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The Dead Moon

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  6 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Kevin Crossley-Holland, an expert in the field of legends, has collected and retold some of the best of the East Anglian and Fen country tales. To the people who lived in this bleak, cold marshland of mist, dark paths and corners, the strange creatures and spirits that haunted and lived in the earth and pools were a powerful living presence. The eleven tales are an excelle ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published 1982 by Faber and Faber Limited
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Hugh Stuart
This compendium of East Anglian folk tales and legends was introduced to me by my wife only a couple of years ago and became an instant favourite of mine. Being a good Suffolk girl she is well versed in the myth and fable of this part of the country and this one of her favourites as a child. The stories contained within are a mix of good old-fashioned horrifying, leave-the-light-on folk tales and more moralistic affairs. All of them, however, are steeped in symbolism and superstition.

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Colin Bruce Anthes
Interesting note: the tale The Pedlar of Swaffham reads like a predecessor to Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist.

Well re-told, dark tales. Almost a five.
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Kevin Crossley-Holland is a well-known poet and prize-winning author for children. His books include Waterslain Angels, a detective story set in north Norfolk in 1955, and Moored Man: A Cycle of North Norfolk Poems; Gatty's Tale, a medieval pilgrimage novel; and the Arthur trilogy (The Seeing Stone, At the Crossing-Places and King of the Middle March), which combines historical fiction with the re ...more
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