Balancing on the Edge of the World

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Salt Publishing, 2007 - Fiction - 108 pages
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These are stories about power: children without it and adults vying to get or keep it. A small boy struggles with his parents‚e(tm) divorce, a doctor fails to understand the limits of his medical power, a wronged wife finds a uniquely powerful way to wreak revenge. Sometimes satirical, sometimes innovative and lyrical, the stories home in on those moments when power can spill into powerlessness: the split-second when a self-satisfied teenager is held at knifepoint by muggers, the trip to the woods with the ‚e~poor kids‚e(tm) which teaches a small girl she‚e(tm)s no better than them. They chart the opposite moments when people wrest back power: a daughter rebels against her violent father, a struggling writer decides to expose a con man arts worker, a little girl who wishes her lost father would come back finds she has magic powers.But it‚e(tm)s a slippery thing, power, and these vivid, wry stories spring surprises: for nothing, in the end, is ever quite what it seems.

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Contents

Condensed Metaphysics
1
Daniel Smith Disappears off the Face of the Earth
27
Holding Hands
40
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Elizabeth 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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