There's something for everyone in The Furphy Anthology 2023.
The book features the 16 top stories from the Furphy Literary Award - stories that engage, amuse and challenge - by talented writers from across Australia.
The perennial award theme is Australian life in all its diversity, allowing writers enormous freedom.
The 2023 winner is Jen Rewell, of Perth, whose uplifting and offbeat love story, Away to Me, was described by judge Anson Cameron as "populated with rodeo clowns and decorated with CB radios atop kitchen fridges... a woman feeds her lover steamed lemon curd pudding". The initial inspiration came from an elderly couple Jen camps next to every year.
Second place was awarded to Eugenie Pusenjak for The Drey, a story of two generations in a family, while third place went to Natalie Vella for The Lucky Country.
The Furphy Anthology 2023 (Hardie Grant) RRP $35.