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What Came Between

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Set against the backdrop of the 1989 earthquake that shook Newcastle, Australia, this gripping novel reveals another set of intangible but powerful fault lines—those that exist in the relationships of three couples who reside in adjoining terraces on Laman Street. Revealing the potential they have to change each other’s lives irreparably, this tale follows these six charac ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Scribe Publications Pty Ltd. (first published August 2009)
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Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this in one sitting because I needed to know where the characters ended up each in their own lives. Although I think Cullen could have perhaps added a little more depth/layers to his characters, its only beacause he created such genuine ones that I wanted to know more about them. Im sure these people live around me here in Laman St.
Sylvia Petter
Aug 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
In 2008 at the 10th International Short Story Conference in Cork, Ireland, Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler commented in a workshop on an exercise in which one of the students had transformed a panty hose into an instrument of yearning. That was my first encounter with the writing of Patrick Cullen.

I soon discovered that in addition to stories in The Age, Sleepers Almanac, Harvest and The Best Australian Stories 2007 (BAS07) edited by Robert Drewe, three of Cullens stories appeared as a
There’s a delicate and quiet power in Patrick Cullen’s stories. As the title suggests, What Came Between focuses on the ten years between the 1989 Newcastle Earthquake and the Newcastle BHP Steelwork’s closure in 1999. They’re the major events that bracket this work, providing context, setting and external pressure, but this is a novel driven by character development rather than major events. The book’s title also refers to what came between one part of Laman Street and the other – the small sca ...more
Debbie Robson
Aug 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book is (among other things)an evocation of a particular period in Newcastle's history. I really enjoyed reading about a place where I know quite well - Laman Street, the breakwall, the beach and the harbour. The author's conrolled and simple prose was quite mesmerising but my only criticism is I would have liked one of the couples to have yelled at each other. Just one out of the three would have been good because I really don't believe the majority of us are all so restrained in their emo ...more
Jacinta Fintan
Aug 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
A slow gentle tale of neighbours in Newcastle, set against the backdrop of the 88 earthquake. I loved Patrick's resonating thoughts. Made me miss my old stomping ground. The beaches. Walking down the fig lined streets smelling other peoples dinner wafting out of their houses. If my memory serves me right, Patrick was a big fan of going for walks when he couldn't get the writing flowing. I remember talking to him out of the front of my house one day, and then an idea came to him and he had to scu ...more
Melissa Burtt
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
for the most part I enjoyed this book. it did have the feel of a short story, but that didn't hurt. the writing is exceptional, i could almost smell this little neighbourhood and feel the heat described. wonderful quick read.
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Patrick Cullen’s short stories have been published in journals, anthologies and newspapers, broadcast on national radio, and adapted for the stage.

Seven previously published stories were included in What Came Between (2009), which was written as part of a PhD at the University of Newcastle. Three stories from the collection were published in The Best Australian Stories 2005 , and others in
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