Red Spikes

      Margo Lanagan
Red Spikes

Margo Lanagan's electrifying stories are for anyone who loves to be surprised, touched, unsettled and dazzled by what a great writer can do in just a few pages. Ten electrifying new stories from Margo Lanagan, internationally acclaimed author of Black Juice and White Time. 'Lanagan is in a class of her own.' -Weekend Australian 'The genius (not too strong a word) of Margo Lanagan is her ability to reach into darkness and return with something both different and powerfully convincing. It's astonishing enough to be introduced so abruptly to a writer this good, but even more extraordinary is her seemingly effortless mastery of the short story form, and what she proceeds to do with it.'-LOCUS, USA. 'Lanagan asks us to look at the world differently to see its fullness.' Sydney Morning Herald'With enormous skill, Lanagan disturbs as she entertains, stimulating our minds and playing havoc with our hearts.' Good Reading Praise for Lanagan's award-winning collection, Black Juice 'A good short story, a really good one, is deceptively difficult to write. Which is why Black Juice is such an outstanding collection. Because every single story in it is, quite simply, perfect. That's what I said: perfect.' -Outland, UK


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    Singing My Sister Down and other stories

      Margo Lanagan
Singing My Sister Down and other stories

We all went down to the tar-pit, with mats to spread our weight.' So begins 'Singing My Sister Down', Margo Lanagan's internationally acclaimed, award-winning short story.

Singing My Sister Down and Other Stories brings together ten celebrated short stories, along with three new ones, from the extraordinarily talented author of Tender Morsels and Sea Hearts.

A bride accepts her devastating punishment. A piece of the moon is buried. A ferryman falls into the Styx. Wee Willie Winkie brings a waking nightmare. A new father dresses a fallen warrior princess. A sniper picks off clowns one by one. Margo Lanagan's stories will stay with you, haunting you with their quiet beauty and fine balance.


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    WildGame

      Margo Lanagan
WildGame

An exciting fantasy adventure about a video game that comes to life, which also makes readers think what it's like to be an endangered animal.

A live animal leaping out of a video game? Unbelievable. And yet there it is in Macka's lap: soft and smelly, alert and terrified, like a real animal; but also glowing with strange energy.

Can she get it back into the game alive? And - if she goes in herself, can she get out?

'Intriguing, accessible and highly original.' - Reading Time

'A fascinating mystery/adventure with a thought-provoking message.' - Margaret Dunkle, Australian Bookseller and Publisher


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    Yellowcake

      Margo Lanagan
Yellowcake

From the internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning author of Black Juice, Red Spikes and Tender Morsels - a new collection of evocative, moving and richly imagined stories.

Yellowcake brings together another ten short stories from this extraordinarily talented writer - each of them fiercely original and quietly heartbreaking.

'Lanagan is in a class of her own.' Weekend Australian

'The genius (not too strong a word) of Margo Lanagan is her ability to reach into darkness and return with something both different and powerfully convincing. It's astonishing enough to be introduced so abruptly to a writer this good, but even more extraordinary is her seemingly effortless mastery of the short story form, and what she proceeds to do with it.' LOCUS, USA.

'Lanagan asks us to look at the world differently to see its fullness.' Sydney Morning Herald

'With enormous skill, Lanagan disturbs as she entertains, stimulating our...


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    Sea Hearts

      Margo Lanagan
Sea Hearts

A mesmerising selkie novel from multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed Australian author, Margo Lanagan - one of the most exciting voices in speculative fiction.

A HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL NOVEL FROM THE WINNER OF FOUR WORLD FANTASY AWARDS.

'Why would I? People are uneasy enough with me - if I start bringing up sea-wives, they'll take against me good and proper.'

'It could be secret.'

'Could it?'

On remote Rollrock Island, the sea-witch Misskaella discovers she can draw a girl from the heart of a seal. So, for a price, any man might buy himself a bride; an irresistibly enchanting sea-wife. But what cost will be borne by the people of Rollrock - the men, the women, the children - once Misskaella sets her heart on doing such a thing?

Margo Lanagan weaves an extraordinary tale of desire and revenge, of loyalty, heartache and human weakness, and of the unforeseen consequences of all-consuming love.

'Lanagan is in a class of her own.' The...


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    The Tankermen

      Margo Lanagan
The Tankermen

A vivid, scary fantasy adventure about sinister bionic Tankermen who take people prisoner and pump poison into Sydney's drains.

Finn thinks he has trouble enough, hanging out alone on the streets of Kings Cross, until he stumbles on sinister figures pumping vile-smelling sludge into the drains. Then his life starts to get seriously weird.

Who - or what - are these Tankermen? How can they disappear into solid rock?

What Finn faces when he follows the Tankermen into their hideout is horrifying beyond his worst fears.

This is a gripping fantasy adventure, written with style and assurance by the author of WildGame and Walking through Albert.


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    The Best Thing

      Margo Lanagan
The Best Thing

A new edition of Margo Lanagan's brave, exhilarating novel about the passion and pain of teenage love, sexuality and childbirth. A book for adult readers as well as young adults.

Shortlisted, Ethel Turner Prize, New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards 1996

I'm like a person being tossed up in a blanket - all around me people are gripping the edges and laughing and throwing me up, getting right into the game, while I fly and fall above their heads, too scared to tell them to stop.

Mel's life is chaotic. At school her ex-friends have ganged up on her, at home her parents have lost touch with her and each other. Pug is the only good thing - loving him, in his untidy room scented and shadowed by frangipani, she finds passionate fulfilment. But his world is so different from hers - can they possibly make it together? And can she let him in on her overwhelming secret?

Learning to accept herself and him and the new life growing inside her is painful - but being Mel, she...


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    Walking Through Albert

      Margo Lanagan
Walking Through Albert

A ghost story with a difference - spooky, mysterious but also very funny in places - for 10- to 13-year-olds.

Someone else was suddenly there with us, taking up the same chunk of space. Aargh, it was the most horrible feeling, like millions of ants rampaging under my clothes...''

What's going on in the house over the back? Ren and Lee are seriously spooked by all those flashes of past lives and leftover feelings - but Emma has to live with them.

An overdose of ghosts is bad enough. Add in a punk bride, a witch on L-plates and a bunch of grown-ups who just won't believe what they see, and you've got big trouble.

A ghostly, mysterious - and funny - story from the author of WildGame and The Tankermen.


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