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    • ISBN:9781473653535
    • Publication date:02 Nov 2017

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night

By Jen Campbell

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Modern fairy tales of magic, outsiders and lost souls from bestselling author and acclaimed book vlogger Jen Campbell.

'ENCHANTING AND ILLUMINATING' Carys Bray, bestselling author of A Song For Issy Bradley
'THIS BOOK IS FULL OF CHARACTER AND MAGIC, AND I FOUND MYSELF MESMERISED' Claire Fuller, bestselling author of Our Endless Numbered Days
'THESE STORIES ARE WEAVED TOGETHER LIKE SILVERY FISHING NETS. LIKE SHIMMERING, JEWEL-BRIGHT WORLDS' Helen McClory

'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.

'I'm fascinated by storytelling, and particularly fairy tales. How humans have always tried to explain things that they can't possibly understand with, sometimes outrageous, stories' Jen Campbell

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

Biographical Notes

JEN CAMPBELL is an award-winning poet and short story writer. Born in the north east of England, she now lives in London, and is the author of the bestselling Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops series and The Bookshop Book. She worked as a bookseller for ten years.
Her first children's book Franklin's Flying Bookshop is published by Thames and Hudson.
A respected and influential book vlogger with almost 30,000 subscribers, she has won an Eric Gregory Award for poetry in 2016 and has been a judge for the Costa and Somerset Maugham awards.
She is a little bit obsessed with the darker side of fairy tales. She lives in London.

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  • ISBN: 9781473653542
  • Publication date: 02 Nov 2017
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Enchanting and whimsical, curiously beautiful and illuminating — Carys Bray, bestselling author of A SONG FOR ISSY BRADLEY
This book is full of character and magic, and I found myself mesmerised — Claire Fuller, bestselling author of OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS
These stories are weaved together like silvery fishing nets. Like shimmering, jewel- bright worlds — Helen McClory
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