Journey down under in the company of Australia’s finest writers. From stories of survival in the bush to vacationing at the beach, from immigrants adjusting to the new land to aboriginal displacement to the city, these twenty-five enthralling stories allow the reader to cover this large continent in a most imaginative way.

Ranging from the colonial period to contemporary Australia, these stories invoke the alluring scent of gum trees, the exotic kangaroos and dingoes, the busy city streets of Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, and the vast and mysterious outback, as well as some unforgettable Australian characters and their voices.

By traveling with the greatest Australian writers who know the land best, readers can more deeply experience the culture of this country and the rich tradition of its literature.

As a traveler’s companion, or as a teaching text, this collection offers the reader a valuable understanding of Australia and its long and vibrant tradition of short story writing.

Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian Literature

Impressive work from contemporaries like Thea Astley and Elizabeth Jolley, are accompanied by several superb fictions from Australia’s most well-known writers.

Kirkus Reviews

Containing stories set in nearly every corner of the country, the collection provides an ethnically diverse group of writers, as well as a cross section of Australian literary history.

Publishers Weekly

  • The Timeless Land
    • Oodgeroo and Kabul Oodgeroo Noonuccal, The Rainbow Serpent
    • Aboriginal Myth, Man-and-Kangaroo Rock
    • Henry Lawson, His Country — After All
    • Eleanor Dark, The First Gathering
  • The Bush
    • B. Wongar, Dingo’s Picnic
    • Arthur Upfield, At the Source of Life
    • Barbara Baynton, The Chosen Vessel
    • Steele Rudd, We Embark in the Bear Industry
    • Xavier Herbert, Misanthropy
    • Patrick White, The O’Dowds at Home
    • Elizabeth Jolley, Pear Tree Dance
    • Janette Turner Hospital, You Gave Me Hyacinths
  • Passages
    • Tim Winton, Thomas Awkner Floats
    • Thea Astley, Diesel Epiphany
    • Katharine Susannah Prichard, The Old Track
  • The Beach
    • Helen Garner, Postcards from Surfers
    • Robert Drewe, Stingray
  • The City
    • Sydney, Mandy Sayer, Ash
    • Sydney, Michael Wilding, The White House
    • Hobart, Tasmania, C.J. Koch, Return to Hobart Town
    • Melbourne, Judah Waten, Mother
    • Brisbane, David Malouf, A Medium
    • Perth, Archie Weller, Pension Day
    • Sydney, Murray Bail, Life of the Party
  • Epilogue
    • Peter Carey, American Dreams
  • Thea Astley
  • Murray Bail
  • Barbara Baynton
  • Peter Carey
  • Eleanor Dark
  • Robert Drewe
  • Helen Garner
  • Xavier Herbert
  • Janette Turner Hospital
  • Elizabeth Jolley
  • C.J. Koch
  • David Malouf
  • Oodgeroo and Kabul Oodgeroo Noonuccal
  • Henry Lawson
  • Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • Steele Rudd
  • Mandy Sayer
  • Arthur Upfield
  • Judah Waten
  • Archie Weller
  • Patrick White
  • Michael Wilding
  • Tim Winton
  • B. Wongar

AUSTRALIA, edited by Robert Ross, ISBN # 9781883513054

Excerpts to come.

Posted on 23 February 2010

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