“At the Bottom of the Garden is brilliant, always on the move, and bone-chilling. There's nothing cutesy about this highly suggestive, provocative scholarship; the creatures animating this book are about as cuddly as scorpions, wee rattlers, and black-widow spiders. Purkiss has written a witty and compelling work that will fascinate readers and haunt our imaginations.”
-James Kincaid,University of Southern California, author of Erotic Innocence
“Fascinating. . . . Rigorously researched. . . . Highly recommended.”
“Enchanting . . . witty . . . full of surprises and delights.”
“. . . a scholarly overview of the role that fairies have played in culture from the past to the present.”
“Illuminating and enormous fun.”
About the Author
Author of The Witch in History, Diane Purkiss was formerly Professor of English at Exeter University and is now Fellow and Tutor at Keble College, Oxford.