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  • A Spell in the Wild

  • A Year (and Six Centuries) of Magic
  • By: Alice Tarbuck
  • Narrated by: Alice Tarbuck
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Women
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Summary

Witches occupy a clear place in contemporary imagination. We can see them, shadowy, in the corners of the past: mad, glamorous, difficult, strange. They haunt the footnotes of history - from medieval witches burning at the stake to the lurid glamour of the 1970s witchcraft revival. But they are moving out of history, too. Witches are back. They're feminist, independent, invested in self-care and care for the world. They are here, because they must be needed.

What it means to be a witch has changed radically throughout history; where 'witch' was once a dangerous - and often deadly - accusation, it is now a proud self-definition. Today, as the world becomes ever more complicated and as we face ecological, political and economic crisis - witchcraft is experiencing a resurgence. Witches are back.

In A Spell in the Wild, Alice Tarbuck explores what it means to be a witch today. Rooted in the real world, but filled with spells, rituals and recipes, this audiobook is an accessible, seasonal guide to witchcraft in the 21st century. Following the course of a witch's calendar year while also exploring the history and politics of witchcraft, A Spell in the Wild is the perfect primer for the contemporary witch.

©2020 Alice Tarbuck (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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A balm for my soul

Lovely, relaxed wander through a year in witchcraft with the author, referencing historical contexts. For me, the author holds the same sort of beliefs about magick and witchcraft as I do, and so it was very pleasant to hear her ponderings and opinions on subjects, and to have a few moments of "OH!" where something suddenly made sense, or a new perspective was granted to me. The book is read by the author and she has a wonderful, melodic, relaxing voice. Magick, in and of itself. The rituals, spells, charms, offered at the end of each chapter are simple, practical, and inclusive and accessible. Now considering purchasing the physical book for ease of referring back to.

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Beautiful book

Absolutely loved this book. It was a joy from beginning to end. Would highly recommend

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Fantastic , authentic and totally fascinating

I love the fact Alice has taken the time to narrate her own book , this is excellent , genuine and adds a depth of interest , for it is steeped in knowledge . One of the best audiobooks I’ve ever heard .

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Beautifully written

A beautifully written book which gives you an insight into what a practicing witch undertakes throughout a year but also the history that witchcraft has. Would recommend to anyone interested in witchcraft.

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Fascinating

I stumbled across a podcast where the author was interviewed on a BBC Scotland radio show and thought the book sounded interesting. It did not disappoint. Fascinating weaving of modern witchcraft practice and historical details of magical practice and the history of witches over the centuries and how they have been perceived and treated. Beautifully read by the author. I found myself drifting off into a trance almost, listening to her words.