Sunday, June 10, 2018


It's June. It's fairy season! 

Or perhaps every season is fairy season…

In honor of my newly released book Fairy Spell: How Two Girls Convinced the World That Fairies Are Real, a hodgepourri of fairy dust:

Fun British phrases I learned while researching the story (one of which made it into my book):

  • up the beck
  • 'tice the fairies
  • go in the dance
  • at the sides

"Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies!" 
—newsman Francis Pharcellus Church to 8-year-old Virginia Hanlon, who wrote to the New York Sun editor to ask if Santa Claus was real, 1897

"Like fairies, hamburgers are famously difficult to photograph because they can take thousands of forms and wear a variety of sauces."
—Groupon 12/6/10 (promoting a restaurant called Z-Burger)

Interview clip of Frances and Elsie, the "Two Girls" of the subtitle, from Arthur C. Clarke's World of Strange Powers (aired in 1985, shortly before both died):

Frances's daughter Christine at Frances's grave (1997):

Now go outside and look for the real thing.

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