Thirty enthralling short stories by Lily Brett, Peter Goldsworthy, Cate Kennedy, David Malouf, Margo Lanagan, Peter Corris and many more:
- A university professor struggles to escape his nightmare affair with a student.
- A woman stands at life's turning point when a customs officer opens her bag.
- Inside a suburban villa three visitors discover a mirrorworld beyond imagination.
- Abandoned by her husband, a woman makes poignant attempts to adjust to loneliness.
Every one of these brilliant narratives focuses upon people living on life's edge in some way or another. All are facing a form of danger, whether it be physical, emotional, psychological or from beyond the world we understand. Acclaimed author and editor Barry Oakley has chose each tale not only for its entertainment value but for the deep insights it offers into the minds of people coping with the greatest challenges their lives can produce. The result is a collection of work by some of Australia's foremost writers whose gifts, in many cases, are also recognised far beyond our shores.