216: Signed first edition of Back Burning by Sylvia Petter

Back Burning by Sylvia PetterITEM: Signed first edition of Sylvia Petter’s Back Burning, winner of the IP Best Fiction Prize in 2007

DETAILS: Sylvia Petter’s collection flings the reader across the globe in its bold exploration of love, death, passion, relationship, and family. Echoing her own life experience, Sylvia Petter’s award-winning stories explore universal themes through lenses of distance and separation. Back Burning spans continents, zooming in on snapshots of relationships from childhood and young love, through adulthood and career, political pursuits and history, to awakening in old age. Powerful stories of loss and rejuvenation emerge from this patchwork in unexpected ways.

‘I want to tell them about timing, how a new fire can burn once an old one has died. I also want to tell them about back burning and fires that are lit to quell bigger flames.’

Sylvia PetterBIO: Sylvia Petter was born in Vienna and grew up in Australia. She has been featured at conferences of the Society for the Study of the Short Story in English in New Orleans (2002), and Alcala de Henares, Spain (2004), and her work has been published widely both online and in print. Her first collection of stories, The Past Present, was published by IUMIX Ltd, UK, in 2001. Sylvia currently lives with her Austrian husband in Vienna whilst undertaking postgraduate studies in Creative Writing at the University of NSW.

About Candy Gourlay

Growing up in the Philippines, Candy Gourlay wondered why all the books she'd ever loved didn't resemble her steamy, tropical home in Manila. As a result, it took her years to fulfil her dream of becoming an author – and years to learn that Filipino stories, too, belong in the pages of books. Her latest novel is BONE TALK, set in 1899 and told from the point of view of a boy from a headhunting village during the US invasion of the Philippines. She has just published her first picture book, IS IT A MERMAID – about a dugong who thinks she's a mermaid. Candy's other novels, TALL STORY and SHINE, have been listed for many prizes in the United Kingdom such as the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Book Prize. Both novels won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe and Tall Story was awarded the National Children's Book Award in the Philippines.

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  1. £5 – to get you off the mark. Gaye

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