Thursday, 6 February 2014

ARTS AND CRAFTS REVIEW: The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs - Steve Roud and Julia Bishop

Release Date: 06/02/14
Publisher:  Penguin


The definitive collection of folk music - one of the great English popular art forms. One of the great English popular art forms, the folk song can be painful, satirical, erotic, dramatic, rueful or funny. This magical new collection brings together all the classic folk songs as well as many lesser-known discoveries, complete with music and annotations on their original sources and meaning. Published in cooperation with the English Folk Dance and Song Society, it is a worthy successor to Ralph Vaughan Williams and A. L. Lloyd's original Penguin Book of English Folk Songs.


I love a book that’s a little different and whilst Joanne is well known for her YA Fiction, her first adult Fantasy is one that not only hit the right notes for me but also gave me a mischievous as well as fascinating character with Loki. Add to this some cracking mixing of ancient myth with cracking modern storytelling alongside wonderful prose and pace all round left me a more than happy reader.

Definitely a book that I’d recommend to young readers looking to move adult titles and when blended with a wonderful sense of awe all round makes this a book that deserves to do well. Great stuff.

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