City by James Roy is the companion short story collection to the highly successful and award-wining book, Town, published by UQP in 2007.
The only water out this way is the river and the reservoir and the twin pipes that feed the city. Huge and dark, each as thick through as a small car, they rise and fall across the plains towards the glowing sky and the shimmering skyline.
In his acclaimed collection, Town, James Roy used the short story to chart the social tapestry of a country town as seen through the eyes of thirteen young residents. The young people in City are linked in very different ways - through chance meetings, found objects, social connections, the civil disobedience of the shadowy Poet and the streets of a city.
Like the town in its companion collection, this place has no name. But any reader who has ever lived in a city will find it immediately familiar.
A striking collection of connected stories that reflect our lives and those of the people that we pass each day.
About the Author
James Roy was born in western New South Wales in 1968, and spent much of his childhood in Papua New Guinea and Fiji, adventuring by day and reading books by night. Then, one day, tired of reading books by dead people, he decided to start writing his own. His first novel, Almost Wednesday, was released in 1996 and was followed by the CBCA Notable Book Full Moon Racing. Other critical successes came with the CBCA Honour Books Captain Mack and Billy Mack's War, and the Notable Books The Legend of Big Red and A Boat for Bridget. In addition to writing fiction, James also drew on his years as an adolescent nurse to write The 'S' Word - a boys' guide to sex, puberty and growing up. James lives in the Blue Mountains with his wife and two daughters. He doesn't like olives very much, and in his spare time he demonstrates an entirely misplaced confidence in his skills as a guitarist, painter and sportsman.
For Ages: 14 - 17 years old
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 22nd August 2012
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 19.8
Edition Number: 1