The best of the best This essential book takes a decade of Best Australian Stories and selects the most outstanding short fiction by the country's finest writers. These stories range widely in style and subject matter: there is drama and comedy, subtlety and extravagance, tales of suspense, love, fantasy, grief and revenge. Together they showcase the strength and diversity of Australian fiction at its very best. Contributors include: Murray Bail, Dorothy Johnston, Anna Krien, Patrick Cullen, Nicholas Shakespeare, Nam Le, Robert Drewe, Mandy Sayer, Paddy O'reilly, Janette Turner Hospital, Delia Falconer, Kate Grenville, Peter Goldsworthy, Cate Kennedy, Eva Hornung, Gillian Mears, Steven Amsterdam, Tom Cho, Jessica Anderson, Campbell Mattinson, Luke Davies, Emily Ballou, Marion Halligan, Karen Hitchcock, Frank Moorhouse, Will Elliott, Amanda Lohrey, Tim Richards, Tara June Winch, Joan London, Liam Davison, Michael Meehan, Sonya Hartnett, Chloe Walker, Ryan O'Neill, Gerald Murnane and Tim Winton.
The Best Australian Essays 2007 promises to be a rich and diverting collection of essays, compiled by one of Australia's finest writers, Drusilla Modjeska. As well as showcasing some of Australia's best non-fiction writers, Modjeska demonstrates through her selection the wonderful versatility and beauty of the essay form.
Australian short fiction is where the action is: outward-looking, exciting, filled with surprises and joyful life. - Delia Falconer In The Best Australian Stories 2008, Delia Falconer brings together the year's most exciting short fiction. Featuring established masters as well as fresh new voices, this is a perfect book for summer and an ideal introduction to Australia's best contemporary writing. 'As a reader,' Delia Falconer writes, 'I crave what the short story is most suited to deliver: a glimpse into the unpredictability of life, a quick burst of tone and voice, a bittersweet balance of surprising layers.' By turns global and domestic, subversively funny and wrenchingly sad, this year's Best Australian Stories delivers this, and more. Contributors include: Nam Le, Robert Drewe, Emily Ballou, Nicholas Shakespeare, Bernard Cohen, Frank Moorhouse, Marion Halligan, Brenda Walker, plus many more.
Something Special, Something Rare presents outstanding short fiction by Australia’s finest female writers. These are tales of love, secrets, doubt and torment, the everyday and the extraordinary. A sleepy town is gripped by delusory grief after the movie being filmed there wraps and leaves. A lingering heartbreak is replayed on Facebook. An ordinary family walks a shaky line between hopelessness and redemption. Brilliant, shocking and profound, these tales will leave you reeling in ways that only a great short story can. Kate Grenville * Mandy Sayer * Penni Russon * Favel Parrett * Tegan Bennett Daylight * Sonya Hartnett * Isabelle Li * Gillian Essex * Brenda Walker * Gillian Mears * Fiona MacFarlane * Joan London * Karen Hitchcock * Charlotte Wood * Tara June Winch * Cate Kennedy * Alice Pung * Anna Krien * Delia Falconer * Rebekah Clarkson
Where There’s Smoke presents outstanding short fiction by Australia’s finest male writers. These are tales of love, secrets, doubt and torment, the everyday and the extraordinary. A man sleeps at the site of a massacre and wakes refreshed. An unassuming piano tuner is sent off to contribute to the war effort. A woman with Alzheimer’s is dragged along by her interfering son to visit Uluru. Brilliant, shocking and profound, these tales will leave you reeling in ways that only a great short story can. D.B.C. Pierre * Nam Le * Rodney Hall * J.M. Coetzee * A.S. Patric * Murray Bail * Tony Birch * David Malouf * Shane Maloney * Tim Winton * Patrick Cullen * Alex Miller * Kim Scott * Liam Davison * Frank Moorhouse * Ryan O’Neill * James Bradley * Patrick Holland * Peter Goldsworthy * Chris Womersley
A dazzling and inventive story collection from the author of Their Brilliant Careers. A series of graphs illustrates the disintegration of a marriage, step by excruciating step. A literary spat – and an affair – play out in the book review section of a national newspaper. The heartbreaking story of a Rwandan boy is hidden within his English exam paper. A young girl learns her mother’s disturbing secrets through the broken key on a typewriter. Ranging from Australia to Africa to China and back again, The Weight of a Human Heart is a collection that turns the rules of storytelling on their head. ‘Joyfully original... magnetic... a brilliant collection’ The Independent ‘Daring, intelligent, witty, full of new discoveries and exhilarations’ The Guardian
Following on from the success of previous years' Best Poems anthology, new editor Peter Rose is taking only the best of our established poets, as well as discovering hidden gems by previously unpublished writers. The Best Australian Poems 2007 is the ultimate showcase of Australian poetry.
