Balancing on the Edge of the World (Paperback)
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Balancing on the Edge of the World (Paperback)

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Paperback 112 Pages / Published: 01/10/2007
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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.

Publisher: Salt Publishing
ISBN: 9781844713943
Number of pages: 112
Weight: 168 g
Dimensions: 203 x 127 x 9 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

For 'Star Things':

Almost ethereal in its strangeness and has great energy at its heart.

-- Brendan O'Keefe * Literary Review *

For 'Star Things':

Integral, readable and stylish.

* City Limits *

Elizabeth Baines has a wry humour and satirical edge.

-- Martin Nicholls * City Life *

For Body Cuts:

Strikingly told.

* Sunday Times *

About The Birth Machine:

An increasingly powerful narrative ... its presentation of the world of childhood contrasts nicely with a sharp satire.

-- Laura Marcus * Times Literary Supplement *

About The Birth Machine:

This powerful book leaves you with a sense of disquiet, anger and frustration [and] the realisation ... that what you have just read is an everyday story about an everyday event. As such it is very clever.

-- Jessica Corner * Everywoman *

About The Birth Machine:

A gripping story, a pithy book.

-- Katie Campbell * City Limits *

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