“From where does joy arise, and to where does it go?”– James Puterflam
The movie that you can rely on to brighten your spirits.
The hobby, place, or person that never fails to make a bad day feel that little bit better.
The desire to hold tightly to what we love, the things we believe in, is so uniquely human that it binds us all together.
When difficult days come rolling in, it is the nature of human beings to turn to the things that keep us afloat. Sometimes, they’re small, so dismissible that to put weight on them seems a fool’s errand: the smell of baking bread; the joy you feel when, finally, your home garden begins to sprout; the moments we don’t appreciate when life is going right, only when it’s going wrong.
But it is these simple pleasures that make us who we are.
In a world of chaos, complications and controversy, it is these thoughts that calm, cultivate and connect. These pages contain the scribbles of pleasure, a look into the simplest of joys, the wildest of passions, found in the moments in between.
“You need only turn around the corner to find it. Just where you left it.” – Vanessa Vu
Diana Reid is a Sydney-based writer. Her debut novel, Love & Virtue, was an Australian bestseller and winner of the ABIA Book of the Year Award, the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year Award, the ABA Booksellers’ Choice Fiction Book of the Year Award, and the MUD Literary Prize. Love & Virtue was also shortlisted for the Indie Debut Fiction Award, the ABIA Matt Richell New Writer Award, and Highly Commended at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Diana was also named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist in 2022.
Foreword by Diana Reid
Trains, Planes, and Blackberry Pie by Freya Elizabeth Bell
A Map of Ice Cream in Sydney by Zoe Morris
Holding Hands by Juan Pablo Guevara Morales
A Morning of Bliss by Ashleigh Cuthill
The Heater by Juan Pablo Guevara Morales
Carlton crescent, Summer Hill by Zoe Morris
In the Key of by Atticus Santamaria
Anthem from the Fryless Dystopian by Joel Fitzgibbons
Brown Girls and White Dreams by Sharmila Jayasinghe
Be Still by Caitlin Anderson
Nocturnal Sounds by Vanessa Vu
The Sky is a Teenage Girl by Zoe Morris
Wind Chimes/Pearl Earrings by A.E. Leighton
Brewed by Zara
The Little Beach by Sarah Nicole Ambrose
December by Hannah Roux
Summer Water by Juan Pablo Guevara Morales
The Lady of the Lake by Tom Williamson
Hiding in Plain Sight by James Puterflam
Things We Loved and Lost by Sharmila Jayasinghe
A Darn Good Cuppa – A Memoir by Susanna Smith
walking to a babysitting job, 28/5/22 by Zoe Morris
Neighbourhood Wisteria by Emma Murphy
Happiness in the Steel Strings by Wooden Peach
Presence by Harold Legaspi
A Room Without Books by Thomas Evans
An Ordinary Evening at Ashgrove by Blake Isaac Falcongreen
Stepping Out for Air by Sophie Bellotti
A Life of Moments by Aoife Edwards
The Sajdah (Prostration) by Naosheyrvaan Nasir
Dream Walker by Zara
Happy Fifteenth by Carmen Vallis
Things I Find Beautiful by Sarah Nicole Ambrose
Water and Mountains by Hannah Roux
Del o Ghalb by Danny Yazdani
The Children’s Bach by Blake Isaac Falcongreen
All the Small Things by Djuna Hallsworth
Pure Joy by James Puterflam
Rhythm is Going to Get You by Sharmila Jayasinghe
Reflection of a Witching Hour Complexion by Joel
About the Authors
About the Editors
Size: 210 × 148 mm
Publication: 01 Mar 2023