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FREE DOWNLOAD Ô E-book, or Kindle E-pub å Elizabeth Baines Can we believe in magic and spells Can we put our faith in scienceA young mother married to a scientist fears for her children’s safety as the natural world around her becomes ever uncertain Until that is she meets a charismatic stranger who seems to offer a different kind o. I enjoyed this Elizabeth Baines writes in a beautiful but uite sparse way and even though the book isn't Magic Realism she writes in a sort of Magic Realist style The book follows a married woman with two kids under 5 who embarks upon an affair and what I liked about this was how it mostly explores how the affair effects her relationship with her children The writing is really strong and the premise very interesting

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SUMMARY Too Many Magpies 109 Í Can we believe in magic and spells Can we put our faith in scienceA young mother married to a scientist fears for her children’s safety as the natural world around her becomes ever uncertain Until that is she meets a charismatic stranger who seems to offer a different kind of power But is he a saviour or a frightening danger And F power But is he a saviour or a frightening danger And as her life is overturned what is happening to her children whom she vowed to keep safe Why is her son Danny now acting so strangely In this haunting urgent and timely novel Elizabeth Baines brings her customary searing i. Elizabeth Baines has crafted a haunting novel that explores the colliding relationship we have with impassive scientific explanation and the irrational world of magic or the belief in indomitable predestination and superstition How does the modern world allow us to reconcile our paranoia and fear with some sense of control over our destinyThis premise has informed English writing since the Romantic Movement and The Rational versus The Imagination is now a timely theme for us to consider How do we live our lives to ensure the best for our children who do we trust and do we ultimately have any control over our destinies The book focuses on modern concerns such as food production the credibility of modern medicine and the authority of the mediaThese themes are exercised through key plot events; falling in love with someone you shouldn’t the breakdown of a marriage; the unexpected illness of a loved one Baines explores the anguish we feel when we cannot get either rational science with its contradictory messages or the ‘what will be will be’ attitude of the romantic to explain the splintering of our lives The two men in the novel represent each side of the argument One represents the alternative to the unspeakable horror that is reality whilst the other represents the comfort of proof and rationale Which one our main protagonist chooses will ultimately define her future and define her own beliefs The magpie rhyme One for Sorrow etc becomes a charm to ward off the threats of the natural worldIt a gripping tale that is not without it's surprises Leaving the reader with a satisfied endingBaines achieves all of this with the most enigmatic prose; at times haunting always poetic She speaks of the modern woman’s paranoia like whispers through silk Whilst managing to embody the effortless tone of AL Kennedy with the talent for Magical Realism of Angela Carter But she is also clearly a uniue voice and one that I am excited to read of The time I spent thinking about this novel the I came to realise how cleverly structured it is Not a word is wasted every sentence resonates with some supernatural power and a distant melody All the events no matter how minor feed into the overall fabric of the novel At only 123 pages it is a book to savour to be read slowly and it will gradually imprint itself on your consciousness This is a fantastic achievement from a fresh noteworthy talent

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Too Many MagpiesNsight to the problems of sorting our rational from our irrational fears and of bringing children into a newly precarious world In prose that spins its own spell she exposes our hidden desires and the scientific and magical modes of thinking which have got us to where we are n. I won this book as a Good Reads First Reads It was a beautifully written book Definitely reuires an educated reader The concept of the book was amazing and Elizabeth Baines pulled off a wonderful book the book came in yay finally get to read it still have not received and won about a month ago just won as a firstreads can't wait to receive