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Print Price: $14.50

48 pp.
full colour, 214 mm x 279 mm


Publication date:
September 2013

Imprint: OUP UK


2013 Edition

Kevin Crossley-Holland
Illustrated by Charles Keeping

"For a long while Beowulf leaned on the blood-stained sword; his heart was pounding. A man with the strength of thirty! Slayer of Grendel and slayer of the sea-wolf! A hero without equal in this middle-world!" The story of Beowulf was written down as an epic poem in Anglo-Saxon England. It recounts the heroic struggles of one man against supernatural monsters. Kevin Crossley-Holland's retelling unleashes the excitement in this tale of the triumph of good over evil, while unforgettable illustrations from Charles Keeping capture every brooding moment and explosive episode.

This new edition features rescanned artwork to capture the breath-taking detail of Keeping's illustrations and a striking new cover.

Readership : Suitable for 9+


  • "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

  • "Charles Keeping was one of the most distinguished draughtsmen of his generation."

    --Shirley Hughes

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Charles Keeping was twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal.

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Special Features

  • 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.