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How the Whale Became and Other Tales of the Early World

By Ted Hughes
Illustrated by George Adamson. Andrew Davidson
Published by Faber & Faber


Price £14.99
Publisher Faber & Faber

A combined volume collecting together all Ted Hughes’ glorious inventions about how the earth’s creatures came to be, originally published as three separate books: How the Whale Became, Tales of the Early World and The Dreamfighter. The God in these stories is no all-seeing, all-knowing being, but an inventor and craftsman toiling joyously in his workshop, fashioning all manner of animals and birds to unleash into the world. The mythic quality and respect for nature raw in tooth and claw which are so evident in Hughes’ poetry are also present here, albeit often tempered with humour.

See also: Rudyard Kipling: Just So Stories Puffin Classics £7.99 9780141321622