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The definitive collection of British and Irish folktales from master storyteller and poet Kevin Crossley Holland.Rich and strange, these eerie and magical folktales from across Britain and Ireland have been passed down from generation to generation, and are gathered together in a definitive new collection from the master storyteller and winner of the Carnegie Medal, Kevin Crossley Holland Dark and funny, lyrical and earthy, these fifty stories are part of an important and enduring historical tradition that dates back hundreds of years Described by Neil Gaiman as the master , Crossley Holland s unforgettable retellings will capture the imagination of readers young and old alike.


4 thoughts on “Between Worlds: Folktales of Britain & Ireland

  1. John Dunn John Dunn says:

    Bought as a present for my daughter.


  2. louise corcoran louise corcoran says:

    Brought as present for my Irish fathers 88th birthday, lovely yarns


  3. Bex Bex says:

    There s a reason the Brothers Grimm fairy tales are widely spread and these ones aren t, and it s not just better marketing Kevin Crossley Holland has done a remarkably good job of bringing all of these 50 tales together with incredible illustrations and a unique spin, but despite claims that these are timeless tales I m not sure they really are.Most of the stories contained within this anthology are very short, often with a key message or motto as per folklore tradition and some are perhaps not strictly British or Irish in origin but the new take on them makes them so The whimsical and often dark retelling of each tale makes them compelling and easier to consume in bite size chunks which is perfect for a collection of this nature Something is definitely lacking from many of them though charm.The thing about fairytales is that you really need to live in them for a long enough time that you become invested in what happens and to really care about the message being spread This isn t to say short fairytales can t work, of course they can, but they need a certain degree of charm to make them likeable, memorable and to maintain that eerie or whimsical feel intended by them Very few of these had that feel to them, few left a lasting impression and most ended on a bizarre note.I do really like the simple nature of the stories They are low key, whimsical and have straight forward plots to follow which prevents the message from being lost for the most part With that said, the simplicity of the stories does again prevent a connection forming between the reader and the world or characters, but I liked that it allowed for a lot of different stories to be told in a way that would be accessible for most readers across varying degrees of education or reading ability.For English readers these stories will have a little nostalgia or appeal because many of them feature recognisable places from even some of our smaller towns and cities this added real heart to some of the tales and I love that this will be unique to whoever you are and wherever you ve been it s a unique reading experience personalised to everyone.The latter portion of the book details how some of these stories were sourced which was a great component to include alongside a glossary of terms and how to pronounce them Unfortunately this was probably enjoyable than the stories themselves and despite a few moments of resonance this missed the mark too often for me to consider it enjoyable.ARC provided free from Walker Books in exchange for an honest review.


