What We Are Reading Today: Told Again by Walter de la Mare

Updated 01 December 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Told Again by Walter de la Mare

  • His abundant literary gifts can be savored once more in this beautiful new edition

Originally published in 1927, Told Again is a beautiful collection of elegant fairy tales, showcasing the formidable talents of Walter de la Mare, one of the most celebrated writers of children’s literature during the first half of the 20th century. 

His abundant literary gifts can be savored once more in this beautiful new edition. 

Nineteen adapted classics, including “Rapunzel,” “Little Red Riding-Hood,” “Rumplestiltskin,” and “The Sleeping Beauty,” are made new by de la Mare’s poetic insights and graceful prose, making these tales appropriate for younger readers. 

With marvelous black and white illustrations by A. H. Watson, this volume also presents a splendid introduction by Philip Pullman, the contemporary master of fantasy literature, says a review on the Princeton University Press website.

An English poet, short story writer, and novelist, Walter Mare is best remembered for his poem “The Listeners,” and for a highly acclaimed selection of subtle psychological horror stories, among them “Seaton’s Aunt” and “All Hallows.”


Emirati singer Ahlam boasts necklace worth $7 million in Saudi Arabia

Ahlam Shamsi took to the stage in Saudi Arabia for an unforgettable performance. (Instagram)
Updated 28 January 2020

Emirati singer Ahlam boasts necklace worth $7 million in Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: This week, Emirati singer Ahlam Shamsi took to the stage in Saudi Arabia for an unforgettable performance that closed out the Kingdom’s Riyadh Season.

For the occasion, the coach of the “The Voice: Ahla Sawt” wore several looks, including an elegant black Zuhair Murad gown that closed the event on a glamorous note. She was bedecked in jewels, including an emerald necklace by Lebanese-born American jeweler Samer Halimeh that is reportedly worth $7 million — Shamsi’s choice of accessories dazzled with megastar wattage during the concert.

The custom-made statement necklace boasted 380 carats of intense yellow diamonds alongside rare Colombian green emeralds. Six months in the making, the attention-grabbing bauble was a joint effort between the jewelry house’s New York and London ateliers. She paired the tailor-made piece with matching drop-down earrings from the fine jewelry label.

“An unforgettable night of grandiose performance by the Queen @ahlamalshamsi who made a breathtaking entrance with @samerhalimehny jewelry,” wrote the brainchild behind the necklace on his Instagram page.

After her show, the singer was presented with a gold shield from Saudi’s General Entertainment Authority as a tribute to her career that launched 25 years ago.