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Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Letters [Hardcover]

Brian Froud , Ari Berk
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3 Oct 2005
The Cottington Archive is pleased to announce that more information about Lady Cottingon has surfaced: a scrapbook compiled by the notorious fairy smasher herself of "actual" letters, Valentines, calling cards, and more that she received from luminaries Queen Victoria, Annie Oakley, Igor Stravinsky, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Andrew Lang, P.T. Barnum, Rudyard Kipling, Wendy Darling, Beatrix Potter, and more. All about fairies, these hilarious letters contain everything from wisdom to suggestions to chastisement. Lady Cottington has made notes in the margins not to mention smashed fairies throughout (will she EVER STOP this nasty habit?!). And the fairies...ah the fairies...they too have done their part, sprinkling magic and mayhem throughout. Lady Cottington's Correspondence, a facsimile reproduction of this original volume, combines the nutty artistry of the first two Lady Cottington books with the novelty components of Griffin & Sabine. Containing "actual" letters, invoices for "spiritual services," a fairy Valentine, an invitation from Alice Liddell to tea, and more, this newest, interactive addition to the Lady Cottington series is the most innovative to date.


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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books (3 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862057087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862057081
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 23.3 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Froud is an award-winning illustrator, author, and fairy authority. His books include international bestsellers such as 'Faeries', with Alan Lee and 'Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book'

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! 30 Dec 2005
By Mara Greenwood VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
what an absolutely delightful book! absolutely astounding, and extremely funny, this book comprises a collection of interesting and sometimes not particularly flattering letters passed between Lady cottington and some of her confederates, most of which are stuck down by various squashed fairies in all sorts of interesting poses... this is easily one of the best books on my bookshelf, and i am now currently tracking down all the rest of frouds books! Mr Froud and Mr Berk, if you ever read this, PLEASE WRITE LOADS MORE IN THIS SERIES!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange but interesting! 3 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is not your average book of fairies, and is not really aimed at younger children, but I think older kids and adults would enjoy.

It's presented as a collection of letters and notes from various historical characters who are replying to correspondence from Lady (Angelica) Cottington (we don't see her letters) regarding the fairies which she delights in squishing between the pages of her books. The illustrations are charming and funny - some of the fairies have been pulling faces as they were squished, some are very pretty, whilst others are all nostrils and tongues like a face pressed against glass! Angelica quite often comments on how useful each squishing has been for sticking the letters into the book with.

The letters themselves are printed as if handwritten and are contained in various envelopes and fold-outs within the book. Each refers to their own writings and experience of the supernatural and the letter itself and accompanying mementos reflect the character of the writer. Oscar Wilde's note is scribbled on a menu, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's is accompanied by a bill from a spiritualist (on the back of a receipt for a wax hand, some black thread and luminous paint).

I've given four stars instead of five because there's no real narrative going through the book - it really is just a collection of letters which are amusing if you recognise the (both real and fictional) authors. There is a faint thread running through about Angelica trying to contact her mother which I found a bit sad and off-putting, and I found it difficult to read some of the more scribbley letters fluently. That said it is a charming and really beautifully illustrated book and I'd highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys the lighter side of the supernatural.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 29 Sep 2009
Format:Hardcover
I was sooo impressed with this had to buy one for myself when my daughter went away to uni and took hers with her. . . :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Witty and wicked 19 July 2011
By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This book is a beautifully presented spoof for adolescents and adults; it will appeal to those with a wicked (nay, warped???) sense of humour. Many of the letters are actual separate pieces of paper stuck in; others are enclosed in proper envelopes, so it is all very amusing and well-designed. The "author" is a nasty little girl with an obsession who has been writing to (among others) Conan Doyle, J M Barrie, Rudyard Kipling, Madame Blavatsky - all those figures of the turn of the century who expressed a rather dodgy interest in the supernatural and fairies in particular, so the replies are quite cleverly written in character. There are a lot of "in" jokes that the literary-minded will get, but kids wouldn't. Read Sarah Pitt's excellent 4-star review for more.

The drawback is that, once you've read through it (it would take a fast reader about half an hour) the joke is over, and some of the literary humour is a tiny bit predictable. This is, I admit, a drawback with many books in this genre, but compared to, say, a Terry Pratchett novel, packed with a similar vein of humour and bearing many re-readings, it makes for poorer value for money.

The anti-inspiration is clearly the Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady; if you loved that, you'll probably hate this, and vice versa. Look on it as one up from a funny greetings card for a friend who you want to treat, but don't know what to get.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting 17 Jan 2014
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Wonderfully written, very enjoyable and full of imagination and humor. I'm even tempted to buy some of the other books aswell
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