Australian short story writers

I am working my way through books of short stories by Australian writers, I will add to this.

John Morrison This Freedom strongly reflects his working class CPA background. The stories evoke a place, a time and a way without quite proselytising…or he is a good enough writer to get away with it if he is. Three stories were enough for me.

Beverley Farmer Home Time strongly reflects her female background. Two stories were enough for me and I thought the second one was awful. Sometimes I feel like women’s business should stay….secret. But she is well regarded, at least insofar as she won the Patrick White award for being under-recognised.

I want to find some great Australian short stories. I’m not even close yet.

Mysteries by Knut Hamsun

I’ve decided I need a new bookshelf. ‘It’s not you, it’s me’. Perhaps all ex-Catholics need one of them, the one for the books they feel guilty about not finishing.

To begin with I hated this in a ‘I hate this but I want to read it’ way. That became ‘I hate this but by God I’m going to finish it’. And a couple of nights ago, up at 3am that in turn became ‘Yeah, nah. Move on’. And sometimes one moves on without the least guilt at all, other times one is tortured by it. Then one adds the inadequacy of looking it up on goodreads and discovering one wasn’t clever enough to stick with it. I suppose that’s the ‘fear of missing out’ on literary social media.

And I still do feel a bit like that. Guilt aside, I also feel like I might be missing out on a whopper of an ending.

Grrrrr. Maybe the shelf should be called ‘I’m moving on but I can’t get you out of my mind.’