FROM JEN CAMPBELL

AUTHOR OF

WEIRD THINGS CUSTOMERS SAY IN BOOKSHOPS

AND

THE BOOKSHOP BOOK

 

‘THE PERFECT AUTUMNAL READ TO CURL UP WITH’ 

Stylist

‘THERE IS DARK ENCHANTMENT IN THESE WONDERFULLY STRANGE TALES … MESMERISING’

Daily Mail

‘ENCHANTING AND ILLUMINATING’ 

Carys Bray,  author of A Song For Issy Bradley

‘FULL OF CHARACTER AND MAGIC’ 

Claire Fuller,  author of Our Endless Numbered Days

‘THESE STORIES ARE WEAVED TOGETHER LIKE SILVERY FISHING NETS. LIKE SHIMMERING, JEWEL-BRIGHT WORLDS’ 

Helen McClory

‘INTERWOVEN WITH MYTH AND FAIRY TALE, THESE STORIES ARE SURPRISING, DELIGHTFUL, AND BY TURNS DANGEROUS AND JOYFUL’

 Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

‘A DARKLY CLEVER, BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN AND DELICIOUSLY TWISTED COLLECTION OF MODERN FAIRY TALES’

Red Magazine

These days, you can find anything you need at the click of a button.
That’s why I bought her heart online.’
 
Spirits in jam jars, mini-apocalypses, animal hearts and side shows.

A girl runs a coffin hotel on a remote island.

A boy is worried his sister has two souls.

A couple are rewriting the history of the world.

And mermaids are on display at the local aquarium.

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night is a collection of twelve haunting stories; modern fairy tales brimming with magic, outsiders and lost souls.

‘I’m fascinated by storytelling, and particularly fairy tales. How humans have always tried to explain things that they can’t possibly understand with, sometimes outrageous, stories’ 

Jen Campbell Two Roads BooksJEN CAMPBELL is an award-winning poet and short story writer. Born in the north east of England, she now lives in London, and is the author of the bestselling Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops series and The Bookshop Book. She worked as a bookseller for ten years.  

Her first children’s book Franklin’s Flying Bookshop is published by Thames and Hudson. 

A respected and influential book vlogger  with almost 30,000 subscribers, she has won an Eric Gregory Award for poetry in 2016 and has been a judge for the Costa and Somerset Maugham awards.

She is a little bit obsessed with the darker side of fairy tales. She lives in London.

jen-campbell.co.uk

youtube.com/user/jenvcampbell

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