The Blue Fairy Book

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Andrew Lang (1844–1912) in collaboration with his wife Leonora Blanche Alleyne (1851-1933) published The Blue Fairy Book in 1889 and it was to become the first of a series of twenty five collections of fantastical tales from around the world, ending with “The Strange Story Book” published in 1923.

In this first collection we find many of the traditional favourites from the “Fairy Tale” world, including amongst others “Goldilocks”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”, Tom Thumb" “Rumpelstiltskin” and “Jack the Giant Killer”. While many of these have some vestige of the narrative we may be accustomed to through many sanitised adaptations, there are many surprises!

The telling of these stories in the “Blue Fairy Book” are by no means the cosy bedtime stories we might expect. You will search in vain for the three friendly bears in “Goldilocks”, or the accommodating dwarves in” Snow-white”. There is no attempt to soften the edges or the expunge the blood thirsty fates that befall may of the unfortunate characters.

Head Stories Audio presents " The Blue Fairy Book", narrated by Simon Hester. With original music.


  • Opening Credits

    Duration: 51s
  • The Bronze Ring

    Duration: 26min
  • Prince Hyacinth and the Dear Little Princess

    Duration: 16min
  • East of the Sun and West of the Moon

    Duration: 26min
  • The Yellow Dwarf

    Duration: 53min
  • Red Riding Hood

    Duration: 04min
  • The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood

    Duration: 24min
  • Cinderella, or The Little Glass Slipper

    Duration: 17min
  • Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

    Duration: 36min
  • The Tale of a Youth Who Set Out to Learn What Fear Was

    Duration: 26min
  • Rumplestiltzkin

    Duration: 08min
  • Beauty and the Beast

    Duration: 47min
  • The Master Maid

    Duration: 37min
  • Why the Sea is Salt

    Duration: 11min
  • The Master Cat or Puss in Boots

    Duration: 11min
  • Felicia and the Pot of Pinks

    Duration: 20min
  • The White Cat

    Duration: 40min
  • The Water Lilly; The Gold Spinners

    Duration: 19min
  • The Terrible Head

    Duration: 23min
  • The Story of Pretty Goldilocks

    Duration: 30min
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