The Girl Who Married a Lion and Other Tales from Africa

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Gathered here is a beguiling selection of folktales from Zimbabwe and Botswana as retold by the best-selling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. This treasury contains most of the stories previously collected in Children of Wax and seven new tales from the Setswana-speaking people of Botswana.

A girl discovers that her young husband might actually be a lion in disguise, but not before they have two sons who might actually be cubs . . . When a child made of wax follows his curiosity outside into the heat of daylight and melts, his siblings shape him into a bird with feathers made of leaves that enable him to fly into the light . . . Talking hyenas, milk-giving birds, clever cannibals who nonetheless get their comeuppance, and mysterious forces that reside in the landscape—these wonderful fables bring us the wealth, the variety, and the particular magic of traditional African lore.

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How can a girl possibly have married a lion? How can a man have a tress growing out of his head? And how can a woman have children made of wax? The stories in this collection make these questions seem simple, everyday ones - then deftly supplies simple, everyday answers. Surprising and humorous, these beautifully rendered tales demonstrate McCall Smith's renowned storytelling skills.

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A collection of charm and tenderness ( Daily Telegraph)

The most entertaining read of the year ( Guardian)

Highly amusing, intelligent, and heart-warming ( Scotsman)

Retold in his own deceptively elegant fashion, the simple moral truths of these brilliant stories shine through in a way that is wholesome and highly rewarding. ( Herald)

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