Monday, 28 April 2014

Book Review: The Book of English Magic by Philip Carr-Gomm & Richard Heygate

Title: The Book of English Magic
Author: Philip Carr-Gomm & Richard Heygate
Publisher: John Murray Publishers
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 576
Format: Paperback
Genre: Non-Fiction
Source: Xmas Gift
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Of all the countries in the world, England has 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. (Goodreads Synopsis)

The Book of English Magic is an interesting read, looking at different forms of magic and the role they have played through the ages, Part-history book and part-how-to-manual, this is an entertaining read for both the historian and the reader interested in learning more about following certain paths such as druidism and wicca. This is a book you can either read through or dip into at leisure.

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