A Lovely and Terrible Thing
Paperback $29.99 - Pan Macmillan Australia
Fiction - Published: 30/Apr/2019 - ISBN: 9781760554811
Chris Womersley is the bestselling author of four novels <i>The Low Road</i>, <i>Bereft</i> and <i>Cairo </i>and most recently <i>City of Crows</i>. He has been published in the UK, US and Europe, has received the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, an Indie Award for Best Fiction, an ABIA Award for Literary Fiction and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, the Gold Dagger Award for International Crime Fiction, <i>The Age </i>Book of the Year and the ALS Gold Medal for Literature. Chris's short fiction has appeared in <i>Granta</i>, <i>The Best Australian Stories, Meanjin </i>and <i>Griffith Review </i>and the anthologies <i>Where there's Smoke</i>, <i>Sleepers X</i> and <i>Meanjin A-Z, </i>and has also won or been shortlisted for numerous prizes. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and son. Contact him at: chriswomersley.com Bestselling and award-winning author Chris Womersley's first short fiction collection, twenty macabre and deliciously enjoyable tales linked by the trickle of water that runs through them all... <i>Water, water, every where, / Nor any drop to drink.</i>
Consider: around you the world is swirling - you pass through a submerged town, the bakery, a wheelbarrow, a bike floating on its side on the main street, its steeples and trees barely visible through the thick water.
Consider: in the distance the wreck of the gunship Elizabeth lolls on a sandback a couple of miles from the shore. Oil slicks the canals of the capital and even now in the midst of the bombing, the old men still like to tell tales of mermen in the shallows.
Consider: a pool, empty of water save for a brackish puddle at one end that has escaped the summer heat. A huddle of fine bones and hanks of fur - the remains of mice or possums that have tumbled in, lured perhaps by the water. And two boys stand by its edge, watching a bracelet flash through the humid air into the deep end.
In bestselling author Chris Womersley's first short fiction collection, twenty macabre and deliciously enjoyable tales linked by the trickle of water that runs through them all will keep readers spellbound until their final, unexpected and unsettling twist...
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