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The Magic Toyshop

The Magic Toyshop

Cover design by Jacqueline Groag

‘This crazy world whirled about her, men and women dwarfed by toys and puppets, where even the birds were mechanical and the few human figures went masked . . . She was in the night again, and the doll was herself’

One night Melanie walks through the garden in her mother’s wedding dress. The next morning her world is shattered. Forced to leave her rural home, she is sent to London to live with relatives she has never met: gentle Aunt Margaret, mute since her wedding day; and her brothers, Francie, whose graceful music belies his clumsy nature, and the volatile Finn. Brooding over all is Uncle Philip, who loves only the puppets he creates in his workshop, which are life-sized – and uncannily life-like.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 3rd July 2008

Price: £12.99

ISBN-13: 9781844085231

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
The boldest of English women writers
Lorna Sage
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
Her writing is pyrotechnic - fuelled with ideas, packed with images and spangling the night with her starry language
Observer
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