From Shakespeare’s Queen of the Fairies to the Flower Fairies and the Christmas Fairy, the magical creatures have enchanted centuries of people. This book explores what makes fairies, elves and imps so special. These winged creatures have given their names to many words and phrases as one of the chapters reveals and we’ve been entranced by fairies since fairy tales introduced us to Fairy Godmothers. The main part of the book is an A-Z featuring thousands of fairies and their male counterparts. Each short biography will have a symbol to show where they found their fame, whether in books, films, cartoons or, like Fairy Liquid, brands and advertising.
Did you know?
• Sir Arthur Conan Doyle believed in fairies and was taken in by a photograph which two little girls faked of fairies in Cottingley – which he published in The Strand Magazine
• Dandelion seeds are known as fairies
• Fairy Lights were invented for Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe