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This All Come Back Now: An Anthology of First Nations Speculative Fiction

This All Come Back Now: An Anthology of First Nations Speculative Fiction

Mykaela Saunders

A world-first collection of blackfella speculative fiction from well-known and emerging First Nations writers.

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Shit Cassandra Saw

Shit Cassandra Saw

Gwen E. Kirby

In this collection, virgins escape from being sacrificed, witches refuse to be burned, whores aren't ashamed, and every woman gets a chance to be a radioactive cockroach warrior who snaps back at catcallers --

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Out There

Out There

Kate Folk

Kate Folk's debut short story collection Out There is a genre-bending look at the human response to the voids in life; internal and external, literal and metaphorical.

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Ennis Cehic

An electrifying collection of stories from the febrile imagination of a young writer who traverses culture, genre and form.

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The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer

The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer

Janelle Monae

In The Memory Librarian music, fashion, film and futurist icon Janelle Monae returns to the Afrofuturistic world of her critically acclaimed album, Dirty Computer, to explore how different threads of liberation - queerness, race,...

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 Read reviewThe Burnished Sun

The Burnished Sun

Mirandi Riwoe

This stunning story collection includes two prize-winning novellas along with an impressive range of historical and contemporary stories, all written by characters who yearn to belong and find acceptance.

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Happy Stories, Mostly

Happy Stories, Mostly

Norman Erikson Pasaribu, Tiffany Tsao

A blend of science fiction, absurdism and alternative-historical realism, Happy Stories, Mostly is a collection of twelve stories that queer the norm. A powerful puff of fresh air, the stories talk to each other as pieces of a...

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If You're Happy

If You’re Happy

Fiona Robertson

From the 2020 QLA Glendower winner comes a timely and insightful collection of stories about how we pursue happiness in a turbulent world.

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Anonymous Sex

Anonymous Sex

Hillary Jordan, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

* A married woman has a BDSM-tinged encounter at a work conference * Two young boys on a sleepover feel the first stirrings of desire * In an artificially generated afterlife, anything can be sexual if you want it to be * A...

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Send Nudes

Send Nudes

Saba Sams

Strange and arresting, dirty but shining, the girls of Saba Sams's extraordinary debut short story collection traverse girlhood and womanhood in all its glorious complications.

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 Special priceLittle Misunderstandings of No Importance: And Other Stories

Little Misunderstandings of No Importance: And Other Stories

Antonio Tabucchi, Frances Frenaye

A collection of stories reflecting the ambiguities and twists of fate - the treacherous memory, the useless remorse, the hidden intent, the little misunderstanding that can change the course of events or alter perception. Tabucchi...

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The Teeth of a Slow Machine

The Teeth of a Slow Machine

Andrew Roff

This daring, irreverent short-story collection dissects and explores the conundrums of contemporary life and what it is to be human, through a world very like our own.

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My Monticello

My Monticello

Jocelyn Nicole Johnson

A searing novel, a powerful call for collectivism, and one of the biggest American debuts of 2021

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Danged Black Thing

Danged Black Thing

Eugen Bacon

Danged Black Thing is an extraordinary collection of stories about love and migration, gender and class, patriarchy and womanhood, from a remarkable and original voice

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Sarahland

Sarahland

Sam Cohen

Queer, dirty, insightful, and so funny (Andrea Lawlor), this coyly revolutionary debut story collection imagines new origins and futures for its cast of unforgettable protagonists -- almost all of whom are named Sarah.

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Blank Pages and Other Stories

Blank Pages and Other Stories

Bernard MacLaverty

Twelve new stories from the bestselling, Booker-shortlisted author of Grace Notes and Midwinter Break

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Eat the Mouth That Feeds You

Eat the Mouth That Feeds You

Carribean Fragoza

In gritty, sometimes fantastical stories about Latinx life, women challenge feminine stereotypes and make sense of fractured family histories.

