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Troy (Paperback): Stephen Fry Troy (Paperback)
Stephen Fry
R350 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R73 (21%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

The story of Troy speaks to all of us - the kidnapping of Helen, a queen celebrated for her beauty, sees the Greeks launch a thousand ships against the city of Troy, to which they will lay siege for ten whole years. It is a terrible war with casualties on all sides as well as strained relations between allies, whose consequences become tragedies.

In Troy you will find heroism and hatred, love and loss, revenge and regret, desire and despair. It is these human passions, written bloodily in the sands of a distant shore, that still speak to us today.

Heroes - Mortals And Monsters, Quests And Adventures (Paperback): Stephen Fry Heroes - Mortals And Monsters, Quests And Adventures (Paperback)
Stephen Fry
R341 R269 Discovery Miles 2 690 Save R72 (21%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

The dazzling companion volume to the bestselling Mythos.

Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils, or outwitted scheming vengeful gods, quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes. Join Jason aboard the Argo as he quests for the Golden Fleece. See Atalanta - who was raised by bears - outrun any man before being tricked with golden apples. Witness wily Oedipus solve the riddle of the Sphinx and discover how Bellerophon captures the winged horse Pegasus to help him slay the monster Chimera.

Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of - at our worst and our very best.

The Soul Of A Woman (Hardcover): Isabel Allende The Soul Of A Woman (Hardcover)
Isabel Allende
R330 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R66 (20%) In stock

The wise, warm, defiant new book from literary legend Isabel Allende – a meditation on power, feminism and what it means to be a woman.

When I say that I was a feminist in kindergarten, I am not exaggerating.

As a child, Isabel Allende watched her mother, abandoned by her husband, provide for her three small children. As a young woman coming of age in the late 1960s, she rode the first wave of feminism. She has seen what has been accomplished by the movement in the course of her lifetime. And over the course of three marriages, she has learned how to grow as a woman while having a partner, when to step away, and the rewards of embracing one's sexuality.

So what do women want? To be safe, to be valued, to live in peace, to have their own resources, to be connected, to have control over their bodies and lives, and above all, to be loved. On all these fronts, there is much work to be done, and this book, Allende hopes, will 'light the torch of our daughters and granddaughters with mine. They will have to live for us, as we lived for our mothers, and carry on with the work still left to be finished.'

Troy - Our Greatest Story Retold (Paperback): Stephen Fry Troy - Our Greatest Story Retold (Paperback)
Stephen Fry
R215 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R43 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

AN EPIC BATTLE THAT LASTED TEN YEARS. A LEGENDARY STORY THAT HAS SURVIVED THOUSANDS. 'An inimitable retelling of the siege of Troy . . . Fry's narrative, artfully humorous and rich in detail, breathes life and contemporary relevance into these ancient tales' OBSERVER 'Stephen Fry has done it again. Well written and super storytelling' 5***** READER REVIEW ________ 'Troy. The most marvellous kingdom in all the world. The Jewel of the Aegean. Glittering Ilion, the city that rose and fell not once but twice . . .' When Helen, the beautiful Greek queen, is kidnapped by the Trojan prince Paris, the most legendary war of all time begins. Watch in awe as a thousand ships are launched against the great city of Troy. Feel the fury of the battleground as the Trojans stand resolutely against Greek might for an entire decade. And witness the epic climax - the wooden horse, delivered to the city of Troy in a masterclass of deception by the Greeks . . . In Stephen Fry's exceptional retelling of our greatest story, TROY will transport you to the depths of ancient Greece and beyond. ________ 'A fun romp through the world's greatest story. Fry's knowledge of the world - ancient and modern - bursts through' Daily Telegraph 'An excellent retelling . . . told with compassion and wit' 5***** Reader Review 'Hugely successful, graceful' The Times 'If you want to read about TROY, this book is a must over any other' 5***** Reader Review 'Fluent, crisp, nuanced, begins with a bang' The Times Literary Supplement 'The characters . . . are brilliantly brought to life' 5***** Reader Review PRAISE FOR STEPHEN FRY'S GREEK SERIES: 'A romp through the lives of ancient Greek gods. Fry is at his story-telling best . . . the gods will be pleased' Times 'A head-spinning marathon of legends' Guardian 'An Olympian feat. The gods seem to be smiling on Fry - his myths are definitely a hit' Evening Standard 'An odyssey through Greek mythology. Brilliant . . . all hail Stephen Fry' Daily Mail 'A rollicking good read' Independent

