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Balancing on the Edge of the World

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  7 reviews
These are stories about power: children without it and adults vying to get or keep it - the boy caught between divorced parents, the arts worker conman, the avenging wife. Sometimes funny, sometimes moving, and always surprising: for it's a slippery thing, power, and nothing is ever quite what it seems ...
Paperback, 108 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Salt Publishing
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Sep 19, 2009 Jim rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who doesn't need to be read by the nose through a story
If you're interested in traditional stories with beginnings, middles and endings with plots and clearly-defined characters then this may not be the book for you. If you subscribe to the slice-of-life school of storytelling and you believe that a story can get by with a point rather than a plot and if you don't need a CV for every character who pops his head into the tale then read on. This is storytelling for the 21st century. No preamble, no pussyfooting around. Readers are expected to contribu ...more
I loved this book and Elizabeth was kind enough to answer a few questions about it as she swept around the blogosphere on her virtual book tour. You can read my questions and her answers here
Tracy Miller
Elizabeth Baines' collection of short stories, Balancing on the Edge of the World, is a slim volume, but what it lacks in heft it makes up for in emotional power. The stories themselves are often quite short--some might even be considered micro-fiction--but there is nothing small about what they have to say.

Here are some of the stories in a nutshell:

A group of young people, drunk, go out for a pizza, and realize they are not much better off than the beggar they meet outside the pizza shop.

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Jul 07, 2009 Alan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Alan by: Charles Lambert
I realised as I read through that I had read some of these stories before in UK mags of the 80s & 90s (london Magazine, Stand, Bananas, Firebird) and it was great to see them collected together along with others here.

These are stories of adultery, childhood, family told with warmth and sharpness:

In the wood there's something cracking.
Angela Johnson leaves the gate swinging. Down the hill there are boys, JOhnson boys breaking branches and slinging them. They jump, knees bent, swinging, till
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Oct 21, 2009 Elizabeth Baines added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote it, so I've decided not to rate it. What did I learn from putting this collection together? That although I had been trying hard to make every story different from every other when I wrote them, I had all along been obsessed with particular themes...
Absolutely wonderful collection of short stories. Some of the best writing I have read in years.

Not so much a collection of short stories. More a collection of jewels that have been dusted off and collected together so that they shine brightly.
Nik Perring
An excellent and varied collection - highly recommended by me.
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Novelist, short story writer and playwright. Her collection of stories BALANCING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, and her latest novel, TOO MANY MAGPIES, are published by Salt Publishing. In October 2010 Salt reissued her groundbreaking first novel, THE BIRTH MACHINE.

Praise for Elizabeth's work:

'Moving and compelling' - Sarah Salway on Too Many Magpies

'Quite swept me off my feet' - Dovegreyreader on Bal
More about Elizabeth Baines...
Too Many Magpies The Birth Machine (Salt Modern Fiction) Compass And Torch Falling A Glossary Of Bread

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