Magical Tales: Myth, Legend, and Enchantment in Children’s Books edited by  and 

This was the accompanying catalogue to the brilliant Magical Books exhibition that has been running this year at Oxford’s Bodleian Library and has been every bit as enjoyable and interesting. It’s a book that celebrates all that I love about my favourite stories, but it also details so many other stories that I am aware of but have not read, but worse, it also reveals a whole host of stories that I have been shamefully been unaware of.

This book should come with a health warning though. I defy you to read a single chapter – or essay – without asking already half a dozen books to your To Read Pile.