All The Better To See You (Paperback): Gina Blaxill All The Better To See You (Paperback)
Gina Blaxill
R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Legend tells of a fearsome wolf who stalks the forest. Red is well versed in the stories of the beast who preys on unsuspecting travellers and yet she pays them no mind. But then, Red has always been different. Suddenly whispers of the wolf become more frequent and townspeople are attacked in their homes. It seems this is no ordinary wolf. Rumours run wild and people begin suspecting one another. But when you don't know who to fear, how can you protect yourself? This story might not end happily ever after . . . A thrilling whodunit with a twist that readers won't see coming until the very end. Perfect for fans of Dark Unicorns, and Disney's Twisted Tales and Villains series'. A dark and irresistible twist on a classic fairy tale.

Beasts and Beauty - Dangerous Tales (Hardcover): Soman Chainani Beasts and Beauty - Dangerous Tales (Hardcover)
Soman Chainani; Illustrated by Julia Iredale
R377 Discovery Miles 3 770 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

You think you know these stories, don't you? You are wrong. You don't know them at all. Twelve tales, twelve dangerous tales of mystery, magic, and rebellious hearts. Each twists like a spindle to reveal truths full of warning and triumph, truths that free hearts long kept tame, truths that explore life . . . and death. A prince has a surprising awakening . . . A beauty fights like a beast . . . A boy refuses to become prey . . . A path to happiness is lost . . . then found again. New York Times bestselling author Soman Chainani respins old stories into fresh fairy tales for a new era and creates a world like no other. These stories know you. They understand you. They reflect you. They are tales for our times. So read on, if you dare.

Greek Mythology: The Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes Handbook - From Aphrodite to Zeus, a Profile of Who's Who in Greek... Greek Mythology: The Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes Handbook - From Aphrodite to Zeus, a Profile of Who's Who in Greek Mythology (Hardcover)
Liv Albert; Illustrated by Sara Richard
R348 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R94 (27%) In stock

Finally sort out who's who in Greek mythology-from gods, goddesses, heroes, monsters, and everyone in between! Greek mythology continues to appear in popular movies and books today but have you ever wondered about where these characters started out? Discover the origins of your favorite characters from Greek mythology with this collection of profiles to tell you who's who in classical lore! In Greek Mythology, you will discover the backstories of the heroes, villains, gods, and goddesses that enjoy popularity in today's shows and films. With comprehensive entries that outline each character's name, roles, related symbols, and foundational myths, you can get to know the roots of these personas and better understand the stories they inspire today. With this character-focused, handy reference, you will never be confused about Ancient Greece!

Mustard Seed Itinerary (Paperback): Robert Mullen Mustard Seed Itinerary (Paperback)
Robert Mullen
R341 R294 Discovery Miles 2 940 Save R47 (14%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

All road leads to the celestial city, and when schoolmaster Po Cheng drinks too much and falls into a dream, he finds himself on just such a road. Assisted by teaching colleague Miss Ling, Po Cheng reaches the imperial capital, rising up through the giddy ranks of the Chinese civil service to become Prime Minister. Good fortune appears endless, not least when Miss Ling reappears in his life as an artist's model who has changed her name to Precious Pearl so she can pose in the Forest of Brushes Academy of Art without her parents finding out. But what Heaven - and alcohol - give, they can also claw back. With trouble brewing inside and outside the city walls, Po Cheng's career and life seem fated, and he must now take the inevitable consequences of his rise to fame and power. Mustard Seed Itinerary is a brilliant first novel by an important new voice, bringing to the formal conventions of traditional Chinese literature the wry humour of a Carrollian satirist. As Mullen says, "In Daoism and Buddhism, dream journeys serve as voyages of discovery from which only a blockhead would return none the wiser. And Po Cheng is no blockhead."

