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Summary

Bloomsbury presents Mischief Acts by Zoe Gilbert, read by James Goode, Jilly Bond, Kit Griffiths, Sean Barrett and Sharon Eckman.

Herne - the hunter, mischief-maker, spirit of the forest, leader of the wild hunt - hurtles through the centuries pursued by his creator.

A shape-shifter, Herne dons many guises as he slips and ripples through time - at candlelit Twelfth Night revels, at the spectacular burning of the Crystal Palace, at an acid-laced '60s party. Wherever he goes, transgression, debauch and enchantment always follow in his wake.

But as the forest is increasingly encroached upon by urban sprawl and gentrification and the world slides into crisis, Herne must find a way to survive - or exact his revenge.

With its intoxicating chameleonic voice and boundless imagination, Mischief Acts is British folklore as you’ve never heard it before: dangerous, sexy, troubling, daring, savage, an exhilarating race through time and space, weaving together the ancient and the contemporary.

©2022 Zoe Gilbert (P)2022 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic reviews

"Mischief Acts is a deeply lyrical, century-spanning polyphony of voices; a dazzling new take on an ancient myth, reminding us of the wildness within. I adored it." (Kerry Andrew)

"A dark-dazzling archive of enchantments, pursuit and desire." (Eley Williams)

"This is the most adventurous, stylistically magnificent thing I’ve read for years. Nobody does fantasy like Zoe Gilbert." (Natasha Pulley)

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Slows in the middle. But overall fantastic

Absolutely love how this weaves fantasy and history with contemporary life. Very much like Neverwhere and American Gods in the way it does so. Really enjoyed it.

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excellent

Has to go down as one of the best books of this year. Enchanted and captivating and finished too soon.

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A wonderful collection of stories

This was an excellent collection of stories inspired by the myth of Herne

Especially appreciated the chants that interspersed each story