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Outstanding New Writing

From master storyteller Clive Johnson

Spellbinding tales from 1,001 Nights retold for children, alongside modern-day short stories for adults that aim to keep the intended magic and meaning of the originals.

“Especially recommended for those who would view the original classics with a new eye to their lasting relevance to modern times.” Midwest Book Review

“A clever idea, handsomely executed in impeccable prose. All in all, this is a delightful collection.” BlueInk Review

“The narrative throughout the book flows effortlessly. A worthy literary endeavor.” San Francisco Book Review

??? Classic tales reimagined for children and adults

Magic carpets and flying horses, caverns glittering with gold, unexpected plot lines following the fortunes of heroes and villains – who can fail to be enthralled by the magic and wonder of the tales of the One Thousand and One Nights?

This most celebrated collections of tales feature shape-shifting and instant transportation across continents, powerful jinn who rise like smoke from simple jars, giant man-carrying birds, and dreams that unravel deep secrets. The backdrops move from barren deserts to spectacular cities, from the boundaries of the known world to the inner sanctuaries of mighty rulers. Kings and paupers, benevolent sages and devious magicians, worthy princesses and unscrupulous harlots all play their part in teaching important truths and provoking lively debate.

This innovative book offers retellings of a selection of tales that have captured the imaginations of countless people over many centuries. Accompanying each is a contemporary short story that reframes the messages and teachings of the original, specifically written for adults.

Here are stories of betrayal and murder, exploitation and sibling rivalry, soul-searching and discovery. The modern parallel tales swap the busy alleyways of old Baghdad for the horror of Saddam’s prisons, move from following caravans in the Sahara to trekking with modern day pilgrims on the Camino of northern Spain. Baptist ministers, adulterous accountants, and eco-warrior backpackers follow in the footsteps of the no-less colourful characters that feature in the original tales.

Each pair of stories is accompanied by a commentary on how they might be interpreted. The result is a collection of wonderful tales that continue to enthral children, while offering fresh levels of meaning for the grown-ups who tell the stories to them.

Revisit these classic tales afresh and prepare to be surprised, inspired, and enthralled: Order your copy of this spellbinding book NOW!

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