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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
what an absolutely delightful book! absolutely astounding, and extremely funny, this book comprises a collection of interesting and sometimes not particularly flattering letters passed between Lady cottington and some of her confederates, most of which are stuck down by various squashed fairies in all sorts of interesting poses... this is easily one of the best books on my bookshelf, and i am now currently tracking down all the rest of frouds books! Mr Froud and Mr Berk, if you ever read this, PLEASE WRITE LOADS MORE IN THIS SERIES!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2009
This is not your average book of fairies, and is not really aimed at younger children, but I think older kids and adults would enjoy.

It's presented as a collection of letters and notes from various historical characters who are replying to correspondence from Lady (Angelica) Cottington (we don't see her letters) regarding the fairies which she delights in squishing between the pages of her books. The illustrations are charming and funny - some of the fairies have been pulling faces as they were squished, some are very pretty, whilst others are all nostrils and tongues like a face pressed against glass! Angelica quite often comments on how useful each squishing has been for sticking the letters into the book with.

The letters themselves are printed as if handwritten and are contained in various envelopes and fold-outs within the book. Each refers to their own writings and experience of the supernatural and the letter itself and accompanying mementos reflect the character of the writer. Oscar Wilde's note is scribbled on a menu, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's is accompanied by a bill from a spiritualist (on the back of a receipt for a wax hand, some black thread and luminous paint).

I've given four stars instead of five because there's no real narrative going through the book - it really is just a collection of letters which are amusing if you recognise the (both real and fictional) authors. There is a faint thread running through about Angelica trying to contact her mother which I found a bit sad and off-putting, and I found it difficult to read some of the more scribbley letters fluently. That said it is a charming and really beautifully illustrated book and I'd highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys the lighter side of the supernatural.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 19 July 2011
This book is a beautifully presented spoof for adolescents and adults; it will appeal to those with a wicked (nay, warped???) sense of humour. Many of the letters are actual separate pieces of paper stuck in; others are enclosed in proper envelopes, so it is all very amusing and well-designed. The "author" is a nasty little girl with an obsession who has been writing to (among others) Conan Doyle, J M Barrie, Rudyard Kipling, Madame Blavatsky - all those figures of the turn of the century who expressed a rather dodgy interest in the supernatural and fairies in particular, so the replies are quite cleverly written in character. There are a lot of "in" jokes that the literary-minded will get, but kids wouldn't. Read Sarah Pitt's excellent 4-star review for more.

The drawback is that, once you've read through it (it would take a fast reader about half an hour) the joke is over, and some of the literary humour is a tiny bit predictable. This is, I admit, a drawback with many books in this genre, but compared to, say, a Terry Pratchett novel, packed with a similar vein of humour and bearing many re-readings, it makes for poorer value for money.

The anti-inspiration is clearly the Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady; if you loved that, you'll probably hate this, and vice versa. Look on it as one up from a funny greetings card for a friend who you want to treat, but don't know what to get.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 September 2009
I was sooo impressed with this had to buy one for myself when my daughter went away to uni and took hers with her. . . :-)
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on 25 October 2011
i purchased this book as a gift for a friend with a good sense of houmour- who is somewhat into fairies and elementals.
its full of lovely funny suprises! and the art work is fantastic as well as funny.

it reads a bit like an old fashioned journal as in lady cottingtons pressed fairy book that i read some years ago. its slightly shocking and a good laugh- if you are a fan of fairies i hope you have a good sense of humour as it seems quite cruel-
makes a great birthday or christmas gift for people who like a bit of fun.
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on 16 January 2012
This was a Christmas present for a friend. I was unable to find the Pressed Fairy Annual (Diary?) which I know, so sent this instead. My friend has an incredibly extensive library, but had never seen this, so I was in luck. It is a very strange and amusing book, well worth a look for anyone who enjoys the unusual. It is beautifully illustrated and presented. Well worth the money.
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on 24 January 2012
A nifty little gift and much prettier than I expected as it has features that come off and stick out. Delivery was fantastic as it arrived only days after order and that was just before Christams and arrived during the week between Christmas and New Year. Very impressed and would recommend as a gift! :)
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on 21 June 2009
Loved it! Already bought the pressed fairy book, this one is just as good. If you're into fairies and slightly "skewed" humour, youll love it too.
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on 17 January 2014
Wonderfully written, very enjoyable and full of imagination and humor. I'm even tempted to buy some of the other books aswell
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on 18 December 2014
More than I expected.. the perfect gift for my sister. A beautiful piece of art.. even if you don't believe...
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