Eight Pieces On Prostitution

By Dorothy Johnston

Short stories | eBook


Eight Pieces On Prostitution – a collection of short fiction In ‘The Studio’ Eve clashes swords with an artist and escapes with the tiniest of moons. ‘The Man Who Liked To Come With The News’ combines a political crisis with a lunchtime massage. ‘Mrs B’ learns what it is to travel, yet remain in the same place. ‘The Cod-piece and the Diary Entry’ reveals how dangerous it can be for a whore to possess an imagination. In ‘The Birthday Party’ an old man dies in the middle of a heat wave. ‘Commuting’ places Sophie mid-way between a failed marriage and social service fraud. ‘Names’ explores the battle for respectability, and ‘Where The Ladders Start’ a crime of passion. ‘An Artist’s Story,’ added to the collection after its initial publication (and thereby bringing the total to nine) is about the unravelling of friendship and the desire to create an oasis in an unlikely place.


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Eight Pieces On Prostitution – a collection of short fiction In ‘The Studio’ Eve clashes swords with an artist and escapes with the tiniest of moons. ‘The Man Who Liked To Come With The News’ combines a political crisis with a lunchtime massage. ‘Mrs B’ learns what it is to travel, yet remain in the same place. ‘The Cod-piece and the Diary Entry’ reveals how dangerous it can be for a whore to possess an imagination. In ‘The Birthday Party’ an old man dies in the middle of a heat wave. ‘Commuting’ places Sophie mid-way between a failed marriage and social service fraud. ‘Names’ explores the battle for respectability, and ‘Where The Ladders Start’ a crime of passion. ‘An Artist’s Story,’ added to the collection after its initial publication (and thereby bringing the total to nine) is abo...


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I live in Ocean Grove, Victoria, Australia, and am the author of nine novels, including a quartet of mystery novels set in Canberra. Two of my literary novels, One for the Master and Ruth, have been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin award. I have published many short stories in journals and anthologies, along with essays in Australia’s major newspapers and journals and I review fiction for the Fairfax Press. Ashes from the Headland is my first novella. For more information about me and my books, please visit my website: http://dorothyjohnston.com.au/


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I live in Ocean Grove, Victoria, Australia, and am the author of nine novels, including a quartet of mystery novels set in Canberra. Two of my literary novels, One for the Master and Ruth, have been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin award. I have published many short stories in journals and anthologies, along with essays in Australia’s major newspapers and journals and I review fiction for th...


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