A Pocketful of Crows (Hardback)
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A Pocketful of Crows (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 19/10/2017
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A perfect autumn and Christmas read, this combines the harshness of nature with the spookiness of a ghost story and the comfort of a great folk tale, in one beautifully told novella.

“I am as brown as brown can be,
 
And my eyes as black as sloe;
 
I am as brisk as brisk can be,
 
And wild as forest doe.”
 
(The Child Ballads, 295)

So begins a beautiful tale of love, loss and revenge. Following the seasons, A Pocketful of Crows balances youth and age, wisdom and passion and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless wild girl.

Only love could draw her into the world of named, tamed things. And it seems only revenge will be powerful enough to let her escape.

Beautifully illustrated by Bonnie Helen Hawkins, this is a stunning and original modern fairytale.Inspired by the The Brown Girl ballad A Pocketful of Crows is a fairy tale of love, magic, betrayal and revenge woven from traditional folklore.

Originally written in short form as part of a live Twitter #Storytime, it’s a dark and magical story in which a nameless Faërie girl defies her people and follows her heart after falling in love with a human…

‘I see A Pocketful of Crows as a psychological coming-of-age story disguised as a fairy tale. There are elements of Grimm’s fairy tales here, and elements of the Gothic novel. Most of all, there is the idea that fairy tales can be reflections of the human psyche, expressing things through story that cannot be easily articulated elsewhere’ – Joanne Harris

A bestselling British novelist Joanne Harris made her name with her novel Chocolat (which was subsequently made into an Oscar-nominated film). A writer of rare imaginative range and scope, her fiction incorporates social realism as well as folk, fairytale, myth and fantasy novels written as Joanne M. Harris. Her novels include Different Class, Gentleman and Players, BlueeyedboyRunemarks, Blackberry Wine and The Gospel of Loki.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781473222182
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 310 g
Dimensions: 204 x 136 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
I loved this story . . . It offers a reminder that however much man tries to insulate himself with his beliefs and inventions, he remains reliant on and at the mercy of the forces of nature * NeverImitate *
A cozy flight of fancy to curl up with on a chilly night * Publishers Weekly *
The perfect novel to curl up with on a cold autumn night . . . It is a fierce, intelligent interpretation of a folk ballad * Book Murmuration *
An utter delight * The Book Bag *
I absolutely loved it . . . This lyrical read is a fairytale about life, love and ultimately revenge * Where There's Ink There's Paper *
It was magical and utterly captured me * Aurora Sights *

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“Fairytale with a twist....”

Based on the poem " Child Ballads " , this enchanting novella mixes English folktales with gothic mythology about love, lost and revenge told through the months and seasons of the year.

It is wonderfully... More

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“Full of folklore and fairytale”

This is a book drawing of folklore and countryside traditions.


The plot is slight. A nameless “wild” girl falls in love with a local boy who is son of Lord of the Manor. What sacrifices will she have to make? Will... More

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“Beautiful. Magical. Haunting”

A Pocketful of Crows is a haunting, majestic tale that was an absolute delight to read. I couldn’t peel my eyes away from it. The writing, the story, the magnificent illustrations transpired to create a work of... More

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