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joyful strains

January 2013

RRP: $24.95

ISBN: 9780987308535


198 x 128mm

Joyful Strains

Making Australia Home

by Kent MacCarter & Ali Lemer (Eds.)

Joyful Strains collects twenty-seven memoirs from writers describing their expatriation to Australia. These are stories about what they found, who they became and what they now think of Australia – stories that provide entertainment, perspective and cause to celebrate our increasingly diverse nation. This is an insightful, compelling and sometimes confronting collection for all Australians.

Contributors include: Alice Pung, Danny Katz, Mark Dapin and Diane Armstrong, with an introduction from Arnold Zable.


Praise for Joyful Strains

‘From the affectionate to the bitter to the hilariously
funny to the probingly intelligent, this is a collection not to be missed.’ JM Coetzee

‘The stories in this challenging collection show suffering and heroism, happiness and laughter, and above all hope and vindication of the visionary ideal of multiculturalism. I am, you are, we are Australian. Joyful strains indeed.’ Mungo MacCallum

'These are intelligent, personal and elegant accounts of what it means to leave, what it means to arrive and how it feels to stay. Joyful Strains is undoubtedly a place worth visiting.' Jon Bauer, Sydney Morning Herald & Saturday Age

'Compulsory reading.' Stephen Romei, The Australian

'Joyful Strains not only offers an invaluable insight into Australian immigration, it's also a great read: at once entertaining and harrowing.' Thuy On, Sun Herald & Sunday Age

'An example of a good idea backed up by an excellent execution. This is intelligent, relevant, absorbing writing.' Bookseller+Publisher Magazine

'The literary quality of the individual chapters is uniformly high.' Geordie Williamson, Weekend Australian

'An eye-opening, truthful collection of personal essays by writers we should be proud to call our own.' Readings

'To read these intimate, immediate stories is to be wholly immersed in them, enraptured and intrigued...' The Big Issue

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Ali Lemer

Born and raised in New York City, writer and editor Ali Lemer arrived in Melbourne in 2005 with just two large suitcases. After finishing a post-grad degree in editing at the University of Melbourne, she went on to work as an editor and writer for Melbourne-based travel guide publisher Lonely Planet for five years. The author of three travel guidebooks for Thomas Cook and a host of articles for LonelyPlanet.com, Ali has also had her work published in Meanjin, Eureka Street and the University of Melbourne Postgraduate Review.


Kent MacCarter

Kent MacCarter is a writer and editor in Melbourne.     He's the author of two poetry collections – In the Hungry Middle of Here (Transit Lounge, 2009) and Ribosome Spreadsheet (Picaro, 2011). MacCarter sits on the board of The Small Press Network and is active in Melbourne PEN. He is Managing Editor of Cordite Poetry Review. He was recently awarded a Fulbright Travel Award to read in Indonesia, promoting American literature.