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  • The End of Seeing

    Written by Christy Collins

    Edited by Nicola Redhouse

    Winner of the 2015 Viva La Novella Prize

    ‘Dazzling, intelligent and heart-rending. I have long been a fan of Collins, and this is why.’ – Toni Jordan

     

    The End of Seeing was one of those books I raced through with a catch in my throat and tears in my eyes. A love-letter to a vanished husband, this novella unfolds like the black-and-white photos he took on his final assignment: nuanced and tender, political and tense. Meticulous observations on the scent and texture of personal grief and domestic detail are illuminated by the global suffering of asylum seekers and the displaced. Christy Collins has written a subtle thriller with mystery at its heart.’ – Katerina Cosgrove

     

    You saw something here – something that connects this town to the fishermen on the Italian docks and the silhouettes in the charcoal nights by the sea. I am so tired of all the things that you aren’t here to tell me.

     

    Determined to discover the truth about the disappearance of her partner, Nick, Ana sets out to re-trace the route he took as a photojournalist on the other side of the world — a journey that saw him presumed dead, on a ship wrecked off the coast of Italy.

    But Ana doesn’t believe Nick is dead. In his photos, in the messages her memories of him seem to carry, and in her growing suspicion about his own need to disappear, she is increasingly sure he is alive somewhere.

    As she tracks his journey, she begins to witness the world that Nick saw through his camera — a world in which disappearance is not unexpected.

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  • Formaldehyde

    Written by Jane Rawson

    Edited by Marisa Wikramanayake | Artwork by David Henley

    Winner of the 2015 Viva La Novella Prize

    ‘Original, intelligent and compelling – a rare combination. Formaldehyde pulls off a complex narrative with frequent time and point-of-view shifts without ever losing the reader. The clever structure never gets in the way of the writing, which is sharply observed, assured and witty. The most original novel I’ve read for some time.’ – Graeme Simsion
    ‘Skipping across different times and genres, Formaldehyde is a wonderfully strange and inventive story of love, loss and severed limbs.’ – Ryan O’Neill

     

    Lives turned upside down by a bureaucratic error in this Kafkaesque work of neo-absurdism.

    ‘Immerse yourself in Jane Rawson’s Formaldehyde if you like the seriously weird or the creepily wonderful. This story has small but persistent claws; under cover of its smooth, conversational narration you will be clasped and dragged into some tough, strange places. Let it take you there. Let it blow your tiny mind.’ – Margo Lanagan

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  • Welcome to Orphancorp

    Written by Marlee Jane Ward

    Edited by Zoya Patel | Artwork by David Henley

    Winner of the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Young Adult

    Winner of the 2015 Viva La Novella Prize

    A sharp-edged semi-futuristic riff about a rebellious teenager’s last week at an industrial orphanage.
    ‘Takes all of your dystopian nightmares and connects them to a mother lode of pure emotional intensity. There’s so much keen detail here about the cruel logic of oppressive institutions, you’ll feel Mirii’s yearning for freedom in your bones — and you’ll rejoice at every tiny moment of escape that she achieves. Welcome to Orphancorp is harrowing, scarily real, and ultimately super moving.’ – Charlie Jane Anders (i09)
    ‘Punchy, crunchy, sexy and smart, Welcome to Orphancorp is a short, sharp shock of a story with bruised-but-not broken characters and a bonsai dystopia you can actually believe in. Marlee Jane Ward is a writer of heart and passion, muscle and slow-burning anger.’ – Ian McDonald
    Welcome to Orphancorp is an intimate, heartfelt story set in the darkest of places. I can’t stop thinking about these characters.’ – Kij Johnson
    ‘An object lesson in how to dehumanise young people by locking them up and depriving them of all warmth and care — has never been more timely. This gritty, greasy story is peppered with violence and lit with the slenderest shafts of affection and hope. It will make your jaw clench with fear for the indomitable Mirii Mahoney, and your fist punch the air at her every tiny victory.’ – Margo Lanagan

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  • Midnight Blue and Endlessly Tall

    Written by Jane Jervis-Read

    Edited by Alice Grundy | Artwork by David Henley

    Winner of the 2013 Viva La Novella Prize

    When Jessica, a recently divorced mental-health carer, meets her new patient, Eloise, their lives quickly become entangled. The boundaries of their roles begin to dissolve and questions from the past are uncovered, revealing the fractured histories that brought them together.

    Midnight Blue and Endlessly Tall is an original and unpredictable novella about the relationships that consume us when we’re least expecting it.