  4. I Read, Therefore I Blog I Read, Therefore I Blog says:

    The Carnegie Medal winning author and poet, Kevin Crossley Holland has put together this lovingly collated collection of British and Irish folktales evocatively illustrated by Frances Castle with an excellent section at the end where he explains what the source material is and how he modified it for the book All in all, it s a fascinating window on storytelling from a different age and should appeal to adults and children alike.The collection is grouped into 6 sections, each containing stories on a similar theme.MAGIC AND WONDER THE DARK HORSEMAN follows Irish cattleman, Jemmy Nowlan, who plans to sell his cattle at market but finds himself waylaid by a swarthy horseman who takes him to a faerie lord s castle It seems a bit stereotypically Oirish at times, but was entertaining as Jemmy finds himself increasingly diverted from going to market THREE HEADS IN A WELL is a morality tale about the value of being kind and considerate as the King of Colchester marries a cruel woman who, with her dowdy daughter, conspire to drive away the King s beautiful daughter Eleanor This was, for me, a new variation on a traditional fairy tale theme.THE SMALL TOOTH DOG sees a dog rescue Mr Markham from muggers and taking Mr Markham s daughter, Corinna, as his reward only to find that Corinna is desperate to go home This is one of those tales that is very much of its time, especially the resolution.BUTTERFLY SOUL is a bit of a weird story about a narrator who leaves their body and I have to say, it s one of the stories that didn t really do much for me.KING OF THE CATS was one of my favourite tales in the collection as a gravedigger witnesses the funeral procession of the King of Cats and is asked to carry a message THE BAKER S DAUGHTER is another morality tale about a rude and cruel baker s daughter who shows a lack of generosity to the wrong beggar THE DEAD MOON was another of my favourites in the collection as the Moon decides to descend to earth to check out what the bogles and other evil creatures got up to in the marshland on the nights when she did not shine and finds herself in a whole heap of trouble.ADVENTURES AND LEGENDSTHE SLUMBER KING is a another morality tale about greed and heeding warnings as Owen meets a mysterious man called Loomis who leads him to a hidden cavern, filled with gold and silver and slumbering warriors.THE GREEN CHILDREN is a sad and moving affair about outsiders and missing home as two green skinned children are discovered lost and trapped in a wolf pit and taken to stay with the village lord.THE LAST OF THE PICTS is another sad story about the last of the Picts an old man and his son who are captured by the king of the Scots who wants them to hand over their secret recipe for heather ale.THE OLDEST OF THEM ALL is another of those stories that didn t quite work for me as the Eagle of Gwernabwy decides to marry the Owl of Cwm Cawlwyd but wants to know how old she is and decides to consult the other animals of the valley.FAIR GRUAGACH is a strange story about Graugach, the son of the king of Ireland, who loses a card game to the Lady of the Green Gown and finds himself cursed as a result.THE PEDLAR OF SWAFFHAM is a charming tale about literally following your dreams as pedlar John Chapman dreams of a man who urges him to go to London as good will come of it and which is drawn from the true event of a pedlar paying for the north aisle of Swaffham church in Norfolk in 1462.THE WILDMAN has similar themes to THE GREEN CHILDREN and is drawn from the supposedly true time that a merman was caught by fishermen during the reign of Henry II.THE LAMBTON WORM tells of the origins of a curse brought onto the Lambton family by the irreligious Chile Lambton who goes fishing instead of to church and unleashes a dreadful worm that terrorises the village.SHONKS AND THE DRAGON is another tale drawn from a supposedly real story of Sir Piers Shonks, whose defeat of a dragon antagonises the Devil into wanting revenge SEA TONGUE is a highly stylised story based on a story told by Norfolk fishermen who claimed to hear bells from beneath the sea Crossley Holland turns this into a fractured narrative tale, which I thought was very effective.FAIRIES AND LITTLE PEOPLETHE PIPER AND THE POOKA is about a dim Galway pipe player called Patsy who only knows one song until one evening when he encounters a Pooka while on his way back from a dance and the Pooka takes him to play for a house filled with women TOM TIT TOT is a variation on the classic Rumpelstiltskin tale.MONDAY, TUESDAY is another morality tale about the value of being pleasant and happy with your lot as cheerful and gentle hunchbacked, bow legged Lus has an encounter with the fair folk.THE CHANGELING is a creepy story about a wet nurse called Janey who s asked to help Mrs Hawes with her new born baby and discovers that a terrible switch has been made THE FARMER AND THE BOGART is about a battle of wits between a farmer and a bad tempered Bogart who wants than his due.THE SHEPHERD S TALE has a traditional forbidden fruit theme but what elevates it is the sadness and bewilderment in the narrator s voice as he explains of his encounter with the fair folk FAIRY OINTMENT is another forbidden fruit story but one with a chilling end as an elderly midwife called June is called out by a man to help his wife through her labour.CHARGER is a very short and, for me, not particularly interesting story due to an abrupt pay off about a farmer who decides to sell his horse and meets a stranger on the road.DATHERA DAD is a really weird story that didn t make much sense to me about a woman baking a pudding and the tramp who calls on her I honestly had no idea what this was about and unusually Crossley Holland s note at the end gave no illumination.YALLERY BROWN is a really good story about a farm hand called Tom, who learns how awful the goodwill of the Strangers when he frees Yallery Brown from beneath a stone disc.LOVETHE THREE BLOWS is a morality tale about a man called Gwyn who wins a fairy girl for his wife but forgets the condition she laid down for their marriage.THE FINE FIELD OF FLAX is a young village girl who makes her illegitimate daughter a dress from flax to win the heart of the local laird s son For me, this was a slight story but I enjoyed the lyrical language.SEA WOMAN is a story that will be familiar to a lot of people in one form or another as a selkie woman is forced to marry a fisherman after he steals and hides her seal skin I particularly enjoyed this because I remember reading similar stories when I was little.THE BLACK BULL OF NORWAY is, in Crossley Holland s view, a corrupted version of two separate stories, but I liked the way he pulls them together and Flora the young girl at the heart of this story has spirit and determination.MOSSYCOAT is an enjoyable take on the Cinderella story.TAM LIN is a really disturbing, albeit beautifully written poem about a young girl called Janet who takes on the notorious rake Tam Lin There s an allusion to rape that really disturbed me and I absolutely hated the resolution.YELLOW LILY follows a prince who takes on a giant at cards and foolishly stakes his head on the final game, turning to the giant s daughter Yellow Lily for help to save himself.THE GREEN MIST is a sad tale about a sick girl at death s door who makes a foolish promise.WITS, TRICKS AND LAUGHTERA VILLAGE OF FOOLS is a funny tale of an encounter between bad King John and the people of Gotham who are determined that neither monarch nor retinue shall pass through their village because it would prevent them from charging a toll for using their road.MARE S EGGS made me wince given that it relies on the racist stereotype of the dim Irishman, who in this story buys a marrow thinking that it s a mare s egg.THE COW THAT ATE THE PIPER was, me, dark than amusing as three men encounter a piper late at night while seeking shelter from the cold and who in turn discover a dead man, whose boots they decide to take Comedic shenanigans follow.POLL was a story that made absolutely no sense to me as a miner encounters a parrot and that is, pretty much, the sum total of the story.THE WISE MEN OF GOTHAM is actually 5 mini tales, all of which are designed to highlight how dim or gullible the people of Gotham are.MAGPIES IN THE CRABTREE is a very short piece that also made zero sense to me as a bunch of magpies are basically burnt alive in a tree.THE RIDDLER is a battle of wits between an old woman and a mysterious night, told in rhyme I really enjoyed this one as the use of language and the repetition of lines is very effective.GHOSTSBOO is actually my favourite story in the collection It s very short but very effective as a young woman seeks to make sure that her house is completely locked up and secure after her father goes to London.SAMUEL S GHOST is a really sad story about little Sam who is burnt to ash while he sleeps but discovers he can t rest until he recovers all his missing parts.SLAM AND THE GHOSTS is a darkly funny tale about Douglas, who decides to scare his older brother Slam into giving up drink by dressing up as a ghost and hiding in a graveyard, ready to jump out at Slam late at night when he s returning from the pub.THE DAUNTLESS GIRL was another of my favourites in the book, as a farmer makes a bet with his friends about the fearlessness of his daughter Mary.BILLY is a weird story about a crippled tailor called Billy who dares to sit and sew in the graveyard on Hallowe en night.FEAR AND FLY is a creepy tale about an elderly priest who seeks shelter in a cottage after a terrible mist settles across the moor.Review copy from publisher.