Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology

This awesome anthology makes me proud to be Australian, and so very happy to be a YA reader. I know I am going to be re-reading this collection many times in the future. This is essential reading for fans of all the authors involved, as well as anyone who likes good storytelling…


It’s a celebration of Australian YA and its diversity! It’s an emotional rollercoaster and it’s beautiful. It is sure to sit on your bedside table to be cherished and savoured over and over again. With brilliantly entertaining short stories from sci-fi, to magical realism, to fantasy, to contemporary, this all-new collection will show the world exactly how much there is to love about Aussie YA.

—MISCHA, Better Read Kids bookseller and YA Specialist

Begin, End, Begin traverses the rough terrain of adolescence, pausing to wonder at some of the many beginnings and endings that young adults will encounter during their high-school years. This anthology, taking its title and heart from the recent #LoveOzYA movement, showcases the talent of some #LoveOzYA heavyweights.

—FOUR STARS, Books+Publishing Magazine

A sweet new book, chockfull of stories for young adults (and adults who are young at heart) … the tales are a reminder of what brilliant writers we have here on our shores.


The YA event of the year.

Bestsellers. Award-winners. Superstars.

This anthology has them all.

Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology.

With brilliantly entertaining short stories from beloved young adult authors Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Lili Wilkinson and Danielle Binks, this all-new collection will show the world exactly how much there is to love about Aussie YA.

Harnessing the power of the #LoveOzYA social media movement, this anthology features incredible short stories from ten beloved Australian YA authors.

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• Voted No. 3 in ABC Book Club’s ‘Five of the Best’ 2017

• WINNER: Book of the Year for Older Children (Ages 13+) 2018 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA)

• Eight Nominations in the 2017 Aurealis Awards shortlist

• Shortlisted: 2018 Gold Inky Awards 

“I’m hesitant to use absolutes when I’m reviewing, but I’m going to say it … this is the best anthology I’ve read.” —Emily, Loony Literate Blog 

“All ten stories hinge on this idea of endings and beginnings, which is a fitting theme for stories about young characters who are moving through one of life’s major turning points. There are realisations made, perceptions altered, hearts exposed and apologies offered. And even the more light-hearted stories are underpinned by a certain poignancy, a sense that risks must be taken and sacrifices made before something new can be gained. It gives the collection a quiet vulnerability that I absolutely loved.” Lectito, book blog 

“But regardless of your age, gender, race, sexuality and nationality, whether you exclusively read young adult literature or stay far away from YA, you will find a story to love. You will gain a greater appreciation for Australian YA and you’ll come to love Oz YA as much as I do, as much as #LoveOzYA supporters do. Don’t miss out on this one!” Staff-pick, Book Bonding Bookstore 

“This anthology truly is phenomenal and one-of-a-kind — undoubtably the best anthology I’ve ever read.” Written Word Worlds blog 

“Theres only one thing I completely disliked about the book, and that was just that I found it was so hard to go from the ending of one story straight into the beginning of another story after the previous one had played with your heart and emotions and just threw them away it the end of it, leaving you to pick up all of the pieces left in the previous story in the two pages it took to get to the next story. My complaint is really why did you make the stories so good?” Book Mafia, Turramurra High School’s Book Club

“This exploration of loneliness and communication had description goals and the most wholesome story of sibling love I have encountered. Shout out to Binks for her contribution and editing skills.” —Sarah, Goodreads Review 

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The Author

Danielle Binks is a writer and reviewer, with a particular interest in youth literature. She established her book review blog Alpha Reader in 2009, the same year she completed Professional Writing & Editing studies at RMIT.

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