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Alan Garner
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bag of moonshine

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  72 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
'Come here. lad, and I'll tell thee a tale'

Open this bag of moonshine, and all manner of strange and wonderful stories will pour out. Tales of magic and wizardry, mystery and trickery, with boggarts and witches, gowks and hobgoblins.

A spellbinding collection of folklore from England and Wales, flawlessly retold by Alan Garner in the best oral storytelling tradition.

144 pages
Published February 5th 1986 by Collins
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Nesa Sivagnanam
May 27, 2012 Nesa Sivagnanam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taking its title from a nonsense rhyme included, this is a wonderful collection of 20 tales and 2 rhymes from England and Wales.

Most are unfamiliar, although almost all contain variants of recognizable elements of European folktales.

They are zestfully told, and their magic is not dark. Compare Joseph Jacob's "Jack Hannerford" with Garner's spirited "up galloped the farmer, all of a dither-a-wack, like a new-baked custard." He gives these tales the pepper of folktelling without letting them bec
May 04, 2015 Trisha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was completely surprised by how much I liked this one. told as little mini stories, they are twisted fairy tales and other stories. It must have been just what I was ready to read, because I enjoyed it and I was surprised and sad when I hit the last page (because it was so short).
Emilia Brusin
A nice collection of short fairy tales, with many familiar elements. The stories themselves were funny, but I was most impressed by the language and the beautiful illustrations.
Mar 22, 2014 A.J. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A collection of folk tales/fairy stories. Quick to read - none of them really wowed me, but I do like Garner's use of language.
I flicked in and out of this for a few days, enjoying the odd mix of fairytales. The style wasn't as good as his longer novels and for me, the best bit was the illustrations, which has an unusally dark slant to them. I would probably have enjoyed it more if I was nearer the target age!
it was a good to read this type of book once in awhile .....this book was fun to read although some of the story had no purpose LOL
Bernard Macdonagh
Brilliant lots of great tellings of some very short stories my fav is Harry Cap and the Three Brothers
"Stick Thump Em!"
Nov 07, 2014 Shell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book the story's was short but funny will be reading alan garner books.
Dec 11, 2013 Samiha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would have rated it 3.8 if I could. The stories were completely bonkers!
Excellent language and quality illustrations by Patrick James Lynch.
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Alan Garner OBE (born 17 October 1934) is an English novelist who is best known for his children's fantasy novels and his retellings of traditional British folk tales. His work is firmly rooted in the landscape, history and folklore of his native county of Cheshire, North West England, being set in the region and making use of the native Cheshire dialect.

Born into a working-class family in Conglet
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