George MacDonald’s classic fantasy novel

as retold by: Mark Worthing

176 pages
148mm x 210mm

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Mark Worthing has retold George MacDonald’s Phantastes.

Praise for MacDonald’s original 1858 publication:

Whatever book you are reading now, you simply must get this at once.  –  C.S. Lewis to a friend after his discovery of MacDonald’s Phantastes.


George MacDonald is the grandfather of us all – all of us who struggle to come to terms with truth through fantasy. – Madeleine L’Engle


George MacDonald is pre-eminently a mythopoeic writer. … In his power to project his inner life into images, beings, landscapes which are valid for all, he is one of the more remarkable writers of the nineteenth century. – W.H. Auden


Phantastes is a haunting, provocative and disquieting novel that links the dreams of medieval romance with the new awakenings of the Victorian era and – in opening a long-lost door to the realm of Faerie – stands as a daringly challenging forerunner to the modern fantasy novel. – Brian Sibley, author of C.S. Lewis through the Shadowlands


George MacDonald did indeed realise the apparent paradox of a St. Francis of Aberdeen, seeing the same sort of halo round every flower and bird…. It is a certain special sense of significance, which the tradition that most values it calls sacramental. – G.K. Chesterton


It must be more than thirty years ago that I bought – almost unwillingly …- the Everyman edition of Phantastes. A few hours later I knew that I had crossed a threshold. … What it actually did to me was to convert, even to baptise my imagination. – C.S. Lewis

Additional information

Dimensions 148 x 210 mm



Mark Worthing


Stone Table Books


148mm x 210mm




Paperback, Hardback

About the author

Mark Worthing is an author, and pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, North Adelaide, Australia. He is former head of the Faculty of Humanities and Creative Writing at Tabor Adelaide. His most recent works include Graeme Clark. The Man Who Invented the Bionic Ear (Allen & Unwin, 2015) and Phantastes: George MacDonald’s Classic Novel (Stone Table Books, 2016).


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