Giants and gods, saints and heroes. Djinns and dragons. Loss and exile from one’s homeland.
A fascinating and place-focused retelling of some of the oldest British stories: gods and giants, heroes and saints. Not really folklore as these were never (or rarely) orally transmitted; these were literary tales concocted by people who wanted to link the origins of the British people to classical mythology.
I decided to reread this because we went to see the film based on it, Three Thousand Years of Longing. The book is still just as good as I remembered; it’s one of my favourite novellas.
It took a while to get into this novel, but once I had, it became intriguing. Why was Nina the ballet dancer avoiding Grigoriy? Why did she leave Russia? And would Grigoriy find new love?
A collection of Brian Bilston’s poetry. Whimsical and fun, occasionally poignant.