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Some Kind of Fairy Tale - Graham Joyce

Some Kind of Fairy Tale - Graham Joyce

Title: Some Kind of Fairy Tale

Author:  Graham Joyce

ISBN:  9780575115286

Weight:  990g

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dated first edition, first printing



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Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce

It is Christmas afternoon and Peter Martin gets an unexpected phone call from his parents.  It pulls him into a bewildering mystery.  His sister, Tara, has come back home.  Not so unusual you might think, this is a time when families get together.  But twenty years ago Tara took a walk into the woods and never came back, and as the years have gone by with no word from her the family has, unspoken, feared that she was dead.

But now she’s back, tired, disheveled, but happy and full of stories about twenty years spent traveling the world, an epic odyssey taken on a whim.  But her stories don’t quite hang together and the intervening years have been very kind to Tara…  She really does look no different from the young women who walked out the door twenty years ago.

Peter’s parents are just delighted to have their little girl back, but Peter is not so sure.  There is something about her.  A haunted, otherworldly quality.  Some would say it’s as if she’s off with the fairies.  And as the months go by Peter begins to suspect that the woods around their homes are not finished with Tara and his family…

With film rights already sold to Hollywood, Some Kind of Fairy Tale is a very English story.  A story of woods and clearings, a story of folk tales and family histories.

Peer & Press Reviews

A sly, observant story…  Joyce keep the focus on the human drama, allowing his fairyland to build itself with threatening glamour in the shadows of the reader’s imagination.

Tim Martin, The Daily Telegraph

Joyce’s major themes are love, loss and family relationships, with the emotional landscape of Tara’s family described from different viewpoints.  Strong characterisation and narrative make this a perfectly paced novel that offers a glimpse of the supernatural and mystical elements in delightful fashion, creating a world that offers a much needed source of escapism for readers everywhere.  A gripping tale of enchantment that weaves many threads, with a twist at the end.

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Some Kind of Fairy Tale
Sub title: A tale of enchantment…
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Book features: Red boards with gold coloured text on spine.
Overall condition: Fine / Very fine – some very light pushing to spine ends
Signed: Yes – on the title page
Lined: Yes – “You don’t give a horse a name. They don’t like to have names.”
Dated: Yes – 15/6/12 (prepublication)
Book Stats
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Imprint: Gollancz
Awards and prizes: Winner of the Best Fantasy Novel category (the Robert Holdstock Award) at the 2013 British Fantasy Awards
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9780575115286
ISBN 10: 0575115289
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 389
Size (h x w x d): 223 x 144 x 37mm
Design Credits
Jacket design: Nick Castle Design

Collectors Notes & Author Links

  • Graham was a multi-award winning author who died at the age of 59 on 9 September 2014.  In his lifetime, he won the best novel category of the British Fantasy Awards an astonishing six times for the following books…
Dark Sister1993
The Tooth Fairy1997
Memoirs of a Master Forger (writing as William Heaney)2009
Some Kind of Fairy Tale2013
  • In 2003, his book The Facts of Life won the World Fantasy Awards best novel category.  He also won an O. Henry Award in 2009, for his short work of fiction An Ordinary Soldier of the Queen (published in The Paris Review).
  • To find out more, you might like to visit Graham Joyce’s website.  This is a rich source of info on his life and books.

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