Tangleweed and Brine
Published by: Little Island Books
Imprint: Little Island Books
Bewitched retellings of classic fairy-tales with brave and resilient heroines.
A multi-award winning 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.
"This absolutely beautifully collection of retold fairy tales is as wonderful to read as it is to look at. Featuring lovely, feminist angles on your favourite fairy tales and beautiful full spread illustrations, it deserves a space on your shelf stat."
"Sullivan muddies the black-and-white narratives, not only with murky endings, but with dark, dangerous, imperfect and even unhinged heroines. In doing so, she makes her fairy tales richer and more fertile, but also more adult… Her language is heavily perfumed with meaning… with its beautiful pen-and-ink illustrations reminiscent of Aubrey Beardsley’s for Oscar Wilde’s fairy tales, it would make a great gift for a teenager."
Hattie Garlick, The Times Literary Supplement
"A tapestry of retellings and reimaginings, some told in beguiling second person, that foreground women – their desires, powers, fearsomeness and vulnerability … enriched by Vaughan’s sharp, intricate, Beardsleyesque illustrations."
Imogen Russell Williams The Guardian
"An absolute stunner of a book."
Claire Hennessey, The Irish Times