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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,096 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Graham Joyce Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Some Kind of Fairy Tale is the mesmerizing new novel from acclaimed author Graham Joyce.

Twenty years ago, sixteen-year-old Tara Martin disappeared from a small town in the heart of England. Now, her sudden return and the mind-bending tale of where she’s been will challenge our very perception of the truth.

For twenty years after Tara Martin disappeared, her parents and her brother, Peter, lived in denial of the grim fact that she was gone for good. Then suddenly on Christmas Day, the doorbell rings at her parents’ home, and there, dishevelled and slightly peculiar looking, Tara stands. It’s a miracle, but alarm bells are ringing for Peter. Tara’s story just does not add up. And, incredibly, she barely looks a day older than when she vanished.

Award-winning author Graham Joyce is a master of exploring new realms of understanding that exist between dreams and reality, between the known and unknown. Some Kind of Fairy Tale is a one-of-a-kind journey every bit as magical as its title implies—and as real and unsentimental as the world around us.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Joyce blends reality with fantasy in this modern-day fable…Though Joyce envisions an intriguing realm nestled against our own, what’s most compelling are his characters’ chaotic emotions and reconnections as they struggle to cope with what they can’t understand.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A captivating blend of fantasy and reality that will keep readers guessing till the very end. Recommended for fans of Keith Donohue's The Stolen Child and readers who enjoy fairy tale variations, fantasy, or psychological exploration.”

    Library Journal

  • “Reality and fairy tale are beautifully interwoven in this contemplative story about relationships, love, and dreams. In a unique blend of thriller and fantasy, Joyce creates a delightful page-turner that his fans and newcomers alike will find hard to put down.”


  • “Do we share the planet with other life forms such as fairies? Veteran British fantasist Joyce lets the possibility dangle in this absorbing work…Excellently done; expertly grounded, suspensefully told.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A BookPage Book of the Day, July 2012
  • Selected for the July 2012 Indie Next List
  • A 2012 Library Journal Best Book
  • A 2013 World Fantasy Award Finalist for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nancy | 2/17/2014

    " An intriguing, humorous, character-driven read. Enjoyed it very much (read it in a couple days), but the unanswered questions bothered me. I wanted to know more about the "fairy" folk, more about Hiero's actions and motivation, and a few other things that I won't mention because I don't do spoilers ;) In the end, though, I realized this is the story of Tara and her family and friends, not the story of the fairies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nikki | 2/4/2014

    " I don't really know what to think about this story, because I honestly couldn't tell you what it's about. There's layers behind just the plain written down story, and I have to this odd, almost apprehensive feeling that I'm missing something. I do know it's not like Don't Breathe a Word, which pretended to be about fairies until the very end when it turned out it wasn't at all. That bad experience made me a little reluctant to read this one, but luckily this book at the very least leaves the question of whether or not there was actual supernatural involvement open-ended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christopher | 1/13/2014

    " Really enjoyed this--a compelling read that by about halfway through was very hard to put down. Found myself thinking of it often in between reading sessions. It was a quietly contemplative novel, as charming as it was unsettling. I definitely want to read something else by Graham Joyce at some point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer | 1/10/2014

    " Moody, mysterious and imbued with a subtle humor, this story of a woman who turns up on her family's doorstep on Christmas Day after having gone missing for twenty years was the perfect holiday read. Tara, who disappeared when she was sixteen, appears twenty years later looking no older than the day she left. Her family and old boyfriend, now middle aged, can't believe the story she tells: that a man on a white horse took her away to a strange land for six months and while she was there, twenty years passed in their small English village. Are fairies real? Each member of Tara's family tries to come to terms with her sudden reappearance and the troubling fact of her still youthful appearance. Despite a not quite satisfactory ending, this lovely book held me in thrall with its suggestion that there is an unseen world just around the next tree trunk that would be open to us if we would only turn off all our little machines for a minute and look. "

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