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Book the fourth
Set in own Country

This book is not just set in the country in which I live, but also in the county; plus it is written by a local author. Do I get extra points for this? *g*

Northumberland Folk Tales by Malcolm Green

Book - Nothumberland Folk Tales

This lively and entertaining collection of folk tales from Northumberland is rich in stories tall and true, ancient and recent, dark and funny, powerful and fantastical. Discover where dragons walked, horses flew, and fairy folk guarded the creatures of the moors. Read about how the Deurgar lures the lost traveller and goads him to an unfortunate fate, and the werms that reside in the wells of unsuspecting villagers. Featuring kings and queens, fairies and giants, witches and warriors, dragons and poachers, the characters in the book are brought to life by professional storyteller Malcolm Green, and are as rugged and powerful as the landscape they stride. Richly illustrated with 30 unique drawings, these enchanting tales will appeal to young and old, and can be enjoyed by readers time and again.

Originally I was going to simply opt for a crime story set in England - which wouldn't be hard to find. However, I was wandering through Amazon (looking for a nice, local book for J's upcoming 70th) when I found this book and thought it would fit really well into the 'set in own country' category.

It's a fun book, one I enjoyed and got drawn into and one from which I learnt things. He's a good writer and knows how to tell a story (I've just discovered he is a lecturer at Newcastle University, runs storytelling workshops and a founding member of local storytelling group, which probably explains why he can tell a good story.

The book is an easy, relaxing, non-challenging read and you get drawn into each little tale and the setting. I knew a lot of the areas, mostly by name, and so that was, for me, a big part of why I enjoyed the book. I guess that is often the case when you are reading something local. My one complaint about the book is that I would have liked fewer tales but for them to be longer. That said, it is indeed, for me, a book that can be read again. In fact I am considering getting a 'real' book just so that I can enjoy the illustrations, which of course you can't really take advantage of when reading on a Kindle.

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caffyolay From: caffyolay Date: 3rd February 2019 16:43 (UTC) (Link)
How brilliant was it to find a book like that about the county you've moved to? And to have be so charmimg. Wonderful. I'm not sure if I've been to Northumberland or not. Don't laugh. Years and years ago we were staying in The Lake District and because I wanted to see Hadrian's Wall we took a day trip across the Pennines to the wall. The thing is, I don't know whether we crossed the border into Northumberland. We went to that Roman site, Vindalanda (sp), and to a nearby town... I'll have to check the map. I'm curious now. :-)

Checked... I *have*. We went to Haltwhistle which I believe is in Northumberland. :-)

Edited at 2019-02-03 16:47 (UTC)
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 4th February 2019 14:43 (UTC) (Link)
I know. It was wonderful. Charming sums it up perfectly. I wasn't going to laugh - I can quite understand, I really can. County boundaries can be odd things. I know what you mean about being curious too, I have to check things out like this.

Yes, Haltwhistle is indeed in Northumberland. According to Google maps it's between 82 and 92 miles south of us (depending on what route you take). Oddly enough the name rings a faint bell & I have a vague (very vague) idea that we might at one point have considered looking at a property there for one of J's house-hunting trips. It rings a bell with me. Hmmm.
birggitt From: birggitt Date: 4th February 2019 12:57 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I love folk tales, so (yes, you guessed) I'll be adding this to my forever growing TBR list :P
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 4th February 2019 14:44 (UTC) (Link)
Oh do you? How lovely.

Hee. *Eyes your TBR list* *Sends over more paper*
gilda_elise From: gilda_elise Date: 5th February 2019 13:39 (UTC) (Link)
I love folk tales, and these sound especially interesting. I just may have to look for a copy of the book.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 5th February 2019 14:35 (UTC) (Link)
Folk tales can be very interesting. If you do find one, I hope you enjoy it.
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