Shropshire Folk Tales Paperback – 1 Jun 2011
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About the Author
Amy Douglas discovered storytelling at the age of fourteen, and has become a devotee of the art. In 1998 she was elected a director of the Society for Storytelling. She has appeared on local and national radio, and has been featured in the national press. Amy has enhanced literature development in schools by working with reading groups.
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What makes this book so good is the style of writing. Although there is a keen emphasis on narratives and yarn spinning, Douglas's language has a poetic touch and several stories feature excellent descriptions of the landscape. During the chase scenes of 'Humphrey Kynaston' and 'The Fox's Knob', you can see the Salopian landscape in the mind-eye. At the beginning of 'Asrai', as well, Douglas brings the bewitching scene of a midnight lake to life. For this reason, the book is a fitting tribute to the landscape of this beautiful county, adding to the authenticity of the work.
Another excellent feature of this book is the range of stories on offer. Stories about famous noblemen, crooks and drifters criss-cross with more supernatural tales of bogeymen and spirits. Some of the characters, such as Madam Pigott and Tom Moody are memorable and sharply drawn. With this kind of collection, the tendency is often to create characters who are two-dimensional, but Douglas manages to create something authentic here. Although there isn't a great amount of detail, you can emphasise with these characters and their situations. In addition, there's some fine historical detail as well. Some stories intertwine the civil war, while others focus on a common medieval themes such as the swindling of the church.
The book has an excellent structure as well. There are clear sections, some dealing with ghost stories, others dealing with tales about prominent women. All in all, if you love Shropshire, this will send you on a journey into the past. So many areas of the county are discussed in the book, and they are highlighted on a very useful map at the start of the book. Well worth a read.
Very worthy of five stars.