Sequins and Secrets (Paperback): Lucy Ivison Sequins and Secrets (Paperback)
Lucy Ivison; Designed by Helen Crawford-White; Illustrated by Catharine Collingridge
R180 R144 Discovery Miles 1 440 Save R36 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

"Scandalous secrets meet riotous hilarity in this glorious 1920s-set romp starring a young dressmaking duo, perfect for readers of nine to 12." The Guardian "Fun, glamorous and absolutely brimming with charm." Catherine Doyle, author of The Storm Keeper's Island "I loved it... A 1920s fairy tale, Cinderella with a lot of luck and a touch of Nancy Mitford." Hilary McKay, author of The Skylarks' War Welcome to The House of Serendipity, where friendships are fashioned and destinies designed amongst the ballgowns, tiaras and trifles! Introducing a gorgeously glamorous new series, perfect for fans of Katherine Woodfine and Robin Stevens. Meet Myrtle Mathers and Sylvia Cartwright: two girls from different worlds bonded by a passion for fashion! They know that the perfect outfit can make dreams come true, and their dazzling designs are the talk of 1920s London... So when Agapantha Portland-Prince wants to escape her glamorous debutante ball for a life of adventure, it's their magical talents she needs. But can the girls make all their secret dreams a reality, or will this be the most stylish scandal of the century? Discover the divine designs that make dreams come true with full-page fashion illustrations.

The Almanac - A seasonal guide to 2022 (Hardcover): Lia Leendertz The Almanac - A seasonal guide to 2022 (Hardcover)
Lia Leendertz
R336 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R57 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

*THE ORIGINAL & BESTSELLING ALMANAC* A perfect toolkit for connecting with the world around us and the year ahead as it unfolds - all in a compact and pocket size guide that just begs you to pick it up and browse. The Almanac: A seasonal guide to 2022 reinvents the tradition of the rural almanac for a new audience. It gives you the tools and inspiration you need to celebrate, mark and appreciate each month of the year in your own particular way. Divided into the 12 months, a set of tables each month gives it the feel and weight of a traditional almanac, providing practical information that gives access to the outdoors and the seasons, perfect for expeditions, meteor-spotting nights and beach holidays. There are also features on each month's unique nature, such as the meteor shower of the month, beehive behaviour, folklore, seasonal recipes and charts tracking moon phases and tides. You will find yourself referring to The Almanac all year long, revisiting it again and again, and looking forward to the next edition as the year draws to a close. PRAISE FOR THE ALMANAC: 'The perfect companion to the seasons' - India Knight 'Indispensable' - Sir Bob Geldof 'This book is your bible' - The Independent 'An ideal stocking filler' - The English Garden 'I love this gem of a book' - Cerys Matthews

Urban Legends - Strange Tales and Unsolved Mysteries from Around the World (Paperback): James Proud Urban Legends - Strange Tales and Unsolved Mysteries from Around the World (Paperback)
James Proud
R208 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R24 (12%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE KIDS WHO FOUND A FERRARI BURIED IN THEIR GARDEN? WHAT ABOUT THE MAN WHO SUED SATAN? DO YOU KNOW THE LEGEND OF THE BUNNY MAN? Strange happenings, unsolved mysteries and seemingly supernatural events have gripped and shocked us for centuries, passed from person to person in whispers in classrooms, tales around the campfire and idle gossip among friends. Whether they're based on a grain of truth or a complete flight of fancy, the myths, legends and weird tales contained within this book will take you on a fascinating journey to the outer limits of plausibility, and dare you to believe the unbelievable.

