An unhinged mourner hacks off his hair and marauds his way through MONA. A seventy-year-old woman seeks a companion while another revisits her great love story. A man spends his days tramping through national parks and his nights composing emails of complaint. A spurned wife has the last laugh and a young girl marries her weather man.
Flame Tip is a collection of short fictions that are as diverse in subject matter as they are in length, all tenuously (and sometimes obscurely) connected by the Tasmanian Black Tuesday bushfires of 1967. The stories touch on love, fire, infidelity, danger, loss, laughter and redemption, and you’ll find a dollop of good old-fashioned Aussie humour interlacing the occasional grim tale.
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8 STATES OF CATASTROPHE
From the political fringes of Canberra to the northern beaches of New South Wales and into the outback of Queensland where a mysterious oasis exists on the edge of reality, MV, a motorcycle-riding psychic poet, and his faithful black Labrador named Rider travel the country.
In places as diverse as a West Australian wheat belt town and suburban St Kilda, MV and Rider come across a cast of unusual characters: Daniella of the nine lives; Ninette, the Keeper of Secrets; Anjellica, a talk-show host lured back to Melbourne from Chicago, and her charismatic chairman-of-the-Melbourne-Football-Club boyfriend; and Carmel shoes childhood was a breeding ground for murderous revenge.
Lives intersect, loss and love collide in this intricate web of humanity. It is a journey through the Australian continent, exposing snapshots of lives both separate and delicately connected.
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BEST OF TASMANIAN WRITERS’ PRIZE ANTHOLOGY 2016
Ten works of fiction make up this island collection. They carry us to physical places and figurative spaces, at home and beyond. They surprise us with pinpoints of discovery. They adopt voices that are quirky, gritty, funny, wry, poignant.
BEST OF TASMANIAN WRITERS’ PRIZE ANTHOLOGY 2015
The ten works chosen for this anthology were selected from many entries submitted to the sixth annual Forty South Publishing short story competition, the Tasmanian Writers’ Prize. As tangible, recognisable fragments of the world we know, or think we know, the stories together tell a distinct and at times emotive tale of the here and now.