"Wonderful... This is a flying carpet of a book" (Jeanette Winterson
"Wide-ranging, erudite, wondrously polymathic exploration of the tales of magic...Warner, too is a beguiling storyteller: her fascination with true knowledge embedded in realms of wonder" (Iain Finlayson The Times
"Her mind is as rich and fascinating as the stories themselves, taking us on a magic carpet from Borges and Goethe, to Edward Said and the movies" (Hanif Kureishi Guardian, Books of the Year
"An epic study of the Arabian Nights
...a dissection of the myths in these enduring classics that promises to throw light on the countries from which the stories spring and the lives of women in them" (Mariella Frostrup Observer, Books of the Year
"This beautifully illustrated book, part retelling, part analysis, is a wonderful companion to some of the most marvellous stories ever told" (Michael Kerrigan The Scotsman
A dazzling history of magical thinking, exploring the power of the Arabian Nights
and its impact in the West, and retelling some of its wondrous tales. Lavishly illustrated throughout.