Seven Miles of Steel Thistles

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Blog Tags:myths, legends, folklore, YA fiction, fantasy, books, reading
Country:United Kingdom
Location:Oxford

Posts on YA Fiction and fantasy, children's books, folklore and myths



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A Fine Song of Love

on Jun 18, 2021

 The past is another country. and it can take a great deal of research and imaginative effort to recreate its multilayered richness of sights, sounds, smells, textures and tastes. Visiting the  Chiltern Open Air Museum a few years ago I f...

Thresholds

on Jun 7, 2021

 Aged nine and passionate about Narnia, I wrote a set of my own stories about that magical country, and that far-off labour of love resulted in the publication this year of my book 'Spare Oom'. (So great is the power of childhood reading to reve...

In ‘A Book of Folk-Lore’ (1913) the Devon folklorist Sabine Baring-Gould recounts three instances in which he and members of his family ‘saw’ pixies or dwarfs. Here is what he says: In the year 1838, when I was a small boy of four years old,...

 In Thomas Gray's beautiful  'Elegy Written in a County Churchyard', he muses over the unknown, uncelebrated talent of the humble country people who lie buried there:Some village-Hampden, that with dauntless breast     &...

May Morning in Oxford

on May 2, 2021

This post first appeared on The History Girls blog in 2015, all of six years ago! Judging by the apple blossom, the spring weather must have been warmer that year: today the blossom's only half out. And owing to lockdown, I doubt there were any crowd...

Fairy Tales and Realism

on Apr 28, 2021 in: fantasy

When we were children my brother and I would sometimes bemoan our bad luck in never having any adventures. We were big fans of Enid Blyton, in whose books groups of children from nice safe middle-class backgrounds not very dissimilar to our own got i...

  At the end of this month my book about Narnia will be published – 'From Spare Oom to War Drobe', Darton Longman and Todd, 29th April 2021, £16.99: https://bit.ly/3wHaOYw – and available from all good book retailers. The map on the cover i...