Penguin has worked their magic on The Arabian Nights, and AbeBooks.co.uk has a very special competition prize for one lucky booklover - one of the just-released 3,000 special limited edition box-sets of The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights - to give away.Robert Douglas-Fairhurst in the Telegraph says of this new edition :
To stand a chance of winning, simply write us a short story. Anyone can enter, child or adult. All you have to do is let your imagination flow and you could win. It can be about anything - fiction or non-fiction - but must be exactly 1,001 words in length (not including title). Oh yeah... don't be boring. kept herself alive with 1,001 entertaining tales and we're looking for short stories that share the same adventurous spirit as The Arabian Nights. The most entertaining 1,001 word story will win.
For anyone who wishes to enter the labyrinth of the original stories, however, there is no better gateway than Malcolm Lyons’s new translation. It may take up three fat volumes, but hardly a word is wasted in this outstanding combination of storytelling and scholarship.