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A Couple of Things Before the End

2021 - Shortlisted


In this standout collection of short stories, Sean O’Beirne takes us on a rollicking ride through the lives of a panoply of characters as diverse as they are authentic. From the hilarious to the serious and confronting, these are highly original stories of perfect economy and extraordinary playfulness. A writer of acute ear and sharp eye, O’Beirne finds stories where the reader might least expect, with each story exploding our attachment to entrenched ideas of what it means to be Australian.