The Hunter and other stories of men


Format: ISBN: 978-1-925760-06-4 Trade Paperback 224pp Rights: World Rights Release / Publication Date: 01 /08 /2018


Shortlisted for The Dorothy Hewett Award

A property developer fears that a burgeoning ibis population will prevent the construction of a high rise apartment complex; a bus stop outside a dementia care facility in Düsseldorf suffers its own identity crisis; a young man’s new job requires him to pose as a woodcutter and wave at a trainload of tourists; an aging, reclusive archivist becomes locked in a strange battle of wills with a courier; a backpacker in Israel has a bizarre religious experience.

In these award-winning stories, David Cohen explores the oddities of human behaviour with wit, affection and startling brilliance.

‘Cohen’s tragi-comic sensibility creates some astonishing moments of what we might think of as the suburban surreal.’ Sophie  Frazer, Australian Book Review

 ‘David Cohen’s imagination, as evidenced by his short-story collection, The Hunter, is a truly remarkable thing.’ The Saturday Paper

 ‘But looking past the humour, far more moving sentiments underly many of the stories centring on marginalised individuals. From the perspectives of those feeling disconnected from society via family breakdown, accident or illness, Cohen explores in thought-provoking ways the tendency toward obsession as their worlds become smaller (‘Shrinking’ and ‘Washing Day’) and the heartbreaking impacts of mental decline as we age (‘Lament of a Bus Stop outside the Benrath Senior Centre’ and ‘The Archive’).’ Booklover




David Cohen is the author of the novels Fear of Tennis and Disappearing off the Face of the Earth and the short-story collection The Hunter and Other Stories of Men, which won the 2019 Russell Prize for Humour Writing. His stories have appeared in Australian Book Review, The Big Issue, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Overland, and elsewhere. He lives in Brisbane, Australia.