Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book

Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book

by Terry Jones

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Overview

This perennial bestseller never loses its charm. It really happened-a hoax perpetrated by two girls who claimed to have photographed actual "fairies"; among the people caught up in the popular hysteria were Arthur Conan Doyle (who fell for it) and Harry Houdini (who did not). This remarkable parody, written by a former member of the Monty Python troupe, takes a riotously witty, visually extraordinary, and wildly original look at what went on. In every respect, this "handwritten diary" captures the look of the age-though the fairies, it is true, do sometimes have a more malevolent aspect than one might expect...
A fresh-and funny-take on the true story that inspired two movies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402720338
Publisher: Sterling Publishing
Publication date: 09/02/2004
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 9.13(w) x 12.00(h) x (d)

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Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of a victorian young lady's adventures with fairies. She collects impressions of the fairies in her diary. Amusing but very slight, really not for children. I like how the handwriting develops over time.
Ravenari on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Though this is widely believed to be the book that really launched Froud's commercial career, I have never particularly enjoyed the Lady Cottington series. The main character, Lady Cottington, is unlikeable, and the faeries that she demolishes never as flattering or as beautiful as the ones depicted by Froud in his other books. What you're left with is a slightly amusing book which slightly amusing pictures, that otherwise doesn't really measure up to Froud's other works.
bookcrazed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A surprisingly adult text with hidden nuance and a great deal of humor.
the1butterfly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm torn on this one- yes, it's an interesting story, and I definitely enjoy the pictures, but I can not condone the idea of pressing faeries. I only bought this because it was on sale and I have a hard time resisting any book about faeries on sale. Yes, generally disturbing.
MerryMary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hysterical and beautifully illustrated - if you discount a slight "ick" factor! A young British girl manages to catch fairies between the pages of her pressed flower book and squish them for posterity. The diary entries are slightly risque in places when the enchanted folk make her do some things she thinks she doesn't want to do, but funny, funny, funny.
kaelirenee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Imitating a flower press book, this amuzing, charming, and somewhat disturbing collection of stories and images of squashed fairies is a great addition to a mythology collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was interesting to read through once. This is not for children, though. Teen-agers might be able to handle this, as there is illustrated nudity on the top of the fairies and some bare bottoms. These fairies are not the cutesy, cartoony ones that wear wispy clothing. I liked the story that was written by Terry Jones of Monty Python. It is a fun and non-stressful, escape-from-reality type of book. This is a full-size 64 page soft cover book. Each person that reads it will have a different way of looking at it as to whether this is horribly offensive or not. Some people may not enjoy the squashed fairies in the book. This does not have the DVD in it as the hardback 10th anniversary edition does.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book and so does my daughter. I bought it for her many years ago as a gift, (she is now 18) and it has always been one of our favorite. When reading it you find yourself wondering if the story is real or not! Great gift for any child with an imagination!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book. When I read it, it made me feel like I was a kid again. It is so imaginative! The Frouds are amazing. Anyone that has anything to do with such a book should be thanked....so thank you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a rilly good book. its exciting and its cool i like the fairys thay are my favorite part and its just cool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for anyone with an open mind. Some may think it's vulgar but as with any fairy book there is bound to be some nudity. I loved the story and the pictures. No one that I've recommended it to has been disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
PLEASE remember that this particular version of the book is the MINI version and NOT the large size version, which is why it is priced at $6.98 and not higher. The small version is great, but for a great deal, do get the large version as its on sale and is also fast on its way to becoming Out of Print.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like this book. Fairies always catch my eye, but this one's a classic! Makes you wonder if fairies are out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book a couple of months ago on the way back from a shopping trip when I bought the book. At first, I was taken aback by the graphic pictures and the realistic looking faces. But then, as I thought about it (I coulden't get the book out of my mind, I've never seen anything like it before) I began to like the story better and have grown to love it. The reason why I gave 4 stars instead of 5? I didn't like the pictures too much; they were too grusome for me. But the writing, diction, structure, and plot of this book is well worth buying it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a very whimsical, creative book, but was spoiled by the gratuitous portrayal of nude breasts and hips, and allusions to rape and molestation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was very realistic: the story, writing font, and pictures were convincing! Its mystical and curious...I loved it from beginning till end. Its a book ill definately save forever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book!!! it's very 'realistic' in a sense. The first few pages are written much like a 6 year old would right them, and the handwriting and terms mature with Lady Cottington. It also comes with a window decal, that i still have, this book is hilarious.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great collectable for Froud fans. I ordered this book thinking I would be getting the normal sized hardcover copy. Instead I was gleeful to find a pocket-size hardcover copy. It is adoradle and even comes with a mini decal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book after reading the first review. I will not let my family read it because the illustrations are pornographic. It's beyond me why anyone would need to put such illustrations into a book which (according to other reviewers) has a good story.