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Contents

* Contents derived from the Melbourne, Victoria,:Black Inc. , 2002 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Best Australian Stories 2002 : Introduction, Peter Craven , 2002 single work criticism (p. vii-xviii)
The Dying Words of the Archangel (from The Name on the Fence, a work-in-progress), Sonya Hartnett , 2002 extract novella (p. 1-13)
Reading 'Madame Bovary', Amanda Lohrey , 2002 extract short story (p. 14-39)
Men Like Beattie, Liam Davison , 2002 single work short story (p. 40-48)
Chemotherapy Bay, Tegan Bennett Daylight , 2002 single work short story (p. 49-61)
Anchorage, Catherine Ford , 2002 single work short story (p. 62-74)
The New Dark Age, Joan London , 1978 single work short story (p. 75-90)
The Origin of Nightmares (from a work-in-progress), Gerard Windsor , 2002 extract novel (p. 91-100)
The Humanities in Africa, J. M. Coetzee , 2001 single work short story (p. 101-119)
The Boy's Name Was David, Gerald Murnane , 2002 single work short story (p. 120-134)
The Institute of Feasibility: Some Minutes of Construction and Analysis, Peter Mathers , 2002 single work short story (p. 135-145)
Literary Criticism and the Second Law of Thermodynamics, Brian Matthews , 2002 single work short story
An English literature class discusses John Updike's short story 'Separation'. The class tutor responds to the text in a personal and subjective manner (to the dismay of all but one of his students).
(p. 146-152)
Ectopic, Brian Matthews , 2002 single work short story (p. 153-156)
Christ Stopped at Echuca, Jack Hibberd , 1995 single work short story humour (p. 157-175)
Act Fifteen, Jessica Anderson , 2002 single work short story (p. 176-185)
Kenneth Slessor : The Intimacy of the Table, Delia Falconer , 2001 single work short story The Intimacy of the Table (p. 186-197)
Note: Very slightly revised version.
The She-Wolf, Graham Henderson , 2002 single work short story (p. 198-214)
Faith , Hope and Charity, Philomena Van Rijswijk , 2002 single work short story

The narrator relates his childhood with his oldest sister, Dawn, who has Down syndrome. He describes how after Dawn - at their mother's insistence - underwent a surgery to remove her uterus, they went on a beach holiday. Dawn and the narrator, out from under their mother's thumb for once, learn to fish with the help of Captain Hodge, who Dawn falls in love with. When the holiday is over, Captain Hodge asks the narrator for help; the narrator gives Dawn the message that Captain Hodge is married and so cannot marry her. Now a middle-aged man with his own family, the narrator remembers that what he told Dawn was a lie.

(p. 215-226)
You Can Be Us, Anson Cameron , 2002 single work short story (p. 227-234)
The Enemies of Happiness, Tim Richards , 2002 single work short story

New art teacher Karen arrives at Prospect Secondary College, a school gaining attention for its miraculous turnaround of drug and suicide rates. She teaches the Integration art class, finding pleasure in working with the students with disabilities. However, she eventually discovers that said disabilities are self-inflicted, with a special school fund paying for the operations. Prospect's principal, Dr Best, argues these amputations and alterations are better than the suicides the students threaten to commit otherwise.

(p. 235-252)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Black Inc. , 2002 .
      Extent: xviii, 323p.p.
      ISBN: 1863951954
      Series: y separately published work icon The Best Australian Stories Black Inc. (publisher), Melbourne : Bookman Press , 1999 Z1845180 1999 series - publisher short story extract

      The second of the three Best of collections, Best Australian Stories was inaugurated in 1999, under the guidance of executive chair Morry Schwartz. In 2004, publisher Chris Feik took over the series. In March 2018, Black Inc. announced the cancellation of all three series, replaced by Best Summer Stories.

      Number in series: 3

Works about this Work

Australian Books in Brief Bruce Bennett , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 21 February no. 5212 2003; (p. 31)

— Review of The Best Australian Stories 2002 2002 anthology short story

'Peter Craven’s third annual anthology of “best” Australian stories contains a mixture of twenty-four stand-alone stories and extracts from longer works-in-progress. It is clear that the purpose-built short fiction better exemplifies the skills of crafty concision. The book signals a welcome revival of aspects of the Lawson-Furphy tradition of masculine folk narrative adapted for the postmodern metropolis. Jack Hibberd’s “Christ Stopped at Echuca” takes the tall tale on extravagant parodic flights but is rather too long. Brian Matthews jousts with versions of traditional Australian masculinity in the setting of a university tutorial. The grafting of literary sophistication onto masculine oral culture takes a witty turn also in Gerald Murnane’s mannered tale of a creative-writing teacher’s recognition that his assessment methods are derived from those used in horse racing.'  (Introduction)

The Year in Many Voices Simon Caterson , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 21 December 2002; (p. 8)

— Review of The Best Australian Essays 2002 2002 anthology essay biography review criticism autobiography ; The Best Australian Stories 2002 2002 anthology short story
Better Than Waiting-Room Fare Robert Hefner , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 December 2002; (p. 16)

— Review of The Best Australian Stories 2002 2002 anthology short story
Better Than Waiting-Room Fare Robert Hefner , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 December 2002; (p. 16)

— Review of The Best Australian Stories 2002 2002 anthology short story
The Year in Many Voices Simon Caterson , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 21 December 2002; (p. 8)

— Review of The Best Australian Essays 2002 2002 anthology essay biography review criticism autobiography ; The Best Australian Stories 2002 2002 anthology short story
Australian Books in Brief Bruce Bennett , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 21 February no. 5212 2003; (p. 31)

— Review of The Best Australian Stories 2002 2002 anthology short story

'Peter Craven’s third annual anthology of “best” Australian stories contains a mixture of twenty-four stand-alone stories and extracts from longer works-in-progress. It is clear that the purpose-built short fiction better exemplifies the skills of crafty concision. The book signals a welcome revival of aspects of the Lawson-Furphy tradition of masculine folk narrative adapted for the postmodern metropolis. Jack Hibberd’s “Christ Stopped at Echuca” takes the tall tale on extravagant parodic flights but is rather too long. Brian Matthews jousts with versions of traditional Australian masculinity in the setting of a university tutorial. The grafting of literary sophistication onto masculine oral culture takes a witty turn also in Gerald Murnane’s mannered tale of a creative-writing teacher’s recognition that his assessment methods are derived from those used in horse racing.'  (Introduction)

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