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A Pocket Guide to Superstitions of the British Isles (The Pocket Guide) Hardcover – 4 Nov 2004


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Reprint edition (4 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140515496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140515497
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.9 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steve Roud is an expert on folklore and superstition and co-author of the OXFORD DICTIONARY OF BRITISH FOLKLORE. He lives in Maresfield, East Sussex.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. D. J. Smith VINE VOICE on 2 Feb 2005
This is an interesting book explaining superstitions that have existed in the British Isles, and where it is possible, Roud has divined their historical origin and quotes plenty of historical examples. Surprisingly a number of well known superstitions often believed to date back hundreds of years, in fact can only be traced back two or three hundred years. A significant number of so-called traditional superstitions actually only date from the Victorian period and there is a great deal of conflict between beliefs on what is lucky or unlucky and these can differ greatly from region to region. It is a little frustrating in that there are so many superstitions for which the origins are unclear. Altogether a fascinating read.
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Some interesting back stores but rather repetitious and limited in scope. Stories about a few superstitions rather than a comprehensive overview.
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By miss l tucker on 15 Dec 2014
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quick delivery. great little book, amusing
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Very informative!! 7 Jun 2014
By Rebecca Pearre - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is very interesting if you like to learn about different superstitions and where they come from. Well worth the one cent i paid for it.
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