Un-Australian Fictions sets out to analyse a subset of Australian literary fictions published between 1988 and 2008 – from the bicentenary of British settlement to the global financial crisis and into a new millennium. During a new transnational era, Australians faced sober and unsettling times. Already accorded the status of national obsession, issues of national identity were vigorously contested. Concepts such as the nation, multiculturalism and globalisation became topics for heated discussion in the public sphere. Australia’s literary communities were not immune or isolated from these ongoing discussions. The “un-Australian fictions” which this book studies represent the challenges which these texts, in their own unique way, bring to the Australian national ethos and the national mythology, which is predicated on traditions such as masculism; a bush ethos; the pre-eminence of white colonial settlement; connectedness to an imaginative European geography; as well as an unbreakable tie to Britain. As un-Australian fictions, these texts reflect the destabilisation of what were once certain, spatial and psychic borders and orders of Australianness. They affect as well as reflect, the wider conversation that continues today about what being Australian means in a new millennium.
The Best Australian Stories 2007 Edited By Robert Drewe In this seductively diverse collection, Robert Drewe has assembled the country's best short fiction of the past year. Here are sparkling stories from established favourites, alongside exciting new work from a younger generation. Some are whimsical, some wry, and some devastatingly realistic; there is love, grief, murder, tenderness and revenge. Drawn from all over the country and spanning a remarkable range of styles, Best Australian Stories showcases Australia's most vibrant contemporary writing. As Robert Drewe says, 'Don't let anyone tell you the Australian short story is dead. It's thriving.' The Best Australian Essays 2007 Edited By Drusilla Modjeska The Best Australian Essays 2007 is a rich and diverting collection of essays, compiled by one of Australia's finest writers, Drusilla Modjeska. As well as showcasing some of Australia's best non-fiction writers, Modjeska demonstrates through her selection the wonderful versatility and beauty of the essay form. The Best Australian Poems 2007 Edited By Peter Rose In The Best Australian Poems 2007, Peter Rose collects many of the outstanding poems of the previous year. Among the poets are some of the abiding luminaries of Australian poetry, along with some impressive if unfamiliar new voices. Peter Rose writes in his introduction, 'I have looked for poetry that is, if not reductively personal, then highly expressive and resonant and open-hearted'. This entertaining anthology makes a fine entrée to the pleasures and provocations of Australian poetry today.
'There is little to match the pleasurable, exhilarating rush when we know we are in the hands of a writer with authority. Their power is like a kind of charisma - we allow ourselves to be willingly, absolutely persuaded.' - Cate Kennedy In The Best Australian Stories 2010, Cate Kennedy presents a seductive line-up of the year's most exciting short fiction, featuring the best work from publications around the country alongside pieces published here for the first time. A literary feud unfolds, blow by comical blow, in the books pages of a Sydney newspaper. Ned Kelly's mother has her day in court. And as flood waters slowly rise in a small Australian town, a woman quietly watches and waits. By turns playful, heart-wrenching, intimate and exuberant, these twenty-nine stories reveal the strength and variety of Australian fiction today. The authors include first-timers as well as established masters, and the result is a stimulatingly diverse collection. Contributors include Robert Drewe, Nam Le, Karen Hitchcock, John Kinsella, Paddy O'Reilly, Anna Krien and many more.
