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Please update your billing information. The subscription details associated with this account need to be updated. Please update your billing details here to continue enjoying your subscription. Others will appreciate a fresh take on familiar territory. Like most reference books, Roud's guide is built for browsing; the sheer wealth of material is remarkable, and Roud's entries are illuminating.

All the familiar ones are here in well-documented detail: mirrors, black cats, horseshoes, tooth fairies. There is stranger fare as well, such as the belief that the hand of a dead man, preferably a suicide or criminal, can effect miraculous cures hence the ailing women at public hangings, where the hangman profited from the use of his client ; that eels were generated spontaneously from horse hairs; that it's unlucky to see the back of a mail van; that roast mouse is a remedy for bed-wetting; that where sage grows well, the woman is the dominant partner in a marriage; and that it's unlucky not to spit when you see a man wearing spectacles.

Equally fascinating is Roud's entry on Edward Lovett, the Edwardian folklorist. In Lovett devised the Lovett Motor Mascot, a 16cm-high polished brass horseshoe that incorporated some powerful totems: crescent moons, a sun wheel and a swastika. It is reassuring to know that in the early part of the last century, even the well-heeled were in the market for some protection against a sometimes unfriendly fate.

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