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An Avenging Angel

‘Who worked for Madame Schreck, sir? Why, prodigies of nature, such as I. Dear old Fanny Four-Eyes; and the Sleeping Beauty; and the Wiltshire Wonder, who was not three foot high; and Albert/Albertina, who was bipartite, that is to say, half and half and neither of either; and the girl we called Cobwebs.’ – Angela Carter, from Nights at the Circus, italics on my part. 1,546 more words


Book Review - The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter

After a night in her garden wearing her mother’s wedding dress, Melanie receives a telegraph to say that both her parents have been killed. Along with her 5 year old sister and reclusive brother Jonathan, she is sent to live with her tyrannical toy maker uncle Phillip, mute wife… 174 more words

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Queen (or King) Angela Carter

When I think to describe Angela Carter’s work, a few words come to mind: dark, erotic, raw, confronting. In terms of genre, her work has been categorised as all of: magic realism, surrealism, postmodernism, gothic, fantasy, science fiction, feminism, and I’m sure others and their hybrids. 594 more words


Books For Those Who Do Not Read

Hello, it’s been a while! I’m sorry for not posting; I’ve been busy with college and work ( I’m a general assistant in a care home), which has meant this blog has been slightly neglected. 476 more words

The Magic Toyshop - Angela Carter’s wonderfully strange novel.

‘The summer she was fifteen, Melanie discovered she was made of flesh and blood. O, my America, my new found land. She embarked on a tranced voyage, exploring the whole of herself, clambering her own mountain ranges, penetrating the moist richness of her secret valleys, a physiological Cortez, da Gama or Mungo Park. 696 more words

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How to pick your holiday reads: or how I did it.

I’m off to Cornwall today! Reading on holiday is one of the best things ever. You have real chunks of time to devote to devouring a book – so which ones you take is a serious matter! 385 more words

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