A History of the Beanbag: and other stories

A History of the Beanbag: and other stories

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Susan Midalia


A History of the Beanbag is a short story collection with a difference - a scenic tour of the surprises, secrets and fears beneath the cracked veneer of domesticity and suburban complacency.

With photographic precision, in fourteen stories, author Susan Midalia captures the fleeting beauty, light and darkness to be found in the ephemera of everyday life. 

From the silences between people and the ordinariness of places, objects and events, she conjures stories of intelligence and grace.

Like the beanbag of the title, the stories are an invitation to settle yourself in for a reading experience by turns vivid, haunting, bizarre and strangely confronting.


Shortlisted – 2007 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards
Longlisted – 2008 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award


Praise for A History of the Beanbag:

These are stories distinguished by their profound sensitivity to the unexpressed dimensions of ordinary people; they are works of rare lucidity, integrity and sureness of style. A beautiful and wholly accomplished collection.


Book details

FORMAT: Paperback
EXTENT: 176 pages
SIZE: 204 x 140 mm
ISBN: 9780980296501
CATEGORY: Book Club BooksFictionSusan Midalia,