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Less laughter and more tears characterise Peter Goldsworthy's third collection of short stories. The terrain is familiar: a Yuppie world of medical practice, restaurants, squash courts, and parties - a world part parodied, part celebrated. Caustic, poignant, always ironic, these stories seek out the moment of self-awareness: of lost innocence, of self-limitation, of self-deception.
Peter Goldsworthy is an Adelaide medical practitioner, poet and fiction writer. His numerous awards include the British Commonwealth Poetry Prize, the Bicentennial Grace Perry Prize, and the south Australian Biennial Literary Award.
"In some ways Goldsworthy is the Chekhov of his place and time... Poised, controlled, acute, funny, witty, mean, miserable." - Heather Falkner, The Australian.
"Goldsworthy's great gift is wit... His Adelaide is more fun than White's Sarsaparilla, and less a place of the mind." - Veronica Brady, Island Magazine.
"A wicked sense of humour, a microscopic eye for human oddities and frailties, and a vivid sense of imagery." - Michael Page, The Advertiser.