What if you made a different choice or had another life?
'The stories in Used to Be are the work of a dazzling writer' - Nuala O'Connor, author of Miss Emily
'Baines reminds me of a scratch DJ, taking a conventional format and messing with it, expertly,
to give the audience a whole new experience...' - Bookmuse
Reviews and comments
ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
SOME RECENT ANTHOLOGIES INCLUDING STORIES BY ELIZABETH:
is the Edge of the World? It's a back alley in Chinatown,
or the dark suburban street where muggers jump you, it's
a mountain camp in the dusk for an estranged father and
son. It's the endless dunes where you lose your way, it's
a seat in a pram at the top of a hill. It's the place where
an erotic encounter can lead you. It's the unacknowledged
scientific view, or the intuitive insight which conventional
medicine ignores. It's the powerlessness resulting from
lost language and suppressed history, it's the moment with
the rough kids in the woods when you understand you're no
better than them. It's the place where you can wrest back
power - rebel against a violent father, expose a conman,
discover you have magic powers.
between these covers. You
can go there by clicking
swept me off my feet ... Nothing would have induced me to
Balancing on the Edge of the World by Elizabeth Baines until
I'd read them all' -Dovegreyreader. Read a review by Dovegreyreader
COMMENTS AND REVIEWS
AUDIO CLIPS OF ELIZABETH READING EXTRACTS:
'The Shooting Script'
WEBSITE PAGE FOR BALANCING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, WITH
ARTICLES BY ELIZABETH AND INTERVIEWS WITH HER ABOUT BALANCING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
to a series on creating a text on John Baker's blog,
focusing on the story, 'Compass and Torch'.
Short Review interview
Book Addict's Guide interview
Salt Podcast: Elizabeth
talks about her short stories
virtual book tour.
Elizabeth visited blogs to answer questions about Balancing
on the Edge of the World, her writing process and her writing
life. Find out all about it
ed Ashley Stokes and Robin Jones (Unthank)
includes Elizabeth's story
'Looking for the Castle'
runner-up in the 2014 Short Fiction Journal prize.
'A highlight ... notable for its refreshing ecomony - nothing's overexplained here.' - Bookmunch
Best British Short Stories 2014, ed Nicholas Royle (Salt)
includes Elizabeth's story 'Tides, or How Stories Do or Don't Get Told'
First published at The View From Here.
Of the story, Dan Powell said, 'I bloody love this. Part life story, part love story, part memoir, part exploration of the nature
of stories. Brilliant. Brilliant.
Clarrie and You' is included in
ed Ashley Stokes and Robin Jones (Unthank Books)
'Baines' deft touch and acutely observed detail of family relationships make it a story with layers waiting to be undone ...
The story offers new subtleties with every read.' - Sarah Schofield, The Short Review.
The book can be ordered here.
Turbulent Stillness' is included in
Red Room: New Short Stories Inspired by the
Brontes, edited by A J Ashworth and published
in aid of The
Bronte Birthplace Trust, from Unthank Books
Elaine Chiew called the story 'a boy-meets-girl story that boils with menacing violence,
mirroring the love of that other star-crossed duo, Catherine and H'.
The book can be ordered here
anthology of stories from Carve Magazine includes Elizabeth's
story 'Used to Be', third prizewinner in the Raymond Carver
As a woman is driven too dangerously fast along a motorway,
her life flashes before her...
the story on the Carve blog, Rio Lang called it 'a
self-reflexive treat whose enigmatic holding pattern makes
beautiful sense by story’s end'.
The Wish Dog,
ed Penny Thomas and Stephanie Tillotson (Honno)
A book of ghost stories including Elizabeth's story
'A Matter of LIght'
Where the Starlings Fly' is included in
Unbraiding the Short Story, edited by Maurice A Lee,
an anthology of stories by writers participating in the
13th International Conference
on the Short Story
in English, Vienna July 2014
The book can be ordered here.