The Magic Toyshop - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)
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The Magic Toyshop - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 31/12/1981
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This crazy world whirled around her, men and women dwarfed by toys and puppets, where even the birds are mechanical and the few human figures went masked... She was in the night once again, and the doll was herself.'

Melanie walks in the midnight garden, wearing her mother's wedding dress; naked she climbs the apple tree in the black of the moon. Omens of disaster, swiftly following, transport Melanie from rural comfort to London, to the Magic Toyshop.

To the red-haired, dancing Finn, the gentle Francie, dumb Aunt Margaret and Uncle Phillip. Francie plays curious night music, Finn kisses fifteen-year-old Melanie in the mysterious ruins of the pleasure gardens. Brooding over all is Uncle Philip: Uncle Philip, with blank eyes the colour of wet newspaper, making puppets the size of men, and clockwork roses. He loves his magic puppets, but hates the love of man for woman, boy for girl, brother for sister...

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780860681908
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 134 g
Dimensions: 169 x 199 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
The boldest of English women writers * Lorna Sage *
Her writing is pyrotechnic - fuelled with ideas, packed with images and spangling the night sky with her starry language * Observer *
She can glide from ancient to modern, from darkness to luminosity, from depravity to comedy without any hint of strain and without losing the elusive power of the original tales * The Times *
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 * New York Times *

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Dawn Gibson

“Magic But Marmite - Love it or hate it”

This gothic fairytale is set in a London toyshop.
Must say Its a very well written book, and quite a captivating read, although at times it's very disturbing too.
Macabre to say the least.
You will love or Hate... More

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“The Magic Toyshop”

This story takes the traditional orphan coming of age tragedy and gives it a good shake up with a Gothic and seriously creepy twist. It follows Melanie and her younger siblings, Jonathon and Victoria, as they are sent... More

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“One of my very favourites”

I loved every page, every word and I never wanted it to end. I lingered over paragraphs for far too long each time swirling the images around my head and loving the beautiful words. It has the most perfect hints of... More

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