Breaking Beauty

Breaking Beauty
Breaking Beauty
In this stunning collection, twenty-seven brilliant writers ask: What is beauty?

Stories, edited by Lynette Washington

PB 240 | 198 x 129 | ISBN 978-1-925227-00-0 | $24.99
Fiction | MidnightSun Publishing | November 2014

Breaking Beauty puts one of the greatest obsessions of our time under the spotlight and shows that beauty rarely exists without its grubby underbelly. There is no light without darkness.

Our writers — sparkling talents both established and emerging — discover that beauty can be found in the most unusual and unexpected places… in suburban driveways, graveyards, finials, cupcakes, train stations, grape-vines and of course in the complexities of human relationships. They also find beauty in more conventional places like love, sex and the innocence of childhood.

The writers in Breaking Beauty attended the Creative Writing postgraduate program at the University of Adelaide, one of the pre-eminent creative writing programs in Australia. Many have received national awards and been published widely in Australia and internationally. This collection showcases some of our finest established and emerging writers.

  • Stories address the theme of beauty, looking at its grubby underside and unravelling its murky truth.
  • Including stories by both emerging and established writers such as Sean Williams, Heather Taylor Johnson and Stefan Laszczuk.
  • With advance praise from J.M. Coetzee, Cath Kenneally and Brian Castro.

Praise for Breaking Beauty:

‘The best of the writers in this collection take us outside out comfortable selves, to let us experience the world through sensibilities that are strange to us, even alien.’
J.M. Coetzee

‘…in these hands the form is stretched, bent and spun into reading gold.’
Cath Kenneally

‘…the psychological authenticity is exceptional, executed in economical prose.’
Brian Castro

With stories by Katherine Arguile Lesley Beasley Gillian Britton Rebekah Clarkson Jessica Clements Katherine Doube Annabel Evitts Ruby Ewens Matthew Gabriel Corrie Hosking Rosemary Jackson Melanie Kinsman Stefan Laszczuk Jo Lennan Gay Lynch Mary Lynn Mather Amy T. Matthews Rachael Mead Lilliana Rose Bernadette Smith Anna Solding Reg Taylor Heather Taylor Johnson Lynette Washington Bryan Whalen Sean Williams Kimberley Zeneth

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