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Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold (Hardcover)

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Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold By Daisy Johnson, Kirsty Logan, Emma Glass, Eimear McBride, Natasha Carthew, Mahsuda Snaith, Naomi Booth, Liv Little, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Irenosen Okojie Cover Image
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Calling these stories "retellings" doesn't quite do them justice - each one builds around the bones of the old folklore to create something new, compelling, and insightful. The eerie otherworld of dreams, spirits, strange creatures, and imagined memories seeps into reality, at once making the familiar strange and bringing difficult truths into the light. Each author has a unique voice and approach to the theme, too, making each short story a fresh delight to uncover.  -Em

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'Engaging, modern fables with a feminist tang' Sunday Times

DARK, POTENT AND UNCANNY, HAG BURSTS WITH THE UNTOLD STORIES OF OUR ISLES
, CAPTURED IN VOICES AS VARIED AS THEY ARE VIVID.

Here are sisters fighting for the love of the same woman, a pregnant archaeologist unearthing impossible bones and lost children following you home. A panther runs through the forests of England and pixies prey upon violent men.

From the islands of Scotland to the coast of Cornwall, the mountains of Galway to the depths of the Fens, these forgotten folktales howl, cackle and sing their way into the 21st century, wildly reimagined by some of the most exciting women writing in Britain and Ireland today.

'A thoroughly original package that has a hint of Angela Carter' The Times

'Sharp writing and cleverly done' Spectator

Praise For…


Engaging, modern fables with a feminist tangSunday Times

A thoroughly original package that had a hint of Angela CarterThe Times T2

Sharp writing and cleverly doneSpectator

Relevant and intriguingNew Statesman

It's easy to get lost in the stories from diverse voicesGuardian

Simply and beautifully executedObserver

Freshly feministTimes Literary Supplement

Leaves the reader yearning to believe in the redemptive power of magicSarah Gilmartin, Irish Times

Vivid, perceptive. At the heart of each mystical story is a woman, who, often on the cusp of a new beginning, remains haunted by traumas from her past.—New Statesman

Hag swarms with mermaids, boggarts and shape-shifters but it also explores the hopes and visceral dreads from which those creatures emerged in the human imagination. Daisy Johnson's wittily disquieting take on The Green Children of Woolpit is a masterclass.—Susan Flockhart, Glasgow Herald


Product Details
ISBN: 9780349013596
ISBN-10: 0349013594
Publisher: Virago
Publication Date: June 21st, 2022
Pages: 304
Language: English

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