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One of the most powerful stories of all time.

Author Kevin Crossley-Holland and Illustrator Charles Keeping

Suitable for:  9+

Price:  £8.99

ISBN: 978-0-19-279444-4
Publication date: 05/09/2013
Paperback: 48 pages
Dimensions: 279x214mm

Availability: In stock.

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The story of Beowulf was written down eleven centuries ago. It is an enduring myth that has inspired storytellers in all genres from poetry to film to comic strips. Here it is retold powerfully for children with incredible illustrations from Charles Keeping.


  • A tale so popular it has lasted for 11 centuries.
  • Brilliantly retold from original Anglo-Saxon sources by Kevin Crossley-Holland, described by the Guardian as writing 'prose with a poet's eye'.
  • Total sales of 82,000 copies.
  • Previous edition ISBN: 9780192723697.
  • Truly stunning drawings from a luminary in the world of illustration.
  • 'Charles Keeping was one of the most distinguished draughtsmen of his generation.' Shirley Hughes.
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This page was last updated on 07 May 2021 at 19:30 GMT


  • Keeping's illustrations are amongst the most powerful images ever to have appeared in children's literature. - Books for Keeps
  • Crossley-Holland tells old (folk) tales better than anyone else alive - The Guardian
  • The striking quality of these classic poems is such that they still offer excitement and intensity for today's young readers with Keeping's unique interpretation providing a marvellous way into the poetry. - Dave Chant, Carousel
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