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'In this outstanding collection of stories, David Malouf is at his best... Beautiful writing' Observer

From the image of a small boy entranced by his mother's GI Escort, yet still hoping for the return of a father 'missing in action', to the portrait of an adult writer trying to piece together a defining image of his late father, these outstanding stories conjure up with sharp intensity the memories and events that make a man.
These powerfully vivid stories by a great writer range over more than a century of Australian life, from green tropical lushness to 'blacksoil country', from scrub and outback to city streets-evoking dark shadows beneath a bright sun, and lives shaped by the ghosts of history and the rhythms of unruly nature.

Reviews

Remarkable for its range and unsettling dynamism…in their subtlety, power and poetic finesse they are as good as any being written

Sunday Times

A highly accomplished collection, and one that resonates in the mind long after the book is finished

Daily Telegraph

A remarkable achievement… These stories are pearls

Spectator

An excellent collection by any standard…a heart-warming book

Sunday Telegraph

Confirm[s] Malouf's stature as a writer of the very first order

Boston Book Review

Recalls the best work of E. M. Forster and Virginia Woolf.... Carefully crafted

Los Angeles Times

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099289906

    April 6, 2001

    Vintage

    240 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • EBook

    9781409015659

    October 31, 2012

    Vintage Digital

    240 pages

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Also by David Malouf

Ransom
The One Day: Short Black 7
Being There
The Writing Life
A First Place
Earth Hour
Harland's Half Acre
The Conversations At Curlew Creek
The Happy Life: The Search for Contentment in the Modern World
The Happy Life: The Search of Contentment in the Modern World: QuarterlyEssay 41
The Complete Stories
On Experience
Revolving Days: Selected Poems
Every Move You Make
Typewriter Music
Made in England: Australia's British Inheritance: Quarterly Essay 12
Johnno
Jane Eyre
The Great World
12 Edmondstone Street
Antipodes
Fly Away Peter
An Imaginary Life
Child's Play

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The Golden House
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The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Men Without Women
Swing Time
The Golden Age
Tiger Men
Fifty Shades Darker
The Lost Symbol
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