Brunt Boggart: A Tapestry of Tales
A unique and very English novel composed of a cycle of beautiful and mysterious fantasy folk tales which combine to tell an unforgettable story
NOMINATED FOR THE CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL
'A rich, primordial dreamtime... A wonderful excavation of the story traditions that our ancestors huddled around for warmth... highly recommended'
Alan Moore, author of Watchmen
This is a book...more
This was a strange and surreal collection of fantastical tales woven in English but at times I felt that I was reading in tongues. I'm not quite sure my review can do it justice but I'll try but honestly I believe it'll be a much better service if you read this yourself. The Brunt Boggart is a different book than what I usually read and by that I mean it's a collection of vast landscapes, dreams, and ...more
And it starts off well. I fall into this quaint English village with whispered superstitions, chanted verses, and secret songs. I am enchanted by the Wolfboy who gives up the woods ...more
It sounded so cool: "a magical tapestry of folk tales, woven together to build a world that is as strange yet familiar as a half-remembered dream." But it felt like the book was trying to do too many things at once. There was supposed to be one overarching storyline throughout the separate stories, but that storyline never really got off the ground and didn't have any conclusion either - it felt a little half-hearted. There were a ...more
There is so much content in this book it should delight young readers for a good amount of time as they work their way through the tales. It was a great ...more
This book was very creative in the way it was created and written, creating a multiplayer of folk tales set in one place. I can totally see people loving and enjoying the tales told within this book. It had so much thought and depth into it creating this whole world that has lots of stories to tell.
For me though I wasn’t able to get into the book, and couldn’t enjoy it ...more
Weaving together different stories to form the Other-World in which Brunt Boggart inhabits. It's like those darker fairy stories you remember from your childhood- that don't always end happily ever after.
Bear with this book- it's a rewarding read.
Strange and clandestine folkloric rites are practised in the fields, odd characters slip and scuttle between chapter and page. ...more