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Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book [Hardcover]

Terry Jones , Brian Froud
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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13 Oct 1994
This is a reproduction of the diary of Lady Angelica Cottingham, which features pressed garden fairies. Or rather the psychic images of the fairies, who quickly turned it into a game, where they leapt between the closing pages in an effort to outdo each other to produce the most outrageous poses. The book claims to be the facsimile edition of the notebook of Lady Cottington who, it is said, took the infamous photograph of a group of fairies that was authenticated by Conan Doyle, but later discredited. She was determined to prove the existence of fairies and began to capture them between the pages of her notebook, in which she had previously pressed wild flowers. This is a record of the fairies she caught, and of the disruptive influence they had on her otherwise sheltered life.

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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books; 1st edition (13 Oct 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857933362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857933369
  • Product Dimensions: 30.4 x 23.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Jones is a writer, actor and director best known for his membership of the Monty Python team. He has also written a number of children's books for Pavilion, including Fantastic Stories, which won the children's vote in the 1992 Smarties Prize, and The Knight and the Squire. He lives in London. Brian Froud is a popular and highly acclaimed artist whose imaginative portrayals of fantasy worlds and people in particular are recognized He lives in Devon. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can dream, but they are out there. 9 Jan 2002
This book is such a wonder to own, the detailed paintings of the fairies mixed with the fantastic colours really do take your breath away.
I own both this book plus the handbag size version and the journal and all are a pleasure to own.
If you like these you will love the goblins companion as well.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
a very silly book with brilliant pictures, and terry jones stays true to form with his intellegent wit. This book can appeal to every age level, as long as you have a sense of humor and a secret belief that they are at the bottom of the garden.i think we farnhamites must!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book 27 Sep 2002
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I first encountered this amazing book when I was 12 and I was convinced that around every tree there would be a farie, but try as I did I could not catch one, not even a goblin! I ran into Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book on Amazon a few months ago, I am now 30-odd, I had to get it! It has got to be the first book that every little girl, women and granny should consider for their library! Mystical, funny, naughty but nice, childish and deadley serious! It is a must have for anyone who relishes the idea of blaming everything on the faries! I personally do not believe they are drawing at all!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and yet hilarious 3 Nov 2009
I was given this book for Christmas and i have to say i left it to one side for a long while before deciding to read it. I thought it would be too childish to entertain me for very long. I was incorrect in this assumption, i started to read the book and didn't stop until i'd finished! The descriptions given by "Lady Cottington" are disturbingly amusing from the point of view of the fairies, and from the Lady herself! Some of the pictures had me crying with laughter. A definite recommendation for those of us with a warped sense of humour.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Book For Any Girl :) 24 Jun 2010
An AMAZING book for any girl/woman of any age, I read this book as a child and was devastated when I couldn't find it to show someone, so I ordered this one and several others by the same publisher. These books are amazing and would make a perfect present, they take you in to a fairy tale with drawings and sketches. Just an amazing unusual book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smashed faeries lol 31 May 2010
I bought this issue for a friend. It is a true and comical work of art. The idea alone: a young girl literally 'printing' faeries by smashing them between the pages of her book, is wonderful, original and very funny.

I highly recommend this work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars pressed fairies 21 Jun 2009
By J. Ball
This was everything I expected and more. It was a gift to my daughter (she's 35!) and she loves the quirky humour. We'll be looking out for more by this author (and from this seller!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 15 April 2009
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If you love fairies like I do, this is a must for your collection. The illustrations are beautiful and funny, the story is enchanting.

The cover is slightly padded which just adds to it's charm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book
I absolutely love this book as I am a fairy lover. I have bought this book for my neice who after seeing mine desperately wanted a copy. Read more
Published 20 days ago by tee jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful
The illustrations are wonderfully whimsical and beautiful, and the cover of the book and the pages are of high quality. It arrived promptly and in wonderful condition!
Published 1 month ago by Alex B
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely!
A friend at uni had this and have been looking for one for a while. Lush art work. The description rated it as 'used' but really, it's in pristine condition!
Published 2 months ago by Miss T
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I really love this book. I love this book so much I've bought it 3 times. I don't mean a copy for myself and two friends, but bought it for myself 3 times. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sadie Forsythe
5.0 out of 5 stars love this book
Had this given to me as a present, what a hoot!
Brian Frouds artwork is fab and Terry Jones text is as usual brill. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Child dream
I was looking for this book for a long time since I first saw it when I was a child. It's very fun and creative with beautiful illustrations, not only for kids.
Published 11 months ago by Clacla
4.0 out of 5 stars Tales from behind the potting shed...
Inspired by the (in)famous "Cottingley fairies" photographs of the early twentieth century, "Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book" is a masterpiece of satire, pastiche and sick... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Steve Benner
5.0 out of 5 stars lady cottington's pressed faery book
Excellent book this. Bought as a xmas pressie for someone who likes faery art and - in particular - Brian Froud. Not disappointed. The DVD in the back is a great little bonus.
Published on 26 Dec 2011 by C. Hollis
5.0 out of 5 stars Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book
Really pleased with this book. The pictures and content was great & really complimented each other. Would recommend to all fairy lovers!
Published on 29 Sep 2011 by Gembear
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, in a warped sort of way !
I first spotted this book back in the mid 90's, and I've been meaning to buy it ever since. I finally got around to buying it recently, and I was not disappointed. Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2011 by K. Greenwell
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