'Seven Miles of Steel Thistles' is a collection of essays on fairy tales and folklore, inspired by my blog of the same name but greatly rewritten and extended. Here you can read about subjects such as fairy brides, selkies, Cú Chulainn’s geasa, water spirits, ghostly White Ladies, and the unexpected difficulties of owning an enchanted object. Where are the Lost Kings of Fairyland? Was Cinderella really such a passive victim? What happened when William Butler Yeats successfully summoned the Queen of the Fairies? Is it safe to believe in fairies? And does ‘happily ever after’ mean what you think it does?