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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (353 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Losure Narrator: Nicola Barber Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781455852307
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This is a true story about Frances, age nine, who saw fairies by the waterfall behind her house.

They were tiny men, dressed all in green. Nobody but Frances saw them, but when she told her cousin Elsie and their parents, the adults teased them in a most annoying way.

Why not take a photograph? Elsie (who was fifteen) had the idea. She would paint paper fairies and take their picture with Frances, and none would be the wiser.

The girls never meant to fool the world. They only took the photo so the grown-ups would stop teasing them.

Who could have imagined that Elsie’s photograph would fall into the hands of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes? Or that Sir Arthur, like Frances, believed in fairies...and longed to see one?

In a wry feat of narrative nonfiction, reporter Mary Losure tells the remarkable tale of “two amiable adventuresses” that is almost— ?but not quite—too good to be true.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathyred | 2/20/2014

    " This does a very good job of explaining how 2 young girls came to perpetrate a hoax that tricked Arthur Conan Doyle, both why they did it and why ACD and others were predisposed to believe them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/7/2014

    " I really enjoyed this story of two girls who fooled the world with their faked fairy photos. Yes, they lied - big take away discussion message there, but I have to say, I was kinda rooting for them! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 1/28/2014

    " I loved this book. Generally i am not into fairy books, but then i realized that this was a work of nonfiction. this really surprised me, and it gave me a different perspective on things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jama Rooney | 1/19/2014

    " Listened to the audio and looked through the book for the pictures. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 1/11/2014

    " Interesting hoax with unusual results. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edna | 1/6/2014

    " As someone who dapples in photography, it was obvious to me that these 1920s fairy pictures had been "posed" but I also understand when someone wants to believe that a photo's subject is real, to him or her, it's proof of existence. This true story proves that there are repercussions to some jokes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 12/16/2013

    " Interesting story. Fascinating pictures! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 11/29/2013

    " Amazing that these girls fooled so many. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorra Walton | 11/26/2013

    " This book started out as a very interesting read. It's nonfiction actually. I started to lose interst as the book wound on. I could have read this as a magazine article, I didn't need a book. Interesting story,but I would've preferred a summarized version. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen Kirby Vallejo | 10/23/2013

    " Interesting story. I can't believe people actually thought those pictures were real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindy | 2/18/2013

    " Fascinating look at a bit of history about which I was unaware. Strongly recommended to anyone interested in hoaxes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benji Martin | 1/4/2013

    " I really enjoy Elsie and Frances' story, but this book was a bit uninspired. It didn't tell you much that you couldn't read in the "Cottongley Fairies" Wikipedia article. Maybe would have made a better picture book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie Enlow | 12/28/2012

    " I wish I liked fairy based stories, but I don't :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Slee | 9/26/2012

    " A quick read, The Fairy Ring is an interesting true story that anyone who has ever wanted fairies to be real will love, and anyone who is a careful artist, photographer, or digital image manipulator will enjoy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gail | 9/15/2012

    " I really can't find anything positive to say about this book. I did finish reading it, but it didn't get any better or redeem itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 8/15/2012

    " If you enjoy all things fairy read this one by Mary Losure. A little dry at times but her research and bibliography are top notch. The histstory and photos of this event are entrancing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamlynn | 6/19/2012

    " True story of two girls who photographed themselves with fairies and fooled many people in the early days of photography. Very interesting biographies. "

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About the Author
Author Mary Losure

Mary Losure is the author of several books, including The Fairy Ring, named one of Booklist‘s Top of the List selections in 2012. She is a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio and a contributor to National Public Radio.

About the Narrator

Nicola Barber, a British voice actress with over a decade of experience, has won four Earphone Awards for narration from AudioFile Magazine and has recorded national radio spots for Verizon Wireless, Virgin Airlines, and Hilton Hotels, as well as national TV commercials. She specializes in commercials, corporate videos, audiobooks, phone systems, and training videos. She has narrated over a dozen books for authors such as Barbara Taylor Bradford and Maureen Johnson.