Australian Love Stories

Edited by Cate Kennedy

Book Information

Categories: Fiction, short stories, anthology, love, gift
Publication: October 2014
ISBN: 978-0-9875401-6-4
ebook ISBN:
978-0-9875401-7-1 (e-pub)
978-0-9875401-8-8 (PDF)
Paperback: 234 x 153 mm. 300g.
Pages: 304
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Cate Kennedy
The Editor

Cate Kennedy is an award-winning short-story writer, poet  and novelist. Dark Roots, was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award and the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. Her novel The World Beneath, won the People’s Choice Award in the 2010 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, and her most recent poetry collection, The Taste of River Water, won the 2011 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry.


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This collection is a beautiful companion to Australian Love Poems. In it you will find imaginary lovers, unattainable lovers, star-crossed lovers and predestined lovers. There is straight love, same sex love and some very curious love.

Australian Love Stories edited by Cate Kennedy features stories from award winning writers Bruce Pascoe, Jon Bauer, David Francis, Carmel Bird, Lisa Jacobson, Irma Gold, Tony Birch, a host well known writers and a choir of completely new voices.

Listen to Cate Kennedy talking about love and short stories with Elizabeth McCarthy on 3RRR’s Multi-Storied.

Listen to Cate Kennedy, Lisa Jacobson and Irma Gold talking about love on Books & Arts Daily.

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Praise for Australian Love Stories, ed. Cate Kennedy

See, it’s great, serious, considered, wild and heady stuff.—Dave Graney, The Adelaide Review

Kennedy has done a superb job compiling this complex and intelligent collection.—Johanna Leggat, Sydney Morning Herald

The stories whisper to each other and are informed by proximity or distance, or, to reprise a musical metaphor from Kennedy’s introduction, the song plays in service to the album.—Francesca Sasnaitis, Australian Book Review

It’s a surprising selection. Surprising because of the anthology’s broad scope, with not a whiff of melodrama, sentimentality or cliché. Surprising too for its narrative arc, reflecting ‘the way love comes, creates its own disorders, then transforms itself and us in the process’ —Rosemary Stevens, Westerly Magazine

Every so often, a book captures a reader’s imagination and takes on the quality of a stolen moment. Australian Love Stories is one of those gems, allowing readers the secret pleasure of a story at a time.—Amanda Ellis, The West Australian.

With 29 stories chosen by Australian short story superstar Cate Kennedy…I’m Cupid’s quiver groaning with arrows (each unique).—Marjorie Lewis-Jones, A Bigger Brighter World

…the highlights are so many that when I started to put together my favourites from the 29 stories on offer, the list quickly became a regurgitation of the table of contents.—John Boland, Musings of a Literary Dilettante

Destiny, heat and lust, cold betrayal, unrequited. It’s all here.
—Kerenlee Thompson, Kerenlee

But, here’s the thing. How to write about a collection in which pretty well every story moved me?
—Sue Terry, Whispering

The anthology does, however, resemble Anna Karenina in its ability to present multiple contrasting relationships and evoke the complexity and uncertainty of love. —Daniel Young, Writers Bloc