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The Best Australian Stories 2006 by Robert…

The Best Australian Stories 2006

by Robert Drewe (Editor), Gillian Bouras (Contributor)

Other authors: Venero Armanno (Contributor), Margaret Barbalet (Contributor), Fabienne Bayet-Charlton (Contributor), Tony Birch (Contributor), Carmel Bird (Contributor)38 more, John Bryson (Contributor), Ansen Cameron (Contributor), Gavin Carver (Contributor), Tom Cho (Contributor), Laurie Clancy (Contributor), Matthew Condon (Contributor), Barry Cooper (Contributor), Shady Cosgrove (Contributor), Patrick Cullen (Contributor), Sonja Dechian (Contributor), Will Elliott (Contributor), Catherine Ford (Contributor), Peter Goldsworthy (Contributor), Leanne Hall (Contributor), Sandra Hall (Contributor), Marion Halligan (Contributor), Karen Hitchcock (Contributor), Patrick Holland (Contributor), Cate Kennedy (Contributor), John Kinsella (Contributor), David J. Kramer (Contributor), Amanda le Bas de Plumetot (Contributor), Fiona McGregor (Contributor), Alex Miller (Contributor), Frank Moorhouse (Contributor), Paddy O'Reilly (Contributor), Jennifer Robertson (Contributor), Eva Sallis (Contributor), Mandy Sayer (Contributor), Kim Scott (Contributor), Jenny Sinclair (Contributor), Christine Stanton (Contributor), Shane Strange (Contributor), Girija Tropp (Contributor), Patrick West (Contributor), Gerard Windsor (Contributor), Chris Womersley (Contributor), Daniel Wynne (Contributor)

Series: The Best Australian Stories (2006)

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If a person had to learn about a country by only reading one book then reading a book of short stories by some of that country's leading authors would be an ideal way to do so. These stories run the gamut from modern urban grit to rural simplicity (at least on the surface) and really give a feel for how Australians view their country.

My favourite story in this collection was "The Legacy of Rita Marquand" by Carmel Bird. It tells the story of a woman who painted in her spare time (how she had any spare time while living on a farm and raising 6 children I can't fathom) and her two daughters, Dymphna and Dolores. It is a rather sad story but beautifully written. Another story brought me to tears but perhaps that's just me. It was the story by Peter Goldsworthy called "Shooting the Dog". There are some quirky stories the best of which, I think, was "Fox Unpopuli" by Eva Sallis about incredible lengths taken by Tasmanians to rid their island of a fox that came over from the mainland.

I have made a note of some of these authors who have written novels but it may take some work to get my hands on their books because they do not seem to be widely available in Canada. Nevertheless, I enjoy being exposed to Australian fiction by writers other than the more famous like Tim Winton and Peter Carey. ( )
  gypsysmom | Jul 24, 2015 |
The Best Australian Stories 2006 Ed Robert Drewe
  albion4 | Jan 26, 2007 |
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Bouras, GillianContributormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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In the sixth edition of this best-selling series, highly acclaimed author Frank Moorhouse has collected Australia's finest short fiction from the last twelve months. The contributors to this collection display the best fiction writers at the top of their form. This anthology demonstrates the enduring quality of Australian fiction.… (more)

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