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Five Tuesdays in Winter

Five Tuesdays in Winter

Lily King

By the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Writers & Lovers, Lily King's first-ever collection of exceptional and innovative short stories.

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Life Without Children: Stories

Life Without Children: Stories

Roddy Doyle

A brilliantly warm, witty and moving portrait of our pandemic lives, told in ten heart-rending short stories Love and marriage.

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 Read reviewPermafrost

Permafrost

SJ Norman

Visual and performance artist, and winner of the inaugural Kill Your Darlings Manuscript Award, SJ Norman turns their hand to fiction with spectacular results.

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Afterparties

Afterparties

Anthony Veasna So

A debut story collection about Cambodian-American life - immersive, comic and unsparing - by an indisputable talent.

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Pure Gold

Pure Gold

John Patrick McHugh

In this stunning debut short story collection exploring betrayal and longing on an imagined island off the west coast of Ireland, John Patrick McHugh takes us deep into a community of individuals who are lost, yearning, and...

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New Australian Fiction 2021

New Australian Fiction 2021

Rebecca Starford

New Australian Fiction features brilliant writers with distinct experiences, voices and styles from all corners of Australia

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Metamorphosis: Selected Stories

Metamorphosis: Selected Stories

Penelope Lively

An exquisite selection of the best short stories from one of our greatest living writers

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The Souvenir Museum

The Souvenir Museum

Elizabeth McCracken

One of the most acclaimed writers of our day, award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken is an undisputed virtuoso of the short story, and this new collection features her most vibrant and heartrending work to date. In these...

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Filthy Animals

Filthy Animals

Brandon Taylor

A hotly charged new work of fiction from the Booker Prize shortlisted author of Real Life.

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Tunneling to the Center of the Earth

Tunneling to the Center of the Earth

Kevin Wilson

The imaginative and refreshingly original debut short story collection by the bestselling author of Nothing to See Here

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 Read reviewShe Is Haunted

She Is Haunted

Paige Clark

You do not know of Paige Clark, but you soon will

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Terminal Boredom: Stories

Terminal Boredom: Stories

Izumi Suzuki

The first English language publication of the work of Izumi Suzuki, a legend of Japanese science fiction and a countercultural icon.

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Mcsweeney'S Quarterly Issue 62: Queer Fiction Issue

Mcsweeney’S Quarterly Issue 62: Queer Fiction Issue

Patti Yumi Cottrell, Dave Eggers

McSweeney's 62: The Queer Fiction Issue collects absurd, bold, bleak, humorous, and astonishing works of fiction and art by queer writers of all orientations.

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Male Tears

Male Tears

Benjamin Myers

In Male Tears, a debut collection of stories that brings together over fifteen years of work, Benjamin Myers lays bare the male psyche in all its fragility, complexity and failure, its hubris and forbidden tenderness.

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Flock: First Nations Stories Then and Now

Flock: First Nations Stories Then and Now

Ellen van Neerven

Curated and introduced by award-winning author Ellen van Neerven, Flock features luminous storytelling from leading Aboriginal writers, such as Tony Birch, Melissa Lucashenko and Tara June Winch, as well as some of the brightest...

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 Read reviewHold Your Fire

Hold Your Fire

Chloe Wilson

Dark and dangerous, brilliantly unsettling and chillingly funny, this extraordinary debut shows us what we usually deny - the uneasy truce we make with our ruthless desires and gothic fears, and how easily it can be broken....

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 Read reviewSmokehouse

Smokehouse

Melissa Manning

A man watches a boy in a playground and pictures him in the grey wooden shed he's turned into a home. A woman's adopted mother dies, reawakening childhood memories and grief. A couple's decision to move to an isolated location may...