    Praise for Midnight Blue and Endlessly Tall by Jane Jervis-Read

    ‘Jane Jervis-Read’s beautiful little book … kicks above its weight … and shows the power of leaving things unsaid.’ — Cate Kennedy
    ‘At any one time, I have a stack of books awaiting reading on my bedside table, and sometimes, a book will sneak itself to the top of the pile. This beautifully written novella by relative newcomer Jervis-Read is one of them. The book’s real power lies in the author’s exploration of themes such as ageing and desirability, heartbreak, family drama and mental health issues … a great taster from this talented writer.’ — Rachel Smith, realitychick.com.au

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  • Blood and Bone

    Written by Daniel Davis Wood

    Edited by Emily Stewart | Artwork by Zoë Sadokierski

    Winner of the 2014 Viva La Novella Prize

    With the death of her mother, eleven-year-old Abigail must learn to fend for herself against the cruel stewardship of her father. At war with the local Aboriginals and intent on staking his claim on the land at any cost, what occurs between the two is a stunning powerplay that exposes the limits of the human imagination.

    Inhabiting the speculative peripheries of the historical record, Blood and Bone is an uncompromising exploration of Australia’s dark history and its legacy.

    ‘…the tale is made seamless by a tight structure and a hypnotic style that seems to owe something to the work of Gerald Murnane’ — Kerryn Goldsworthy, The Australian

     

    Daniel Davis Wood teaches literature and history at the Ecole d’Humanité, Switzerland, where he lives with his wife and daughter. He was born in Sydney and studied in Boston and Edinburgh before completing a PhD in Literary Studies at the University of Melbourne.

     

    978-1-922057-95-2 (print) 978-1-921134-22-7 (digital)

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  • The Other Shore

    Written by Hoa Pham

    Edited by Elena Gomez | Artwork by Zoë Sadokierski

    Winner of the 2014 Viva La Novella Prize

    ‘This extraordinary book is so beautiful, its heartbeat loud and clear as a bell. Filled with a voice that is both innocent and wise, it is a literary embodiment of the Heart Sutra.’ — Alice Pung

    When the dead begin speaking to sixteen-year-old Kim Nguyen, her peaceful childhood is over. Suddenly everyone wants to exploit her new talent – her family, the Vietnamese government and even the spirits themselves.

     

    The Other Shore is a delicate meditation on the nature of ghosts, belief and how the future is shaped by the past.

     

    Hoa Pham is a writer and psychologist. Her first novel, Vixen, won the Best Young Writer of the Year award from the Sydney Morning Herald. Her play, Silence, was on the VCE Drama List. She lives in Melbourne with her partner and two children. www.hoapham.net

     

    978-1-922057-96-9 (print) 978-1-921134-23-4 (digital)

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  • The Neighbour

    Written by Julie Proudfoot

    Edited by Carody Culver | Artwork by Zoë Sadokierski

    Winner of the 2014 Viva La Novella Prize

    When Luke is implicated in the tragic death of a child, he struggles to assert his innocence to those around him. While the accident invokes haunting memories of Luke’s late brother, who died when they were children, he strives to maintain a grip on reality as his relationships begin to unravel. Set in contemporary suburbia,The Neighbour is an astute psychological drama that offers a powerful and literary meditation on the nature of guilt and responsibility.

     

    Julie Proudfoot is an Australian writer and blogger who has had fiction, poetry and non-fiction works published in various journals. She holds degrees in Psychology and Sociology from LaTrobe University. She has worked as a bookseller, creative writing mentor, property manager and dental nurse. Julie now writes full time from her home in Bendigo, Victoria, where she lives with her husband and children.

    978-1-922057-98-3 (print) 978-1-921134-25-8 (digital)

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    ‘Of all the nightmare scenarios I can think of, having a neighbour who’s a stalker would have to be one of the worst. Proudfoot’s achievement is in showing that his bizarre thoughts and actions make a kind of sense when you understand his story.’ — ANZ LitLovers (click for full review)

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  • Sideshow

    Written by Nicole Smith

    Edited by Patrick Allington | Artwork by Zoë Sadokierski

    Winner of the 2014 Viva La Novella Prize

    See the latest review! ‘A rock’n’roll “on the road again” book with an eccentric cast’
    From Rio to Oostend to Amsterdam and beyond, a troupe of acrobats travel the world, performing miracles in the air, enthralling audiences. In between gigs, they drink, play and taunt each other. They get bored. They get up to no good. Then they jump on a plane to do it all again somewhere else.

    Sideshow is an hilarious and rollicking take on the thrill and drudgery of a life on the road and on what it takes to perform day after day after day …

    Nicole Smith was first published when she was twelve in the local paper for a science fiction short story called ‘Just Another Day In Space’. Since then she has realised that there are no days in space.

    978-1-922057-97-6 (print)

    978-1-921134-24-1 (digital)

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  • Stories of Sydney

    Edited by Alice Grundy, Michael Mohammed Ahmad | Artwork by David Henley

    Stories of Sydney celebrates the diversity that exists in this city. A place that is simultaneously welcoming and prejudiced, kind and cruel, aspirational and even eccentric in its mundanity. These stories range from family drama to modern noir, from cultural clashes to the burden of memory.
    These are stories from lives you don’t often get to see, from authors as varied as the city itself.

    ISBN (Print) 978-1-921134-26-5

    ISBN (Digital) 978-1-921134-27-2

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