'Subtle, beautifully paced stories … a finely tuned collection, thoughtfully written and arranged, with profound and unsettling things to say about love, loneliness, and risk.'
Denise O'Dea, Australian Book Review
'There's a quiet, understated quality to her prose, an introspection in her narrative that makes her words glow dully with slow-burning intensity … Relationships in all their combinations and permutations are skilfully dissected by an author with a keen eye and a firm grasp.'
Thuy On, The Sun-Herald & The Age
'Blain's achievement with the short story form is to render it a mid point between the overt artifice of fiction and the covert artifice of life-writing … her stories fill up with ambiguity … characterised by an irresolution that mimics the resistance of experience to shape and comprehension.'
Stella Clarke, The Weekend Australian
'Richly imagined characters … told with lovely restraint. The authenticity of the writing is such that you feel you are standing in the shoes of these characters whose lives are at a particularly intense point'
'Blain's style is refreshingly lean and plain but all her stories are rich with digressions, pregnant gaps, suggestions of further dimensions that beg to be explored'
Katharine England, Adelaide Advertiser
'Told with subtlety, tenderness and skill, The Secret Lives of Men displays Georgia Blain’s superb ability to convey both the joys and struggles of daily life and its impact on each of us. Blain is a gifted writer: through her storytelling we come to know ourselves better.'
'A haunting, unsentimental exploration of the vexations and joys of modern life, family, love and desire.'
'It is the mark of a superior book of short stories when each contribution is able to stand in its own bold outline, yet also go to make something more and whole. This is such a book … It is a mature work from an author with a special sensibility and a comprehending, humane outlook.'
Judges' comments, NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2014