Crow’s Breath by John Kinsella has been shortlisted for the Colin Roderick Award. The award is presented to the best Australian book published in 2015. The judges’ comments follow.
Ravages, both human and environmental, are the subject of John Kinsella’s Crow’s Breath, a masterful and mature collection of short stories. Kinsella’s stories are evocative, poetic, full of damaged people and places. Kinsella’s fiction is understated and polished. It has that haunting quality about it that makes great short fiction last, like Alice Munro’s and Tim Winton’s, and which compels readers to return to it again and again.