The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night

'These days, you can find anything you need at the click of a button.That's why I bought her heart online.'Spirits in jam jars, mini-apocalypses, animal hearts and side shows.A girl runs a coffin hotel on a remote island.A boy is worried his sister has two souls.A couple are rewriting the history of the world. And mermaids are on display at the local aquarium.The Beginning...

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  • TheSkepticalReader
    Review originally posted on A Skeptical Reader.A quick and delightful book of short tales of wonder, magic, and fairytale. Jen Campbell’s passion for storytelling, myths & magic, fairytales, and histories shone through these stories. As an amateurish short story/fairytale reader, this was an en...
  • Katie Lumsden
    I thoroughly enjoyed this - beautifully written, with a great mix of fantastical, surreal and more realist stories. My favourite story was probably 'Jacob', but the title story, 'The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night' was definitely a close second....
  • Kaitlin
    * I was sent this for free from the publisher *This book is one I have been highly anticipating since I first followed Jen on Youtube as she's a wonderful lady filled with bizarre but beautiful ideas. I just knew this collection would be one I really enjoyed, and there was so much in this that I cou...
  • Dannii Elle
    This is perhaps the strangest and most beautiful anthology I have ever read. Strange and beautiful in equal measure, as the two battle each other for dominance in this expertly delivered series of short tales.Each of the stories, contained within, had a bizarre focus and a whimsical vibe that made t...
  • Figgy
    RTCAnimals - 4/5Throwing punches from the first line!Set in a world where using animal hearts for transplant is commonplace, and told by a man who is maybe not so unusual in this world of easily replaced hearts, but also takes a look at rape-culture and a woman's right (or lack thereof) to choose wh...
  • Kirsty
    This was a strange book. It's full of modern day fairy tales. It's magical, its whimsical, there's a lovely way with the words but some of it is very disturbing. The first story Animals about buying animal hearts from the internet, heart transplants and even eating them just weirded me out. I've ...
  • Sara
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night is a collection of short stories based around the concept of fairy tales and magical realism in the contemporary world. We have people who use animal hearts to gain love and affecti...

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