Winner of the 2013 David Unaipon Award. In this award-winning work of fiction, Ellen van Neerven takes her readers on a journey that is mythical, mystical and still achingly real. Over three parts, she takes traditional storytelling and gives it a unique, contemporary twist. In 'Heat', we meet several generations of the Kresinger family and the legacy left by the mysterious Pearl. In 'Water', van Neerven offers a futuristic imagining of a people whose existence is under threat. While in 'Light', familial ties are challenged and characters are caught between a desire for freedom and a sense of belonging.
The title of Nicholas Jose's new collection of stories refers to an unusual kind of Chinese painting, that tricks the eye into thinking it sees a collage of fragments.Bapo means 'eight broken', where eight is a Chinese lucky number and 'broken' suggests that luck has run out, though there's another kind of luck in simply surviving and holding it all together, less glorious maybe, but not so bad in the long run. The stories feature a cast of characters, artists, diplomats, entrepreneurs, refugees, families at the crossroads. They are all held by the past in some way, its hope, idealism, romance, adventure - and aware of its susceptibility to corruption, disappointment or manipulation.
Figures of fear by Graham Masterton
Are you brave enough to discover what figures of fear haunt the imagination of the master of modern horror? From the beginning of history, men and women have been haunted by figures of fear and now, in his latest short story collection, award-winning horror writer Graham Masterton reveals the figures that haunt his own imagination...
The best Australian short stories edited by Amanda Lohrey
In The Best Australian Stories 2014, author Amanda Lohrey selects the outstanding short fiction of the year. Featuring a diverse selection, with new and innovative voices alongside theestablished and familiar, this anthology celebrates the craft of storytelling and the perfect short story. Previous contributors include Kate Grenville, Tony Birch, David Malouf, Mandy Sayer, DBC Pierre, Frank Moorhouse, Peter Goldsworthy, Marion Halligan, Venero Armanno, Ryan O'Neill and Romy Ash.
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