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Ms Cellophane

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  6 reviews
“Life was standing still, waiting for Liz to fall into its trap.”

Elizabeth Smith, recently made redundant, thinks that her life is deadly dull. She feels like cellophane – like people look right through her, like she’s not even there. A simple redecoration job involving a mirror turns her life upside down.

Through ominous horror and an unexpected romance Liz learns to bec...more
ebook, 271 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Momentum (first published 2009)
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Pamela Lloyd
Nov 12, 2009 Pamela Lloyd rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance, fantasy, and horror lovers.
Romance, mystery, magic. And a slow build to a creepy finish.

I was especially disturbed by the protagonist's ex-boss, Penelope, aka The Bee Hive. I've read articles about workplace bullying on, but this story really brings that kind of situation and its emotional toll to life.

The romance was fun; not at all traditional, and very well handled.

I really enjoyed the way the mirror was handled. I can remember being both frightened and fascinated by mirrors when I was a child; I was certa...more
Alan Baxter
Check out my review of Life Through Cellophane here:
Life Through Cellophane is a gentle urban horror. THose words may sound incongruous together, but I can't find more accurate ones. It's the story of Elizabeth Smith, recently made redundant, and how she learns to become a whole person - someone who takes up space in the world, and demands to be herself and not just the female 'Mr Cellophane'. It's also the story of a mirror and slowly, sneakingly, is up to no good.

Elizabeth thinks she's dull - although it's clear to the reader that, while she ma...more
Sean the Bookonaut
Ms Cellophane, published by Momentum, is a digital reissuing of Polack’s previously titled Life through Cellophane published by Eneit Press in 2009.

It’s the tale of Elizabeth, a newly redundant public servant, who is finally free of an overbearing and underworking psychopath of a boss. Or so she thinks.

It’s a inward looking tale of a woman's self discovery. Redundancy gives her the time and space to find the person buried by life and work traumas.

It’s a tale of a mirror with its own unnerving an...more
Tsana Dolichva
First published as My Life Through Cellophane by Eneit Press, Ms Cellophane by Gillian Polack was recently republished by Momentum Books as an ebook. While I agree that Ms Cellophane is the catchier title, I can't help but feel that the original title described the book better.

This is by far the most literary book I've read all year. To clarify, I mean literary in the sense of the genre in which the main character's journey is internal, as opposed to the external journeys typical of genre fictio...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘Life was standing still, waiting for Liz to fall into its trap.’

Liz Smith, middle-aged spinster, rendered redundant, and living a life she considers deadly dull. Is it any wonder that Liz Smith thinks that she is boring? Ah, but will Liz remain boring? Her life is about to change. The changes start with a simple (hah) redecorating project, but where (and how) will it end?

Liz may be enduring her very own form of existential crisis, but she is not alone. Just ask her friends, and the ants, espec...more
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Gillian is a writer and historian, currently living in Canberra, Australia. She intends to count the books in her library soon, when they stop falling on her and otherwise intimidating her.
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