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A collection of retellings and reimaginings of less well-known fairytales, by up-and-coming authors writing today.


This is an anthology of forgotten fairytales and folk stories retold and reimagined by up-and-coming women authors writing in Britain and Ireland today – among them include Daisy Johnson, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2018, who retells the Suffolk folktale of the Green Children of Woolpit; Irenosen Okojie, recently appointed an MBE in 2021, with a new version of the Norfolk story known as the Dauntless Girl; Kirsty Logan, an award-winning Scottish author, who expands on an old Scottish ballad about a selkie; and Liv Little, the founder of gal-dem, who reimagines an old story about two brothers who fall in love with the same woman as a tale about two sisters in twenty-first century London. This will be enjoyable reading for anyone who likes contemporary fiction with a touch of traditional folklore.


London: Virago, 2020. Hardcover, 304 pages. New.

Hag - Forgotten Folktales Retold