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Sian and the Winterwife

Sian and the Winterwife

by Avalon Weston

ISBN: 9780993229848

A Welsh grandmother tells her granddaughter the story of Sian who, long ago, with great bravery, saved her village from the Grey Man. Our heroine journeyed to find the Winterwife to ask for her help. Sian, the Winterwife and her giant silver fox Arian fly over the hills to the girl's village. They bring the snow and with it happiness back to the valley.

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Avalon Weston

The author: Avalon Weston

Avalon Weston wrote Sian and the Winterwife for her youngest child and only daughter. Maurice Sendak published Where the Wild Things Are in 1963, which empowered many a small boy, but he had yet to write Outside Over There (published 1981) for their sisters. Sian’s story was intended to fill that gap.

Avalon Weston has written other fiction including two books for children in the ‘All the Sky’ series, plus a detective story based on her time as a midwife with Médecins Sans Frontières and one other she refers to as ‘Something I wrote a long time ago, when trying to understand what sex was about.’

She was born in London, but brought up her four children in Wales, Bristol and Devon. Now retired and back in her city, she has begun to publish the fictional stories she has always written.

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This is a delightful folk tale written with an apparently simple fluency that conceals skilful construction and serious meaning. Sian is one of the few in the village clear-sighted enough to understand why calamity has struck them and it is she who, because of her youth, courage and sound perceptions can bring a limited salvation (even the Winterwife cannot undo the past, but the future is assured). Centuries of fairy tale and mythology resonate through this short story and the realism of the Welsh village setting and the much more magical environment of the Winterwife herself are vividly brought to life. Highly recommended for readers of all ages. – J A Humphrey.

When I first started reading it I thought it was gone to be of those boring stories but to my surprise it wasn’t. The fairy tale story captured me from the beginning to the very end. I truly can say it was very well written. I would recommend it! – Joyce Van Kirk.

A charming slightly offbeat celtic empowerment story well written hopefully we will get more from the author. Well worth reading – F. Beddington.

 

 

This is a delightful folk tale written with an apparently simple fluency that conceals skilful construction and serious meaning. Sian is one of the few in the village clear-sighted enough to understand why calamity has struck them and it is she who, because of her youth, courage and sound perceptions can bring a limited salvation (even the Winterwife cannot undo the past, but the future is assured). Centuries of fairy tale and mythology resonate through this short story and the realism of the Welsh village setting and the much more magical environment of the Winterwife herself are vividly brought to life. Highly recommended for readers of all ages. – J A Humphrey.

When I first started reading it I thought it was gone to be of those boring stories but to my surprise it wasn’t. The fairy tale story captured me from the beginning to the very end. I truly can say it was very well written. I would recommend it! – Joyce Van Kirk.

A charming slightly offbeat celtic empowerment story well written hopefully we will get more from the author. Well worth reading – F. Beddington.

 

 

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