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  • Published: 3 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742753010
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99
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The Reasons I Won't Be Coming




A ‘compulsively readable’ (Elle) collection of stories, full of passion and intelligence.

A collection of stories, full of passion and intelligence, from the author of the international bestseller SEVEN TYPES OF AMBIGUITY.

Passionate, witty, vulnerable, honest - these are the distinctive features of the stories in this collection from the internationally bestselling author of THREE DOLLARS and SEVEN TYPES OF AMBIGUITY. Elliot Perlman's clever and thoughtful tales explore the complex worlds of lovers, poets, lawyers, immigrants, students and murderers; the corporate betrayals, the lost opportunities, the hopes, the fears and the vagaries of desire.

  • Pub date: 3 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742753010
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Elliot Perlman

Elliot Perlman’s Three Dollars won the Age Book of the Year Award, the Betty Trask Award (UK), the Fellowship of Australian Writers' Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn-Rhys/Mail On Sunday Book of the Year Award (UK) as well as for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Elliot Perlman also co-wrote the screenplay for the film of Three Dollars, which received the Australian Film Critics' Circle Award for Best Adapted Screenplay as well as the A.F.I. Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Reasons I Won't Be Coming, a collection of stories, was a bestseller in the US where it was named a New York Times Book Review 'Editors' Choice' and received the Steele Rudd Award for the best Australian short story collection in its year of publication.

Perlman's second novel, Seven Types of Ambiguity, was a bestseller in France where it was described as 'one of the best novels of recent years, a complete success'(Le Monde). In Germany it was called a 'literary sensation' (Deutschlandradio), 'an impressive, iridescent all-encompassing view of feeling' (Der Spiegel), and described as having "the virtues of the great modern European novel' (Süddeutsche Zeitung). It was a bestseller in the United States where it was described as having 'traces of Dickens's range and of George Eliot's generous humanist spirit' (New York Times) and named a New York Times Book Review 'Editors' Choice', a New York Times Book Review 'Notable Book of the Year' and a Washington Post 'Editors' Choice' as well as one of its all-time dozen favourites 'on the pain of love'. In the UK it was described as 'a colossal achievement….a tour de force…(in which) at the end, in a comprehensive, an almost Shakespearian way, Perlman picks up every loose thread and knots it' (The Observer) and named a Sunday Telegraph 'Book of the Year'. In Australia it was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award as well as for the Queensland Premier's Award for Fiction.

Elliot Perlman is the recipient of the Queensland Premier's award for Advancing Public Debate and has been described by the Times Literary Supplement (UK) as 'Australia's outstanding social novelist', by Le Nouvelle Observateur (France) as the 'Zola d'Australie' and by Lire (France) as 'the classic of tomorrow', one of the '50 most important writers in the world'.

His most recent novel is the national bestseller, The Street Sweeper.

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Praise for The Reasons I Won't Be Coming

“‘Stunning,... by turns hilarious and heartbreaking.’ -- THE BALTIMORE SUN”

“‘Carefully imagined, entirely believable... Perlman manages to pack whole lives into a few paragraphs.. Perlman’s plots seem effortless, which makes his surprises all the more affecting.’ -- THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW (Editors’ Choice)”

“‘These stories are like walking down the hallway of an old hotel and eavesdropping on sad confessions. It’s hard not to be moved ... These stories are love letters, really, and their protagonist, we come to learn, is none other than the human heart.’ -- THE WASHINGTON POST”

“‘Invigorating stories... enlivened by Perlman’s intelligence, verbal energy, and mischievous wit.’ -- ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY (US)”


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