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From next week I'll be looking at 'Wise Children' with sixth form class I'm teaching at the moment, and it's a terrific book. I took time to re-read 'Magic Toyshop' too, for the sake of reference, and it was just as good as I remembered.

She was a hell of a writer, if you ask me.

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The first book of hers I read was 'Nights at the Circus', which was a set book for my degree. I liked it a lot, but had to analyse it in such depth i've never really felt like picking it up since. Great book though.

Another one she wrote was 'The Passion of New Eve', about a bloke being kidnapped and turned into a woman, then meeting the film star he's been obsessed with all his life, who's actually a man pretending to be a woman in a sort of post-apocolypse Hollywood and being co-opted into a sort of nihilistic cult by a bloke who only communicates in the form of obscenities. She's on record as partly disowning the book later on, she described it as 'evil' or somesuch.

And 'Love' about two blokes at the end of the 60's fighting over a suicidal acid casualty in a bedsit.

'Wise Children' is her happiest, most up-beat book, I think.

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The Passion of New Eve is a mind-blowing read, can't recommend it highly enough. Her short stories are really where it's at, though - I think there's a Collected Stories out in paperback. She was an amazing writer.
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Oh yeah, I like 'The Passion of New Eve' too. Great book.

The short story collection i've got by her is called 'Fireworks, Nine Profane Pieces'. Odd as socks it is, great titles too; 'The Loves of the Lady Purple', 'The Executioners Beautiful Daughter'. Plus she did a sort of updated version of Grimm fairy tales thing called 'The Bloody Chamber' that I read at college.

Her journalism is worth reading too. She used to write for the New Statesman back in the 60's and 70's and there's a collection of it called 'Nothing Sacred', that includes an essay on 60's pop that I recall being really good. It might be out of print now though, that.

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