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A wonderful accessible new prose version of this classic
on 14 May 2009
If you ever found Chaucer's poetry a bit difficult - esp. over 400 pages - this new prose version is for you. Peter Ackroyd, an accomplished novelist, historian and biographer of Chaucer is the perfect match for this most famous of all texts in English literature. He's produced a fluent, accessible and thoroughly enjoyable retelling of the Tales. You can tell how much fun he's had doing it, too, as the best of the stories are as ribald and laugh-out-loud as you could hope. This edition is very nicely produced, too, with a ribbon marker, newly commissioned illustrations by Nick Bantock and a full introduction by Ackroyd himself. Highly recommended.