Mel Hall / The Choir of Gravediggers
The Choir of Gravediggers takes us back to late nineteenth century Melbourne; a cemetery and a church, choral singing, grave-trafficking, pet incineration, a shipwreck, competitive flower arranging, and one man struck by lightning. Based on extensive primary research, this historical novella is an impressive work of fiction.
Ray Clift / The Publisher's Acronym
Edgar Williams is lost after the tragic death of his wife Jackie and can’t find a way to shake off the black dog.
Ian Coulls / Where the Hell is Heaven?
Where the Hell is Heaven? is another collection of dark-humoured short stories, sometimes whimsical, sometimes passionate, about a variety of relationships set in different times and cultures.
Edna Taylor / Skeleton in the Cupboard
This is a collection of short stories for people who like a good yarn - a story they can finish in one go, without having to mark the page and come back to a few days later, only to realise that they have forgotten the plot and have to start all over again.
Jennifer Shapcott / Aftertaste
Stories of love, kindness, desire and revenge.
Craig Cormick / A Funny Thing Happened At 27,000 Feet
Craig Cormick’s award-winning collection of short stories pokes a sharp satirical stick into the eye of the age of terror, through stories that refuse to conform to the political rhetoric and media sensationalism of our times. His humour and the aim of his pen are deadly!
Simon Stuart / Beauty in the Ruins
'Crafted with sensitivity and empathy, these are stories of resilience, strength and triumph. For as flawed and bruised by life as Stuart’s characters may be, they refuse to be defeated. Rather, they have the courage to remain resilient and hopeful, finding solace and insight in the fleeting moments of beauty that flicker in the shadows of everyday life. A stunning first collection of stories from an outstanding new writer.' - Michael de Valle
Margaret Bolton / Not Forgotten
Not Forgotten is the story of Mick Mack, a reluctant soldier who went to World War I as a stretcher bearer. He entered the war late, a few months before the catastrophic underground explosions in the hills of Messines, and he never came home. It is also the story of his family discovering later who their great grandfather was and his part in the war.
Janis Spehr / Leaving Ray
A collection of sharply written short stories.
Jane Carmody / Keep Running
They were all running. Running away from or to something. Something as brutal as rejection, lost love or perhaps obsession. For some it was a matter of running out of time, knowledge, faith or self-belief. But for all, the tender, the bruised, the brash, the feisty, it was the constant urgency to endure, to keep going, to squeeze in moments of reflection into tiny matchbox sizes of time and then get on with it.
Mary Pomfret / Cleaning Out the Closet
‘Mary Pomfret’s stories speak to the heart of family darkness, sibling rivalry, filial love and lost innocence, without for an instant being melodramatic or overwrought. These beautiful, compelling tales are peopled with complex characters and told by a writer who makes the domestic sublime.’ – Alice Pung
Mary Pomfret / Writing in Virginia's Shadow
‘This delightful suite of stories reflects on the writing lives of women today. Here Virginia Woolf casts her shadow, and also sheds her light on the stresses and the joys of creating fiction. Piquant and pithy, these are explorations of how it is for the woman writer with or without a room of her own.’ - Carmel Bird
Ian Alexander / Second Son
He is just one of many in the refugee camp: an old man, his wife dead, compelled to revisit the past. Unfortunately, what he finds is what he had known all along.
Zenda Vecchio / Becoming Kirsty-Lee
One summer’s day, thirteen-year-old Kirsty-Lee comes home from school to find her father has left them. This novel explores the ways in which she comes to terms with this and the subsequent changes in her family.
Robert Horne / The Undergrowth & other stories
Robert Horne’s fascinating range of characters haunt the bars, porches and offices of Adelaide looking for answers to questions about themselves. They are often angry, frustrated and confused, but always seeking an opportunity for change.
Myra King / City Paddock
An eclectic collection of short stories tackling subjects as varied as psychological mind games, the effects of war on those left behind, the vagaries of heterosexual and lesbian love, self-abortion, and murder, told through characters as diverse as a retired Light Horseman, a lighthouse keeper’s wife, and an old Aboriginal man, and set in periods from the nineteenth century to the late 2020s.
Susan Fitzgerald / A Child at Heart
Tales of the mischief of boys as they grow into men and of women who have moved on from the choices of girls.
Tessa Bremner / An Affair With Mr Renoir
Sometimes dramatic, sometimes delicate, always to the point, Tessa Bremner’s collection of short stories presents a very poignant view of the lives of her characters and their struggle to have their voices heard above the noise of cultural sensibilities. In her storytelling, Bremner draws on a lifetime in theatre to make her characters three-dimensional and all too real.
Angus Gaunt / Prime Cuts
Themes of deception, betrayal and unexpected delight are woven through Angus Gaunt’s first collection of stories.
Brennan O'Shea / Don't Wait
Stories by Brennan O’Shea have been described as ‘quirky’. Don’t Wait is a selection from the last twenty years. O’Shea lives a very quiet life in a seaside suburb of Adelaide.