Charlotte Wood, editor of The Best Australian Stories 2016

The Australian newspaper has described Charlotte Wood as "one of our most original and provocative writers.” She is the author of five novels and one book of non-fiction, editor of the short story anthology Brothers and Sisters, and for three years edited The Writer's Room Interviews magazine. Her latest novel, The Natural Way of Things, has been shortlisted for the Indie Book Award and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, and longlisted for the Stella Prize. It will be published in the UK and North America in 2016. Two of her novels, The Children and The Natural Way of Things, have been optioned for feature films. 

'It has been both a pleasure and a serious challenge for me to choose this year’s Best Australian Stories. Having to leave out so many excellent works was heartbreaking, but I’m thrilled to be able to include a few emerging artists alongside some of our most respected short story writers. Among the former, Kate Ryan’s 'Where Her Sisters Live' – with its elegant cadences and muted threats, a perfect evocation of early adolescence – was one that gripped me immediately, proving that ‘the voice does not just tell the story, it is the story’. In the latter camp, the collection's first story, 'Monster Diary', shows Paddy O’Reilly at her strange, unsettling best. She’s a true original; as soon as I read this piece I knew I wanted it to open the book. It introduces what I think is a fine collection of ghosts, monsters and visitations.'