The Best Australian Stories 2012
This is an absolutely thrilling read. The stories are poignant – sometimes sad, sometimes funny, but with well-crafted plots that make you almost rip the page in turning so fast. What is common throughout the collection of works is the ability to really ‘tell a story’. Many are mysterious and beautifully written, others are simple yet powerful in conveying their message.
The highlight for me is ‘I Can Hear the Ice Singing’ by Sean Rabin – a beautiful story about a man whose legs become stuck in ice that stays frozen for many years. It is puzzling, perfectly written and embodies the enduring power of a story that draws us in, igniting our imagination. Although it’s hard to find fault with such a collection, the first, ‘Someone Called Rob’by Martin Lindsay is one of my least favourites and provided little encouragement to read on (though I’m glad I did). In my opinion, it would have been better had The Best Australian Stories 2012 begun with the one that followed, ‘And Senseless Acts’by Eva Lomski. It’s truly enthralling and perfectly emotive; one that propelled me into the rest of the collection and left me hanging on every word.
The Best Australian Stories is the country’s premier annual collection of short fiction. The 32 stories featured in the 2012 edition include contributions by Master of Arts in Creative Writing graduate Zoe Norton Lodge and Doctor of Creative Arts graduate James Bradley.
This review was first published in the UTS U: Magazine May 2013.