The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night
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The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night

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Modern fairy tales of 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, author of A Song For Issy Bradley 'LIKE WALKING THROUGH A MIRROR.' Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry 'THIS BOOK IS FULL OF CHARACTER AND MAGIC, AND I FOUND MYSELF MESMERISED' Claire Fuller, author of Our Endless Numbered Days 'A GEM OF A BOOK ... DEEPLY MOVING' Stylist Book Wars v THE BOOK OF DUST. 'THESE STORIES ARE WEAVED TOGETHER LIKE SILVERY FISHING NETS. LIKE SHIMMERING, JEWEL-BRIGHT WORLDS' Helen McClory '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. 'I'm fascinated by storytelling, and particularly fairy tales. How humans have always tried to explain things that they can't possibly understand with, sometimes outrageous, stories' Jen CampbellFrom the author of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops series and The Bookshop Book.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 148 x 222 x 23mm | 336g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Two Roads
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1473653533
  • 9781473653535
  • 648

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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 believale as those in any true-life novel. * Psychologies * Funny and poignant and unexpected. A fable for our times. -- Sarah Franklin Interesting and refreshing ... an extremely enlightening read * TN2 Magazine * Jen Campbell's intensely imaginative stories can only be described as beautiful and bizarre. This collection is filled with fantastical elements that give it a dangerous and charming flavour. * Bustle * These stories are weaved together like silvery fishing nets. Like shimmering, jewel- bright worlds * Helen McClory * This book is full of character and magic, and I found myself mesmerised * Claire Fuller, bestselling author of OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS * Enchanting and whimsical, curiously beautiful and illuminating * Carys Bray, bestselling author of A SONG FOR ISSY BRADLEY * totally weird and wonderful * Emerald Street * Jen Campbell's intensely imaginative stories can only be described as beautiful and bizarre. This collection is filled with fantastical elements that give it a dangerous and charming flavor. * Bustle * razor-sharp critique of contemporary issues and deeply moving short stories * Stylist * A darkly clever, beautifully written and deliciously twisted collection of modern fairy tales -- Sarra Manning * Red * 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 * '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 'I was hooked from the first sentence of the first story. They're so twisted and dark and a genuine pleasure to read ... so strange and magical.' Louise O'Neill 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 Mining myths and fairy tales, Campbell gives voice to the outsiders, misfits and lost souls in the most mesmerising way. * Daily Mail * There is dark enchantment in these wonderfully strange tales * Daily Mail * A collection of twelve haunting stories packed with modern fairy tales about outsiders and lost souls ... It's something Campbell, who writes beautifully, believes is important to document. * Grazia * The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night is a gem of a book * Stylist * quietly excellent * Stylist * Campbell's entirely fresh reframing of classic fairytales within modern experiences...really got me thinking. The perfect autumnal read to curl up with. * Stylist *show more

About Jen Campbell

JEN CAMPBELL is an award-winning poet and short story writer. Born in the north east of England, she now lives in London, and is the author of the bestselling Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops series and The Bookshop Book. She worked as a bookseller for ten years. Her first children's book Franklin's Flying Bookshop is published by Thames and Hudson. A respected and influential book vlogger with almost 30,000 subscribers, she has won an Eric Gregory Award for poetry in 2016 and has been a judge for the Costa and Somerset Maugham awards.She is a little bit obsessed with the darker side of fairy tales. She lives in London.show more

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