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Too Many Magpies,

Elizabeth Baines

Too Many Magpies, Elizabeth Baines


Publication Date: 01-Oct-09 | ISBN: 9781844717217 | Trim Size: 216 x 140 mm | Extent: 144pp | Format: Paperback

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Can we believe in magic and spells? Can we put our faith in science?

A young mother married to a scientist fears for her children’s safety as the natural world around her becomes ever more uncertain. Until, that is, she meets a charismatic stranger who seems to offer a different kind of power… But is he a saviour or a frightening danger? And, as her life is overturned, what is happening to her children whom she vowed to keep safe? Why is her son Danny now acting so strangely?

In this haunting, urgent and timely novel, Elizabeth Baines brings her customary searing insight to the problems of sorting our rational from our irrational fears and of bringing children into a newly precarious world. In prose that spins its own spell she exposes our hidden desires and the scientific and magical modes of thinking which have got us to where we are now.


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For Sorrow; For Joy; For a Secret; To be Told; Acknowledgements


“Moving and compelling” —Sarah Salway



“On “Balancing on the Edge of the World’:

A stunning debut collection” —Melissa Lee-Houghton The Short Review


“On “Balancing on the Edge of the World’:

Impressive collection… She finds and plucks out important and remarkable moments from the otherwise ordinary. It is quite a skill.” —Scott Pack Me and My Big Mouth


“Elizabeth Baines is a superb stylist – a latter-day fabulist in fact – and her writing reminded me of Chekhov's in that it was spare and paid attention to the subtleties of everyday experience.” —Clare Dudman Keeper of the Snails


“Elizabeth Baines has led me through a myriad of seemingly ordinary moments and invested them with extraordinary power… It is the microscopic quality of Elizabeth Baines’ eye that makes each and every one of these stories so special.” —Dovegreyreader


“'One of those books I had to force myself to put down just so the experience of reading it wouldn't end.” —Tania Hershman



Elizabeth BainesElizabeth Baines was born in South Wales and lives in Manchester. She has been a teacher and is an occasional actor as well as the prize-winning author of plays for radio and stage, and of two novels, The Birth Machine and Body Cuts. Her award-winning short stories have been published widely in magazines and anthologies. Her first story collection, Balancing on the Edge of the World, was published by Salt in 2007. A novel, Too Many Magpies, will come from Salt in November 2009.

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