The Book of English Folk Tales

The Book of English Folk Tales
Sybil Marshall
Price: £
  • Hardback
1 Dec 2016
  • Anthology
Available from:

Winner of the Angel Prize for Literature

A master storyteller, social historian and folklorist, Sybil Marshall scoured English history to bring together a fascinating collection of folk tales in one glorious edition. Out-of-print for over thirty years, Duckworth is re-issuing this bewitching book to enchant a new audience. From the great mass of folk tales that exists, Sybil Marshall has chosen a wide variety of stories, retelling them with wit and suspense. We have her tales of the little people and of giants, of the Devil and the saints, and supernatural and moral tales. Let Sybil Marshall lead you through the old English countryside, exploring the beliefs and legends of time gone by. This beautifully packaged edition, complete with wood engraved illustrations by John Lawrence, will entertain, educate and ensnare audiences of all ages.

With 72 Black and White Woodcut Illustrations 


'This is a beautiful collection that is stunningly presented… a wonderful gift for lovers of folklore, especially for those who want to expand their knowledge of English folk tales' Bookbag

‘The England we visit in this sophisticated compilation for children has no afternoon tea or jolly rounds of cricket, but blood, superstition and magic’ Meghan Cox Gurdon, The Wall Street Journal

Sybil Marshall

About Sybil Marshall

Sybil Marshall (1913-2005) was a British writer, teacher and educationalist. Having grown up a ‘fen tiger’ in one of the lowest and most isolated of the Black Fens in rural Huntingdonshire, she was raised in a tradition of story-telling. Her folk tales are imbued with myth and magic but also bring to life the lives of those who told them, spinning a ‘thin but tough thread’ through history. The stories she has collected are part social history and part archaeology, and overflow with the delight Marshall takes in telling them. Working first as a teacher and then as a university lecturer, she later became an author and her books include Fenland Chronicle and the trilogy of novels A Nest of Magpies, Sharp Through The Hawthorn and Strip The Willow