'Subtle, beautifully paced stories … a finely tuned collection, thoughtfully written and arranged, with profound and unsettling things to say about love, loneliness, and risk.'
Denise O'Dea, Australian Book Review
'Many adjectives have been used to describe Georgia Blain’s work, including evocative, powerful, atmospheric, haunting, rich, thought-provoking, skilful, uncompromising and finely detailed — all of which apply to this collection of short stories.'
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'Richly imagined characters … told with lovely restraint. The authenticity of the writing is such that you feel you are standing in the shoes of these characters whose lives are at a particularly intense point'
'[A] skilled, disenchanted reckoning of the way we live now.'
Peter Pierce, The Saturday Age
'There's a quiet, understated quality to her prose, an introspection in her narrative that makes her words glow dully with slow-burning intensity … Relationships in all their combinations and permutations are skilfully dissected by an author with a keen eye and a firm grasp.'
Thuy On, The Sun-Herald & The Age
'Blain's achievement with the short story form is to render it a mid point between the overt artifice of fiction and the covert artifice of life-writing … her stories fill up with ambiguity … characterised by an irresolution that mimics the resistance of experience to shape and comprehension.'
Stella Clarke, The Weekend Australian
'Told with subtlety, tenderness and skill, The Secret Lives of Men displays Georgia Blain’s superb ability to convey both the joys and struggles of daily life and its impact on each of us. Blain is a gifted writer: through her storytelling we come to know ourselves better.'
'A haunting, unsentimental exploration of the vexations and joys of modern life, family, love and desire.'
'It is the mark of a superior book of short stories when each contribution is able to
stand in its own bold outline, yet also go to make something more and whole. This is
such a book … It is a mature work from an author with a special sensibility and a
comprehending, humane outlook.'
Judges' comments, NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2014