The Best Australian Stories 2012

Hartnett, Sonya

| 2012

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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. 'These stories are breath-takers, the ones which render nothing more important than discovering what happens next.'Sonya Hartnett Romy Ash, David Astle, Jon Bauer, Greg Bogaerts,...

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