‘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 LohreyIn The Best Australian Stories 2015, Amanda Lohrey, winner of the Patrick White Award and author of the acclaim‘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 LohreyIn 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....
|Title||:||The Best Australian Stories 2015|
|Number of Pages||:||240 Pages|
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The Best Australian Stories 2015 Reviews
An entertaining and varied selection - as with most short story collections by widely different writers, some were more to my taste than others. My favourites were ones that drilled down to the profound and unspeakable loneliness experienced in intimate relationships (Puppet Show by Cate Kennedy, Alphabet by Ryan O'Neill, Manyuk by Mark Smith) and the one I'm still thinking about is The Level Playing Field by Julie Koh, a surreal and very clever fable about privilege, diversity, economic equality and, topically, arts funding. Perhaps she had a premonition?! A high 3 stars to reflect not all the stories appealed to me but those that did were excellent.
I love the short form. The investment needed is far less than that needed for a novel, but the pay-off is just as satisfying, if not more so. This collection does not disappoint.
I didn't end up reading all of the stories as this collection just did absolutely nothing for me. Nothing actually happens in a lot of these stories. They may be well written, but being well written means nothing if they're boring.
A great selection of Australian shorts. A varied & entertaining selection.