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Travellers' Tales/Wilding, Micha/Paper/1876780584/S050-D2
Central Queensland University Press
Best Stories Under the Sun, Volume 2
Travel the world in your favourite armchair. Experience the excitements and misadventures of international travel from Africa to Albania, Thailand to Guyana and Bolivia to Turkey. Thirty three gifted writers, including winners of the Australian Vogel and Age Book of the Year prizes, combine their talents to evoke the crazy challenges of exotic travel. Through their travels they help us to escape from the cage of our humdrum daily routine and to encounter the shock of the unexpected and the other. They teach us to travel with hope, or if you’re short on hope, then at least with humour and irony. In this national anthology, established names elbow for precious space with young up and coming writers.
Barry Oakley and John Carmody both fall for the magic of the Irish language. Susan Kurosawa goes on an expensive safari in the Ngorongoro Crater while Dave Wellings is down and out in deepest Africa. Luke Slattery evokes the glories of classical Greece and Michael Wilding experiences Pinter-esque mysteries in contemporary Greece. Christina Stead takes a bus ride into the forbidding communist world of Albania. Thomas Shapcott looks for prayer rugs in Istanbul while John Dale goes through comic paranoia as an opportunistic tour guide in SW Turkey and Laurie Hergenhan quests for the Turkish writer Orhan Panuk. Laurie Clancy and Inez Baranay write of corruption, eros and sex in Indonesia. Christine Williams worships the God Ganesh in India. Carmel Bird is ecstatic about the Alhambra, Renate Yates prefers the cats of Algeciras and Grant Caldwell is a penniless hitchhiker in Spain. Nigel Krauth wins erotic wisdom in France. David Myers flounders in bewilderment through book launch and golfing rituals in Japan. Desmond O’Grady is witty on the delicate art of medicine in Bolivia. Di Morrissey journeys bravely through the primitive jungles of Guyana. Marele Day is macabre and funny in New Orleans and Sally Breen is mysterious in Las Vegas. Helen Moye’s ladies tackle the Kokoda Track in PNG. Paul Morgan gets voyeuristic in Singapore. Don Graham and Betsy Berry eat frog legs in the Jean Rhys country, Dominica. Nicholas Hasluck re-visits the battle of Khe Sanh in Vietnam and Stephen Conlon evokes the sleaze of Pattaya in Thailand. Mark Twain marvels at the Aborigines, Rosaleen Love scientifically evokes the Barrier Reef, Jane Messer brings back to life a workhouse for wayward girls in Port Jackson, Marion Houldsworth has a honeymoon with a difference in the Whitsundays, Jan Lowing drives to a brave, new life up the Newell Highway and Ian Callinan goes on a memorable train journey in wartime Australia.
This is an innovative national anthology and is well themed. It offers all the imaginative pleasures of a colourful smorgasbord. It is good to see that the Australian short story is alive and flourishing.