The Best of The Lifted Brow: Volume One

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The Best of The Lifted Brow: Volume One


Since 2007, The Lifted Brow has grown into Australia's most exciting literary magazine, publishing hot local talent like Benjamin Law, Romy Ash, and Anna Krien alongside international stars like Karen Russell, Heidi Julavits, and David Foster Wallace.

The Best of The Lifted Brow celebrates five years of sheer nerve and dangerous excess. Alongside strange, sharp fiction from Frank Moorhouse, Christos Tsiolkas, and Rick Moody, there's personal essay and reportage that ranges wide and digs deep: Luke Ryan gets cancer twice, Michaela McGuire sabotages her casino job, Liam Pieper investigates how cocaine gets to Australia, and Alice Pung discovers just how different girls can grow up to be.


"If the quality of a literary magazine’s best short fiction is an index of excellence, this collection should leave no one in doubt of either The Lifted Brow’s ambitions, nor of its track record in realising them." 
Australian Book Review

"This 'best of’ edition condenses highlights from their first five years into paperback form. It opens with Michaela McGuire’s triumphant fuck you to menial employment in a Brisbane casino, then moves through 230 or so pages of bone-welted hearts, cancer comedy, 'Women of Mystery’, modern religious philosophy and 'Yogurt Guzzling Guar Gum Sluts’. Next time you’re convinced the world is full of morons with no interest in probing what 21st-century life feels like, pick up a copy and have a read." 
The Thousands

"The Lifted Brow has long been one of my favourite Australian literary publications; reading an anthology of their best pieces before anyone else had a chance to was easily the greatest task I’ve ever been set" 
Lip magazine

"Some really great shit in here. The Lifted Brow is a small aussie literary journal btw."
'John', over at Goodreads


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Brow and Then
Ronnie Scott

Reports from the Streets of Brisbane
Michaela McGuire

Robert Shearman

On Cocaine
Liam Pieper

Luke's Got Cancer
Luke Ryan

Serious Adverse Events
Tao Lin

Coyote Bait
Tom Lombardi

Dagger Lane
Adam Levin

Harold Holt
Chris Somerville

Sam Cooney

Santosbrazzi Killer
Heidi Julavits

Jim Shepard

A New Examiner
David Foster Wallace

Pornography Available for Download from the United Dairy Council
Glen David Gold

Vermin! Pestilence!
Benjamin Law


Shooting Lunch
Romy Ash

Cottage Gardening
Karen Russell

n a bourke

From Now On All I'll Talk About Is Light
Blake Butler

Silver Swan
Rebecca Giggs

More Women of Mystery
Daniel Handler & Lisa Brown

The Dacian
Christos Tsiolkas

In a German University
Frank Moorhouse

Advance Praise for the "Atonement" Murders
Rick Moody

Benjamin Kunkel

Elspeth Muir

Alice Pung

What Are the Attributes of God?
Tom Cho

Golden Circle Pineapple
Anna Krien