The Age of Fibs: stories memoir microlit – new & selected


Beth Spencer

An award-winning collection that crosses boundaries of genre, time, history and desire, exploring how we create ourselves through culture and stories, and why this matters.

An Angel is suspended beneath a forest-green canopy; a girl watches Bewitched and dreams of being part of a coven; a man struggles to wrest back control of his story; and the cast of Fatal Attraction is let loose on the streets of Newtown. Memories of football and class, museums, tv families, Barbie dolls, and growing up in the age of Fibs bras and the rise and fall of the Whitlam government.

From the author of the critically acclaimed How to Conceive of a Girl, this collection explores family, sexuality, loss and belonging – seamlessly interweaving the past and the future, the critical and nostalgic, the experimental and the intimate.

Paperback, 216 pages, $22.99 + postage




***Winner of the 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award***


Writers@Work event hosted by University of Sydney

In case you missed it: Beth Spencer in conversation with Belinda Castles. Watch the recording here.

Friday October 7th 2022 at 1pm 

The Creative Writing program invites you to join us for a lunchtime chat with Beth Spencer, critically acclaimed author of How to Conceive of a Girl and winner of the Carmel Bird Literary Award for 2018. Beth will discuss her latest work, The Age of Fibs stories memoir microlit, as well as how she has sustained a long writing career in a changing literary landscape.

All welcome.

Click here for free link.


‘Gives vivid insights into the small and large moments of the human story. It was a great pleasure to encounter this gem.’ —Carmel Bird, author of Love Letter to Lola


‘Spencer’s work brims with energetic, provocative, and idiosyncratically stylish writing.’ —Felicity Plunkett  


‘Consistently thought-provoking,  compelling, and rich with humour and complexity.’ —Magdalena Ball


‘I should have known “fibs” would have more than one meaning.’ —Andy Jackson, The Saturday Paper

Further Reading

Beth Spencer’s Youtube interview with Magdalena Ball from Compulsive Reader Talks


Beth  Spencer’s Podcast interview with Magdalena Ball from Compulsive Reader Talks

About the Author

BETH SPENCER writes fiction, essays and columns, and has had numerous pieces devised and performed for ABC Radio National. She has a PhD on ‘Fiction as a way of thinking’ and currently resides on the Central Coast, NSW.



Distribution inquiries:

Our titles are distributed by NewSouth Books through Alliance Distribution Services:
Tel: 02 4390 1300


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203mm H x 103mm W

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