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Cheshire Folk Tales (Folk Tales: United Kingdom) [Kindle Edition]

The Journey Man
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These lively and entertaining folk tales from one of Britain's most ancient counties are vividly retold by local storyteller The Journey Man. Their origins lost in the oral tradition, these thirty stories from Cheshire reflect the wisdom (and eccentricities) of the county and its people. Cheshire has a rich and diverse collection of tales, from the stories of some of Britain's most famous mythical heroes, to tales of demons, dragons, boggarts and sniddlebogs. These stories, illustrated with twenty-five line drawings, bring alice the landscape of the county's rolling hills and fertile plains.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 841 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (30 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AJ2GBE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #177,823 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Readable 6 Dec 2012
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A wonderfully readable collection of tales.

The Journeyman's style of writing has a pleasing feel of being told an oral tale, and no doubt represents his craft and usual presentation style. The contextual asides contribute well to the cosy fireside nature of these stories. The author covers a wide range of time periods from the Anglo Saxon to Edwardian to ensure a good representation of genres; historical to fantasy to supernatural to humour; but all told within the folk tale tradition.

The longer tales work particularly well as this lends the Journeyman space to really give his storytelling muscle room to stretch.

My particular favourites were The Devil's Stony Features, Sir Gawain in Cheshire (a classic refreshingly retold), Mermaids & Mere-Maids, The Headless Woman. I note these may be some of the more haunting stories, but there is something here for everyone.

For me, the mark of a good story is how much of it stays with you after the event. I read this collection a few months ago and the chill of Ginny Green Teeth hasn't been easy to shake (the effective illustration undoubtably contributed to this).

As mentioned, the Journeyman weaves his extensive knowledge of folk telling history into the fabric of each chapter, so I felt I was pleasantly learning as well as being entertained. But it did make me wonder, is there another book within the author? Not necessarily a sequel but a dedicated volume regarding the nature of folk tales; their origin and history.

I imagine this book would work well for schools as an introduction to the subject of the literature of folk tales, but also for anyone who just wants a good read where endings are not always as you expect. And I don't live in Cheshire!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Readable 6 Dec 2012
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A wonderfully readable collection of tales.

The Journeyman's style of writing has a pleasing feel of being told an oral tale, and no doubt represents his craft and usual presentation style. The contextual asides contribute well to the cosy fireside nature of these stories. The author covers a wide range of time periods from the Anglo Saxon to Edwardian to ensure a good representation of genres; historical to fantasy to supernatural to humour; but all told within the folk tale tradition.

The longer tales work particularly well as this lends the Journeyman space to really give his storytelling muscle room to stretch.

My particular favourites were The Devil's Stony Features, Sir Gawain in Cheshire (a classic refreshingly retold), Mermaids & Mere-Maids, The Headless Woman. I note these may be some of the more haunting stories, but there is something here for everyone.

For me, the mark of a good story is how much of it stays with you after the event. I read this collection a few months ago and the chill of Ginny Green Teeth hasn't been easy to shake (the effective illustration undoubtably contributed to this).

As mentioned, the Journeyman weaves his extensive knowledge of folk telling history into the fabric of each chapter, so I felt I was pleasantly learning as well as being entertained. But it did make me wonder, is there another book within the author? Not necessarily a sequel but a dedicated volume regarding the nature of folk tales; their origin and history.

I imagine this book would work well for schools as an introduction to the subject of the literature of folk tales, but also for anyone who just wants a good read where endings are not always as you expect. And I don't live in Cheshire!
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting old tales 11 Sep 2014
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A good collection well put together
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