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The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night

(2017)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Modern fairy tales of magic, outsiders and lost souls.

'A gem of a book ... deeply moving' Stylist
'A darkly clever, beautifully written and deliciously twisted collection of modern fairy tales' Red
'Campbell writes beautifully' Grazia

'These days, you can find anything you need at the click of a button.
That's why I bought her heart online.'

Spirits in jam jars, mini-apocalypses, animal hearts and side shows.
A girl runs a coffin hotel on a remote island.
A boy is worried his sister has two souls.
A couple are rewriting the history of the world.
And mermaids are on display at the local aquarium.

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night is a collection of twelve haunting stories; modern fairy tales brimming with magic, outsiders and lost souls.

'What a book. It's so strange and magical and the writing is just beautiful. I loved it' Louise O'Neill
'Enchanting and illuminating' Carys Bray
'Like walking through a mirror' Rachel Joyce
'This book is full of character and magic, and I found myself mesmerised' Claire Fuller
'These stories are weaved together like silvery fishing nets. Like shimmering, jewel-bright worlds' Helen McClory
'Magical and sinister at the same time' Kirsty Logan

From the author of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops series and The Bookshop Book.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"ENCHANTING AND ILLUMINATING." - Carys Bray

"THIS BOOK IS FULL OF CHARACTER AND MAGIC, AND I FOUND MYSELF MESMERISED." - Claire Fuller

"Interwoven with myth and fairy tale, these stories are surprising, delightful, and by turns dangerous and joyful, like walking through a mirror and discovering a world that you both recognise and have never seen before." - Rachel Joyce

"THESE STORIES ARE WEAVED TOGETHER LIKE SILVERY FISHING NETS. LIKE SHIMMERING, JEWEL-BRIGHT WORLDS." - Helen McClory

"I was hooked from the first sentence of the first story. They're so twisted and dark and a genuine pleasure to read ... so strange and magical." - Louise O'Neill


Used availability for Jen Campbell's The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night

Hardback Editions

November 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night: an enchanting collection of modern fairy tales
Author(s): Jen Campbell
ISBN: 1-4736-5353-3 / 978-1-4736-5353-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Two Roads
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

July 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night: an enchanting collection of modern fairy tales
Author(s): Jen Campbell
ISBN: 1-4736-5355-X / 978-1-4736-5355-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Two Roads
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

November 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night: an enchanting collection of modern fairy tales
Author(s): Jen Campbell
Publisher: Two Roads
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU