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Trust me! edited by Paul Collins

cover image Ford Street Publishing, 2008 ISBN 9781876462574
A solid book (412p) containing short stories and poems by some 40 Australian authors and poets, with an introduction by Isobelle Carmody is a well needed resource for schools. Short stories and modern verse written by contemporary poets is in short supply, so I grabbed this to read more eagerly than some I have been sent to review.

A story entitled, Abandoned, by Robert Hood, grabbed me as it was a crime story set in a rubbish dump. What more could you ask for? This was followed with a foray into Bill Condon's little treat about bullying and rats, called The cost of air. For dessert, I read Doug MacLeod's laugh out loud poem, Smarty, then a night cap with Carol Jones, Under/Over. And that was just for starters.

As with any book of short stories, there are some that grab and some that leave you cold, but any reader will find something to amuse, delight and entertain in this tome. Its range of stories is impressive, from horror to mystery to science fiction and even romance, there is something for everyone.
Fran Knight

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