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PORTABLE CURIOSITIES

by Koh, Julie

A biting collection of stories from a bold new voice.

A young girl sees ghosts from her third eye, located where her belly button should be. A one-dimensional yellow man steps out of a cinema screen, hoping to lead a three- dimensional life. A journalist goes on assignment to report the latest food trend, which turns ice-cream eating into an extreme sport.

In Portable Curiosities, Julie Koh re-imagines our world with a dark, satirical twist. These twelve stories combine absurd humour with searing critiques on contemporary society – the rampant consumerism, the casual misogyny, the insidious fear of those who are different. Brilliantly clever and brimming with heart, this unforgettable collection is the work of a significant new talent.

JULIE KOH was born in Sydney to Chinese-Malaysian parents. She studied politics and law at the University of Sydney, then quit a career in corporate law to pursue writing. Her short stories have appeared in The Best Australian Stories 2014 and 2015, The Sleepers Almanac, The Lifted Brow, Seizure Online, Kyoto Journal, The Fish Anthology and Fixi Novo’s HEAT. Julie has been a finalist in the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards Written Word category, longlisted for the Australian Book Review’s Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, and shortlisted for the Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers. Her website is thefictionaljuliekoh.com.

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This collection is satire at its best, in a quirky new way. Great for dipping into or reading from cover to cover.

Review: The Big Book Club

Julie Koh's first full-length short story collection, Portable Curiosities, is an electrifying satire on Anglo-Australian hegemony and the underbelly of the Australian Dream. . Julie Koh's fiction is better than wild; it is a savagely brilliant exposé of society's vices.

Review: Australian Book Review

Koh is not pulling any punches, weaving elements of the mysterious and the grotesque with the all-too-real.

Review: Sydney Review of Books

Full of biting reimaginings of Australian culture and history that throw into sharp focus the uncomfortable realities of contemporary life . a stellar addition to a new wave of Australian satire.

Review: Readings Monthly

A fantastic and surreal collection of short stories, which dips heavily into absurdism and satire and includes stories with a magnificent and honestly hilarious feminist message.

Review: Daily Life

Armed with an uncanny ability to capture the zeitgeist of the timewhether it be contemporary society's obsession with foodie culture or institutionalised racism and misogynyAustralian writer Julie Koh's darkly satirical and convulsively funny short-story collectionPortable Curiositiesis as unsettling as it is edifying.

Review: Books + Publishing, starred review

Humour, weirdness, and social critique characterise almost all of the stories in this clever and highly original collection.

Review: Sydney Morning Herald

A collection of whip-smart satirical tales that are as painfully funny as they are uncomfortably timely.

Review: The Guardian Australia

This collection of stories is a sparkling debut by Sydney-based Julie Koh. Witty and with a distinctive sting, Koh's writing dances across various genres, from speculative fiction and magic realism to satire. . Both acerbic and whimsical, this collection establishes Koh as an exciting new voice in Australian literature.

Review: Overland Literary Journal

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