The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers: And Other Gruesome Tales


Fourteen of the most gruesome fairy tales from around the world are re-told for contemporary readers and restored to their original, grisly versions: ‘Guaranteed to raise the hairs on the back of your neck’ – Neil Gaiman


ISBN: 9780500652589 Category:

Jen Campbell


‘Guaranteed to raise the hairs on the back of your neck’ Neil Gaiman

Jen Campbell’s collection of terrifyingly gruesome tales lends a modern edge to fairy tale collections for young readers. Drawing on her extensive knowledge of fairy tale history, Campbell’s stories undo the censoring, gender stereotyping and twee endings of more modern children’s fairy tales, to return both classic and little-known stories to their grim versions, whilst celebrating a diverse range of characters.

Featuring 14 short stories from around the globe, The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers is illustrated in a contemporary style by Canadian comic artist Adam de Souza. De Souza’s brooding illustrations are a highly original blend of 19th-century Gothic engravings and moody film noir graphic novels. Beautifully produced in a hardback format with a rose gold ribbon marker, The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers is a truly thrilling gift.

With 86 illustrations, 30 in colour

Additional information

Weight 485 g
Dimensions 17.9 x 24.6 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 7 October 2021
Number of pages 120
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Adam de Souza
Dimensions 17.9 x 24.6 cm
Weight 485 g


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Jen Campbell is a bestselling author and award-winning poet. She's written ten books for both adults and children, spanning non-fiction, poetry, short stories and children's books. Her podcast BOOKS WITH JEN is an iTunes top 100 podcast. She reviews books on BBC Radio, runs a book club for TOAST, and has a Youtube channel where she talks about books, the history of fairy tales, and the representation of disfigurement and disability.

Adam de Souza is an illustrator based in Vancouver, Canada. His clients include Vice, The Globe and Mail, and Live Magazine.