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City by James Roy is the companion short story collection to the highly successful and award-winning book, Town, published by UQP in 2007.

The only water out this way is the river and the reservoir and the twin pipes that feed the city. Huge and dark, each as thick through as a small car, they rise and fall across the pains towards the glowing sky and the shimmering skyline...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published August 27th 2012 by UQP (first published July 1st 2012)
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City by James Roy is the companion novel to his previous book, Town. Set in an unnamed city, the book is made up of a collection of short stories that connect in different ways, some through characters, and others through objects or locations.

I hadn’t heard of the book or author when I received this for review but I was keen to read it as I don’t read many short stories and I enjoy watching different threads be woven together.

The stories are broken into three sets and each set of stories begi...more
The novel is set in an unnamed city that is supposed to be the epitome of all city life told from the eyes of numerous young people. It progresses much like the movie Crash directed by Paul Haggis where no one really knows one another but they're all interlinked in some way or other.

The stories alone were actually quite interesting and I enjoyed the flow of the chapter but all too soon, the chapter ends and another story begins. I never get to find out the ending of the previous stories and tha...more
Roy’s prize-winning successes with Town, his previous collection of linked short stories are now rivalled here. These stories will especially appeal to boys and serve as a model for young writers; as the cover says “everyone has a story”. However, not everyone tells the stories as well as Roy does, using his experience as a nurse and as a father of teenagers to feed his acute observation of older adolescent life. The 22 stories including a few short poems deserve several films, if only they woul...more
This is a collection of short stories for Young Adults, which are meant to be set in the city and act as a companion book to the collection Town. Although it was named city, it felt more like ‘inner city suburb’ rather than the centre of a busy city. There were the traditional ‘gritty’ stories about drug dealers and getting caught up in crime, but nothing really happens to those characters – or if it does, it happens after the story has finished. There’s some connections between the stories, but...more
Maeme Belle
“The only water out this way is the river and the reservoir and the twin pipes that feed the city. Huge and dark, each as thick through as a small car, they rise and fall across the pains towards the glowing sky and the shimmering skyline.”

Familiarity takes time, for any new city dwellers. The connections between places and people are not always apparent immediately, and maybe one day people might see you walking around confidently, those first few steps are going to be frightening and uncomfort...more
Thought provoking short stories.
Pam Saunders
In such a short time James create whole characters, whom we care about or feel that we know. And a living city. Clever. And the poems. I am looking for them in the city now. I may even re-read this title which I rarely do.
some stories were a little pointless, idk, but overall, pretty good. I did like how some stories linked with other ones.

I wouldn't say City was as good as Town (because I really adored Town) but I still recommend this book.
Another excellent collection of short stories from the author of 'Town'. Each story stands alone, but there are links, connections, & crossover characters.

I was absorbed, engaged and impressed.
this was sweet and went through a bunch of different points of view. and was also insufferably australian.
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