Little Book of Prada (Hardcover, New Edition): Laia Farran Graves Little Book of Prada (Hardcover, New Edition)
Laia Farran Graves 2
R239 Discovery Miles 2 390 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Little Book of Prada is the pocket-sized and beautifully illustrated story of the legendary fashion house. Understated elegance and luxury, technologically advanced fabrics and sublime originality of design are all hallmarks of the House of Prada. In this miniature monograph, Laia Farran Graves documents the history and heritage of the brand, from the company's origins as a leather-goods manufacturer to the global fashion empire created by Miuccia Prada. Little Book of Prada explores the evolutions and innovations of the brand, as well as a design ethos informed by an interest in minimalism and contemporary art. Images of individual garments, catwalk shots and fashion photography pay tribute to one of the world's most influential fashion houses and the woman behind it, in a perfectly designed and stylish format that makes a perfect gift for any lover of fashion.

Welsh Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends (Paperback): Claire Fayers Welsh Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends (Paperback)
Claire Fayers
R146 R130 Discovery Miles 1 300 Save R16 (11%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Enjoy Wales's rich heritage of myth and fairy tales, re-told for young readers. From magical Welsh dragons that destroy a castle night after night, to a princess made out of flowers and a fairy changeling bother; from loyal hunting hound Gelert, to a boy who asks questions and goes on to become the greatest Welsh bard ever known... This book includes traditional favourites and classic myths and legends from Welsh folklore.

Fox for All Seasons Journal, A - With new Reynard the Fox mini stories (Notebook / blank book): Anne Louise Avery Fox for All Seasons Journal, A - With new Reynard the Fox mini stories (Notebook / blank book)
Anne Louise Avery
R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This handsome hardback journal features ten new mini stories about everyone's favourite fox, reimagined by 'Reynard the Fox' author Anne Louise Avery. Told by Reynard to his three little cubs on a moonlit spring night in the east of Flanders, each of the two-page stories is based on old medieval French vulpine tales, drawn from Marie de France's version of Aesop, 'Ysopet', Guillaume Tardif's 'Les Apologues et Fables de Laurens Valle' and 'Le Roman de Renart'. Some tell of Reynard's antics, others of the exploits of his noble and mythic ancestors. Foxes tumble into dyer's vats, steal twists of eels from unsuspecting fisherman, lounge around Black Sea ports and are transformed into eternal and glittering stars. With a stylish ribbon marker, foiled spine and high-quality ruled pages, this notebook is a stationery-lover's delight as well as the perfect gift for fans of Avery's captivating story-telling and all those entranced by this enduring animal fable.

Once Upon A Broken Heart (Paperback): Stephanie Garber Once Upon A Broken Heart (Paperback)
Stephanie Garber
R355 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R71 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

How far would you go for happily ever after? 'An unputdownable fairy tale' Kerri Maniscalco, New York Times bestselling author of Kingdom of the Wicked From the #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of the Caraval series, the first book in a new series about love, curses, and the lengths that people will go to for happily ever after. For as long as she can remember, Evangeline Fox has believed in happily ever after. Until she learns that the love of her life is about to marry another, and her dreams are shattered. Desperate to stop the wedding, and heal her wounded heart, Evangeline strikes a deal with the charismatic, but wicked, Prince of Hearts. In exchange for his help, he asks for three kisses, to be given at the time and place of his choosing. But after Evangeline's first promised kiss, she learns that bargaining with an immortal is a dangerous game - and that the Prince of Hearts wants far more from her than she pledged. He has plans for Evangeline, plans that will either end in the greatest happily ever after, or the most exquisite tragedy . . . 'A sugar-crusted, poison-spiked romp through a vibrant world of fairy tale intrigue, tangled romance, and forbidden magic' Cassandra Clare, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Hours 'Enchanting, intriguing, and delightfully whimsical' Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times bestselling author of the Cursebreaker Series 'Enchanting and mysterious' Renee Ahdieh, New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn 'Stephanie Garber spins a spellbinding tale' Sabaa Tahir, author of New York Times bestseller Ember In the Ashes 'A dazzling mix of mystery, romance, and magic' Karen M. McManus, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying 'A deadly, addictive, and utterly enchanting fairy tale. Loaded with magic and steamy slow-burning romance, I couldn't put it down' Mary E. Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of Vow of Thieves

