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Grimoire: New Scottish Folk Tales - Robin Robertson

Grimoire: New Scottish Folk Tales -  Robin Robertson

Title: Grimoire

Author:  Robin Robertson

ISBN:  9781529051117

Weight:  647 g

Signed first edition, first printing



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Grimoire by Robin Robertson

The new book from the author of The Long Take, shortlisted for the Booker Prize and winner of both the Walter Scott Prize and the Goldsmiths Prize.

Like some lost chapters from the Celtic folk tradition, Grimoire tells stories of ordinary people caught up, suddenly, in the extraordinary: tales of violence, madness and retribution, of second sight, witches, ghosts, selkies, changelings and doubles, all bound within a larger mythology, narrated by a doomed shape-changer – a man, beast or god.

A grimoire is a manual for invoking spirits.  Here, Robin Robertson and his brother Tim Robertson – whose accompanying images are as unforgettable as cave-paintings – raise strange new forms which speak not only of the potency of our myths and superstitions, but how they were used to balance and explain the world and its predicaments.

From one of our most powerful lyric poets, this is a book of curses and visions, gifts both desired and unwelcome, characters on the cusp of their transformation – whether women seeking revenge or saving their broken children, or men trying to save themselves.  Haunting and elemental, Grimoire is full of the same charged beauty as the Scottish landscape – a beauty that can switch, with a mere change in the weather, to hostility and terror.

Peer & Press Reviews

A major poet…  Robertson remains an unequalled guide among the shamanistic roots of poetry.

Fiona Sampson, Independent

Robin Robertson is a fearless and thrilling poet in what he confronts in himself as well as what he unearths from the commons of myth and balladry.

Marina Warner, author of Stranger Magic

He’s a poet who takes enormous risks, not only as a writer, but as a man and I admire him enormously for that.

Kirsty Gunn, Scotsman

Bibliographic Info

SubtitleNew Scottish Folk Tales
Introduced byVal McDermid
IllustratorTim Robertson
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition featuresThis slim volume is 60 pages, which includes the 3-page introduction and 6 pages of Notes and Acknowledgements.
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn a signature page, tipped-in before the title page.
(Printed on this page is the title and the phrase ‘Signed by the author’.)
Book Stats
PublisherPan Macmillan
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139781529051117
ISBN 101529051118
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)204 x 160 x 15mm
Image and Design Credits
Jacket drawingTim Robertson

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