Review by Claire Baker, Former Director Booranga Writers’ Centre, Booranga News March-April 2013 Book Review: The Only Constant by Robyne Young (Sydney: Promotions from the Pen, 2012.)
Don’t be misled by the size of The Only Constant, a collection of eight short stories written by Robyne Young. This slim-fit volume hides within a depth of experience that belies its 120 pages. The quotations at the front, together with the book’s title, orientate the reader to the issues that are teased out within this diverse collection. Read the complete review. Claire Baker Review of The Only Constant
What other readers are saying about ‘The Only Constant’
‘An emotionally charged read’ – Anita Heiss, author
‘The thing that hooked me with this book of shorts is the unexpected switch of voice and tone from one story to the next leaning in on moments that are distinctively Australian with a voyeuristic turn of phrase that nails moments I’m sure I can remember being in.’ Julie Proudfoot – Passages of Writing
Read the passages Julie liked here.
The Only Constant features previously published as well as new fiction and was launched at the 2012 Write around the Murray Festival by award winning slam poet, Emilie Zoey Baker.
Read an excerpt from Blue Butterfly
‘ She has a rare skill of conveying a story with a simple and beautiful economy of words’ Alice Pung, author of Her Father’s Daughter and Unpolished Gem.
‘Robyne Young penetrates the dilemmas of ordinary people, charting their challenges and joys with deep sympathy. Each story is a moment of revelation for characters and readers alike.’ John Charalambous, author Two Greeks, Silent Parts (longlisted 2007 Miles Franklin Award), The Furies.
The Only Constant is available now at the BookPOD online bookstore. Click here and at Dymocks Albury, 557 Dean Street, Albury. Ph: 02 6041 1805.
Books are also available at Shades of Art, 74c Ovens Street, Wangaratta; Country Tales, 1 Barnard Street, Bright; Meaghan Art, 19-21 Conness Street, Chiltern; Beechworth Bookstore, 73 Ford Street, Beechworth and Biblomania, 10 Clyde Street, Myrtleford.
You can read my first collection here. The Basket and The Briefcase
Other published fiction
Be Careful What You Wish For – published
Capsule Fiction – June 16 2011.
Poetry – published and performance
Parramatta Morning – ZineWest13 – Third Place. Judge Fiona Wright.
I also was a contributor to the illustrated progressive novel, Murray Time, (Letao Press 2003) and the ‘Echoes’ project – writing for the official opening of the Albury LibraryMuseum in 2007.