The Best Australian Stories 2013

The Best Australian Stories 2013

The Best Australian Stories 2013

edited by Kim Scott

Black Inc., $29.99 pb, 287 pp, 9781863956260

Rebekah Clarkson

Rebekah Clarkson

Rebekah Clarkson is working on her first collection of short stories. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide

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An American friend recently asked me to define the Australian short story. Despite misgivings, I muttered something about birth, landscape and setting, vernacular, diversity, then retreated. The Best Australian Stories 2013 provides a viable answer. Short stories don’t want to be defined; they are much too subversive for that. They only want to be read. The best ones will want to be read again, and will offer up something new each time.

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Published in February 2014 no. 358