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The Birth Machine

The Birth Machine

(1983)
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Tucked up on the ward and secure in the latest technology, Zelda is about to give birth to her baby. But things don't go to plan, and as her labour progresses and the drugs take over, Zelda enters a surreal world. Here, past and present become confused and blend with fairytale and myth. Old secrets surface and finally give birth to disturbing revelations in the present. Originally published in the eighties, The Birth Machine was seized on by readers as giving voice to a female experience absent from fiction until then and quickly became a classic text. Out of print for some years, The Birth Machine is now reissued in a revised version. It is still relevant today to modern Obstetrics and Medicine, however it is more than that: it is also a gripping story of buried secrets and a long-ago murder, and of present-day betrayals. Above all, it is a powerful novel about the ways we can wield control through logic and language, and about the battle over who owns the right to knowledge and to tell the stories of who we are. The book was dramatised for Radio 4 and starred Barbara Marten as Zelda.

 
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Paperback Editions

November 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: Birth Machine, The (Salt Modern Fiction S.)
Author(s): Elizabeth Baines
ISBN: 1-907773-02-9 / 978-1-907773-02-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: SALT PUBLISHING
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November 1996 : UK Paperback
Title: The Birth Machine - The Author's Cut
Author(s): Elizabeth Baines
ISBN: 0-9528834-0-6 / 978-0-9528834-0-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Starling Editions
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October 1983 : UK Paperback
Title: Birth Machine
Author(s): Elizabeth Baines
ISBN: 0-7043-3917-X / 978-0-7043-3917-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Women's Press Ltd
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Kindle Editions

December 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Birth Machine
Author(s): Elizabeth Baines
Publisher: Salt
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