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’ 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 ‘poor kids’ which teaches a small girl she’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’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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User Review  - Elizabeth Baines - Goodreads

I wrote it, so I've decided not to rate it. What did I learn from putting this collection together? That although I had been trying hard to make every story different from every other when I wrote them, I had all along been obsessed with particular themes... Read full review

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User Review  - Alan - Goodreads

I realised as I read through that I had read some of these stories before in UK mags of the 80s & 90s (london Magazine, Stand, Bananas, Firebird) and it was great to see them collected together along ... Read full review


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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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