- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Comma Press; First Edition edition (26 Sept. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905583427
- ISBN-13: 978-1905583423
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 345,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Moss Witch: And Other Stories Paperback – 26 Sep 2013
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'She has built bridges that may tempt new minds across to science. How ingenious.' --The Guardian
'Remarkable... refreshingly different... this collection abounds with revelations for writer, scientist and reader alike.' --The Irish Times
'Simply dazzling; my woodland walks will never be the same.' --New Scientist
About the Author
Sara Maitland grew up in Galloway and studied at Oxford University. Her first novel, Daughters of Jerusalem, was published in 1978 and won the Somerset Maugham Award. Novels since have included Three Times Table (1990), Home Truths (1993) and Brittle Joys (1999), and one cowritten with Michelene Wandor Arky Types (1987). Her short story collections include Telling Tales (1983), A Book of Spells (1987) and most recently, On Becoming a Fairy Godmother (2003). She also contributed a story to The New Uncanny (Comma, 2008).
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Top Customer Reviews
I'll give the rest of the collection a try (the second one seems a bit more promising) but I'm not impressed so far.
THIS IS MY CONSIDERED REVIEW, HAVING READ ALL OF THE STORIES AND AFTERWORDS:
Firstly let me correct my errors in the original review:
The opening story is, in fact, "Her Bonxie Boy", and although I did find it confusing and skimpy, in the context of the whole collection I'd say it was a quirky, atmospheric fantasy, in keeping with the rest of the stories, the weirdest of which was "Seeing Double", about a boy born with two faces.
In fact, each story deals imaginatively with a topic of scientific interest or discovery, often from a female point of view but eschewing a feminist polemic. Each story is followed by an "afterword" written by an eminent specialist on the phenomenon around which the story is constructed. The afterwords are useful in themselves to anyone interested in mankind's effort to understand different bits of the universe (theoretical, as in "On Sneezing an Uncertain Sneeze" or down-to-earth, as in "Instant Light"). But they also complement the stories with references to the way the author has woven the story around the phenomenon.Read more ›
A profound, beautifully written tale of mythic power. I went on to learn more about Sara Maitland, and to buy "Gossip from the Forest', a book
about the place of fairy tales and forests in culture and actuality. She is a wise woman...