Review of the British Book of Spells and Charms by Graham King

Abracadabra
A word we are all familiar with from childhood, but is it really used in magic? Well yes it is.
Graham King,  who's ownership of this museum spanned 2 millenia (1996-2013) has woven together a fascinating collection of charms, spells and songs from the British Isles, gathered over the years from publications, visitors, friends,  local folk and personal experience.
 'The British Book of Spells and Charms' give an insight into the uses of folk magic for a variety of purposes - luck, love, hate, health and practical use - an example shows how to bless a child with the gift of song - simply  bury their first nail pairings under an ash tree.

 

Beautifully crafted by Troy Books, this hardback  publication is sheer pleasure just to thumb through, with glossy pages and colour photos and a 7.5 x 4.5" size that's reminiscent of an old fashioned chapbook, well worth the £32 price tag this treasure is available from the Museum shop and Troy Books.
 
 
Many thanks to Hannah Fox for this thoughtful review.
 
Above: a photo of Graham with the Museum's divination display.
 

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