Posted by: Lisa Hill | June 10, 2015

Book Giveaway: Peripheral Vision, by Paddy O’Reilly

Peripheral VisionAs regular readers of this blog know, I am a keen fan of Paddy O’Reilly’s work, and so I am delighted to have the opportunity to offer a giveaway copy of her new collection of short stories, Peripheral Vision.

This is the blurb from UQP:

A teenager on the tram meets an old man claiming to be Jesus Christ. Six young women band together on a night prowl. A Filipino immigrant clashes with his eldest sister, who has brought him to Australia for a better life. And in a future where dogs have risen up against their owners, a mother is alarmed by her adolescent daughter’s behaviour.

Through such diverse characters, Paddy O’Reilly takes us into the fringes of human nature – our hidden thoughts, our darker impulses and our unspoken tragedies. By turns elegiac and acerbic, but always acutely observed, Peripheral Vision confirms O’Reilly as one of our most inventive and insightful writers.

For O’Reilly, Peripheral Vision is the culmination of years of fascination with a form that offers infinite possibility in voice, character and style.

‘The stories were written over a number of years and were selected to sit together in a collection that is varied in style but has an overarching theme of the moment where a character glimpses another world, another life, another possibility that may not have occurred to them before.’

If you’re not familiar with Paddy’s writing, you are in for a treat.  See her profile at Meet an Aussie Author, which has links to all her books and my reviews of them.


Be in it to win it!  Anyone with an Australian postal address is eligible.  Please indicate your interest in the Comments box below and I’ll select a winner using a random generator round about the release date of June 24th.

All entries from readers with an Australian postcode will be eligible but it is a condition of entry that if you are the winner, you must contact me with a postal address by the deadline that will be specified in the blog post that announces the winner.   (I’ll redraw if this deadline isn’t met).

Good luck!


  1. Really keen. Loved The Wonders.
    Lynne Kelly


  2. Wonderful opportunity. Thanks Lisa.


  3. Very interested thank you.


  4. I am in for a win. Thanks Lisa.


  5. Yippee! I love Paddy’s work :-)


  6. I’m game. Thanks Lisa!


  7. You know me Lisa … a sucker for a short story. Count me in!


  8. Hello all you lovely people! As yo’ll know if you’re following my travel blog, I am in Delft today, but (cunning creature that I am) I set up this giveaway when I was back home – and thanks fot the team at UQP I can do the draw from wherever I happen to be on the 24th (Paris!!) and they will send the book to the winner.
    So good luck to everybody! (Or – as they say in Paris – bonne chance!)


  9. Haven’t read her work but a great opportunity …count me in Lisa


  10. Would love to become familiar with the writing of Paddy O’Reilly


  11. I would love to win a copy !


  12. […] Re the forthcoming draw for the giveaway for Paddy O’Reilly’s new book, I’ll do that ASAP, I just felt I had to write this review first while the book is fresh in […]


  13. Yes please, put me in the draw. Loved The Wonders.
    Yikes, look at all the competition!


  14. This book sounds interesting. I’ll be in with a try. I am going to see if my library has this as a good backup. ☺


  15. I would love to give this book a go, thank you for the opportunity :-)


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