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Best Australian Stories 2015

Best Australian Stories 2015

Author: Amanda Lohrey (Editor)
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'Some readers are drawn to the promise inherent in a novel, and it's true that the longer form can offer a slow and seductive immersion, but the short story offers pleasure of another kind - the quick fix, a shot of adrenaline to the mind and heart.' -Amanda Lohrey

In The Best Australian Stories 2015, Amanda Lohrey, winner of the Patrick White Award and author of the acclaimed novel A Short History of Richard Kline, curates twenty pieces of exceptional short fiction.

In this wide-ranging collection, there are stories that will surprise, unsettle and beguile readers. Familiar subjects are examined from new perspectives: a teenage girl sneaks into a famous film director's study and steals his diaries; the life of Picasso is reimagined in miniature vignettes. And new life is breathed into the most universal of experiences: birth, death, love and loss. The mother of a girl with hearing difficulties watches her child grow into increasing independence. A young woman makes a poignant voyage to the site of her brother's suicide.

Elegant, accomplished and evocative, these short stories move, delight and inspire.

Goldie Goldbloom - John A Scott - Claire Corbett - Cate Kennedy - Melissa Beit - Colin Oehring - Gay Lynch - Eleanor Limprecht - Julie Koh - Jo Lennan - Omar Musa - Ryan O'Neill - Sarah Klenbort - Jo Case - Balli Kaur Jaswal - Jennifer Down - Nick Couldwell - Nicola Redhouse - Annette Trevitt - Mark Smith

'Short fiction has a clarity because, at its best, it captures a moment in time forever. This collection ... is full of these unique and imaginative moments.' -Guardian

'Essential reading ... masterfully edited by Amanda Lohrey' -West Australian

'Some of these writers are well known Australian storytellers and others are a revelation. All 20 are terrific. A few are ''the best."' -Sydney Morning Herald

'As Amanda Lohrey writes in her introduction, itself a compact work of art, the stories all contain 'an element of danger'; risk is palpable in the sexual and power-driven desires that overflow these narratives, with transgression enacted by, or perpetrated against, central characters.' -Australian Book Review

'At times it's brilliant, and succeeds in giving readers absorbing insights into a cross-section of Australian writing today.' -Adelaide Advertiser

Amanda Lohrey is the author of the acclaimed novels Camille's Bread, Vertigo and The Morality of Gentlemen, as well as the award-winning short story collection Reading Madame Bovary. She has also written two Quarterly Essays: Groundswell and Voting for Jesus. In 2012 she was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award.

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General Fields

  • : 9781863957786
  • : Schwartz Publishing Pty, Limited
  • : Black Inc.
  • : October 2015
  • : 210mm X 138mm
  • : October 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Amanda Lohrey (Editor)
  • : Paperback
  • : 1115
  • : en
  • : 240
  • : black & white illustrations