Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold (Hardcover)
'Engaging, modern fables with a feminist tang' Sunday Times
DARK, POTENT AND UNCANNY, HAG BURSTS WITH THE UNTOLD STORIES OF OUR ISLES, CAPTURED IN VOICES AS VARIED AS THEY ARE VIVID.
Here are sisters fighting for the love of the same woman, a pregnant archaeologist unearthing impossible bones and lost children following you home. A panther runs through the forests of England and pixies prey upon violent men.
From the islands of Scotland to the coast of Cornwall, the mountains of Galway to the depths of the Fens, these forgotten folktales howl, cackle and sing their way into the 21st century, wildly reimagined by some of the most exciting women writing in Britain and Ireland today.
'A thoroughly original package that has a hint of Angela Carter' The Times
'Sharp writing and cleverly done' Spectator
About the Author
Together the authors of Hag have published over 50 works, with several national bestsellers. They have won awards including the AM Heath Prize for fiction, Harper's Bazaar short story prize Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, Edge Hill Short Story Prize, Lambda Literary Award, Polari Prize, Saboteur Award, Scott Prize, Gavin Wallace Fellowship, Goldsmith Prize, Women's Prize, SI Leeds Literary Prize, Bristol Short Story Prize, and Betty Trask Award; and they have been nominated for countless others.
Engaging, modern fables with a feminist tang—Sunday Times
A thoroughly original package that had a hint of Angela Carter—The Times T2
Sharp writing and cleverly done—Spectator
Relevant and intriguing—New Statesman
It's easy to get lost in the stories from diverse voices—Guardian
Simply and beautifully executed—Observer
Freshly feminist—Times Literary Supplement
Leaves the reader yearning to believe in the redemptive power of magic—Sarah Gilmartin, Irish Times
Vivid, perceptive. At the heart of each mystical story is a woman, who, often on the cusp of a new beginning, remains haunted by traumas from her past.—New Statesman
Hag swarms with mermaids, boggarts and shape-shifters but it also explores the hopes and visceral dreads from which those creatures emerged in the human imagination. Daisy Johnson's wittily disquieting take on The Green Children of Woolpit is a masterclass.—Susan Flockhart, Glasgow Herald