Short stories are perfect for the age of short attention spans, according to some. But not according to P.A. O’Reilly. O’Reilly, whose novel The Fine Colour of Rust was released on March 1, finds short story collections by Australian women both “beautifully written” and “astounding.” She provided AWW with her “starter list”.
The idea of the Australian Women Writers 2012 Challenge is brilliant – not only bringing into focus the gender imbalance in coverage of books, but actually doing something about it. And the reviews are evidence that readers are thrilled to be discovering new books and authors. Now I hope you’ll allow me to add another flavour to the challenge: short stories.
- Julie Chevalier – Permission to Lie
- Amanda Curtin – Inherited
- Irma Gold – Two Steps Forward
- Catherine Harris – Like Being a Wife
- Karen Hitchcock – Little White Slips
- Tiggy Johnson – Svetlana or Otherwise
- Jennifer Mills – The Rest is Weight (forthcoming)
- Josephine Rowe – How a Moth Becomes a Boat
- Gretchen Schirm – Having Cried Wolf
- Leah Swann – Bearings
- Tara June Winch – Swallow The Air
No doubt I’ve left out many wonderful writers, so please add o the list in the comments section. Also, I’m woefully uninformed about speculative fiction, horror and SF collections – do give us some recommendations.
Paddy O′Reilly is from Melbourne. Her work has been published
and broadcast widely both in Australia and internationally. Her short story
collection THE END OF THE WORLD garnered much review coverage in
Australia and was shortlisted for several awards. Her debut novel, THE
FACTORY, was broadcast in fifteen episodes as the ABC Radio National
Book Reading in 2009. She has also written screenplays. Paddy has spent
several years living in Japan, working as a copywriter and translator.
Paddy’s new book The Fine Colour of Rust is currently on sale as an ebook via the following bookstores participating in the challenge (careful of the price differences).
ReadCloud bookshops participating in the AWW challenge include:
Australian Online Bookshop
Shearers Bookshop, Leichhardt, NSW
Pages and Pages Booksellers, Mosman, NSW.
The Book Shuttle
Better Read Than Dead Newtown, NSW
Booki.sh shops participating in the challenge include:
Avid Reader, Brisbane
If you are an Aussie bookshop participating in the challenge and you’re not represented here, please let AWW know.
Do you know any other recent outstanding collections of short stories by Australian women that could be included here?