well and others when nothing does. But it's not just performing that can go wrong - listening can also be dangerous! Can you stop dancing when you get tired or must you keep going until the music stops ...

    if it ever does? What happens if it carries on past midnight? What if it turns you to stone?Pete Castle has selected a variety of traditional tales from all over the UK (and a few from further afield) to enthral you, whether you are a musician, a dancer, or a reader who likes to keep dangerous things like singing and dancing at arm's length.

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  • Britain's Wild Flowers : A Treasury of Traditions, Superstitions, Remedies and Literature

    Britain's Wild Flowers : A Treasury of Traditions, Superstitions, Remedies and Literature

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    A fascinating look at the myths, folklore and botany behind over 70 British wildflowers. From hedgerows to meadows, wildflowers can be found throughout our green and pleasant land. In this book, journalist and garden writer Rosamond Richardson traces the history and myths behind each flower to discover the fascinating ways in which the plants were used.

    Discover which flower used as a medieval lie-detector to test the innocence of suspected criminals, or stuffed in the shoes of Roman centurions to prevent damage to their feet as they marched. From periwinkles, beloved of Chaucer, and the oxlips and 'nodding violet' growing in the forest of A Midsummer Night's Dream, the book celebrates the important role wildflowers have played in literature, as well as their uses in food and medicine, and the history, myths and tales behind each species. The nineteenth-century poet John Clare wrote, 'I love wildflowers (none are weeds with me)'.

    This book is a celebration of the bountiful history behind Britain's beloved wildflowers and is perfect for anyone with an interest in gardening, history or the natural world.

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  • Britain's Trees : A Treasury of Traditions, Superstitions, Remedies and Literature

    Britain's Trees : A Treasury of Traditions, Superstitions, Remedies and Literature

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    This lovely book will enable the reader to identify Britain's trees and enjoy reading the rich folklore and traditions connected with them. From hawthorn to holly, from beech to blackthorn, each of Britain's 40 or so native trees are illustrated and a text weaves together the fascinating natural history, folklore, traditions, and remedies connected with them. The stories of some of Britain's oldest and most beloved trees, some dating back thousands of years, are included too.

    As well as a fascinating book to dip into, the illustrations mean it also functions as a handy identification guide.

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  • Great British Folklore & Superstition Map

    Great British Folklore & Superstition Map

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    Delve into the unrivalled mythology and folklore of Great Britain, land of ancient mystery, spooky spirits and legendary heroes. Discover the tall tales lurking everywhere in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, from the Loch Ness Monster to the Mermaid of Zennor.

    Explore over 1,400 legendary locations including Britain’s top 50 most mythical places
    Put the magic back into British staycations with local legends, haunted spots, freaky festivals, weird witches and even alien encounters
    Take epic expeditions all mapped out for you, from paranormal pub crawls to magical mystery trails
    Features of the Great British Place Names Map:

    Fold-out map and reference guide showing all of Britain’s most magical, mythical and mysterious places on a single sheet
    Features Britain’s top 50 mythical locations, over 150 heroic local legends, over 500 haunted spots and more than 300 mysterious and magical places
    Plan your own exciting excursions and make notes on the reverse
    Designed and made in Great Britain and printed on FSC-certified mapping paper
    Other Great British maps include the Great British Adventure Map and the Great British History Map

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  • Kew - Witch's Garden : Plants in Folklore, Magic and Traditional Medicine

    Kew - Witch's Garden : Plants in Folklore, Magic and Traditional Medicine

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    Witch's Garden describes over 50 of the world's most powerful magical plants and their uses, mythical and proven. Wise women, apothecaries, witches, herbalists: whatever you call them, those who cultivate plants for their fabled mystical and healing properties have existed for thousands of years. From the screaming mandrake to calming St John's Wort, the history of esoteric species is often as dark and elusive as the art of herbalism itself.

    Including tales of remedies for everything from bad weather and broken hearts to protection from evil and the invocation of immortality, Witch's Garden features exquisite botanical illustrations and fascinating specimens held within the archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, while archival images depicting occult practices evoke the bewitching nature of these mysterious species.

    Kew - Witch's Garden : Plants in Folklore, Magic and Traditional Medicine

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