Miss Dior - A Story of Courage and Couture (from the acclaimed author of Coco Chanel) (Hardcover, Main): Justine Picardie Miss Dior - A Story of Courage and Couture (from the acclaimed author of Coco Chanel) (Hardcover, Main)
Justine Picardie
R591 R488 Discovery Miles 4 880 Save R103 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

THE TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER 'A gripping story in which Justine Picardie brilliantly contrasts the cruel Old World of wartime France with the hopeful New World epitomised by Christian Dior's New Look.' ANTONIA FRASER 'An incredible story of courage, endurance and passion.' MARIA GRAZIA CHIURI, Creative Director of Dior 'An extraordinary biography.' SUNDAY TIMES 'Exceptional . . . Miss Dior is so much more than a biography.' DAILY TELEGRAPH Miss Dior is a story of freedom and fascism, beauty and betrayal, roses and repression, and how the polished surface of fashion conceals hidden depths. It paints a portrait of the enigmatic woman behind the designer Christian Dior: his beloved younger sister Catherine, who inspired his most famous perfume and shaped his vision of femininity. Justine Picardie's journey takes her to Occupied Paris, where Christian honed his couture skills while Catherine dedicated herself to the French Resistance, until she was captured by the Gestapo and deported to the German concentration camp of Ravensbruck. With unparalleled access to the Dior family homes and archives, Picardie's research into Catherine's courageous life shines a new light on Christian Dior's legendary work, and reveals how his enchanting 'New Look' emerged out of the shadows of his sister's suffering. Tracing the wartime paths of the Dior siblings leads Picardie deep into other hidden histories, and different forms of resistance and sisterhood. She explores what it means to believe in beauty and hope, despite our knowledge of darkness and despair, and discovers the timeless solace of the natural world in the aftermath of devastation and destruction. The result is an exquisite and unforgettably moving book. *A beautiful, full colour illustrated book featuring exclusive images from the Dior archives* 'Catherine's story is beautifully, hauntingly told in spare and elegant prose by Picardie . . . moving and evocative.' THE TIMES 'The juxtaposition of the terrible shadows and dazzling light is one of the great strengths of this book . . . A very personal, very passionate book.' ARTEMIS COOPER, TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT 'Picardie writes: 'The vestiges of Catherine's presence remain as a powerful reminder of the importance of freedom, and why it is worth fighting for.' There are few truer words.' THE SPECTATOR 'Picardie's book is of the moment, celebrating an unsung hero at a time when female influences are earning new acclaim.' VOGUE 'Miss Dior ensures the bravery of the women at Ravensbruck is not merely a distant echo.' i 'Beautiful.' OBSERVER 'Moving ang beautifully illustrated.' NEW STATESMAN 'Stunning.' RED 'Exquisite.' COUNTRY LIFE 'Not just beautifully written, this is also a stunningly beautiful book.' NOON

