Too Many Magpies

Too Many Magpies

3.61 (33 ratings by Goodreads)
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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 11mm | 190.51g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • No
  • 1844717216
  • 9781844717217
  • 909,247

Table of contents

For Sorrow
For Joy
For a Secret
To be Told
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Review quote

An innovative and committed writer of distinctly pure talent. * The Short Review * Each story strikes to the heart. -- Sue Guiney '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 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 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 * 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 * On "Balancing on the Edge of the World':

A stunning debut collection -- Melissa Lee-Houghton * The Short Review *
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About Elizabeth Baines

Elizabeth Baines is the author of two short story collections and three novels (all available from Salt), and has written prize-winning drama for BBC Radio 4. In the past, Elizabeth has written, performed and produced plays for fringe theatre, has worked as a secondary-school teacher and has taught Creative Writing at Manchester University and the Bolton Institute. She was born in South Wales and now lives in Manchester where she brought up her two sons.
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Rating details

33 ratings
3.61 out of 5 stars
5 15% (5)
4 45% (15)
3 27% (9)
2 9% (3)
1 3% (1)
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