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The Cottingley Secret: A Novel (edition 2017)

by Hazel Gaynor (Author)

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Title:The Cottingley Secret: A Novel
Authors:Hazel Gaynor (Author)
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2017), 416 pages
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The Cottingley Secret is a clever fictional take on the famous true story of the Cottingley fairies. Back in 1917, when photography was still fairly basic and people were less cynical, two young girls took photos of fairies they claimed played at the bottom of their garden. The public was fascinated and divided on whether the photos were real or a hoax.
The Cottingley Secret is a book of imagination and make-believe made even more fascinating because it's based on the true tale behind two young girls and their fairy friends. At the end of the book, Ms. Gaynor shows us the actual photos with her own author narrative and there's even a letter from Frances Griffiths' daughter - delightful.
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  BookBarmy | Aug 13, 2019 |
THE COTTINGLEY SECRET is the first book I have read by Hazel Gaynor. I was intrigued by the idea of the book, about the cousins that took the Cottingley photographs of fairies (you can google Cottingley fairies to see the photographs yourself, they are added at the end of the book). Personally, from a modern perspective, I have a hard time to see how anyone can take them for real. But, it was another time back then.

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  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
Makes you believe in magic :) ( )
  Mishale1 | Dec 29, 2018 |
This book was a light, charming story that was fun to read. Alternating timelines between present day Ireland and 1917-21 Yorkshire revolving around the famous Cottingley fairy photographs. If you like light mysteries, old bookshops, and fairies, this is a great choice. ( )
  redwritinghood38 | Nov 6, 2018 |
This is a lovely book. It moves along at a steady pace but is never boring. The move between the two time periods is easy to follow. Very often with a book set in two different times, I find one part more interesting than the other. Not so with this book; I enjoyed both past and present story equally. ( )
  scot2 | Jun 26, 2018 |
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If the confidence of children can be gained, and they are led to speak freely, it is surprising how many claim to have seen fairies. -- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it. -- Roald Dahl
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For Frances and Christine, and everyone who believes. And in memory of Nana Aelish Gaynor, who left us on January 13th, 2017.
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Fairies will not be rushed. I know this now; know I must be patient.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 006249984X, Paperback)

The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home turns the clock back one hundred years to a time when two young girls from Cottingley, Yorkshire, convinced the world that they had done the impossible and photographed fairies in their garden. Now, in her newest novel, international bestseller Hazel Gaynor reimagines their story.

1917… It was inexplicable, impossible, but it had to be true—didn’t it? When two young cousins, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright from Cottingley, England, claim to have photographed fairies at the bottom of the garden, their parents are astonished. But when one of the great novelists of the time, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, becomes convinced of the photographs’ authenticity, the girls become a national sensation, their discovery offering hope to those longing for something to believe in amid a world ravaged by war. Frances and Elsie will hide their secret for many decades. But Frances longs for the truth to be told.

One hundred years later… When Olivia Kavanagh finds an old manuscript in her late grandfather’s bookshop she becomes fascinated by the story it tells of two young girls who mystified the world. But it is the discovery of an old photograph that leads her to realize how the fairy girls’ lives intertwine with hers, connecting past to present, and blurring her understanding of what is real and what is imagined. As she begins to understand why a nation once believed in fairies, can Olivia find a way to believe in herself?

 

(retrieved from Amazon Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:33:59 -0400)

Once upon a time, one hundred years ago, two English girls from Cottingley, Yorkshire, convinced the world that they had done the impossible: through that remarkable medium photography, they took pictures of actual fairies. They fooled their parents. They fooled the press. They fooled Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the world. Now, in her newest novel, Hazel Gaynor re-imagines their story.

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