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Issue Details: First known date: 2005 2005
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

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)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Gerardo
  • Epigraph: Ruby-throated humming bird sips nectar / Black-backed magpie tells tale / 'Papaver Somniferum', Carrillo Mean
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Contents

* Contents derived from the London,
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England,
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United Kingdom (UK),
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Sydney, New South Wales,: Fourth Estate , 2005 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Made Glorious Summer, Carmel Bird , 2002 single work essay (p. 1-12)
Shooting the Fox, Carmel Bird , 2005 single work short story (p. 13-24)
Cave Amantem, Carmel Bird , 1985 single work short story (p. 25-30)
A Taste of Earth, Carmel Bird , 1987 single work short story (p. 31-36)
Woodpecker Point, Carmel Bird , 1987 single work short story (p. 37-82)
A Telephone Call for Genevieve Snow, Carmel Bird , 1995 single work short story horror
A primary school teacher is stalked by 'the Wolfman.'
(p. 83-88)
Major Butler's Kidneys, Carmel Bird , 1996 single work biography (p. 89-98)
The Golden Moment, Carmel Bird , 1995 single work short story (p. 99-108)
Goczka, Carmel Bird , 1984 single work short story (p. 109-114)
As High as an Elephant's Eye, Carmel Bird , 1996 single work prose Oklahoma (p. 115-139)
Note: With title: Oklahoma
The Girl in the Freud Museum, Carmel Bird , 1998 single work short story (p. 140-152)
Buff Orphington and the Disasters of Middle Life, Carmel Bird , 1987 single work short story Buff Orpington and the Disasters of Middle Life (p. 153-160)
The Man in the Red Car, Carmel Bird , 1996 single work short story (p. 161-171)
The Right Stuff, Carmel Bird , 1987 single work short story (p. 172-177)
Automatic Teller, Carmel Bird , 2005 single work short story (p. 178-185)
Kay Petman's Coloured Pencils, Carmel Bird , 1987 single work short story (p. 186-191)
The Hair and the Teeth, Carmel Bird , 1988 single work short story (p. 192-197)
Pomona Avenue, Carmel Bird , 1993 single work short story (p. 198-204)
Higher Animals, Carmel Bird , 1987 single work short story (p. 205-208)
Buttercup and Wendy, Carmel Bird , 1986 single work short story (p. 209-215)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
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      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Sydney, New South Wales,: Fourth Estate , 2005 .
      Extent: 371p.
      Note/s:
      • Cover subtitle: The Very Best Stories from Carmel Bird.
      • 'A most uncommon writer. Splendidly original.' Thea Astley (appears on cover)
      ISBN: 0732269911

Works about this Work

Darkness Descending Jane Sullivan , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 9 April 2005; (p. 3)
Worlds Steeped in Colour Delia Falconer , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 30 April-1 May 2005; (p. R14)

— Review of The Essential Bird Carmel Bird 2005 selected work short story essay biography prose ; Vincenzo's Garden John Clanchy 2005 selected work short story
Bird's-Eye View of the Everyday World David Wood , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 May 2005; (p. 13)

— Review of The Essential Bird Carmel Bird 2005 selected work short story essay biography prose
Bird's Eye View Danielle Benda , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 14 May 2005; (p. 5)

— Review of The Essential Bird Carmel Bird 2005 selected work short story essay biography prose
In Short : Fiction Michael McGirr , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14-15 May 2005; (p. 26)

— Review of The Never Boys Scott Monk 2005 single work novel ; Hope Bay Nicole Plüss 2005 single work novel ; The Essential Bird Carmel Bird 2005 selected work short story essay biography prose
Florid Rhetoric James Ley , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 272 2005; (p. 47)

— Review of The Essential Bird Carmel Bird 2005 selected work short story essay biography prose
Short Order a Welcome Change Laurie Clancy , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 25 June 2005; (p. 4)

— Review of Vincenzo's Garden John Clanchy 2005 selected work short story ; The Essential Bird Carmel Bird 2005 selected work short story essay biography prose
Worlds Steeped in Colour Delia Falconer , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 30 April-1 May 2005; (p. R14)

— Review of The Essential Bird Carmel Bird 2005 selected work short story essay biography prose ; Vincenzo's Garden John Clanchy 2005 selected work short story
Bird's-Eye View of the Everyday World David Wood , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 May 2005; (p. 13)

— Review of The Essential Bird Carmel Bird 2005 selected work short story essay biography prose
Bird's Eye View Danielle Benda , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 14 May 2005; (p. 5)

— Review of The Essential Bird Carmel Bird 2005 selected work short story essay biography prose
In Short : Fiction Michael McGirr , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14-15 May 2005; (p. 26)

— Review of The Never Boys Scott Monk 2005 single work novel ; Hope Bay Nicole Plüss 2005 single work novel ; The Essential Bird Carmel Bird 2005 selected work short story essay biography prose
Florid Rhetoric James Ley , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 272 2005; (p. 47)

— Review of The Essential Bird Carmel Bird 2005 selected work short story essay biography prose
Short Order a Welcome Change Laurie Clancy , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 25 June 2005; (p. 4)

— Review of Vincenzo's Garden John Clanchy 2005 selected work short story ; The Essential Bird Carmel Bird 2005 selected work short story essay biography prose
Darkness Descending Jane Sullivan , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 9 April 2005; (p. 3)
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