Australian Fiction Flames Robbie Arnott Trick of the Light Laura Elvery The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted Robert Hillman PB $29.99 A young man decides to build a coffin for his 23-year-old sister – who promptly runs for her life. A water rat swims upriver in quest of the cloud god. A fisherman named Karl hunts for tuna in partnership with a seal. And a father takes form from fire. The answers to these riddles are to be found in this tale of grief and love and the bonds of family, tracing a journey across the southern island that takes us full circle. PB $22.95 An art teacher sends students on a guerrilla mission. A young runner struggles to make sense of his best friend’s death. A health-food company adopts a farcical promotional strategy. A factory worker spends her days applying radioactive paint to watches, while dreaming of a future with her new suitor. With an eye for detail and rich emotional insight, Laura Elvery reveals the fears and fantasies of everyday people searching for meaning. Collected Short Fiction Gerald Murnane Beautiful Revolutionary Laura Elizabeth Woollett The Death of Noah Glass Gail Jones PB $34.95 This volume brings together Gerald Murnane’s shorter works of fiction, most of which have been out of print for the past 25 years. They include such masterpieces as ‘When the Mice Failed to Arrive’, ‘Stream System’, ‘First Love’, ‘Emerald Blue’, and ‘The Interior of Gaaldine’, a story which holds the key to the long break in Murnane’s career, and points the way towards his later works, from Barley Patch to Border Districts. PB $32.99 It’s 1968, and Evelyn has followed her conscientious-objector husband Lenny to Evergreen Valley, California. But as the world is rocked by warfare and social upheaval, she finds herself disillusioned with Lenny’s passive ways. Enter the Reverend Jim Jones, the leader of a revolutionary church called Peoples Temple. Meticulously researched, Beautiful Revolutionary explores the allure of the real-life charismatic leader who would destroy so many. PB $29.99 The art historian Noah Glass, having just returned from a trip to Sicily, is found dead in the swimming pool at his apartment block. His adult children, Martin and Evie, must come to terms with the shock. But a sculpture is missing from a museum in Palermo, and Noah is a suspect. Martin sets off to Palermo in search of answers, while Evie moves into Noah’s apartment. Retracing their father’s steps in their own way, neither of his children can see the path ahead. PB $29.99 Tom isn’t much of a farmer, and he can’t have been much of a husband to Trudy, judging by her departure. But when she returns, pregnant to someone else, he discovers his talent as a father. Then Trudy takes Peter away with her and Tom’s heart breaks again. Enter Hannah, small-town bookseller and the most vivid person Tom has ever met. Tom dares to believe they could make each other happy. But he is taking on a battle with heartbreak he can’t even imagine.