The Magic Toyshop

The Magic Toyshop


By (author) Angela Carter

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 18mm | 45g
  • Publication date: 1 August 1996
  • ISBN 10: 0140256407
  • ISBN 13: 9780140256406
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 141,803

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One night Melanie walks through the garden in her mother's wedding dress. The next morning her world is shattered. Forced to leave the comfortable home of her childhood, she is sent to London to live with relatives she has never met: Aunt Margaret, beautiful and speechless, and her brothers, Francie, whose graceful music belies his clumsy nature, and the volatile Finn, who kisses Melanie in the ruins of the pleasure gardens. And brooding Unlce Philip loves only the life-sized wooden puppets he creates in his toyshop. This classic gothic novel established Angela Carter as one of our most imaginative writers and augurs the themes of her later creative work.

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Author information

Angela Carter (1940 -1992) wrote nine novels and numerous short stories, as well as nonfiction, radio plays, and the screenplay for Neil Jordan's 1984 movie The Company of Wolves, based on her story. She won numerous literary awards, traveled and taught widely in the United States, and lived in London.

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"A magic novel, sexy and eccentric, romantic and tricky." --Voice Literary Supplement"Beneath its contemporary surface, this novel shimmers with blurred echoes--from Lewis Carroll, from 'Giselle' and 'Coppelia, ' Harlequin and Punch.... It leaves behind it a flavor, pungent and unsettling." --The New York Times Book Review