Author(s): Philip Pullman
'Swiftness is a great virtue in the fairy tale. All we need is the word 'Once . . . ' and we're off' In this enchanting retelling of Grimms' fairy tales, Philip Pullman conjures up a world of wicked deeds, gruesome deaths, magical transformations and otherworldly romance. Here are some of the strangest, most darkly fascinating tales ever told, made fresh and original through Pullman's distinctive voice. 'Gripping . . . A clear and humorous retelling, with added sprinklings of wit ... as well as a sense of these tales as living, mutable things that still transmit deep truths.' Sunday Telegraph 'Told with extraordinary toughness and savagery.' Andrew Marr'Magical . . . This wonderful retelling is set to become a classic in its own right.' Sunday Times
Never putting a foot wrong, the result is a magical complexity-in-simplicity that is sure to become a classic in its own right -- Adam Lively Sunday Times Philip Pullman has radically reworked the Grimm tales for all ages -- Nicolette Jones Telegraph One of Pullman's most useful additions is the vastly improved poems and jingles...his freer versions are catchy and authentic Guardian I've admired Philip Pullman since his early fantasy Galatea on through the splendid trilogy His Dark Materials. All of his gifts, including his prose eloquence, and his endless high Romantic imagination, are manifested in this marvelous retelling of Grimm -- Harold Bloom
Philip Pullman was born in Norwich on 19th October 1946. He is the acclaimed author of the His Dark Materials trilogy: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. His other books for children and young adults include Count Karlstein and a trilogy of Victorian thrillers featuring Sally Lockhart. Northern Lights, the first of Pullman's His Dark Materials triology, won the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Fiction Prize.