Review & Giveaway: Breaking Beauty by Lynette Washington (Ed.)

Title: Breaking Beauty

Author: Lynette Washington (Editor)

Published: MidnightSun Publishing November 2014

Status: Read from November 12 to 14, 2014 — I own a copy   {Courtesy the publisher}

My Thoughts:

Breaking Beauty is a collection of twenty seven short stories authored by Creative Writing postgraduates from the University of Adelaide, which claims to be one of the pre-eminent creative writing programs in Australia.

Edited by Lynette Washington, this diverse literary anthology explores the theme of beauty, not to define it but to challenge our recognition of it. In most cases the stories delve beyond its familiar construct to find beauty in unexpected forms and unusual places, and often hidden deep beneath ugly truths.

Though the short story format is not a favourite of mine, I found the majority of the stories to be interesting and thought provoking. Those that resonated most strongly with me included Beautiful Girl by Gillian Britton, The Beholders by Sean Williams and A Paper Woman by Melanie Kinsman.

Ranging from the provocative to the poignant, from sexy to startling, Breaking Beauty is a fine anthology from a group of talented Australian writers.

With stories by Katherine Arguile, Lesley Beasley, Gillian Britton, Rebekah Clarkson, Jessica Clements, Katherine Doube, Annabel Evitts, Ruby Ewens, Matthew Gabriel, Corrie Hosking, Rosemary Jackson, Melanie Kinsman, Stefan Laszczuk, Jo Lennan, Gay Lynch, Mary Lynn Mather, Amy T. Matthews, Rachael Mead, Lilliana Rose, Bernadette Smith, Anna Solding, Reg Taylor, Heather Taylor Johnson, Lynette Washington, Bryan Whalen, Sean Williams and Kimberley Zeneth.


Available to purchase from

MidnightSun Publishing I Wakefield Press I Booktopia

Amazon AU I Amazon US



Courtesy of MidnightSun Publishing

I have 1 print edition of

Breaking Beauty

to giveaway.

*Sorry,  only Australian residents may enter

Please leave a comment on this post and then

Winner: Kimberley Z

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Louise
    Nov 16, 2014 @ 16:08:42

    Hi Shelleyrae

    I don’t mind short stories at the moment when I am busy and find trying to get through a whole book is a challenge when sleep often wins! But come the holidays I will be back to great novels! Thanks for the review.



  2. Mary Preston
    Nov 16, 2014 @ 19:12:53

    There is a place for short stories, but I tend to lean the other way & embrace great epics. I am intrigued though.



  3. Margaret Lynette Sharp
    Nov 16, 2014 @ 20:20:37

    I like short stories, and I’d be interested to read this collection.



  4. Deborah
    Nov 16, 2014 @ 23:17:44

    I’m not usually a fan of short stories but have two compilations at the moment. I haven’t had a lot of reading time so can appreciate they’re easier to get to in fits and starts!




  5. Kimberley Zeneth
    Nov 20, 2014 @ 15:16:08

    Awesome Publication. Beauty broken and reloved.



  6. anniepinkshoes
    Nov 24, 2014 @ 19:09:56

    I’m not usually a fan of short stories except for when I’m time poor and need to set myself reading deadlines. Time doesn’t work as I tune out a clock. This would a good read for me.



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