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Fiona McFarlane’s new short story collection explores secrets—and the terrors of childhood

This exciting collection, which takes the reader from English country roads to sweltering Greece and Australia, proves McFarlane has a knack for disconcerting her reader

By Sian Norris   August 2017

The High Places by Fiona McFarlane (Sceptre, £9.99)

Fiona McFarlane has followed up The Night Guest with a prize-winning short story collection that takes the reader from rainy English country roads and sweltering Greece, to her sun-soaked native Australian countryside and the seedy dog tracks of mid-century Sydney.

The collection explores secrets—secret feelings and performed identities, secret histories, present deceptions. In the story “Mycenae,” two couples meet in Athens after years apart—one brash, confident and American; one nervous, out of place and Australian. As the sun beats down, old secrets rise to…

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