1. Brother's Grimm, Selected Tales
2. Philip Pullman, Grimm Tales: For Young and Old
3. Moss Roberts, Chinese Fairy Tales & Fantasies
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4. Jack Zipes, The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales
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Zipes has also edited collections of fairy stories that might also be worth checking out. The Trials and Tribulations of Red Ridding Hood looks really interesting, it includes 35 versions of the story and examines the social context and uses the multiple retellings to examine Western Culture, sexism and politics.
5. Angela Carter, Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales
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I've mentioned this book before, because I can't recommend it enough. Firstly, it is aesthetically pleasing and would look great on your bookshelf. The pictures above are just a couple of the illustrations that are scattered throughout and each story begins with a unique illuminated letter.
It contains stories collected from all around the world, and it is really enjoyable to dip in and out of. With sections such as 'Clever Women, Resourceful Girls' and 'Strong Minds and Low Cunning', you won't find any simpering princess in these pages. Some of the stories are pretty raunchy, definitely not suitable for kids.
6. Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber
"And each stroke of his tongue ripped off skin after successive skin, all the skins of life in the world, and left behind a nascent patina of shining hairs. My earrings turned back to water and trickled down my shoulders; I shrugged the drops of my beautiful fur."
7. Eowyn Ivey, The Snow Child
A bewitching and atmospheric contemporary fairy tale. The landscape is the real star of this novel, 1920's Alaska is just as enchanting and foreboding as Hansel and Gretel's forest. Full review can be read here
8. ed. Shahrukh Husain, The Virago Book of Witches
I haven't read this one yet, but it sounds like it would be right up my street. It's only 1p on Amazon, so I might have to pop it in my shopping basket. Similar to some of my earlier suggestions, it is a collections of tales from around the world. I've been obsessed with witches and witchcraft since I was a child.
The Baba Yagas of Slavic folklore really caught my imagination. A Baba Yaga is a supernatural sorceress who usually lives in a chicken leg hut and flies through the air using a mortar and pestle.
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9. Gregory Maguire, Mirror Mirror
Mirror Mirror is a retelling of the Snow White story influenced by the Borgia family (real historical figures, controversial Pope Alexander VI and his corrupt and devious children). I've blogged about Gregory Maguire before, he has an amazing ability to totally re-imagine and retell a classic story and bring a whole new prospective.
If you've got any recommendations to add to this I'd love to hear them- ping me an email or leave a comment in the box below.