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  • Published: 6 April 2006
  • ISBN: 9780141941622
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 576

The Penguin Guide to the Superstitions of Britain and Ireland



Inside the world of superstitions, from walking under ladders to Friday 13th

Are black cats lucky or unlucky? What should you do when you hear the first cuckoo? Since when have people believed that it's unlucky to shoot an albatross? Why does breaking a mirror lead to misfortune? This fascinating collection answers these and many other questions about the world of superstitions and forms an endlessly browsable guide to a subject that continues to obsess and intrigue.

  • Published: 6 April 2006
  • ISBN: 9780141941622
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 576

About the author

Steve Roud

Steve Roud was Local Studies Librarian for the London Borough of Croydon and served as Honorary Librarian of the Folklore Society for over fifteen years. He has been researching British folklore for over thirty years and is the joint author of the Oxford Dictionary of English Folklore, plus other books on traditional drama and folk song, and the Penguin Guide to the Superstitions of Britain and Ireland, whichwon the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award in 2004. His publications include London Lore (2008) and The Lore of the Playground (2010). He also compiles the Folk Song Index and the Broadside Index, two internationally acclaimed computer databases of traditional folk and popular song. He lives in Sussex.

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