Short Stories: The Turning by Tim Winton; This is a beautiful collection of linked stories.  Small Mercies is one of my favourites of this collection. It tells of a man who returns to his home town with his young son after the death of his wife. The reader pieces together what is told and what only hinted at about Peter’s past in this town which he thought he had left for good.

The Turning. A group of short stories about life's "turning" points.

Short Story: The boat by Nam Lee. The title story directly relates to the author’s family experience of escaping Vietnam in the seventies. Others are set in a world of drug lords and violence in Colombia, the countryside beyond Hiroshima just before the atomic bomb hits, and a couple are in modern day New York. Halflead Bay is set in a seaside town as a teenage boy deals with his mother slowly dying. This is a very assured collection of stories, each very much worth getting your teeth into.

"The Boat: Stories" by Nam Le….really great book of short stories.

This non-fiction anthology is a very rich collection of true stories about the experiences of Asians in Australia – from ABCs who have been here for generations, but who still look Asian, to very recent migrants. All the stories are quite short – many are only three pages long – and they cover a diverse range of experiences and a wide variety of tone.

Useful resources for VCE students exploring the context through the lens of Growing Up Asian In Australia edited by Alice Pung

Tim Winton's second short story collection explores the complexity of human relationships through the themes of futility and hope, revenge and redemption, birth and death that twist through each tale in turn, emerging, re-emerging, competing, conflicting.

Tim Winton's second short story collection explores the complexity of human relationships through the themes of futility and hope, revenge and redemption, birth and death that twist through each tale in turn, emerging, re-emerging, competing, conflicting.

Short Story: Sushma Joshi-The Discovery of the High Lama A not very bright student (and Karate master) from Nepal gets discovered as the High Lama in faraway Mongolia. And his unbelieving classmate, doing rather well in the US of A, has to go see for himself what the discovery is all about.

Full online text of The Discovery of the High Lama by Sushma Joshi. Other short stories by Sushma Joshi also available along with many others by classic and contemporary authors.

A list of self discovery stories - good reads website

A list of self discovery stories - good reads website


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