The Pressed Fairy Jour­nal of Made­line Cot­ting­ton

Winged won­ders The quirky and an­ar­chic faeries of Cot­ting­ton Hall are back in a brand new vol­ume of sto­ries from the Froud pow­er­house

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Brian and Wendy Froud present sto­ries and art from the Cot­ting­ton Hall faeries.

When it comes to the worlds of faerie and folk­tale art, you can’t get much more pre­em­i­nent than Brian and Wendy Froud. Wendy is best known as the fab­ri­ca­tor of Yoda, while Brian worked with Terry Jones on the orig­i­nal Lady Cot­ting­ton’s Pressed Fairy Book, re­leased in 1995.

Now the Frouds have col­lab­o­rated on a new Lady Cot­ting­ton vol­ume. This time it’s a scrap­book-style jour­nal telling the story of the Cot­ting­tons and the faeries liv­ing among them, then spin­ning a new nar­ra­tive about the new faerie-re­lated ad­ven­tures of Maddie, one of their de­scen­dants.

It’s all gor­geously il­lus­trated, with evoca­tive paint­ings, quirky ephemera and steam­punk-es­que pho­tog­ra­phy aplenty. Th­ese de­lib­er­ately re­pul­sive faeries are a world away from the del­i­cate Dis­ney archetype, and all the more in­ter­est­ing and in­trigu­ing for it.

Over­all, there’s a verve and spirit to the art within the book that brings the Cot­ting­ton’s story to vi­brant life.

Brian and Wendy’s art vi­su­alises a host of weird and won­der­ful faerie folk in a va­ri­ety of com­i­cal poses.

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