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‘Some readers are drawn to the promise inherent in a novel, and it’s true that the longer form can offer a slow and seductive immersion, but the short story offers pleasure of another kind – the quick fix, a shot of adrenaline to the mind and heart.’—Amanda Lohrey

In The Best Australian Stories 2015, Amanda Lohrey, winner of the Patrick White Award and author of the
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 2015 by Black Inc.
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Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: australiani, racconti
Leggendolo mi sono reso conto che da questa raccolta mi aspettavo un'Australia turistica, quando invece l'Australia non è l'ambientazione obbligatoria (il primo racconto è in Italia, ma abbiamo anche Africa, Giappone, Malesia e Indonesia). Spesso era in qualche dettaglio buttato lì, nomi e atteggiamenti che due anni fa non avrei notato.
L'altra sorpresa è stata ricordarmi che un'antologia senza un tema, senza neanche la nazionalità australiana come requisito, scritta da autori diversi e spesso
May 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016
An entertaining and varied selection - as with most short story collections by widely different writers, some were more to my taste than others. My favourites were ones that drilled down to the profound and unspeakable loneliness experienced in intimate relationships (Puppet Show by Cate Kennedy, Alphabet by Ryan O'Neill, Manyuk by Mark Smith) and the one I'm still thinking about is The Level Playing Field by Julie Koh, a surreal and very clever fable about privilege, diversity, economic ...more
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love the short form. The investment needed is far less than that needed for a novel, but the pay-off is just as satisfying, if not more so. This collection does not disappoint.
Anne Green
Apr 13, 2018 rated it liked it
In the introduction to this collection, Amanda Lohrey explains what she looks for in a short story - she wants to be told something new, to be surprised by the writing and most of all she looks for what she calls a "hit" - something that leaves her stirred in the same way you feel when you see an astonishing athletic achievement.

In the main, this collection delivers on that criteria, although there were some that fell below the radar for me. Those that stirred me the most were John A. Scott's
Jul 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
I didn't end up reading all of the stories as this collection just did absolutely nothing for me. Nothing actually happens in a lot of these stories. They may be well written, but being well written means nothing if they're boring.
Nadia King
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great selection of Australian shorts. A varied & entertaining selection.
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Amanda Lohrey is a novelist and essayist. She was educated at the University of Tasmania and Cambridge. She lectured in Writing and Textual Studies at the Sydney University of Technology (1988-1994), and since 2002 at the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland in Brisbane.