Faery Tales by Carol Ann Duffy contains classic fairy tales retold by the former Poet Laureate.
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Once upon a time, there was a rich merchant who had three daughters. The girls were just as clever as they were bella and none more so than the youngest, whose name was Beauty.
Disappear to faraway lands of wicked witches, evil monsters and brave heroines in former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s stunning collection of fairy tales. Including her beautiful and haunting retellings of the Grimm classics Hansel and Gretel, Snow White and the Pied Piper, as well as other tales from around the world, and new stories of her own, this book will make you think again about once upon a time . . .
With ethereal illustrations by Tomislav Tomic, this uncommonly beautiful book is a very special introduction to – or reminder of – many classic fairy tales.
There's a better take on the genre with Carol Ann Duffy's Faery Stories (Faber, £20), illustrated with evocative formality by Tomislav Tomic. It's not everyone who can make familiar tales fresh but Duffy carries it off by leaving the stories well alone and telling them with mellifluous vigour (the one about the man left in charge of the house for the day hardly needs a feminist spin).
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