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  • Published: 31 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781409015680
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

Every Move You Make

A brilliant collection by a great international writer - Malouf's range is dazzling and his canvas is the vast Australian continent, with unsettling glimpses of a world beyond.

A young man going off to war tries to make sense of his place in the world he is leaving; a composer's life plays itself out as a complex domestic cantata; an accident on a hunting trip speaks volumes, which its inarticulate victim never could; and a down-to-earth woman stubbornly tries to keep her feet on the ground at Ayers Rock.

Malouf's men and women are together but curiously alone, looking for something they seem to have missed, or missed out on, in life. Powerfully rooted in the heat and the dust of the vast Australian continent, this is a heartbreakingly beautiful and richly satisfying collection by a master storyteller, one of the great writers of our time.

  • Published: 31 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781409015680
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the author

David Malouf

David Malouf is the internationally acclaimed author of novels including Ransom, The Great World (winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ prize and the Prix Femina Etranger), Remembering Babylon (winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), An Imaginary Life, Conversations at Curlow Creek, Dream Stuff, Every Move You Make and his autobiographical classic 12 Edmondstone Street. His Collected Stories won the 2008 Australia-Asia Literary Award. His most recent books are A First Place and The Writing Life. He was born in 1934 and was brought up in Brisbane.

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Praise for Every Move You Make

A master of the incisive, seamless, turns-on-a-sixpence short story...this collection is a jewel

Kate Saunders, The Times

At times unsettling in the intensity of their vision, Malouf's stories provide a deeply intelligent meditation on the unknowability of the self

Anna Scott, Observer

Colours and landscapes are evoked in language that, at once lush and direct, is in itself a pleasure and a reminder that Malouf is also a poet of considerable talent

Aamer Hussein, Independent

Contemplative, ethereal, sharply perceptive, this collection is a fascinating exploration of the inner worlds that separate and connect us all

Mary Fitzgerald, New Statesman

Contemporary Australia lives and breathes, shudders, groans and even scratches without a trace of inhibition throughout these seven vivid narratives from one of the finest of contemporary writers

Irish Times

Graceful and unsettling... Malouf's prose is invariably elegant

David Flusfeder, Financial Times

His writing here has a fine descriptive delicacy and sensory exactness that act as guarantees of the stories' truth and the authenticity of the experiences they embody

Tom Deveson, Sunday Times

Malouf deals with both the vast and the seemingly unimportant... He does it with biting wit, elegance and a rare, uncluttered honesty

Chris Dolan, Saturday Herald

Malouf, always so precise in his characterisation, so poetic in his evocations of nature and so haunting in his insight into loneliness and frustrated love, is a writer to treasure

Francis Quinn, Literary Review

Poignant and wonderful story...concentrates, without effort, all Malouf's themes...it needs to be read


Rare and luminous talent...an outstanding collection

Jem Poster, Guardian

Tender and luminous tales...It is his rich landscapes for which Malouf is most often praised and this collection contains some of the most evocative descriptions of the Australian continent

Chitra Ramaswamy, Scotland on Sunday