The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night : an enchanting collection of modern fairy tales

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Modern fairy tales of magic, outsiders and lost souls.

'A gem of a book ... deeply moving' Stylist
'A darkly clever, beautifully written and deliciously twisted collection of modern fairy tales' Red
'Campbell writes beautifully' Grazia

'These days, you can find anything you need at the click of a button.
That's why I bought her heart online.'

Spirits in jam jars, mini-apocalypses, animal hearts and side shows.
A girl runs a coffin hotel on a remote island.
A boy is worried his sister has two souls.
A couple are rewriting the history of the world.
And mermaids are on display at the local aquarium.

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night is a collection of twelve haunting stories; modern fairy tales brimming with magic, outsiders and lost souls.

'What a book. It's so strange and magical and the writing is just beautiful. I loved it' Louise O'Neill
'Enchanting and illuminating' Carys Bray
'Like walking through a mirror' Rachel Joyce
'This book is full of character and magic, and I found myself mesmerised' Claire Fuller
'These stories are weaved together like silvery fishing nets. Like shimmering, jewel-bright worlds' Helen McClory
'Magical and sinister at the same time' Kirsty Logan

From the author of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops series and The Bookshop Book.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 120 x 190 x 10mm | 160g
  • Two Roads
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • B&W
  • 147365355X
  • 9781473653559
  • 46,498

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Campbell's entirely fresh reframing of classic fairytales within modern experiences...really got me thinking. The perfect autumnal read to curl up with. Stylist 20171025
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Campbell's entirely fresh reframing of classic fairytales within modern experiences...really got me thinking. The perfect autumnal read to curl up with. * Stylist * razor-sharp critique of contemporary issues and deeply moving short stories * Stylist * quietly excellent * Stylist * The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night is a gem of a book * Stylist * A darkly clever, beautifully written and deliciously twisted collection of modern fairy tales -- Sarra Manning * Red * 'dark, twisted fairy tales' -- Kirsty Logan * The Herald * Full of wonder: brilliantly imaginative, with dark, unsettling undercurrents ... The characters sparkle with a sense of the surreal, but these outcasts, misfits and loners are filled with hopes and dreams, and are as believable as those in any true-life novel. * Psychologies * Interwoven with myth and fairy tale, these stories are surprising, delightful, and by turns dangerous and joyful, like walking through a mirror and discovering a world that you both recognise and have never seen before. -- Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry 'Campbell's fairy tales retain a kaleidoscope quality from the first to the last page...a reality coloured by our imagination in which we are as strong as we are vulnerable, as similar as we are different.' Sanja Gligoric There are so many intriguing characters and situations to be enjoyed in The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night...Jen Campbell is clearly a writer to watch. -- Katy Goodwin-Bates * New Books magazine * Visceral, sinister and yet strangely beguiling ... her stories often explore characters, situations and settings caught in that strange area between the known and the unfamiliar, between the normal and the 'monstrous' ... Comparisons could be made to Angela Carter, but Campbell's stories have a quality completely their own; haunting in their imagery and powerful in their brevity. -- Carolyn Percy * Wales Art Review * Interesting and refreshing ... an extremely enlightening read * TN2 Magazine * Funny and poignant and unexpected. A fable for our times. -- Sarah Franklin fantasy, magic, fairy tales, with a sprinkling of reality * Irish Times * A story collection which manages to be magical and sinister at the same time * Kirsty Logan *
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About Jen Campbell

JEN CAMPBELL is an award-winning poet and short story writer. Her debut short story collection, The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night, is published by Two Roads and her children's picture book series about a book-loving dragon called Franklin is published by Thames & Hudson. She is also the Sunday Times bestselling author of the Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops series and The Bookshop Book. She received an Eric Gregory Award, was awarded the Jane Martin Poetry Prize, and her poetry collection The Girl Aquarium is forthcoming from Bloodaxe.
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2,936 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 24% (694)
4 40% (1,160)
3 27% (796)
2 8% (239)
1 2% (47)
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