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Shadowboxing by [Tony Birch]

Shadowboxing Kindle Edition

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Length: 193 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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"Encapsulates what Helen Garner identifies as 'the dangerous and exciting breakdown of the old boundaries between fiction and nonfiction' . . . [and] transcends the boundaries between the novel and the short-story collection." --"Sydney Morning Herald"

"Tony Birch's debut "Shadowboxing "encapsulates what (Helen) Garner identifies as 'the dangerous and exciting breakdown of the old boundaries between fiction and non-fiction' . . . "Shadowboxing" also transcends the boundaries between the novel and the short-story collection." -- Ceridwen Spark, "Sydney Morning Herald"

"Tony Birch's debut Shadowboxing encapsulates what (Helen) Garner identifies as 'the dangerous and exciting breakdown of the old boundaries between fiction and non-fiction' . . . Shadowboxing also transcends the boundaries between the novel and the short-story collection." -- Ceridwen Spark, Sydney Morning Herald

"A Fitzroy childhood comes to life in Melbourne writer Tony Birch's impressive debut." -- Who magazine

"Stunning series of linked stories about growing up in '60s Fitzroy." -- Jason Steger, the Age

"These are stories whose universal themes are brought to the fore by lucid prose that, in bearing unblinking witness to hardship, sows the seeds of poetry, if not grace." -- Steve Gome, Australian Book Review

"There's a Hemingwayesque minimalism about this writing, but in Hemingway the pathos was reined in more. In the 10 linked stories in Shadowboxing, the pathos is often barely contained and the effect is quite shattering. . . . Birch's descriptions of the lower socio-economic world of inner Melbourne in the '60s are brilliant and he evokes, with a curious nostalgia, a claustrophobic world that anyone would be lucky to escape from unscathed. He has a great ability to pare down his prose, laying bare the raw flesh of the matter in the process. Despite their rigours, the stories are engaging, with flashes of larrikin humour. The book is even something of a page-turner at times, although the calamity of one page often leads only to heartbreak on the next." -- Phil Brown, the Australian --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Tony Birch has published short fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction, and has also worked as a writer and curator in collaboration with photographers, film-makers, and artists. He has a Master of Arts in creative writing and a PhD in urban cultures, and currently teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne. Shadowboxing, his first book, was shortlisted for the 2006 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards. Birch's stories have been published in Best Australian Stories and his new collection, Father's Day --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • File size : 399 KB
  • Print length : 193 pages
  • Publisher : Scribe (6 March 2006)
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B006NSRYZM
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Page numbers source ISBN : 1921640154
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 13 ratings
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4.0 out of 5 stars The characterization was bold, succinct, clearly defined so the reader could enjoy the "the good, the bad and the ugly".
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