The Wolf and the Woodsman - The Sunday Times Bestseller (Hardcover): Ava Reid The Wolf and the Woodsman - The Sunday Times Bestseller (Hardcover)
Ava Reid
R403 R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Save R64 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER A dark, evocative and unforgettable fantasy debut steeped in Hungarian history and Jewish mythology, perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Katherine Arden. 'Rooted in history and myth, The Wolf and the Woodsman is a stunning debut . . . It will twine like a dark forest around your heart.' Samantha Shannon, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Priory of the Orange Tree ______________________________________ Stories don't have to be true to be real... In her forest-veiled pagan village, Evike is the only woman without power, making her an outcast clearly abandoned by the gods. When soldiers arrive from the Holy Order of Woodsmen to claim a pagan girl for the king's blood sacrifice, Evike is betrayed by her fellow villagers and surrendered. But when monsters attack the Woodsmen and their captive en route, slaughtering everyone but Evike and the cold, one-eyed captain, they have no choice but to rely on each other. Except he's no ordinary Woodsman - he's the disgraced prince, Gaspar Barany, whose father needs pagan magic to consolidate his power. Gaspar fears that his cruelly zealous brother plans to seize the throne and instigate a violent reign that would damn the pagans and the Yehuli alike. As the son of a reviled foreign queen, Gaspar understands what it's like to be an outcast, and he and Evike make a tenuous pact to stop his brother. As their mission takes them from the bitter northern tundra to the smog-choked capital, their mutual loathing slowly turns to affection, bound by a shared history of alienation and oppression. However, trust can easily turn to betrayal, and as Evike reconnects with her estranged father and discovers her own hidden magic, she and Gaspar need to decide whose side they're on, and what they're willing to give up for a nation that never cared for them at all. ______________________________________ 'Gorgeously written and grimly real, The Wolf and the Woodsman quite literally took my breath away. It has the unsettling-but-compelling gore of Henderson's The Year of the Witching, the folkloric lilt of The Bear and the Nightingale, and the moral complexity of Seeing Like a State. I'm obsessed.' Alex E. Harrow, Hugo-award winning author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January 'Assured and compelling throughout, and the worldbuilding is richly imagined, densely textured, and endlessly delightful.' Katherine Addison, author of The Goblin Emperor 'Reid has crafted a story that is not only relevant for our times, but has timelessness about it that truly makes it shine. The Wolf and the Woodsman is not a book I will soon forget.' Genevieve Gornichec, author of The Witch's Heart 'Combining religion, magic, and evocative language, Ava Reid has created a daring fantasy world full of imagination and fierce heroics' Luanne G. Smith, bestselling author of The Vine Witch 'The Wolf and The Woodsman is one hell of a ride. I couldn't put it down.' Greta Kelly, author of The Frozen Crown 'One of those transportative, delicious books that completely engrossed me for a full day.' Samantha Rajaram, Author of The Company Daughters

Storyland: A New Mythology of Britain (Hardcover): Amy Jeffs Storyland: A New Mythology of Britain (Hardcover)
Amy Jeffs
R691 R529 Discovery Miles 5 290 Save R162 (23%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Soaked in mist and old magic, Storyland is a new illustrated mythology of Britain, set in its wildest landscapes. It begins between the Creation and Noah's Flood, follows the footsteps of the earliest generation of giants from an age when the children of Cain and the progeny of fallen angels walked the earth, to the founding of Britain, England, Wales and Scotland, the birth of Christ, the wars between Britons, Saxons and Vikings, and closes with the arrival of the Normans. These are retellings of medieval tales of legend, landscape and the yearning to belong, inhabited with characters now half-remembered: Brutus, Albina, Scota, Arthur and Bladud among them. Told with narrative flair, embellished in stunning artworks and glossed with a rich and erudite commentary. We visit beautiful, sacred places that include prehistoric monuments like Stonehenge and Wayland's Smithy, spanning the length of Britain from the archipelago of Orkney to as far south as Cornwall; mountains and lakes such as Snowdon and Loch Etive and rivers including the Ness, the Soar and the story-silted Thames in a vivid, beautiful tale of our land steeped in myth. It Illuminates a collective memory that still informs the identity and political ambition of these places. In Storyland, Jeffs reimagines these myths of homeland, exile and migration, kinship, loyalty, betrayal, love and loss in a landscape brimming with wonder.

