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Alternative title:Buff Orpington and the Disasters of Middle Life
yThe Woodpecker Toy Fact and Other StoriesCarmel Bird,
FitzroyRingwood:McPhee GribblePenguin,1987Z3648551987selected work short story To read these stories is to look into a kaleidoscope - or a peepshow where, against bright backdrops, people and their passions shift and slide with a mysterious dark daring. (Souce: back cover, 1987 edition)FitzroyRingwood:McPhee GribblePenguin,1987
yWoodpecker Point and Other StoriesCarmel Bird,
New York (City):A New Directions Book,1988Z2841281988selected work short story This collection of short stories about everyday life hint at the ominous as they skate a fine line between the mundane and the fantastic and familiar images become startling icons. (Source: Copac)New York (City):A New Directions Book,1988
Note: With title: Buff Orpington and the Disasters of Middle Life.
Enter the world of a murdered socialite, be consumed by rural madness, be ignited by the longings of an obsessive optometrist, engrossed by unorthodox book-binding, and moved by a heartbreaking meditation on the Oklahoma bombings. With its bewitching language, full of subtle harmonies and rhythms, The Essential Bird takes the reader on a voyage that delights, amazes and fascinates. Carmel Bird weaves fact, fantasy and history into a shimmering fabric of fiction that creates a world of hyper-reality both tender and profound. (Source: back cover)