Politically Correct Bedtime Stories (Hardback)

Expanded edition with a new story: The duckling that was judged on its personal merits

James Finn Garner

A witty contemporary parody of traditional fairy tales.

'Essential reading for adults of all ages ... the wisest, funniest, most thoughtful thing yet written on the subject of PC' Observer

In this bestselling classic, James Finn Garner has rewritten classic stories for more enlightened times; from Snow White's relationship with seven vertically challenged men, Little Red Riding Hood, her grandma and the cross-dressing wolf who set up an alternative household based on mutual respect and cooperation, to the Emperor who was not naked but was endorsing a clothing-optional lifestyle.

At last, here is bedtime reading free from prejudice and discrimination of witches, giants, dwarves, goblins and fairies everywhere. For anyone brought up on sexist, racist, sizeist and ethnocentrist reading matter, James Finn Garner's stories have been purged of the influence of an insensitive cultural past to become fables for our times.

For those bewildered by modern sensibilities, Politically Correct Bedtime Stories is a witty take on the sometimes over-careful ways in which we speak and think.

Publication date: 01/09/2011

£7.99

ISBN: 9780285640412

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Humour & Gift, Reference

Politically Correct Bedtime Stories (Ebook)

Expanded edition with a new story: The duckling that was judged on its personal merits

James Finn Garner

A witty contemporary parody of traditional fairy tales.

'Essential reading for adults of all ages ... the wisest, funniest, most thoughtful thing yet written on the subject of PC' Observer

In this bestselling classic, James Finn Garner has rewritten classic stories for more enlightened times; from Snow White's relationship with seven vertically challenged men, Little Red Riding Hood, her grandma and the cross-dressing wolf who set up an alternative household based on mutual respect and cooperation, to the Emperor who was not naked but was endorsing a clothing-optional lifestyle.

At last, here is bedtime reading free from prejudice and discrimination of witches, giants, dwarves, goblins and fairies everywhere. For anyone brought up on sexist, racist, sizeist and ethnocentrist reading matter, James Finn Garner's stories have been purged of the influence of an insensitive cultural past to become fables for our times.

For those bewildered by modern sensibilities, Politically Correct Bedtime Stories is a witty take on the sometimes over-careful ways in which we speak and think.

Publication date: 01/09/2011

£5.99

ISBN: 9780285640627

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B006ZOYM86

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Humour & Gift, Reference

Reviews for Politically Correct Bedtime Stories

'One of those works which cleave an author instantly to your heart.... It is beautiful. It demolishes, in few but elegant words, a dozen kinds of silliness.'

Libby Purves The Times

'Not only essential reading for adults of all ages, but also the wisest, funniest, most thoughtful thing yet written on the subject of PC'

 Observer

'Traditional tales carefully re-written to express no opinion at all'

 Sunday Times

'Garner rewrites fairy tales... into culturally sensitive stories, with all prejudices expunged'

 Daily Mail

'Hillary and I have been enjoying it ... it's hilarious'

Bill Clinton 

'A nightmarish trifle ... modern tales for our life and times'

 Financial Times

'Once upon a time there was a man who thought Little Red Riding Hood was a vertically-challenged but resolute young feminist ... So begins the latest version of the ancient fairy tale, brought up to date for the politically-correct'

 Daily Express

'The definitive, non-exploitative, non-patriarchalist (dontcha hate doing that to the kids?) ... collection of bedtime stories'

 Daily Telegraph

'Finn Garner isn't a mere writer, he's a virtuoso, a necromancer, a master of the tour de force - a Hans Nonsectarian Andersen for our very own time.... On every page there is a delight.'

 Washington Post

'A reworking of familiar tales in non-sexist, non-patriarchal, non-judgmental language ... I did laugh aloud'

 Tribune

'Extremely funny .... After one finishes this collection, 'happily ever after' will never seem quite the same.'

 Publishers Weekly

James Finn Garner

James Finn Garner

James Finn Garner was born in Detroit and attended the University of Michigan, where he won a Hopwood Award for one of his short plays. He performed comedy in Chicago nightclubs for a number of years and is the author of Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, Once Upon A More Enlightened Time and Politically Correct Holiday Stories. He lives in Chicago with his wife and children.