"Lanagan solidifies her reputation as mistress of the strange."--The Bulletin
Margo Lanagan's electrifying stories take place in worlds not quite our own, and yet each one illuminates what it is to be human. They are stories of yearning for more, and learning to live with what you have. Stories that show the imprint love leaves on us all.
If you think you don't like short fiction, that a story can't have the depth or impact of a novel, then you haven't read Margo Lanagan. A writer this startling and this original doesn't come along very often. So for anyone who likes to be surprised, touched, unsettled, intrigued, or scared senseless, prepare to be dazzled by what a master storyteller can do in a few short pages.
★ "This razor-sharp assemblage thrusts readers . . . into alien, hermetic environments and uncompromisingly idiomatic points of view."--Booklist, Starred
Winner of Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Book of the Year - Older Readers 2007. Shortlisted for Queensland Premier's Literary Awards: Australian Short Story Collection- Arts Queensland Steele Rudd 2007.
'...I was astonished by Red Spikes...The inventiveness, variety and quality of each story are extraordinary...Lanagan seems to have tapped into a bottomless reservoir of inspired creativity, each piece a unique gem.' Viewpoint, Summer 2006'...Lanagan has an extraordinarily dark sense of humour and takes obvious delight in subverting our expectations.' Junior Bookseller + Publisher, September 2006'...Highly imaginative...disturbing in their oddness...Every story is unexpected.' Australian Book Review, October 2006
Margo Lanagan is a highly acclaimed writer of novels, short stories and poetry. She lives in Sydney.