Posted by: Lisa Hill | June 25, 2015

Book Giveaway winner: Peripheral Vision, by Paddy O’Reilly

Random 13 Oh, I do love it when a random number generator picks a most deserving winner of a giveaway!  Yes, as you can see, of the 13 entries for this giveaway, it was No 7 that won it, and that is my dear friend Karenlee Thompson who has contributed so many wonderful reviews to this blog!

Peripheral Vision

Karenlee has won a copy of Paddy O’Reilly’s new collection of short stories, Peripheral Vision which is already creating a buzz around town and it was only released this week:)   Karenlee, of course I already know your address, so I shall forward it to UQP and they will send the book to you ASAP.

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 the versatility and sheer classiness of Paddy’s writing, don’t waste any more time.  See her profile at Meet an Aussie Author, which has links to all her books and my reviews of them, and discover just how good she is.


  1. Well I am a happy little vegemite! Thanks Lisa, I’m really looking forward to reading the collection.


    • Well done, Karenlee, and commiserations to everyone else!


  2. Congratulations Karenlee, look forward to seeing your review in due course…


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