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Philip Pullman to release new version of Grimm's Fairy Tales

20th March 2012

Former children's laureate and author of  the His Dark Materials trilogy Philip Pullman is set to release an updated version of Grimm's Fairy Tales titled Grimm Tales for Young and Old.

The Northern Lights writer will tackle 50 of the classic tales, putting a fresh spin on stories such as Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood as well as some of the less-well-known tales such as Gambling Hans, Godfather Death and The Shoes that were Danced to Pieces.

He will make small tweaks to the stories, including changing the endings on some and writing an introduction and notes for each tale.

Speaking about the project to fansite Bridge to the Stars, Pullman said: 'This isn’t a book for children only.

'I’m telling the best of the tales in my own voice, and I’m finding it a great purifier of narrative thinking, rather as a pianist relishes playing Bach's preludes and fugues as a sort of palate-cleansing discipline.'

The hardback version of the book, which is published by Penguin, will hit shelves on September 6th 2012.

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