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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

Lined and prepublication dated signed first edition, first printing




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Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce

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.

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…

Peer & Press Reviews

As its title trumpets, Some Kind of Fairy Tale meditates on the nature of what it means to tell stories.  But wisely and hauntingly, it does so through a spellbinding story of its own.

Jason Heller, The A.V. Club

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.

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Bibliographic Info

TitleSome Kind of Fairy Tale
Sub titleA tale of enchantment…
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the title page
Lined“You don’t give a horse a name. They don’t like to have names.”
Dated15/6/12 [prepublication]
Awards and Media
Awards and prizesBritish Fantasy Awards 2013 – winner (Robert Holdstock Award, best fantasy novel)
Book Stats
PublisherOrion Publishing Group
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139780575115286
ISBN 100575115289
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d):223 x 144 x 37mm
Design Credits
Jacket designNick Castle Design

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