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Retelling at it's best
An excellent collection of stories from some of the best contemporary female writers, Hag really is a gem. Retelling english folklore, some I knew, others ... READ MORE
Helen Roberts


Dark, potent and uncanny, Hag bursts with the untold stories of our isles, captured in voices as varied as they are vivid.

Here are sisters fighting for the love of the same woman, a pregnant archaeologist unearthing impossible bones and lost children following you home. A panther runs through the forests of England and pixies prey upon violent men.

From the islands of Scotland to the coast of Cornwall, the mountains of Galway to the depths of the Fens, these forgotten folktales howl, cackle and sing their way into the 21st century, wildly reimagined by some of the most exciting women writing in Britain and Ireland today.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780349013596
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 437g
  • Dimensions: 218 x 138 x 34 mm

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Deliciously Wicked Folktales, Forgotten No More
Hag is a wonderfully relevant and apt anthology of British and Irish folktale retellings, perfect for the upcoming Halloween season. Filled with feisty fem... READ MORE
Forgotten Folktales Reimagined
Curated by Professor Carolyne Larrington, St John’s College, Oxford, these stories are inspired by the forgotten folklore of the British Isles. The project... READ MORE
Amanda Read
A weird and wonderful treat
A weird and wonderful treat ideal for reading in a well lit, cosy room with the darkness of an autumn night and the fairy folk firmly locked outside -or at... READ MORE
Tales perfect for curling up with on a dark and cold autumn night
Originally concieved as a podcast project (to better mimic the oral storytelling traditions from which these tales originate), curated by Professor Carolyn... READ MORE
Carolyn Percy
British folk tales re-told
As a collecter and lover of folk tales, I just had to add 'Hag' to my must-read list! I knew several of the original tales and some I'd not heard of before... READ MORE
Petra Redmond
Deliciously modern, diverse and feminist re-tellings.
One of my favourite books has long been a big compedium of British Folk Tales that I received for my seventh birthday. It is a collection of short, unembro... READ MORE
Kate S
Not for me
I did like some of the stories but this was more of a miss for me. I like the authors involved in this but this wasn't for me really.
beth younge
Breathtaking, chilling and feisty retelling of long forgetter folktales
This is spellbinding, captivating, horrifying, chilling and ethereal. It hits you and then kisses the hit... I loved every page. All these wonderful woman ... READ MORE
Zoe Radley
Beautiful, haunting, chilling, feisty, feminist and punchy
What a gorgeous collection of folk tales with a decidedly morbid, feminist twist. I love these twisted gems that sparkle and catch your eye... but once you... READ MORE
Zoe Radley
Interesting, but a bit heavy at times
This collection starts off promisingly, and the different tales themselves are enjoyable - I particularly liked The Panther's Tale. However, it could feel ... READ MORE
Claudia George
‘’Oh, my darling wee fishie, no evil eyes for you You don’t need a daddy, I’ve love enough for two…’’
‘’Human existence so often calls for exploration through the imagination, through metaphors, images, narratives that give shape to emotions and conditions,... READ MORE
Amalia Gkavea
Great Spooky Read
Hag is a collection of short stories based on UK folklore, that have been told in a contemporary fashion by some splendid authors. Covering a range of myth... READ MORE
Lara Olafisoye