The Best Australian Stories 2012
Black Inc., 2012 - Fiction - 357 pages
"These stories are breath-takers, the ones which render nothing more important than discovering what happens next." -Sonya Hartnett
"The Best Australian Stories 2012" is the country's premier annual collection of short fiction. This year sees Sonya Hartnett select thirty-two remarkable stories that roam widely in subject and style, but share "a delicate complexity and a vibrant cleverness."
A travelling scout for a modern-day freak show meets a girl with a strange and wonderful gift. A winning lottery ticket tests the bonds of three mismatched siblings. A beast of burden offers an alternative account of Australian settlement.
There is dark humour, stealthy and unsettling, and moments of terror, whimsy, romance and surprise. What unites them is a steadfast commitment to the storyteller's art - the art of making the reader want to turn the page.
'Almost all the stories curated by Hartnett were new to me and reading them was a treat ... As with the poems, this outstanding collection confirms the robust health of the Australian short story.' -the "Australian"
'You'd be hard to please if you found nothing in this collection to make you want to linger and relish what you'd discovered.' -"Sydney Morning Herald"
Sonya Hartnett is the internationally acclaimed author of several novels. In 2003, her adult novel, "Of a Boy," won the "Age" Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award.
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