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3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  185 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrator and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents.
Published December 13th 2011 (first published September 28th 1990)
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Oct 12, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sabrina, Willow, Hermione, Granny Weatherwax
This collection of short stories first published in Science Fantasy magazine is so very, very British and so very, very 60s/70s. It was a trip to read. Keith Roberts is apparently well-regarded in some circles, and his Anita stories have attracted praise from such luminaries as Neil Gaiman, though they're now obscure and I'd never heard of Roberts over on this side of the pond.

Anita Thompson is a witch, living in a little cottage in bucolic England with her grandmother, a cantankerous old gorgon
Jan 30, 2012 Christine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Written in the mid-to-late 60's (I believe), the Anita stories were among the earliest in the now common genre of teenage/young-adult witches in the modern world. I'm finding the collection mostly charming, though it does occasionally seem a bit sexist, a bit too leering - an artifact of the times in which the stories were written, I suppose. I'm listening to the audiobook version produced by Neil Gaiman for Audible. Gaiman's introduction and the talented narrator, Nicola Barber, have made this ...more
Jul 06, 2012 Liam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man, this guy starts off looking a little like the stock footage that all 'young witch going it on her own' books, shows and films got made out of - like the Ur-Sabrina. Except at the same time it's really embedded in the England of the 70's, with its moustaches and pubs and ridiculous cars. It also has a pretty surprising amount of sex in it, which I'm pretty sure didn't make it's way to Sabrina. Although I could sort of see Anita fitting in to that one part of 'Four Rooms,' directed by Allison ...more
Jonathan Scotese
Maybe I expected too much, but I was very disappointed.

This is a collection of short stories about Anita, who is a cute, naive and wanton teenage witch. It was written and set in the 70's. It may suffer from the same problem that The Lord of the Rings has. It probably had a hand in inspiring everything that I unfavorably compare it to.

The satanists in this book have much in common with the ones in Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, but the tone of that book fit
Well, it's that time of year again-- the leaves are turning, the air carries a crisp hint of future cold, and the supermarkets are already prepared for Halloween. So am I. When other holidays come early I feel nothing but annoyance, but not so Halloween.

So, as part of my usual anticipation I've been immersing myself in media, finding spooky films and composing macabre party playlists (This week's best find: "Your heart is as black as night" by Melody Gardot), in preparation for the nights to co
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
This is an enjoyable set of short stories about a young witch named Anita. These short stories have to be one of the first books/stories that started the UF genre and should be read just because of that, if for no other reason.

I really enjoyed Anita. Anita is a bit of a "sex kitten" but it isn't too bad. No actual sex is in the book, just references. What charmed me about Anita was her innocence. Roberts had a light touch with this character. She's a teen and the stories are the mishaps of someo
Jan 06, 2014 Sean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anita gets a solid for stars for what it is and what it has done. If it had been written TODAY I'd poetically give it a three... maybe three and a half.

This is easily the earliest installment in the urban fantasy genre I've tangled with and was cited by Neil Gaiman as one he grew up with.

While it shows, the author does a good job telling a longer story through the medium of short stories - a format I don't usually care for. Because they're all about the same character and maintain continuity, t
Dec 03, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok. First... Chapter 7= "The Jennifer". People who know me, GUESS WHAT THE JENNIFER IS. Ok, ok, I know the suspense is killing you, so I'll tell you. She...or rather they.. are MERMAIDS people! MERMAIDS. It's ridiculous how much this fact pleased me.
As for the book, I really liked it. I expected it to be more risque based on the description, but most was left to your imagination. I liked the characters, and I liked the short story format. I am a sucker for anything to do with ghosts, witches, va
Samuel Lubell
This is a collection of stories, set in rural England of the 1960s about a young witch and her Grannie who gain their powers from Him Wot's Down Under. They're not evil, although they're supposed to be and Anita takes full advantage of the sexual revolution of the 1960s. What many of these stories are about is the conflict between the modern world and the older traditions (usually in the person of Grannie, whose speech is rendered in an almost incomprehensible dialect.) I started this on Hallowe ...more
This audiobook is part of the "Neil Gamain Presents" collection at It's a rather obscure (at least in the US) collection of short stories published in the 1960's. The stories feature Anita, a young witch enjoying the swinging 60's and her crotchety grandmother. The stories vary, particularly in their tone, so it feels a bit uneven. The funniest story "The Television" was followed by the most poignant, "Timothy". Anita is a charming character though, and her granny was a hoot. The na ...more
Jun 24, 2012 Blue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book read by Nicola Barber.

I found this on was introduced by Neil Gaiman and is one of his personal favorites.

I liked this book. Anita is a very independent witch who is young and starting to explore the real and the supernatural world. Each chapter is a new adventure. I like all the different people and places she ends is a really imaginative, fun and heartfelt book. Sometimes she is saving the world, or just helping out a friend...the variety of ideas is
Claire Gilligan
May 07, 2015 Claire Gilligan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Quite fun! I had high expectations, since the recommendation came from Neil Gaiman, and this book did not disappoint! Fun short stories, fantastic characters, imaginative situations, and a well-fleshed-out world (not to mention that the audiobook version was brilliantly narrated!).

