Hag : Forgotten Folktales Retold

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'Engaging, modern fables with a feminist tang' Sunday Times


Here are sisters fighting for the love of the same woman, a pregnant archaeologist unearthing impossible bones and lost children following you home. A panther runs through the forests of England and pixies prey upon violent men.

From the islands of Scotland to the coast of Cornwall, the mountains of Galway to the depths of the Fens, these forgotten folktales howl, cackle and sing their way into the 21st century, wildly reimagined by some of the most exciting women writing in Britain and Ireland today.

'A thoroughly original package that has a hint of Angela Carter' The Times

'Sharp writing and cleverly done' Spectator
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 138 x 218 x 34mm | 431g
  • Virago Press Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0349013594
  • 9780349013596
  • 8,092

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Engaging, modern fables with a feminist tang * Sunday Times * A thoroughly original package that had a hint of Angela Carter * The Times T2 * Sharp writing and cleverly done * Spectator * Relevant and intriguing * New Statesman * It's easy to get lost in the stories from diverse voices * Guardian * Simply and beautifully executed * Observer * Freshly feminist * Times Literary Supplement * Leaves the reader yearning to believe in the redemptive power of magic -- Sarah Gilmartin * Irish Times * Vivid, perceptive. At the heart of each mystical story is a woman, who, often on the cusp of a new beginning, remains haunted by traumas from her past. * New Statesman * Hag swarms with mermaids, boggarts and shape-shifters but it also explores the hopes and visceral dreads from which those creatures emerged in the human imagination. Daisy Johnson's wittily disquieting take on The Green Children of Woolpit is a masterclass. -- Susan Flockhart * Glasgow Herald *
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About Daisy Johnson

Irenosen Okojie is a Nigerian British writer. Her debut novel Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask award and was shortlisted for an Edinburgh International First Book Award. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, the Observer, the Guardian, the BBC and the Huffington Post amongst other publications. Her short story collection Speak Gigantular , published by Jacaranda Books, was shortlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards and nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. She was recently inducted as a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature as one of the Forty Under Forty initiative.
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