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The Strays

by Emily Bitto

On her first day of school, Lily Struthers meets Eva, one of the daughters of the infamous avant-garde artist Evan Trentham. He and his wife are attempting to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other like-minded artists to live and work with them at their family home. As Lily’s friendship with Eva grows, she becomes infatuated with this artist colony, longing to truly belong to this makeshift family.

Looking back on those years later in life, Lily realises that this utopian circle involved the same themes as Evan Trentham’s art: Faustian bargains and terrible recompense; spectacular fortunes and falls from grace.

May 2014, $24.99

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Creative Writing for Beginners

by Colin Batrouney

Joel is a charming drifter who finds his moorings in the world of books. He strikes up an unlikely friendship while attending a creative writing class, but as he opens up painful memories come flooding back. Meanwhile his flatmate, a budding actress named Nomee, battles her own demons after being cast in a dream role. This is an absorbing novel exploring love, creativity and ego.

May 2013, $24.95

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The Last Thread

by Michael Sala

The Last Thread is Michael Sala’s fascinating life
in fiction. From his early years in the Netherlands to
growing up in Australia during the 1980s, Michael recalls the secret surrounding his estranged Greek father and how scandalous events from the past fractured his family.

February 2012, $24.95

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A Break in the Chain - The Early Kozminskys

by Tangea Tansley

This novel is a brilliant imagining of three generations of real-life Kozminskys, bringing alive Melbourne of the past in a tantalising tale of fortune and faith, love and betrayal.

July 2011, $27.95

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Two Steps Forward

by Irma Gold

Located in familiar Australian settings, this collection of stories brilliantly weaves together authentic characters and adverse scenarios.

This is the final collection in the Long Story Shorts series.

September 2011, $9.99

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Bearings

by Leah Swann

In this affecting novella and collection of stories, Leah Swann burrows deep into the souls of her characters to reveal universal complexities, frailties and strengths. 

This is the fifth collection in the Long Story Shorts series.

April 2011, $9.99

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Having Cried Wolf

by Gretchen Shirm

Small towns harbour secrets. Rising and returning like the tides lapping the coastal town of Kinsale, the stories in this collection revolve around Alice and Grace, friends since childhood, who grow to live vastly different lives.

This is the fourth collection in the Long Story Shorts series.

September 2010, $9.99

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Known Unknowns

by Emmett Stinson

Set largely in Washington DC immediately after September 11, these are engrossing stories that tap into the zeitgeist of disconnection, isolation and the loss of meaningful identity after these world-changing events.

This is the third collection in the Long Story Shorts series.

June 2010, $9.99

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Nineteen Seventysomething

by Barry Divola

Against a backdrop of buzzing cicadas, Dragstar bikes, schoolboy rock bands, church youth groups, and Top 40 radio, Barry Divola deftly evokes that awkward, exhilarating journey from childhood to adolescence.

This is the second collection in the Long Story Shorts series.

March 2010, $9.99

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Under Stones

by Bob Franklin

Dip into the world of Bob Franklin's fiction at your own risk. The calm surface belies a swift undertow and snags galore. These are not horror stories in the traditional sense; they are more unsettling than that.

This is the first collection in the Long Story Shorts series.

February 2010, $9.99

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Paradise Updated

by Mic Looby

There are precious few places still untouched by tourism. Paradise Lost? More like Paradise Packaged, Marketed and Sold in Easy-to-Enjoy Portions. And if there's money to be made shining light into the darkest corners of the world, SmallWorld wrote the book on it.

September 2009, $24.95

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