Short stories to blow your socks off

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Alice Grundy is associate publisher at Brio Books and co-founder of Seizure, an incubator of Australian writing. For the past decade, she has worked in trade publishing with a focus on developing new talent. She has run workshops at festivals, universities and schools in Australia, India and China and written for the Sydney Review of Books, Overland and Books+Publishing.

Here are her recommendations for Booktober.


Smart Ovens for Lonely People by Elizabeth Tan 

Witty, prescient and superbly written.


Ordinary Matter by Laura Elvery 

High concept and beautifully executed.


Heat and Light by Ellen van Neerven 

Original, moving and incredibly vivid.


Lucky Ticket by Joey Bui 

Tragi-comic, authentic and emotionally powerful.


In the Time of Foxes by Jo Lennan 

Insightful, entertaining and captivating.


Pulse Points by Jennifer Down 

Masterful prose that is deeply affecting.


Portable Curiosities by Julie Koh 

Weird, funny and surprising.


Arms Race by Nic Low 

Playful, clever and contemporary.


Almost Sincerely by Zoe Norton 

Hilarious, both absurd and very familiar.


Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey 

Beautifully written, ambitious and absorbing.