Hans Christian Andersen (18051875) was born in Odense, the son of a shoemaker. His early life was wretched, but he was adopted by a patron and became a shortstory writer, novelist and playwright, though he remains bestknown for his magical fairy tales which were published between 1835 and 1872. For 150 years his stories have been delighting both adults and children. Packed with a lighthearted whimsy combined with a mature wisdom they are as entrancing as ever. Here are all of Andersens 168 tales, and among the favourites are The Red Shoes, The Mermaid, The Real Princess, The Emperors New Clothes, The Tinder Box and of course The Ugly Duckling.