Book Review - The Magpie & The Wardrobe





"Enter the spellbinding world of The Magpie & the Wardrobe. This truly unique book is a treasury of marvels and oddities, a lovingly curated compendium of time-honoured traditions and peculiar customs that have bewitched us for generations.
Discover simple magic, heirloom recipes and forgotten fairytales in this eclectic treasury. The twelve chapters, representative of the seasons, present the celebrations, superstitions and folklore that shape our year. From cherished traditions like Valentine's Day to the lost excitement of May Day Eve, The Magpie & the Wardrobe reveals a calendar bursting with history, imagination and curious facts. Take a closer look at your favourite homespun rituals and the magic we conjure every day; make a candle wish, mix a moon oil elixir, and hang your romantic hopes on the predictions of an apple peel. Illustrated by a unique collection of ephemera and embellished with trinkets and charms, this sumptuous volume will appeal to the creative and curious."


When I first received this book I didn't know what to think.  I am always wary of anything that is to do with magic and spells as I worry it will be super dark and be to do with witchcraft and all that intense stuff, I don't like dabbling in anything like that and I'm too much of a scaredy-cat to read books about it either.

But I couldn't have been more wrong about what this book was about.  Its so super fun and light and has nothing to do with really dark scary spells and witchy stuff. It's not about predicting your future or recalling your past either.  It's completely the opposite its all to do with traditions, folklore, myths and the history of it all.  Ever since I was wee I have always been super superstitious as I've gotten older I'm not as bad but this book just spoke to that part of me that loves everything to do with that.

I don't know if it's something to do with being Scottish and all the folklore history we have in our culture but there is an old wives tale /tradition about everything and anything here.  Days where you can't buy a new hat, days where you can't buy a new dress, days when you should start a journey, days where you shouldn't cut your nails...The list goes on.  No matter what your doing in life if you walk down the street where I live you'll meet someone who will go 'ooh no, did you do that on a Thursday, that means its going to rain now for the next 4 weeks,'  I just love it, it's all so random and I love hearing everyone's traditions and superstitions and finding out why they have them. I think there is something pretty heartwarming that so many of us still stick by these rules in our lives when there is so much craziness going on in the world, Its like even though we know we can't really control the weather or our luck by not cutting our nails on a certain day we still do it because there is something reassuring about sticking to traditions like that.

I was always in love with fairytales and fairies and folklore and I think this book puts all that magical loveliness in one place.

The book is packed with fun things, like how to make a paper fortune teller, potions to mix up and how to make a candle wish, to name just a few. There are so many fun things to read about in the book and I love that there are so many things to do and make from it too. 

The book itself is so stunningly beautiful, the pages feel so luxe and the illustrations and artwork are just so pretty and special looking.  It feels like such a different type of book and would make the most perfect coffee table book in any type of room.

This is such a unique read and I think it would make the perfect gift for someone.  I also think it would be super fun if your going to a Halloween party to take this as a gift as it fits the theme so perfectly and I think anyone who has any interest in anything magical will just adore having a look at this.

You can buy the book on Wordery and get free delivery on all your orders too. (*I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of this book but the one you buy will be a hard backed book unlike the one I've got but the cover will look the same.)

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