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Tangleweed and Brine


FORMAT: Hardcover PRICE: £10.99 PAGES: 180 Pages PUBLICATION DATE: 06/09/2017 ISBN: 9781910411926

Tangleweed and Brine

Deidre Sullivan

Little Island

A collection of twelve dark, feminist retellings of traditional fairytales from one of Ireland’s leading writers for young people. In the tradition of Angela Carter, stories such as Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin are given a witchy makeover, not for the faint-hearted. Intricately illustrated with black and white line drawings, in the style of Aubrey Beardsley, by a new Irish illustrator.

Selling points

  • Huge appeal for female teen readers
  • Elaborate and intricate illustration
  • Feminist retellings
  • Author shortlisted for numerous Irish and international awards
  • Gift appeal – high quality design, print and binding


‘Deirdre Sullivan’s writing is beguiling, bewitching and poetic. Her prose is almost dreamlike, reminiscent of Angela Carter' – Juno Dawson

‘Deirdre Sullivan’s terse and stark renditions of fairy tales in Tangleweed and Brine challenge us to rethink what the destinies of young women were in traditional fairy tales, and she spells out what they might really be in other times and settings. Sullivan’s original stories are riveting and offer readers unusual perspectives on how to read fairy tales in times of conflict’ – Jack Zipes, fairy tale critic and academic


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