The Green Man and Other Stories
"Just LOVED the book! I really enjoyed the feeling that the narrator was letting you in on a secret.
It made the whole book feel cosy but at the same time thoroughly chilling. The imagery was evocative
and captivating. I thought having little common details, such as names, run through the otherwise
unrelated stories tied them together in a really clever way. The illustrations are, of course,
incredible! My special favourite was 'The Reverse'... my mum thought 'The Green Man' was fabulous.
All in all, a beautifully presented and fantastically written collection of highly original and
gripping tales. Well done! Looking forward to the next one...hurry, hurry!"
Helen Lowe, Stevenage, England (2010)
"I have finished the book and I loved it. Choosing my favourite of the individual stories has actually been quite difficult
as there are at least three I really loved. But I'm going to go for 'The Tryst'. I liked the imagery of the magic tricks,
the sense of foreboding, the fact that the trick came back on Kaveran, and the way it cleverly linked back to the events of
the 'The Merlin'. Very satisfying and intriguing."
David Malcolm, London, England (5 January 2010)
"I LOVED your book...'The Reverse' being my favourite. My mum liked 'The Green Man' best. She asks whether you have changed it since
she last read it? She enjoyed it much more this time so if you have it's very much for the better. She loved it the first time too
incidentally. In fact...she really enjoyed the whole book."
Helen Lowe, Stevenage, England (7 January 2010)
"I have now started your book, and have just finished the first two stories. I have to say I am really enjoying it so far, and this
is not the type of book I would normally read. I think it is beautifully written (at least as far as Iíve read) and I am very impressed
at how good you are at describing the atmosphere and mood. The stories are really good. I will give you more feedback once Iím done, but
just wanted to say that I am really enjoying it and am very impressed so far!"
Torhild Brattelid, London, England (8 January 2010)
"These are the most captivating short stories I have ever read - which is saying something because
my degree is in English Literature. I think short stories are going to make a comeback because modern
life is so hectic - people's lives are so time pressured the satisfaction gained from reaching the
end of a brilliant short story is priceless. Benjamin's tales could spearhead the short story comeback!
When describing these tales to my friends I would say that the writing style is unique; you
feel you are reading about iconic 1940s characters, or romantic eighteenth century characters, interjected
with modern life. These stories encapsulate the romance of a bygone era, but are utterly contemporary.
The themes that run through the stories are timeless and affect all of us - I really relate to the
protagonists and defy you to put this book down once you've started reading! Read these stories and
the imagery will be seared onto your mind for years... beautiful."
Paula Winzar, Penzance, England (2 February 2010)
"Thank you for the story ['The Green Man'] ...I finished it in bed last night. I enjoyed it...another good page turner. I was convinced the young suitor was the green
man in disguise!"
Helen Lowe, Stevenage, England (4 March 2009)
"I loved ĎThe Trystí!"
Christa Buttigieg, London, England (2009)