The Book of English Magic

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Hodder & Stoughton, Apr 1, 2010 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 576 pages
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.

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User Review  - allyshaw - LibraryThing

Not sure who the audience is for this book. Serious practitioners will find it all a bit superficial and scatter-shot, curious skeptics will find it equally frustrating. It is poorly edited as well ... Read full review

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Impressive collection of esoteric lore, of great value for those interested in the subject Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Sir Richard Heygate runs a successful software company, and has a special interest in alternative worlds. He is co-author of ENDANGERED SPECIES, which was published by John Murray in 2007, as well as THE BOOK OF ENGLISH MAGIC.

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