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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New edition edition (3 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000726349X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007263493
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This new edition of T.H White's classic story includes a special "Why You'll Love This Book" introduction by bestselling-author, Garth Nix.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By clio on 1 April 2011
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it's wonderful to have this alternate version of the first part of The Once & Future King, but this edition is marred by gormless copyediting that "corrects" much of White's wordplay, destroying part of the book's wit and charm, and sorely disappointing readers who know and love this book. the publishers owe us all a revised edition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Heath on 26 Mar 2011
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This is one of the strangest books I've ever read. Here's a list of some of its qualities (in no particular order). This book is: bizarre; entertaining; erudite; surreal; inventive; free (of most accepted writing conventions); sloppy; funny; characterful; wilfully inconsistent; (randomly) indebted to Shakespeare; (randomly) informative; (randomly) opinionated; (randomly) time-travelling; (consistently) random. I'm giving it four stars on account of the fact that despite all of the above I read it to the end and enjoyed doing so, which gets more impressive the more I think about it. Apparently it's about the Young King Arthur, who like many a young man was fond of mounching on mercy-flavoured bread, which of course has yet to be invented...

Gregory Heath, author of 'The Entire Animal'.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cheerful Dragon on 11 Nov 2010
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I read this book when I was a child (pre-teen, I think) and loved it. Then I grew up and decided I should read more 'grown-up' books, so I bought T. H. White's 'The Once and Future King'. That contains a version of 'The Sword in the Stone', but that version is pitched at adults and the magic is different. Yes, Wart is still turned into animals, but there's no battle with Madam Mim!

For years I promised myself that I'd buy this book. I'm glad I did. It's like meeting an old friend that you haven't seen for years.

If you have a pre-teen/early-teens child who enjoys funny stories about magic, this is a good book to give them. If you're an over-grown kid who likes funny stories about magic, like me, get this book. If you're an adult who wants more 'grown-up' Arthurian stories, get 'The Once and Future King'. They're both good books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Heron on 2 July 2011
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Anyone coming to this via Disney is in for either a shock or a pleasant surprise. For me it was the latter. It isn't a particularly easy read for a child but worth the effort, if only for the descriptions of the realities of jousting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane Plant on 14 May 2011
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The cover quality was a little disappointing, but the book is great, such fun, and witty humour. It felt like "Three men on a boat" or something akin to that sort of humour.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Aug 2005
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This is undoubtedly one of the best books I have ever read, and is highly deserving of its place as a 'classic'. Unfortunately, to many people being dubbed a classic suggests that a book must be boring. Far from it! Forget Disney's rendition of 'The Sword in the Stone', because it doesn't come anywhere near the literary prowess, intricate descriptions and luxurious fantasy of this masterpiece. If, on the other hand, you have seen the film 'Excalibur' then you have an idea of the immensely wise, slightly insane and incredibly funny character of Merlin that you will meet in this book.

White tells a fascinating story, builds interesting and enjoyable characters and fleshes the story out with excellent descriptions of bygone pursuits, such as falconry and questing, ancient customs and agriculture, interwoven with magic that spans centuries and civilisations at times. The character of Merlin is particularly enjoyable, and although the book is perhaps a little slow in the first couple of chapters, once Merlin comes on the scene we are whisked off on one magical journey after another.

Read it, enjoy it. Maybe even share it with a child! Like all the best "children's literature", this book is just as entertaining for adults.
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By pejayaitch on 10 April 2014
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Once had the book, lost it or it fell apart. Stimulating, entertaining, sneakily educational. A thoroughly pleasant read. good book.
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I bought this book for my 9 year old sister on her birthday, i bought it on ber Kindle sbe was tben readjng it everyday!

Rshe absoloutely loved it!

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