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Australia Day

Melanie Cheng


9781925603972

Text Publishing Company


Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945);
Short stories


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272 pages

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Australia Day is a collection of stories by debut author Melanie Cheng. The people she writes about are young, old, rich, poor, married, widowed, Chinese, Lebanese, Christian, Muslim. What they have in common-no matter where they come from-is the desire we all share to feel that we belong. The stories explore universal themes of love, loss, family and identity, while at the same time asking crucial questions about the possibility of human connection in a globalised world.

Melanie Cheng is an important new voice, offering a fresh perspective on contemporary Australia. Her effortless, unpretentious realism balances an insider's sensitivity and understanding with an outsider's clear-eyed objectivity, showing us a version of ourselves richer and more multifaceted than anything we've seen before.

By:   Melanie Cheng
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   204g
ISBN:   9781925603972
ISBN 10:   1925603970
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Melanie Cheng is a writer and general practitioner. Of Chinese-Australian heritage, she was born in Adelaide, grew up in Hong Kong and now lives in Melbourne with her family. In 2016 she won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Her debut short story collection, Australia Day, won the 2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the 2018 Indie Book Award for debut fiction and the 2017 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Her writing has been published in Age, Big Issue, Meanjin and Overland among other publications.


`The stories are unpretentious, diverse, and a lot of the time, disconcertingly real. Cheng's characters are just as well realised; they live on in your head long after you've put her book down.' * Lifted Brow, Favourite Books of 2017 * 'The book bears witness to the author's empathetic eye, multicultural characterisation and easy facility with dialogue...This short story collection explores what it means to belong, to be Australian; its insight from different vantage points and its photo-realistic narrative make it an exciting and impressive debut.' * Judges' Report, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, 2018 * `The author's empathetic eye and easy facility with dialogue make the anthology a strong debut, with the longer stories in particular offering breadth and depth...It feels like Cheng has taken a wide sample from the census to craft this inclusive portrait of contemporary Australia.' * Big Issue * `The happy surprise of Cheng's work as a collection lies in her resolute grasp of the absolute normalcy of a culture that not so many years ago was divided and dually suspicious. The census gives us the facts but it takes fiction to make reality three-dimensional.' * Sydney Morning Herald * `A wonderful feat of storytelling...Melanie Cheng is an exciting new writer.' * Readings * `If only the PM might pick up a copy, even by mistake.' * Saturday Paper * `What a wonderful book, a book with bite. These stories have a real edge to them. They are complex without being contrived, humanising, but never sentimental or cloying-and, ultimately, very moving.' -- Alice Pung `Melanie Cheng is an astonishingly deft and incisive writer. With economy and elegance, she creates a dazzling mosaic of contemporary life, of how we live now. Hers is a compelling new voice in Australian literature.' -- Christos Tsiolkas


  • Long-listed for Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction 2018 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2017 (Australia)
  • Winner of Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript 2016 (Australia)
  • Winner of Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction 2018 (Australia)
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