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A Field Guide to Irish Fairies Hardcover – October 1, 1998

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About the Author

Bob Curran lives in Ireland and is an expert on Irish fairies. He is schooled in the risks and rewards of rambles in the countryside.

Andrew Whitson is Ireland's foremost illustrator of supernatural beings.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811822761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811822763
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,219,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This little book gets right to the meat of Irish folklore and the various sorts of fey. Includes the mythological variance between tales from differing counties and tries to reconcile the countless spelling/name variations and the differing significance attached to various elementals. The accounts and tales are both fanciful and straightforward and carry none of that phony, fadish, fluffy bunny fru fru that poisons serious examination and/or gentle celebration of our Good Neighbours.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Saturday on November 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful little book. It has the great authority on celtic mythology Bob Curran sharing his knowledge of Fairy lore from Ireland. Not in a whimsical as is usual manner with faires but in a knowledgeable yet informative manner. There are also the excellent illustrations by Andrew Whitson. On a personal note upon reading this book mention was made of a great Uncle of mine Frank Craig. My mother filled us with stories about Frank as we grew up. Besides being one of the last native Irish speakers on Rathlin Island he had a great head filled with folklore, some of it he told to scare my mother and her siblings witless when they were small children. He would also tell them that there were no fairies now. He had heard them leave long ago and travel west to beyond the sunset. Sadly he died in 1973 but it was so good to read something about his stories in this book.So on a personal and on a general level I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Margaret R. Hinsman on March 16, 2006
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This book introduces several types of Irish fairies: what they look like, their character, where they are located and how to avoid or deal with them should you encounter them. I have enjoyed reading it and have learned a lot, and so have my two sons (ages 6 and 12) and their friends. We used this book as a reference for a craft at the Eugene Irish Festival where people learned about fairies and those who participated loved it.

Highly recommended to anyone at the beginning level of learning about Irish Fairies. Great artwork, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M.L. Lennon on February 24, 2013
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I loved this book because it gives me the added information I need for Irish oral storytelling, great research book.
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By silver elves on February 27, 2014
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This is a sweet little book, although its denizen are not so sweet, with nice illustrations, rather like Teresa Moorey's The Fairy Bible: The Definitive Guide to the World of Fairies, only much smaller, and yet, it has a few variations of faerie life that are not included in that tome. We like it and are glad to have it in our collection of Faerie lore books.

The Silver Elves, authors of The Elven Tree of Life Eternal: A Magical Quest for One's True S'Elf.
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