I have just recently read two books, written by Australian authors. Lost and Found by Brooke Davis. The second was Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke. The last short story of the book Foreign Soil, is written in a very clever way, outlining (I guess) the authors process of writing fiction. She writes about a publishers fictitious comment 'Unfortunately, we feel Australian readers are just not ready for characters like these' p.270. Australians need to be ready for characters like these. These characters represent part of real Australia.The book has been well received (it is on the Angus and Robertson top 20 list). I will be thinking about these characters for a while longer. I was a little bit more heart broken after each story. Good books do come up and these are two of them.
Brisbane visual artist