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The balance of power in a marriage shifts, with shocking consequences...

An elderly woman recounts a chilling childhood memory on the family farm. A taxi driver with a missing wife reveals unexpected skills. An inherited painting brings an eerily troubling legacy.

Subtle, compelling and unsettling, Amanda O'Callaghan’s stories work at the edges of the sayable, through secrets, erasures and glimpsed moments of disclosure.

They shimmer with unspoken histories and characters who have a ‘taste for silence'.

About The Author

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Amanda O’Callaghan’s short fiction has been published and won awards in Australia, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Her work has been awarded and shortlisted in the Bridport Prize, Carmel Bird Award, E J Brady Award, Bristol Prize, Bath Flash Fiction Award, Fish Short Story Prize, Aeon Award, Flash 500 Award, and others.

She is a recipient of a Queensland Writers Fellowship. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Queensland. Her short story collection, This Taste for Silence (UQP, 2019), was shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction (2019). She lives in Brisbane.

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