Rachael Mead reviews 'Seabirds Crying in the Harbour Dark' by Catherine Cole

Rachael Mead reviews 'Seabirds Crying in the Harbour Dark' by Catherine Cole

Seabirds Crying in the Harbour Dark

by Catherine Cole

UWA Publishing, $24.99 pb, 246 pp, 9781742859503

It is a pleasure to read a collection of short fiction in which every story is a work of elegant and meticulous craft. Catherine Cole has brought her significant observational and lyrical skills as a poet, novelist, and memoirist to bear on these stories, and the narratives unfold with cool, restrained style. However, this collection has more to offer readers than a selection of stylistically beautiful pieces. With ingenious use of theme and artful arrangement of individual stories, Cole delivers a cohesive collection that is far greater than the sum of its discrete parts.

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Rachael Mead

Rachael Mead

Rachael Mead is a writer, poet, and bookseller living in South Australia. Her second book of poetry The Flaw in the Pattern was published by UWAP in early 2018.

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