Note: Many descriptions depict Anita as very much a product of the swingin' 60s, and while yes, I suppose she was, such trysts happened so far offscreen that they'd make a Hitchcock film look explicit in comparison!
I listened to the Neil Gaiman Presents version on Audible. I found the character Anita to be slightly annoying and a little ... stupid? Jaded? Naive? Irritating. However, it was interesting to see how she grew through the stories (and how she learned or didn't learn certain lessons). I really enjoyed the last story, and it was a great way to end the book. The narrator did a good job conveying different characters.
T.D. Whittle
I love Anita and Granny and their houseful of familiars beyond all reason, and I don't wish to spoil the enchantment by casting a critical eye over the book. I own Anita in hardcover and in the "Neil Gaiman Presents" Audible version. The Audible reading is especially brilliant as it is beautifully performed and aids the listener's understanding of Granny's thick dialect. A thousand magical sparkling stars.
Mar 20, 2012 Steven rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, chick-lit
Not what I was expecting. I thought I was in for a novel, but what I got instead was a chronological series of stories about the young witch Anita and her cranky old granny. Some of the stories were better than others, so it was a bit uneven. It was an enjoyable read, but not one I plan to revisit. If you like modern teen stories about witches etc., this will show you how it was done old-school.
Jul 13, 2013 Jacob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some interesting ideas that don't amount to much. Feels more like a mystical sexual exploration than anything else. Everything it does has been done better. You can make excuses for timing, but that's not enough to save this book from itself.
Oct 15, 2013 Fern rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute book and after reading it I totally get where Agnes Nutter from Good Omens came from. Definitely same DNA
Cynthia Turpen
it just annoyed me to no end. i don't even know why. i just couldn't connect with it.
Mar 02, 2010 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read several of the Anita stories when they first appeared in the magazine Science Fantasy/SF Impulse many years ago, and moderately enjoyed them. When I noticed at Philcon a few weeks ago that Darrell Schweitzer was selling copies of his Owlswick Press's volume of the collected series I naturally snapped one up.

Anita is a young bombshell of a witch trying to do her best to fit into the world of the 1960s and '70s despite the limitations imposed by the elderly relative with whom she lives, Gr
Aug 27, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I really enjoyed this book. It was like a bunch of short stories put together about the life of this witch. Each chapter is a different story, but there are some that reference previous chapters. I really enjoyed it. I really like the narrator Nicola Barber. She's fantastic. I want to hear other books she's read.
Jul 05, 2016 Jon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I first read these stories, what, forty years ago? I recalled them as being funny, and some of them still were (as well being an obvious source for Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg), but what my teenage self hadn't noticed was the quite appalling sexism in one of the stories. (It is apparent from other of Roberts' work that he has ... issues, shall we say).
Dec 03, 2013 Tanya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy, Witches & England
Anita by Keith Roberts is a solid 3.5 star book. I could not bear to give this book 3 stars. It is beautifully written and the stories have a certain sparkle. I despair only that its not a complete story but many small ones.
Jason Maurer
Oct 24, 2012 Jason Maurer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enormous sense of wonder, amazing characters, often odd and somewhat lackluster storytelling, but on the whole a great read. I listened to it, the Neil Gaiman Presents version, and the voiceactress without a doubt brought all of the characters to full life inside my head.
Austin Matthews
Oct 09, 2012 Austin Matthews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great 60s young adult. Great Archetypes.
Mar 23, 2013 Marybeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I simply thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a delightful fantasy frolic.
Vignettes of a cutesy, gullible, teen witch and her cranky grandmother with a dash of British dark humor. Each story is unique and some are better than others yet each delightful on their own.
Dec 22, 2016 Terri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: veddybritish, magical
Fun listen, good choice of book and voice, I may look for others in this "Neil Gaiman presents" series. Good (mostly) witches, coming-of-age, mermaids and other magical creatures.
Original collection of linked comic tales about a young witch; the stories were first seen in the U.K. digest SCIENCE FANTASY
Paula Draeger
Mar 08, 2014 Paula Draeger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun twist on the teenage witch still relevant even though it was written in the 60s
Shom Biswas
Apr 13, 2013 Shom Biswas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2103
Fine, fun short stories. Sixties witch, a bit of a wild child, is this Anita. But good. Breezy read.
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Used These Alternate Names: Alistair Bevan , John Kingston , David Stringer

Keith John Kingston Roberts was a British science fiction author. He began publishing with two stories in the September 1964 issue of Science Fantasy magazine, "Anita" (the first of a series of stories featuring a teenage modern witch and her eccentric granny) and "Escapism.

Several of his early stories were written using t
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