Issue Details: First known date: 1987 1987
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Alternative title: Buff Orpington and the Disasters of Middle Life
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    y The Woodpecker Toy Fact and Other Stories Carmel Bird , Fitzroy Ringwood : McPhee Gribble Penguin , 1987 Z364855 1987 selected 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) Fitzroy Ringwood : McPhee Gribble Penguin , 1987 pg. 71-78
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    y Woodpecker Point and Other Stories Carmel Bird , New York (City) : A New Directions Book , 1988 Z284128 1988 selected 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 pg. 69-74
    Note: With title: Buff Orpington and the Disasters of Middle Life.
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    y Goodbye to Romance : Stories by New Zealand and Australian Women Writers 1930-1988 Elizabeth Webby (editor), Lydia Wevers (editor), Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 1989 Z180864 1989 selected work short story poetry life story humour Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 1989 pg. 397-402
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    y The Essential Bird Carmel Bird , London Sydney : Fourth Estate , 2005 Z1190499 2005 selected work short story essay biography prose

    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)

    London Sydney : Fourth Estate , 2005
    pg. 153-160
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