Secret Lives. "The Best Australian Short Stories 2003" by Peter Craven (ed) and "Secret Lives: 34 Modern Australian Short Stories" by Barry Oakley (ed) [review]
Two anthologies of fiction published late in 2003 might have been expected to provide, between them, some kind of overview of the directions that Australian fiction has been taking at the turn of the century. But it’s hard to see any pattern in this respect, across the fifty-one writers these two books represent between them. If there’s little direct engagement on a literal level with the current conditions and prevailing values of life in Australia, there is also perhaps a discernible lessening of interest in historical topics, except insofar as they bear directly on our times.