The Birth Machine

The Birth Machine

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By (author) Elizabeth Baines

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  • Publisher: Salt Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 12mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 1907773029
  • ISBN 13: 9781907773020
  • Sales rank: 765,601

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Tucked up on the ward and secure in the latest technology, Zelda is about to give birth to her baby. But things don't go to plan, and as her labour progresses and the drugs take over, Zelda enters a surreal world. Here, past and present become confused and blend with fairytale and myth. Old secrets surface and finally give birth to disturbing revelations in the present. Originally published in the eighties, The Birth Machine was seized on by readers as giving voice to a female experience absent from fiction until then and quickly became a classic text. Out of print for some years, The Birth Machine is now reissued in a revised version. It is still relevant today to modern Obstetrics and Medicine, however it is more than that: it is also a gripping story of buried secrets and a long-ago murder, and of present-day betrayals. Above all, it is a powerful novel about the ways we can wield control through logic and language, and about the battle over who owns the right to knowledge and to tell the stories of who we are. The book was dramatised for Radio 4 and starred Barbara Marten as Zelda.

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Author information

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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The first well-crafted and surreal novel from a talented new writer. Literary Review An odd novel, and very compelling. Head and Hands

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