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Beauty by Sarah Pinborough

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Winner of the Best Novella at the British Fantasy Awards 2014.

Oh what fun. First we have Sleeping Beauty as a prince, a huntsman and Petra, a girl willing to help them, cut their way through a forest and the prince kissing a sleeping princess. Then we have Beauty and the Beast when the princess turns out to be both, then we have Rumpelstiltskin who placed the spell and must be found to break it. Glorious stuff, what a wonderful idea, blood, gore and sex all racing through the fairy tales combined. You must read it. She has written another called Poison which you should read too.

An effortlessly zesty and playful retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with characters from several other fairy tales making a sneaky appearance. In the form of a novella, this is uncomplicated light reading, apart from a saucy and somewhat sinister few pages that add a deliberate jarring note to proceedings. Adding a modern twist to the traditional “and everyone lived happily ever after”, this is a lively and entertaining read. ~ Liz Robinson

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Beauty by Sarah Pinborough

BEAUTY is a beautifully illustrated re-telling of the Sleeping Beauty story which takes all the elements of the classic fairytale that we love (the handsome prince, the ancient curse, the sleeping girl and, of course, the haunting castle) and puts a modern spin on the characters, their motives and their desires. It's fun, contemporary, sexy, and perfect for fans of ONCE UPON A TIME, GRIMM, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and more.


Anyone with any interest in fairy tale and myth will smile and smile again. The Forgotten Geek Beauty is a fantastic conclusion to this series. I can't recommend these books enough: go forth and read! WONDROUSREADS.COM It is a delightfully wicked twist on the stories of old. -- Paul Holmes THEELOQUENTPAGE.CO.UK It's fun, contemporary, sexy, and perfect for fans of Once Upon a Time, Snow White and the Huntsman and more. TOR.COM a super sexy tale full of fan, danger and excitement FICTION FASINATION

About the Author

Sarah Pinborough

Sarah Pinborough is a successful, critically acclaimed novelist and screenw riter. She has written a YA trilogy, The Now here Chronicles, under the pen name Sarah Silverwood; she has written for the BBC series NEW TRICKS; her The Dog-Faced Gods trilogy has been optioned for a television series and she has a horror film, CRACKED, currently in development. She has also turned her pen to short stories and novellas, winning the BRITISH FANTASY AW ARD for Best Short Story in 2009 and the BRITISH FANTASY AWARD for Best Novella in 2010 (for The Language of the Dying). She lives in London, and is a full time writer.

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10th April 2014


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Gollancz an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


224 pages


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