By Angela Carter
* In this, her first novel, Angela Carter tells a disturbing and delicious tale of shattered beauty and male camaraderie which shows one of the 20th century's greatest writers at the start of a dazzling career.
The scar drew her whole face sideways and even in profile, with the hideous thing turned away, her face was horribly lop-sided, skin, features and all, dragged away from the bone. She was a beautiful girl, a white and golden girl, like moonlight on daisies, a month ago.'
And yet the men still hover around her, more out of curiosity than lust, and none more so than the wildly seductive, dangerous funny man, Honeybuzzard; lithe as a stick of liquorice, he is the demonic puppet master at the swirling centre of the tale.
'In a modern day horror story gleaming with perfect 1960's detail, she performs a double act, conjuring up just the right amount of unease and perversion beneath the idiosyncratic business of relatively ordinary lives' THE TIMES
Angela Carter was born in 1940. One of Britain's most original and disturbing writers, she died in 1992.
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03 May 1995
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Angela Carter's writing is pyrotechnic - fuelled with ideas, packed with images and spangling the night with her starry language. She brings the gift of wonder — OBSERVER
The boldest of English writers — LORNA SAGE
A great writer ... A real one-off — SALMAN RUSHDIE