Carol Chandler / Watched and other stories
This is rich, liminal prose that keeps you constantly engaged, wanting clarity and resolution in a world of compromised relationships and disturbing self-awareness.
Steve Tolbert / Last Stop Ladakh
Joe Broughton decides to head off into the unknown one last time, specifically to the Himalayas: quiet, Luddite-friendly, far removed from humanity gone Twitter-mad.
Vashti Farrer / Figures in the Landscape
Vashti Farrer places characters in their historical settings or quirky, timeless situations, and explores the power of human interaction with humour, poignancy and compassion.
Mary Pomfret / Bouquet of Traps
Mary Pomfret offers a bouquet of vignettes to the reader willing to be led from the surface sweetness of existence to the dark underside of the banal and every day.
Helen Lyne / Love, Disappointment and Other Joys of Life
The characters in this collection of thirty-one stories kick over the rock of life’s disappointments and discover freedom, joy, love, laughter and well-satisfied lust.
Edna Taylor / Paving Stones
Some of these stories start in the middle - with folks on the way to somewhere - but the middle is only a continuation of what has happened previously and is a precursor to what is going to happen next.
Julie Thorndyke / Divertimento
Survival, desire, disaster; misadventure, murder and magic combine in this unique collection of tales set in locations including old rural Australia, present-day cities and the distant mystical past.
David Brelsford / Hot Chocolate
David Brelsford won the Hula Manu writing competition at the Brigham Young University Hawaii Campus in 1973.
Margaret Visciglio / Only Two Letters in Orroroo
Only Two Letters in Orroroo is not a war novel; it is an anti-war novel. The novel’s theme is dark but there are flashes of light and humour.
Peter Rodgers / Life, Death and Other Distractions
Life, Death and Other Distractions is a masterclass for the writing of short stories.
Janis Spehr / The light at the edge of the sky
Told in haunting, elegiac prose, Janis Spehr’s short, exquisite novel is about jealousy, betrayal and exile.
Libby Sommer / Lost in Cooper Park
A bitter-sweet comedic account of mistakes, misconceptions and reconciliations in the lives of a disparate group of urban men and women.
Robert Horne / The Glass Harpoon
This is an important novel about friendship and love, and about Aboriginal culture, frontier violence and the meaning of the law.
Jena Woodhouse / Dreams of Flight
This is a richly nuanced collection from an accomplished writer of immense style and grace.
Kelly Van Nelson / Rolling in the Mud
Kelly Van Nelson brings her raw trademark style to this eclectic range of bite-sized literary tales, stripping back the layers of false expectations to reveal the human psyche and the stark reality of today.
Maureen Mendolowitz / Potholes and Paris
In this novel's climax of heightened and uncontrollable emotions, a terrible event occurs. Some lives are irretrievably damaged. Others are destroyed. Only the wretched village remains, its faded name on a broken board, crooked between two time-worn posts.
Errol O'Neill / Denying the Faith
A collection of stories emanating from the experience of growing up, living and working in Australia’s third metropolis.
M.M. Riches / The Crossing
When young novice Sister Anthony is assigned to St Cuthbert’s orphanage, she is ill-prepared for the shocking revelations that will challenge everything she believes and bring her into conflict with her superiors, her family and her church.
Colin Rogers / Of Gods, Guitars and Grafters
Four stories that draw upon both the author’s personal experiences and reflect his abiding curiosity about our social history and the manner in which people interact with each other.
Kathleen Fernandes / Wicked & Whimsical
From the pampered to the parsimonious, the strange to the ridiculous, this collection of short stories will amuse, tease and mystify. It will appeal to anyone who likes a laugh and who is bored reading about nice people.