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The magic toyshop

By: Carter, Angela Callil, Carmen(Introduction by) Callil, Carmen(Introduction by)

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Part of the Virago Modern Classics series
0860681904 / 9780860681908
Paperback
823.914
31/12/1981
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England
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20 cm 199 p.
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Heinemann, 1967.

This crazy world whirled around her, men and women dwarfed by toys and puppets, where even the birds are mechanical and the few human figures went masked...

She was in the night once again, and the doll was herself.'Melanie walks in the midnight garden, wearing her mother's wedding dress; naked she climbs the apple tree in the black of the moon.

Omens of disaster, swiftly following, transport Melanie from rural comfort to London, to the Magic Toyshop. To the red-haired, dancing Finn, the gentle Francie, dumb Aunt Margaret and Uncle Phillip.

Francie plays curious night music, Finn kisses fifteen-year-old Melanie in the mysterious ruins of the pleasure gardens.

Brooding over all is Uncle Philip: Uncle Philip, with blank eyes the colour of wet newspaper, making puppets the size of men, and clockwork roses.

He loves his magic puppets, but hates the love of man for woman, boy for girl, brother for sister...

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FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

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