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Arms Race & Other Stories


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* Review coverage in literary magazines such as Kill Your Darlings, Australian Book Review, Lifted Brow, Overland Journal, Meanjin, The Melbourne Review * Review coverage in major broadsheet and tabloid newspapers in Australia and New Zealand * Online review coverage on sites such as, Overland blog,, ArtsHub * Author features and blog posts on popular literary blogs * Interviews on national radio programs such as Radio National's Books & Arts Daily * Selected story to feature as extract in literary magazines * Author will be a guest of a major literary festival in 2014 * Reading copies available to the trade * Advertisements in literary and current affairs publications such as ABR, Monthly, Listener, NZ Books and on their associated websites * Advertisements in bookseller newsletters and sites like Booksellers New Zealand * Banner advertising on bookseller websites * One standout story from the collection circulated via social media and featured on Text and bookseller websites

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'Nic Low's stories are like controlled detonations. Arms Race is machete-sharp, politically engaged and thematically fearless. Australian short fiction just got lobbed into the twenty-first century.' -- Maxine Beneba Clarke, author of Foreign Soil 'Outrageous, clever, passionate: a must read. These stories delight on so many levels and are written with a singular energy and skill.' -- Eva Hornung '[Low's] writing is fierce and uncompromising, bringing contemporary anxieties to the surface...This collection fights and grapples with language, counter-culture and consumerism, the characters inhabiting a plastic-elastic world being reshaped in the mould of whoever gets to the gold first...Seductive and frightening.' Weekend Australian '[Nic Low's] voice is natural and bitterly compelling. He never attempts to soothe us with easy answers, but instead enjoys posing difficult questions. If some of these tales might darken your mood, most of them will excite your imagination and alter your perception of the world.' Thousands 'Tales that explore the dark psyche of human nature in an often playful and hilarious fashion. This debut collection is one of those that rewards being dipped into, with fine writing and arresting images on a diverse and fascinating range of subjects.' -- Hoopla 'There's a bristling, playful energy to Nic Low's writing. The sentences in his stories are short and punchy - as though he can't wait to get them out. Hence the narrative fairly pulses along at a cracking pace with unexpected detours.' Sydney Morning Herald 'There's a bristling, playful energy to Nic Low's writing...the narrative fairly pulses along at a cracking pace with unexpected detours.' Sunday Age 'Each of these [stories] is offered to us in incisive text and dialogue and challenges comfort zones. Such a challenge is worthy of consideration.' Otago Daily Times 'Low moves seamlessly between his host of characters and their individual voices, as much as he does between countries and events. More broadly, he paints a dark-sometimes funny-picture of our future...If Arms Race is anything to go by, we can expect more from this emerging writer.' Weekly Times 'I would not be surprised to rediscover these stories thirty, twenty, even ten years from now, and remark at their prescience.' Readings 'In addition to cleverly executed ideas and Low's pitch perfect balance of humour and humanity, core to the appeal and success of these alternate histories/realities are their strong links to the here and now, their plausibility. Rare is it that I feel compelled to give special mention to more than half of the stories within a short story collection - clear indication of the exceptionally high quality of Nic Low's Arms Race, and Other Stories. Highly recommended to those new to short fiction.' Book Lover Book Reviews

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