"Hitler Did It" captured me from its very first story: “Connecting Corridors” by Jemma van de Nes. How is it possible to read a story with a happy ending and still feel your heart has broken? Christian Cook’s “Some Corner of a Distant Field” glows with a lyrical love of the land at the beginning, so its progression is a rude shock that you keep resisting, right until the end. The whole anthology is full of delightful or devastating surprises. Nan Doyle’s “The Miracle” is a nativity story even an atheist can enjoy and I had no idea where John Poole’s “Just a Notch” was heading. His description, “Sydney’s jacaranda skies” vividly reminded this accidental migrant of the beginning of my love affair with Australia. Then it ended up in a place I learned about in the newspapers, and had tried to forget ever since. If you want marvellous stories told in powerful language, yet typically Aussie understated emotion, read this book.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)