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The Woman who Loved an Octopus and other Saints' Tales

The Woman who Loved an Octopus and other Saints' Tales [Kindle Edition]

Imogen Herrad
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From the sensuous sea to flight from the world, this book is an inspired collection of twelve themed short stories, based on the lives and legends of thirteen Celtic women saints from the first millennium. Retelling their stories in an intimate, contemporary, sometimes startling fashion, Imogen Rhia Herrad has created a new vision of these women, who were perhaps far from 'saintly' by current definition. Some - Non, Winifred, Tydfil, are relatively well known while other are almost forgotten. Their tales reveal a strength and inner freedom in those more usually seen as victims and martyrs. Imogen explores the crossover between the physical, sexual, spiritual and mystical in the ancient and modern worlds she visits. The sories tell of refugeen, circus acts, rape, love, deeath and miracles, while her saints also inhabit the natural world of streams, islnds and birds.

About the Author

Imogen Herrad is a German freelance broadcaster based in London and Berlin, who learned Welsh while living in Ceredigion. She has had short stories published in Wales and Canada.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 275 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Seren (1 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #238,238 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Imogen Rhia Herrad is a German writer and broadcaster. Born and brought up in Germany, she has also lived in Britain and Argentina, and currently divides her time between Cardiff and Cologne. She writes in German and English. Her short stories and articles (in English) have been published in magazines and anthologies in Wales, Canada and the US. Her programmes for German public radio (in German) include pieces about the Queen of Sheba, Morgan le Fay, Zora Neale Hurston, the Mapuche people of Patagonia, and the cultural histories of sheep, dragons, the apple and hermaphrodites, respectively.
Imogen's story "The Accident" has been longlisted for the Raymond Carver Short Story Awards. Her children's story "The Wind's Bride" won third prize in the London Writers' Competition. In 2009, she received a bursary from Academi, the Welsh literature promotion agency.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not like any other saints' tales you ever heard 21 Jun 2007
Imogen Herrad has unearthed the stories of 12 Welsh women saints, now pretty much forgotten by History and by the Church. Those stories are fascinating in themselves but it is where she takes them, that is really exciting. In 5 of the stories she conjures up the voice of the saint herself. In each of the other 7, she speaks with the voice of a contemporary woman who shares some aspect of her saint's fate (among them, a catatonic, a rape victim and a circus strongwoman).

Imogen Herrad has one of the most remarkable imaginations I have come across. She can do magic but she can do realism just as well. She puts you inside the head of a woman who falls passionately in love with an octopus (and while you're there, you know just why). She is equally convincing as the voice of Eurgain, the teenage Welsh princess who was taken to Rome as a hostage and brought back a very early form of Christianity. Her contemporary women manage to both inhabit the modern world and evoke myths from the distant past.

She can be both irreverent and deeply spiritual. Love, hate, anger, hope, revenge, forgiveness - they are all here. There is poetry in her language but it is always crystal clear. Not a word is wasted and I can't remember the last time somebody crammed so much into a mere 144 pages.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought 25 April 2014
By Liz
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I knew it was not going to be the actual stories from the Saints lives, but this was an imaginative romp through someone's idea of making a humorous mock-up of all the saints in some bizarre situations. Moments it was funny, moments it was weird. but it was readable and okay.
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