Fire & Hemlock – a literary morsel on a Sunday
I’ve really liked every book by Diana Wynne Jones that I’ve ever read, and I really adored Fire & Hemlock too.
‘Four years later Polly sat on the edge of her bed and took a bewildered look at the book as it now seemed to be. Only the cover design seemed to be the same. The title was different, the stories were different, and the writers were six people Polly had never heard of. She turned to the blank pages at the front, and there were no signatures written there. The only story which seemed to have been in both sets of memories was that one- She turned to the list of contents. “Two-timer” she read, by Ann Abraham.’
One of the great inspirations for the book is the Scottish ballad of Tam Lin.