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The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night (Hardback)
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The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 02/11/2017
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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 Campbell

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

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9781473653535
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 336 g
Dimensions: 222 x 148 x 23 mm

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
The Gloaming: Kirsty Logan in conversation with Jen Campbell

The Gloaming: Kirsty Logan in conversation with Jen Campbell

London - Gower Street
Tuesday 1st May 18:30

Praised for her captivating, wildly imaginative writing and likened to Angela Carter, Jeanette Winterson and Margaret Atwood, Kirsty Logan is the prize-winning author of short story collections The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales and A Portable Shelter, and critically acclaimed novel, The Gracekeepers. On May 1st she will be speaking to Jen Campbell, writer, poet and author of The Beginning of the World in Middle of the Night about her new novel, The Gloaming – a bewitching tale of first love, shattering grief and the dangerous magic that draws us home.

One Year Anniversary Celebration!

One Year Anniversary Celebration!

London - Crouch End
Friday 4th May 19:00

Join us to celebrate the one year anniversary of Waterstones Crouch End! We'll be joined by some wonderful local authors, including Linda Grant, Jen Campbell, Romesh Gunesekera, Sue Hessel, Peter Bradshaw, Rachel Malik and Mark Hill, who will each read a passage from their favourite book of the past year. Tickets for this event are £5, please book in advance to avoid disappointment.


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“Weird and whimsical fairy tales in contemporary setting”

I know of Jen Campbell as a vlogger who shares her love for short stories and poetry in a very engaging way. Even though they're not normally the types of reads I'd pick up, her enthusiasm really shines... More

Hardback edition
28th January 2018
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“Great short stories!”

I was sent a copy of The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell to read and review by NetGalley.
Firstly, I didn’t realize that this was a book of short stories and not a novel! Having said... More

Hardback edition
25th February 2018
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Whispering Stories

“Apart from being strange, the stories are all quite dark too”

Jen Campbell’s new book, The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night, is a collect of 12 short stories. These are not just any short stories, though, they are very weird, yet surprisingly addictive. They... More

Hardback edition
7th March 2018
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