Children of the Quicksands (Paperback): Efua Traore Children of the Quicksands (Paperback)
Efua Traore
R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In a remote Nigerian village, thirteen-year-old Simi is desperate to uncover a family secret ... WINNER OF THE 2019 TIMES/CHICKEN HOUSE CHILDREN'S FICTION COMPETITION 'A joy of a book: rich, warm, powerful storytelling' KATHERINE RUNDELL 'A thrilling adventure bright with the gorgeous colours of Nigeria - glorious!' JASBINDER BILAN 'An excellent book ... rich in tradition and realism.' HANNAH GOLD, AUTHOR OF THE LAST BEAR '[A] beautifully evoked story' THE TELEGRAPH City girl Simi is sent to stay with her long-lost grandmother in a remote Nigerian village. There's no TV, internet or phone. Not a single human-made sound can be heard at night, just the noise of birds and animals rustling in the dark forest outside. Her witchlike grandmother dispenses advice and herbal medicine to the village, but she's tight lipped about their family history. Something must have happened, but what? Determined to find out, Simi disobeys her grandmother and goes exploring. Caught in the sinking red quicksand of a forbidden lake, her fantastical journey begins ... A richly imagined magical fantasy adventure set in West Africa by a prize-winning new voice in children's writing. Introduces readers to Yoruba myths and legends whilst showcasing the wealth of culture, traditions, adventure, fun, joy, celebrations, music, pride and love found in Nigeria. Beautifully explores themes of grief and belonging. Efua is the winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2018. More praise for Children of the Quicksands: 'Gorgeous ... an enthralling story' ABI ELPHINSTONE '[A] terrific debut novel' YABA BADOE 'Traore's storytelling feels almost otherworldly ... exhilarating' THE TIMES 'A stunning debut' THE SCOTSMAN 'Full of secrets and myths' THE OBSERVER

Dragons, Heroes, Myths & Magic - The Medieval Art of Storytelling (Hardcover): Chantry Westwell Dragons, Heroes, Myths & Magic - The Medieval Art of Storytelling (Hardcover)
Chantry Westwell
R645 Discovery Miles 6 450 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Dragons, Heroes, Myths & Magic presents fifty of the very first adventure stories, set out across seven sections, featuring Heroes and Heroines; Epic Battles; Magical Events and Miracles; Villains, Crime and Murder; Quests or Journeys; Animals; and Love Stories. Ranging from long and complex epics developed around historical figures including Charlemagne, King Arthur and Alexander the Great, to smaller, vibrant tales absorbing local characters on the periphery. Marvellously varied, surprising and enlightening, and featuring both the stories and art behind Merlin, Christine de Pisan, Sir Gawain, Renard the Fox, Dante and Beatrice, the Odyssey, Saint Brendon and Tristan and Isolde, this book provides an intimate insight into the medieval mind. Chantry Westwell has used her profound knowledge of the British Library's illuminated manuscript collections to explore some of literature's most celebrated stories, together with the deep history of the books and chronicles in which they were first preserved. Presented alongside them in full colour are some of the most exquisite examples of art to survive from the 8th to the 16th centuries: works of supreme beauty inspired by the stories.

The Blazing Unicorn (Paperback): Alice Hemming The Blazing Unicorn (Paperback)
Alice Hemming
R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

