A thrilling cotail full of verve and invention, these 20 short stories provide a dazzling snapshot of some of the most imaginative and arresting storytellers currently at work....
|Title||:||Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 5|
|Number of Pages||:||206 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 5 Reviews
In the interest of full disclosure, the winning author, John Arnold, is one of my dearest darling friends. So far I have only read his story and I'm rating the collection solely on this for time being - I plan on dipping into the rest of the collection now and then and may review my rating in light of the overall collection at a later date.So Johnny may be one of my BFFs, but I do feel I am still able to critique his story. I have read bits and pieces of Johnny's work over the years, but nothing for quite some time, so I was pleased to see a restraint emerging in his prose in this piece. It is on the one hand a clever satire of tourists' voracious appetite for exotic Aboriginal mythology, and on the other a canny depiction of the conveniently hostile Australian landscape. Howie's strategic blackfellaisms work like a fabulous postcolonial drag act that strikes out brilliantly at tourists' desire to witness authentic Aboriginality without any real sense of what that means in contemporary Australia, even in FNQ. Olivia's quiet calm and her determination to look after her mother sent chills down my spine as the story reached its wonderfully foreshadowed conclusion. I hope this is just the first of many literary successes for Johnny.
Twenty good short stories and I enjoyed each of them, and I'm trying not to be biased having lived in Bristol for many years. The award winners especially are great examples of being able to immerse the reader quickly and provide a few surprises. It's difficult for me not to love a story that starts "You want to know about the grass my custard changed? There's not much to drivel, really..." (Going Grapefruit by Ian Richards, 3rd prize).