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Six Australian short-story collections that made an impression on me this year

For a long time, even before I’d written a book but told people, misguidedly, that I was working on a collection of short stories, the response I received would usually be, ‘I heard short stories are making a comeback’, sometimes with a sympathetic nod, or whispered like a quiet, sad mantra. That was several years ago. Did this happen? I honestly …

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Books we didn’t finish (but you might)

Our staff share the books they didn’t finish in 2014 – but that you might want to…

In general, I have no problems stopping a book that doesn’t interest me, but when this happens with authors I really, really want to love, things get more complicated. Early this year, I got halfway through Jennifer Egan’s Look At Me before giving up. Jennifer Eg…

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Five books that quietly awed me this year

Bookseller Annie Condon shares five books that left her quietly awed in 2014. The Shock Of The Fall by Nathan Filer

The Shock Of The Fall, which won the UK’s Costa First Novel Prize, seems to have missed out on publicity in Australia but I’d highly recommend you seek it out. Nathan Filer presents a realistic portrayal of young man’s battle w…

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