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.
Margaret Visciglio / Terra Nullius
There are stories that celebrate migrants of British background, of Greek and Italian and Chinese origins. And the last story tells the story of a refugee family that is as pertinent today as it was in 1956, the year in which it is set.
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.
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
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
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 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.
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!
Jennifer Shapcott / Aftertaste
Stories of love, kindness, desire and revenge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ian Coulls / The Complete and Utter Truth About the World and Everything In It
The Complete and Utter Truth About the World and Everything In It is a collection of dark-humoured short stories, sometimes whimsical, sometimes passionate, about a variety of relationships set in different times and cultures.
Ray Clift / The Publisher
The Publisher is a poignant, whimsical, sometimes satirical tale of a man who overcomes a shameful stigma and eventually finds his vocation.
Jeanell Buckley / Stretcher Bearer
Stretcher Bearer was based on research into the diaries of Australian soldiers who fought in the First World War. In 2016 she was published in an anthology by Allen & Unwin.
Avril Smith / A Fragment of Time
'Her warmth for life’s misfits shines through in her writing - as does her sharp wit, humour and appreciation of the quirky and inexplicable.' - Anna Buck