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Suffolk Folk Tales (Folk Tales: United Kingdom) [Paperback]

Kirsty Hartsiotis
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1 May 2013 Folk Tales: United Kingdom
With its wild eroding sea, its gentle rolling fields and tall churches, Suffolk is a county of contrasts. It may seem a kindly and civilised place, but in that sea, in the reed beds, the woods and even down dark town streets lurk strange beasts, ghosts and tricksters. These thirty traditional tales retold by storyteller Kirsty Hartsiotis take you into a hidden world of green children and wildmen, of lovers from beyond the grave and tricksy fairy folk. Shaped by generations of Suffolk mardle and wit, in these stories you’ll discover the county’s last dragon, the secret behind Black Shuck, saintly King Edmund and heroic King Raedwald, haunted airfields, broken-hearted mermaids and the exploits of the county’s cunning folk. Embark on this journey around Suffolk and you’ll find you’re never far from a story.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752467476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752467474
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 12 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kirsty Hartsiotis grew up in Suffolk, and has a deep love for the stories and the landscape of her home county. She has been a professional storyteller for over ten years, and is the author of Wiltshire Folk Tales. Kirsty is a member of the storytelling company Fire Springs, with whom she has co-produced many shows.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Precious Gem. 1 Jan 2014
By H. A. Weedon VINE VOICE
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Since I was born and brought up in rural Suffolk I've been familiar from childhood with most of the tales in this book. A few of them, such as The King of All the Angles, King Edmund and the Murder in the Red Barn are based on historical fact. Suffolk is a diverse county with its various regions each possessing its own indigenous folk tales. Up until the 1970s the county was divided into two parts: East Suffolk with its county town of Ipswich and West Suffolk whose county town was Bury Saint Edmunds. We were always told that the reason for this division was due to the great forest that used to run north-south down the middle of the county. Important remnants of this forest, such as Wolves Wood, now an RSPB nature reserve, still survive. Wolves survived here long after they had died out in many other places.

Since, sadly, many of these old tales have died out, we can be immensely grateful to Kirsty Hartsiotis for preserving thirty of them for us in this book. Since, from an early age, I became familiar with the tale about Tom Tit Tot including its sequel featuring the Gipsy woman, I was not best pleased when I first came across the German version entitled 'Rumplestiltskin.' . I made up my own tale about it in which a German, who had first heard the story on a visit to Suffolk, had made mistakes in the retelling of it on his return home.

Suffolk tales in this book, such as Tom Tit Tot and Cap o' Rushes, along with many other English folk tales from other counties, have a bite to them that is absent from both the collection made by the Brothers Grimm and the tales invented by Hans Christian Anderson. Here we have the genuine tales invented or remembered by country folk as they sat by the fireside during the long winter evenings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 22 July 2013
By Mrs A D
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Love the book and the stories but in paperback the print is very small. Difficult to read much at a time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strange and Wonderful Tales from Suffolk 23 April 2014
I better admit right at the start that I know the author of this book. In fact, she introduced me to story-telling and showed me, usually not a fan of short fiction, that there are some short stories that I enjoy. If I were to pretend that this does not influence my judgement of the book that would obviously not be true. However, I don't think that this means I am not allowed to share my opinion of her book.

Suffolk Folk Tales, like the other books of this series, is a collection of thirty tales from one country. The author has collected a wide variety of different genres: ghost stories, stories of love found or lost, stories about demons, dragons and fairies, historical - or at least possibly historical - tales, and fairy tales. It was always a pleasant surprise to discover what the next story was going to be. I also find it fascinating to discover tales which are variations of similar tales that are told elsewhere.

I have learned by now that I enjoy these stories best, when I read them one at a time. And I thoroughly enjoyed these thirty tales. They are all well told, entertaining and moving. They are the kind of tale that begs to be read aloud.

The information about the origins of the stories given at the end about their sources were also very interesting.

Altogether a very enjoyable and entertaining book that I highly recommend.
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