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Toddler Hunting and Other Stories: With an introduction by Sayaka Murata

Toddler Hunting and Other Stories: With an introduction by Sayaka Murata

Taeko Kono, Sayaka Murata

A captivating collection of pitch-black tales from one of the most important Japanese writers of the second half of the twentieth century - 'shocking, ominous, and subversive' The Paris Review

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Land of Big Numbers

Land of Big Numbers

Te-Ping Chen

A dazzling debut collection which, deftly and urgently, tells the stories of those living in the biggest and most complicated country on earth.

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 Read reviewBorn Into This

Born Into This

Adam Thompson

Engaging, thought-provoking stories from a young Tasmanian Aboriginal author who addresses universal themes - identity, racism, heritage destruction - from a wholly original perspective.  

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 Special priceHag

Hag

Daisy Johnson, Kirsty Logan, Emma Glass, Eimear McBride, Natasha Carthew

Dark folktales retold for modern times by some of the most exciting women writing today, from Daisy Johnson to Eimear McBride

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 Read reviewOrdinary Matter

Ordinary Matter

Laura Elvery

In 1895 Alfred Nobel rewrote his will and left his fortune made in dynamite and munitions to generations of thinkers. Since 1901 women have been honoured with Nobel Prizes for their scientific research twenty times, including...

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 Read reviewForeign Soil

Foreign Soil

Maxine Beneba Clarke

In this collection of award-winning stories, Melbourne writer Maxine Beneba Clarke has given a voice to the disenfranchised, the lost, the downtrodden and the mistreated. It will challenge you, it will have you by the...

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The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

Angela Carter, Helen Simpson

Features fairy tales and legends - Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, Beauty and the Beast, vampires and werewolves.

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 Read reviewFirst Person Singular

First Person Singular

Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel

A brilliant new collection of short stories from the unique mind of the internationally bestselling author of Men Without Women and Killing Commendatore.

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Under a Dark Angel's Eye

Under a Dark Angel’s Eye

Patricia Highsmith, Carmen Maria Machado

Disturbing, exhilarating, potent, savagely funny.

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Homesick For Another World

Homesick For Another World

Ottessa Moshfegh

There's something eerily unsettling about Ottessa Moshfegh's stories, something almost dangerous while also being delightful - and often even weirdly hilarious.

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Smart Ovens for Lonely People

Smart Ovens for Lonely People

Elizabeth Tan

Conspiracies, memes, and therapies of various efficacy underpin this beguiling short-story collection from Elizabeth Tan.

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Kink

Kink

R.O. Kwon, Garth Greenwell

Kink is a groundbreaking anthology of literary short fiction exploring love and desire, BDSM, and interests across the sexual spectrum, edited by lauded writers R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell, and featuring a roster of all-star...

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 Read reviewThis Taste for Silence

This Taste for Silence

Amanda O'Callaghan

Subtle, compelling and unsettling, Amanda O'Callaghan's stories work at the edges of the sayable, through secrets, erasures and glimpsed moments of disclosure. They shimmer with unspoken histories and characters who have a...

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 Read reviewHer Body and Other Parties

Her Body and Other Parties

Carmen Maria Machado

'Impossible, imperfect, unforgettable.' - Roxane Gay - Demolishes the borders between magical realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. 

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Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

Neil Gaiman

A collection of short stories from Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman.

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 Read reviewApple and Knife

Apple and Knife

Intan Paramaditha, Stephen J Epstein

Inspired by horror fiction, myths and fairy tales, Apple and Knife is an unsettling ride that swerves into the supernatural to explore the dangers and power of occupying a female body in today's world.

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 Read reviewBroken Rules and Other Stories

Broken Rules and Other Stories

Barry Lee Thompson

These awards-listed, interlinked stories vividly capture the small, rarely spoken moments of our lives that reverberate with meaning, with darkness and with light

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 Read reviewOnly the Animals

Only the Animals

Ceridwen Dovey

Perhaps only the animals can tell us what it is to be human. a trench on the Western Front a cat recalls her owner Colette's theatrical antics in Paris. In Nazi Germany a dog seeks enlightenment. A Russian tortoise once owned by...

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