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NO GO THE BOGEYMAN: ON SCARING, LULLING AND MAKING MOCK
Vintage (paperback) UK, London, 1998
Chatto & Windus (hardback) UK

Re-published as 'MONSTERS OF OUR OWN MAKING - THE PECULIAR PLEASURE OF FEAR'
The University of Kentucky Press (paperback, 2007)

Ogres, giants and bogeyman embody some of our deepest fears, dominating popular storytelling in various media, from classic fairy tales such as Puss In Boots to the cannibal monster Hannibal Lecter, and from Frankenstein to Men in Black.

Following her brilliant study of fairy tales, From The Beast To The Blonde, this rich, enthralling new book explores the ever-increasing presence of such figures of male terror, and the stratagems we invent to allay the monsters we conjure up.
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REVIEWS

‘Consistently stimulating and beautifully written.’
- Bel Mooney, The Times

‘Extraordinary, dense and awesome.’
- Anthony Clare, The Times

‘No Go The Bogeman' is a study of terror. It is not a book for the faint-hearted or the intellectually fragile…A fascinating book.’
- The Sunday Telegraph

‘This is a writer with power to change your imagination…startling and shocking and delightful, 'No Go The Bogeman' is a treasure trove of stories, an indispensable reference work, a compendium of cultural images.’
- Michelle Roberts, The Independent

‘A rich feast of a volume. No one knows more about myths, tales and large dollops of art and popular culture which go into the shaping of our imagination.’
- Lisa Appignanesi, Independent Books of the Year

‘Warner is a wonderful storyteller…Her range of reference is startling…But she keeps her head and treads nimbly through, following the thread of her argument…with humane learning, wit and ease.’
- The Daily Telegraph

'This book is about fear and out reactions to it' (please click here for full review)
- Melanie McDonaugh in query The Evening Standard, 7th December 1998

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READ AN EXTRACT

Imputations of evil reveal more about the accusers than the accused, and, like other ogres in the cultural past, child abusers throw into relief the deepest anxiety of our time: the way we have reified children as objects of desire across the whole spectrum of material culture. They ‘love children’, in some ghastly masquerade of the way so much of the rest of society also ‘loves children’: by stimulating their desires, by exploiting their vulnerability and suggestibility, by finding them irresistibly cute, by staging, in any number of advertisements, films and infant beauty pageants, the performance of their seduction.

Yet, at the same time, material measures taken to improve children’s lives - their play, their care, their education, their health, their nutrition, their prospects - remain paper promises, often made to kindle a warm moral glow for the speaker. Politicians no longer simply kiss babies; they drag them round with them when they canvass, as mascots of their own virtuousness.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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