Secret Lives of Elves and Fairies: From the Private Journals of Rev. Robert Kirk , by John Matthews, from Element, ISBN 0007200714. Lovers of fairy lore know of Reverend Robert Kirk's The Secret Commonwealth, an astonishing description of life in the fairy hills and courts of the parish of Aberfoyle, Scotland, where he was vicar. But how did Kirk collect the information in his book, and why did he disappear on May 24, 1602? Matthews has pieced the story together, along with a wholly original and delightfully engaging account of fairy peoples, their history, magical powers, and relations with humankind. Full color illustrations throughout.