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September 2011

RRP: $9.95

ISBN 9780980790474


180 x 130mm


Two Steps Forward

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut. What binds the characters in Two Steps Forward is an indomitable desire to climb their way out.

Located in familiar Australian settings, this collection of stories brilliantly weaves together authentic characters and adverse scenarios. You’ll encounter battlers, underdogs and people who are doing it tough. Folks to applaud and causes to cheer. In this moving, assured debut, Irma Gold celebrates courage and challenges our notions of what it takes to be happy.

Two Steps Forward is the final collection in the Long Story Shorts series.


Praise for Two Steps Forward

'Gold's themes are refreshingly varied and hers is a welcome new voice.'                                                         Louise Swinn, Weekend Australian

'A collection of bittersweet, beautifully written short stories.' Sydney Morning Herald

'A beautifully crafted volume.' The Age

'A lush account...She is consistently good at producing vignettes.' Canberra Times

'These stories catch the poignant sensuousness of difficult lives, their daily tragedies and unexpected joys.' Marion Halligan

'With prose that's both sharp and ravishingly metaphorical, Gold burrows into her characters' lives until walls give way and emotion rushes in.'               Steven Conte

Shortlisted for SPUNC's inaugural Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA). The winner will be announced on November 8 2012.

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Irma Gold

Irma Gold is a writer and editor based in Canberra. She is the author of two children’s books, and she has been widely published in Australian literary journals.

Two Steps Forward is her debut collection of stories.