I’ve just finished reading a fun compilation of British and Irish tales called The Magic Lands. I originally posted this on my blog here. Now I’m on the lookout for something new to read… What are you reading? Any recommendations?
Book Review: The Magic Lands
I thoroughly enjoyed The Magic Lands. I love reading original folk tales and myths and this book puts 55 interesting British and Irish ones together.
Each tale is short, some less than a page, some several pages long, so this is a perfect book for reading to children or to bring with you while you need to wait somewhere.
As much as I enjoyed the stories, I am a historian at heart, so found myself going to the end to read the “Sources and Notes” section for each tale. Crossley-Holland has obviously done huge amounts of research in this area and tells us about where the stories first came from, where first recorded, and other interesting details.
This is a great book for anyone wanting original tales written in accessible, modern language.