The Book of English Magic

Philip Carr-Gomm, Richard Heygate

The Book of English Magic

Of all the countries in the world, England could be said to have the richest history of magical lore and practice. English authors such as J.R.R.Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett, and J.K.Rowling, dominate the world of magic in fiction, but from the earliest times, England has also acted as home to generations of eccentrics and scholars who have researched and explored every conceivable kind of occult art. Most people are torn between a fascination with magic and an almost instinctive fear of the occult, of a world redolent with superstition and illusion. And yet more people now practice magic in England than at any time in her history. The Book of English Magic explores this hidden story, from its first stirrings to our present-day fascination with all things magical. Along the way readers are offered a rich menu of magical things to do and places to visit. 3.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
The Book of English Magic

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Paranormal & Supernatural, Religion & Spirituality
Format Hardback
Pages 562
RRP £25.00
Date of Publication June 2009
ISBN 978-1848540330
Publisher John Murray
 

Of all the countries in the world, England could be said to have the richest history of magical lore and practice. English authors such as J.R.R.Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett, and J.K.Rowling, dominate the world of magic in fiction, but from the earliest times, England has also acted as home to generations of eccentrics and scholars who have researched and explored every conceivable kind of occult art. Most people are torn between a fascination with magic and an almost instinctive fear of the occult, of a world redolent with superstition and illusion. And yet more people now practice magic in England than at any time in her history. The Book of English Magic explores this hidden story, from its first stirrings to our present-day fascination with all things magical. Along the way readers are offered a rich menu of magical things to do and places to visit.

Reviews

The Times

Iain Finlayson

You can treat this book lightly as a magical mystery tour for all the family on a half-term break or, for readers who want to get a little darker and deeper into magic, there are well-informed suggestions and sources for further reading and research.

20/06/2009

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