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It is Christmas afternoon and Peter Martin gets an unexpected phone call from his parents. It pulls him into a bewildering mystery. His sister, Tara, has come back home. Not so unusual you might think, this is a time when families get together. But twenty years ago Tara took a walk into the woods and never came back, and as the years have gone by with no word from her the family has, unspoken, feared that she was dead.

But now she’s back, tired, disheveled, but happy and full of stories about twenty years spent traveling the world, an epic odyssey taken on a whim. But her stories don’t quite hang together and the intervening years have been very kind to Tara . . . She really does look no different from the young women who walked out the door twenty years ago.

Peter’s parents are just delighted to have their little girl back, but Peter is not so sure. There is something about her. A haunted, otherworldly quality. Some would say it’s as if she’s off with the fairies. And as the months go by Peter begins to suspect that the woods around their homes are not finished with Tara and his family…

With film rights already sold to Hollywood, Some Kind of Fairy Tale is a very English story. A story of woods and clearings, a story of folk tales and family histories.

Joyce’s major themes are love, loss and family relationships, with the emotional landscape of Tara’s family described from different viewpoints. Strong characterisation and narrative make this a perfectly paced novel that offers a glimpse of the supernatural and mystical elements in delightful fashion, creating a world that offers a much needed source of escapism for readers everywhere. A gripping tale of enchantment that weaves many threads, with a twist at the end.”