'Curiosity is the most fleeting of pleasures; the moment it is satisfied, it ceases to exist and it always proves very, very expensive.' Angela Carter's playful and subversive retellings of Charles Perrault's classic fairy tales conjure up a world of resourceful women, black-hearted villains, wily animals and incredible transformations. In these seven stories, bristling with frank, earthy humour and gothic imagination, nothing is as it seems. This book includes: "Bluebeard", "Little Red Riding Hood", "Puss in Boots", "The Sleeping Beauty of the Wood", "Cinderella: or, The Glass Slipper", "Ricky with the Tuft", and "The Foolish Wishes".
Angela Carter was born in Eastbourne in 1940. She wrote nine novels and numerous short stories, as well as non-fiction, radio plays, and the screenplay for Neil Jordan's 1984 movie The Company of Wolves, based on her story. She won numerous literary awards, travelled and taught widely in the UK and US. She was also writer in residence at several universities. She died in London in 1992.