And then there are people who helpfully devise and illustrate reassuring Instructions for any of us who find ourselves stranded in a fairytale.*
You may recall we have noted before that we are fans of these Instructions - and of Neil Gaiman reading them.
And now (well, in June) we offer them to you in a very user-friendly format indeed. A book! Yes! A book. Of illustrated Instructions. Clever? Yes, we thought so.
The deep well you walk past leads to Winter's realm;Excellent! There's even a get-out clause for those moments when your courage fails. And for other moments:
there is another land at the bottom of it.
If you turn around here,
you can walk back, safely;
you will lose no face.
I will think no less of you.
Do not lose hope - what you seek will be found.No thanks required. As ever, we are here to help.
*And let's face it, sometimes life can feel stranger than a fairytale, so in those moments it may be useful to have Mr Gaiman's Instructions to hand - even if you choose to ignore them. We will think no less of you.