40 South Short Story Anthology 2017 | Paperback
Our annual anthology this year features stories from the eleven finalists in the 2017 Tasmanian Writers’ Prize, as selected by Peter Grant, Margaret Johnson and Fiona Stocker – and our special cover featuring, as is now tradition, a night-sky masterpiece by Jonathan Esling.
“Those of us who live in this heart-shaped island of Tasmania often experience a restive contentment. We sense an internal tide, sometimes tugging at us to leave in search of more, sometimes flooding us with an ache to return. This dynamic tension can be a powerful generator of creativity.
“Like the peasant at the edge of the court, we recognise the fragility, folly even, of those closest to the throne. We see clearly that even at the glittering, crowded centre nothing will suffice.
“So we return to our fringe, wiser perhaps. But there is a melancholy here, a sense that – like the Irish – our island’s troubles will continually resurface.
“You will find in this anthology an exploration of these elemental themes. There is promise, and love, and a simplified life, certainly. But alongside these there are sometimes secrets, loss, enmities and violence. Thankfully there is humour too.”
~ Peter Grant
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