RRP: $24.95 (inc. GST)
Pub. Date: 2009
‘To make stories look and sound so heartbreakingly real you need an unflinching eye and a compassionate ear and Tony Birch knows just what details are going to go straight to his reader’s heart. Loss, memory, and the invisible ties that bind —Birch’s subject matter is ordinary life, lit from within with an honesty which makes his characters and their travails achingly familiar.’ — Cate Kennedy
Tony Birch has an eye for life lived at the margins and in Father’s Day he brings the streets of the inner-city to life with compassion and dry humour. But he also focus on the relationships that connect us all, particularly the emotional lives of fathers and sons. In subtle, understated prose touched with poetry, this new collection of stories cuts deep into the minor joys and tragedies of ordinary Australians.
‘Father’s Day is a book with emotion, but not cloying sentiment; it offers sharp observation coupled with empathy. Above all, it is uniquely Australian.’ —Sunday Age
‘Humanity looms large within these pages … the prose is understated and subtle with images deftly wrought. These perfectly realised stories … are inflected with the kind of humour reminiscent of Raymond Carver’s dark wit.’ —The Age
About the Author
Tony Birch is the author of Blood and Shadowboxing. His short fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction have appeared in literary journals in Australia and internationally and been anthologised widely. He currently teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne.