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The Whip Hand

Written by Mihaela Nicolescu and Nadine Browne


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Who holds the whip hand? 

From a young mother stealing back her child to a disillusioned lover seeking revenge with a potion, from house cleaners contemplating a life of crime to a woman parting ways with Jesus, these are stories of people living on the edge.

In their collections ‘The Returning’ and ‘Playing Dead’, Mihaela Nicolescu and Nadine Browne illuminate the complexity of the everyday with compassionate but unflinching accounts of the ways in which people gain, lose or reclaim control of their lives.

'The Yin and Yang of storytellers, the Thelma & Louise of piercing insights, Nicolescu and Browne here offer up short stories very different in style yet complementary in mutual sympathetic and empathetic understanding of the human condition.' The West Australian

'This excellent collection is a testament to the talent to be found among Australian writers.' Good Reading Magazine

ISBN 9781925164152 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 128mm) (Paperback)
Categories Short Stories & Anthologies
Book Club Reads
Mother's Day 2021
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2016
Pages 220
Rights World
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    Nadine Browne

    Nadine Browne was raised as a born-again Christian and wound up an agnostic studying theology at Monash University. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including Westerly and Antipodes. She has also been featured on ABC’s Conversations with Richard Fidler, and has appeared on The Moth (Los Angeles) and Porchlight (San Francisco). In her spare time she attends and facilitates a group at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre in the Perth hills. Read more

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    Mihaela Nicolescu

    Mihaela Nicolescu was born in Romania, brought up in Sweden, and then spent 13 years in London, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London. She now lives in Perth, WA. Mihaela’s short stories have been published in Mslexia, The Mechanics Institute Review, Aesthetica Magazine and The New Writer, and her plays have been produced by Parrabbola and Total Beast Theatre, and as part of London’s Off Cut Festival. She was guest editor for three issues of the World Arts Platform publication Write from the Heart, celebrating the work of writers who use English as a second language. Read more