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0101A Story Of Love And Fear2000122620021007

Writer Diane Purkiss explores the meanings that lie within fairy tales.

1: A Story of Love and Fear.

From ancient Mesopotamian demons to our own Peter Pan, there have always been fairy children trapped between life and death.

Their stories tap into fears of childbirth and death.

0102A Story Of Motherhood, Murder And Magic2000122720021008

Writer Diane Purkiss explores the hidden meanings within fairy tales.

2: A Story of Motherhood, Murder and Magic.

Tales of fairy changelings abound in every culture, and Purkiss explains how they express the secret fears of mothers.

0103A Story Of Sex And Shopping2000122820021009

Writer Diane Purkiss explores the hidden meanings that lie within fairy tales.

3: A Story of Sex and Shopping.

From Cinderella to Thomas the Rhymer, fairy tales are often about desire and the price paid for instant gratification.

0104 LASTFairies In Tights2000122920021010

Writer Diane Purkiss concludes her exploration of the meanings that lie within fairy tales.

4: Fairies in Tights.

Nineteenth-century stories, from Cicely Mary Barker's flower fairies to Oscar Wilde's `The Happy Prince', were written in the context of Victorian morality and tell much about the frustrations and longings of the time.