A Few Days in the Country & Other Stories

A Few Days in the Country & Other Stories

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Pub Date: 31/03/2016

Extent: 224pp

Format: paperback

ISBN: 9781925240566

Rights: World: Text Publishing

  • Joint winner, University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award, 2016
  • Shortlisted, The Stella Prize, 2016
  • Shortlisted, Kibble Literary Award, 2016
  • Shortlisted, Western Australian Premier's Book Award for Fiction, 2016
  • Longlisted, Colin Roderick Award, 2016

Internationally acclaimed for her five brilliant novels, Elizabeth Harrower is also the author of a small body of short fiction. A Few Days in the Country brings together for the first time her stories published in Australian journals in the 1960s and 1970s, along with those from her archives—including ‘Alice’, published for the first time in 2015 in the New Yorker.

Essential reading for Harrower fans, these finely turned pieces show a broader range than the novels, ranging from caustic satires to gentler explorations of friendship.

The Fun of the Fair
Alice, published in the New Yorker
The City at Night, published in the Guardian
Summertime, published at Lithub
The North Sea
The Cornucopia, published in Harper’s Magazine
The Beautiful Climate
Lance Harper, His Story
The Cost of Things
English Lesson
It Is Margaret
A Few Days in the Country


‘Vital, vivid stories by a master storyteller.’ Joan London, Age/Sydney Morning Herald, Best Books of 2015

‘Wide-ranging in mood and style, this is a virtuoso but warm-hearted display of the genre.’ Lady

‘These are wise and serious stories about deep feelings. Harrower is one of those writers you can’t believe you’ve missed – but what a joy to discover her.’ Daily Mail

‘Lyrical, insightful and finely tuned.’ Otago Daily Times

‘Enchanting…That Harrower has, up until recently, been denied a place in the Australian literary canon, is a tragedy—one that can only be remedied by reading her. A Few Days in the Country: And Other Stories is a fantastic place to start.’ Lip Mag

‘The range of stories and styles demonstrates Harrower’s extraordinary literary skill…A Few Days in the Country and Other Stories offers no sure-fire formulas, but through its interrogation of characters’ psychological motivations it affords a deeper understanding of human behaviour.’ Australian Book Review