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The Secret of the Tattered Shoes

£12.99 (hardback)

UK only


The Secret of the Tattered Shoes is a fresh interpretation of the beloved fairytale The Twelve Dancing Princesses.

The Secret of the Tattered Shoes is a fresh interpretation of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tale about twelve princesses who are locked in at night, yet whose dancing shoes are still worn down by morning. A young soldier is tasked to discover their night-time adventures. But unlike the story told by the Brothers Grimm, this soldier seeks a different ending. Jackie’s dark and poetic text updates this well-known tale and shows how stories evolve and adapt over time.

Beautifully illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi, who has created stunning puppet-like illustrations in rich and delicate detail, this unique illustrative style brings the story to life and perfectly encapsulate the beauty and melancholy of the story.

One Story Many Voices book bundle

Five books: Cinderella of the Nile, Quill Soup (paperbacks), The Phoenix of Persia, The Secret of the Tattered Shoes, Under the Great Plum Tree (hardbacks)


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Meet the author and illustrator


Jackie Morris is an internationally best-selling illustrator and author who lives in a small cottage on the Pembrokeshire coast. Her illustration of The Lost Words was recognised by UK booksellers who voted it the most beautiful in 2016, and won her the Kate Greenaway Award in 2019. Originally from Birmingham, Jackie visited Pembrokeshire over 20 years ago for the weekend and never left.


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Ehsan Abdollahi is an illustrator, animator and teaches at Tehran Art University in Iran. Ehsan creates handmade and hand-coloured paper in his collages. Ehsan has illustrated When I Coloured in the World (2015), A Bottle of Happiness (2016) and Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me (2018).



Read an interview with Ehsan Abdollahi


Read more about The Secret of the Tattered Shoes:


The Sunday Times

A celebration of love and living to the full!


The Bookseller

A dark, poetic take on The Twelve Dancing Princesses



Transfixingly beautiful... absolutely breathtaking

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