An outstanding collection of short fiction from a bold new voice in contemporary literature. The 13 stories in Karen Hitchcock's debut collection Little White Slips showcase a formidable new talent. One of the most exciting recruits to the Australian Picador list in years, Karen's writing is deeply personal, strikingly feminine, heart-breakingly beautiful, at times fearless and confronting, and frequently hilarious. Whether tackling a troubled marriage using an action figure of Sigmund Freud, celebrating the apparent triumph of weight loss, or coping with the stresses of balancing a career with motherhood, the joys and frustrations of our lives are laid bare. Hitchcock's often painfully honest observations are balanced by a wry humour and sharp wit. And with stories encompassing growing up, love, betrayal, sex, marriage, self-image, and our relationships with family, friends and food, there are few women (and the odd man) who will not recognise themselves in these tales. 'Darkly funny and original.' The Sunday Telegraph 'Compulsively readable ... Hitchcock has such a distinctive voice and sensibility, clever without being obnoxious, warm, and earthy ... she is quite a find.' The Australian 'Short stories are making a comeback -- and thank goodness; otherwise readers might have been denied the challenge and pleasure of Little White Slips.' The Sydney Morning Herald http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zBOoXefo2E http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aglY-BJdI38
‘I wanted to showcase those subjects which thoughtful and talented Australian writers were absorbed by in this particular year; indeed (I thought), wouldn’t it be good to show what this country, and its culture, was about in 2010?’ —Robert Drewe This year’s Best Australian Essays offers riveting snapshots of the nation’s “current loves and angers, its art and myths and amusements and gender concerns – and its propensity for bushfires.” From Alex Miller on the creative imagination to Mark Dapin on crime myths, from Amanda Hooton on Miss Universe to Tim Flannery on the inner lives of animals, this is a collection that takes the pulse of the nation’s writers and thinkers and finds them in rude health. A deeply satisfying collection for that long summer read. Contributors include: Clive James, Christine Kenneally, Shane Maloney, David Marr, Mark Dapin, Andrew Sant, Guy Rundle, Peter Conrad, Jo Lennan, Tim Flannery, Maureen O’Shaughnessy, Ian Henderson, Amanda Hooton, Anne Manne, Elizabeth Farrelly, David Brooks, Sunil Badami, Les Murray, Janet Hawley, David Malouf, Shelley Gare, Paul McGeough, Murray Bail, Kathy Marks, Alex Miller, Melissa Lucashenko, Lorna Hallahan, Pauline Nguyen, Carmel Bird, Nicolas Rothwell, Robert Manne, Sarah Drummond and Gerard Windsor. ‘A rich anthology’ —Canberra Times ‘A rich and varied collection’ —Sydney Morning Herald ‘Wonderful’ —the Age ‘A terrific collection’ —Big Issue ‘The perfect summer volume’ —Adelaide Review Robert Drewe was born in Melbourne and grew up on the West Australian coast. His many novels and short stories and his prize-winning memoir, The Shark Net, have been widely translated, won national and international awards, and been adapted for film, television, radio and theatre around the world. He has also edited five collections of short stories and prose, including The Best Australian Stories 2006 and The Best Australian Stories 2007.
In 1979, Nam Le's family left Vietnam for Australia, an experience that inspires the first and last stories in The Boat. In between, however, Le's imagination lays claim to the world. The Boat takes us from a tourist in Tehran to a teenage hit man in Colombia; from an ageing New York artist to a boy coming of age in a small Victorian fishing town; from the city of Hiroshima just before the bomb is dropped to the haunting waste of the South China Sea in the wake of another war. Each story uncovers a raw human truth. Each story is absorbing and fully realised as a novel. Together, they make up a collection of astonishing diversity and achievement. Prizes: Winner of NSW Premier's Literary Awards: UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing 2009 and NSW Premier's Literary Award Book of the Year 2009. Shortlisted for Nielsen BookData/ABA Book of the Year Award - Booksellers' Choice 2009.
In The wind and Other Children, a girl searches for her lost grandmother while her parents quarrel at home; in Extra Time, a man contemplates inertia after toxic contamination changes life in a remote Australian town; a woman imagines a mother's love for her autistic son in The Air You Need; and in Hello, Satan, a boy awaits his destiny at a roundabout at midnight, on the edge of a small town. In exploring the human, Jennifer Mills deftly weaves themes of longing, alienation, delusion, resilience, and love.
From a floury encounter on a baker's work table to the art of sitting backwards on chairs, from budgie training to spontaneous human combustion, this collection showcases the nonfiction writing of one of Australia's best-loved authors. These pieces encompass suburban portraits and coastal living, affectionate nostalgia and the absurdity of the every day. They are endearing and often hilarious snapshots of life from a master novelist who has turned the column into an artform.