From Alice Hemming, the bestselling author of The Midnight Unicorn, comes a brand-new unicorn fairytale. An evil king, a fearsome warrior, a fight for freedom. If you were granted three wishes, what would you wish for? For Marie, that dream becomes a reality when she stumbles across a magical unicorn deep in the forest. But when Marie - who is so kind and trusting in nature - decides to tell her father Jacob about the wishes bestowed upon her, he tricks her into giving the wishes to him. Driven by greed, he enslaves the unicorn by demanding for never-ending wishes. Unable to say no, the unicorn submits... Years later, the Kingdom of Quessia has slowly fallen into poverty and ruin under the rein of King Jacob. A spiteful and careless king, Jacob is disliked by all of his subjects, but little does he know that a revolution threatening his throne and his life is not too far in his future... Will King Jacob keep the Blazing Unicorn enslaved forever and retain his throne? Will Marie ever be able to right the wrongs of her past? As exciting as it is gripping, this unicorn fairy tale from Alice Hemming will be your next favourite read. Enchanting dark fairy tales with magical unicorns, fearsome villains and inspiring heroines Perfect for fans of fairy tales, Disney and unicorns Also available: The Midnight Unicorn The Darkest Unicorn The Cursed Unicorn

African and Caribbean Folktales, Myths and Legends (Paperback): Wendy Shearer African and Caribbean Folktales, Myths and Legends (Paperback)
Wendy Shearer
R150 Discovery Miles 1 500 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Enjoy a rich collection of folktales, myths and legends from all over Africa and the Caribbean, re-told for young readers. From the trickster tales of Anansi the spider, to the story of how the leopard got his spots; from the tale of the king who wanted to touch the moon, to Aunt Misery's magical starfruit tree. This book includes traditional favourites and classic folktales and mythology.

Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe - Early Scandinavian and Celtic Religions (Paperback): H.R. Ellis Davidson Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe - Early Scandinavian and Celtic Religions (Paperback)
H.R. Ellis Davidson
R503 Discovery Miles 5 030 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Most people know of Valhalla, the World-Tree and the gods of Norse mythology, or the strange hunts and voyages of the ancient lrish tales. Yet few people realise the significance of the similarities and contrasts between the religions of the pre-Christian people of north-western Europe. The Celts and Germans and Scandinavians had much in common in their religious practices and beliefs, and this is the first serious attempt that has been made to compare them. There are striking resemblances in their ideas about battle-goddesses and protective spirits, holy places, sacrificial rituals, divination and ideas about the Other World; and Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe poses questions like: do such parallels go back to early times or are they owing to late Viking contact? Hilda Ellis Davidson has worked for many years on pre-Christian Scandinavian and Germanic religion and now compares them with the Celts from the background of previous studies, using evidence from archaeology, iconography, later literature and folklore, in a search for basic patterns which will add to our knowledge of the early peoples in Europe. Aimed at teachers and libraries but also accessible to students of history, religion and Celtic, Norse and German languages and cultures.

The Little Book Of Trees (Hardcover): Orange Hippo! The Little Book Of Trees (Hardcover)
Orange Hippo!
R135 R108 Discovery Miles 1 080 Save R27 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

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Abloh-isms (Hardcover): Virgil Abloh Abloh-isms (Hardcover)
Virgil Abloh; Edited by Larry Warsh
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A collection of essential quotations from the renowned fashion designer, DJ, and stylist Abloh-isms is a collection of essential quotations from American fashion designer, DJ, and stylist Virgil Abloh, who has established himself as a major creative figure in the worlds of pop culture and art. Abloh began his career as Kanye West's creative director before founding the luxury streetwear label Off-White and becoming artistic director for Louis Vuitton, making Abloh the first American of African descent to hold that title at a French fashion house. Defying categorization, Abloh's work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at museums and galleries, most notably in a major retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Gathered from interviews and other sources, this selection of compelling and memorable quotations from the designer reveals his thoughts on a wide range of subjects, including creativity, passion, innovation, race, and what it means to be an artist of his generation. Lively and thought-provoking, these quotes reflect Abloh's unique perspective as a trailblazer in his fields. Select quotations from the book: "I believe that coincidence is key, but coincidence is energies coming towards each other. You have to be moving to meet it." "Life is collaboration. Where I think art can be sort of misguided is that it propagates this idea of itself as a solo love affair-one person, one idea, no one else involved." "Black influence has created a new ecosystem, which can grow and support different types of life that we couldn't before." "Like it or not, irrelevance is death."

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