Australian Fiction The Best Australian Stories 2017 Edited by Maxine Beneba Clarke Force of Nature Jane Harper Altantic Black A. S. Patri ć PB $29.99 In The Best Australian Stories, acclaimed writer Maxine Beneba Clarke brings together our country’s leading literary talents. An award- winning short-story writer herself, Clarke selects exceptional stories that resonate with experience and truth, and celebrate the art of storytelling. Previous contributors include Fiona McFarlane, Kate Grenville, Tony Birch, Kirsten Tranter, Anna Krien, Georgia Blain, Peter Goldsworthy, Elizabeth Harrower and Romy Ash. PB $32.99 The hike through the Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their comfort zone. Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking. Only four come out the other side. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker: she is the whistleblower in his latest case. And as he delves into the disappearance, it seems some dangers run far deeper than anyone knew. PB $29.99 Katerina Klova and her mother are crossing the Atlantic by ocean liner. When Anne suffers a psychotic breakdown, Katerina is left alone on a ship full of strangers, all of whom carry their ambitions, fears and obsessions with them. For a seventeen-year-old girl, it’s an exciting, frightening world to navigate. The story takes place over one day and night: New Year’s Eve, 1939. The RMS Aquitania steams across the Atlantic ocean. On the horizon the world is about to explode. Border Districts Gerald Murnane Terra Nullius Claire G. Coleman Suburbia Jeremy Chambers PB 24.95 Conceived as Gerald Murnane’s last work of fiction, Border Districts was written after the author moved from Melbourne to a small town on the western edge of the Wimmera plains, near the border with South Australia. The narrator of this fiction has made a similar move, from a capital city to a remote town in the border country, where he intends to spend the last years of his life. PB $29.99 The Natives of the Colony are restless. The Settlers are eager to have a nation of peace, and to bring the savages into line. Families are torn apart, reeducation is enforced. This rich land will provide for all. This is not Australia as we know it. This is not the Australia of our history. This Terra Nullius is something new, but all too familiar. This is an incredible debut from a striking new Australian Aboriginal voice. PB $29.99 Roland lives with his parents, Graham and Joyce, and his younger sister, Lily, in the golden light of an outer suburb—Glenella. He dreams of escaping, of finding an intoxicating life somewhere else. He is in love with Cassie Noble, the daughter of his parents’ friends Reg and Colleen. But when Darren Wilson moves into the neighbourhood and attracts the interest of both teens, a conflict emerges that threatens the friendship between the two families.