The Teeth of a Slow Machine

Release date: 1 March 2022 – Pre-order now via the links below

The Teeth of a Slow Machine – Andrew Roff

Published by Wakefield Press, my debut short story collection dissects and explores the conundrums of contemporary life and what it is to be human, through a world very like our own.

A corporate satire follows a pair of dark operatives working for a chicken franchise as they take careful revenge on counterfeiters. A coder calculates the odds of her husband’s cold developing complications and killing him, in a story told in code. A relationship at breaking point is told via a scrambled timeline of events that works like a puzzle. A man spends his inheritance on technology that will allow him to fly. And an archeologist working for mining companies against the interests of Indigenous communities develops a mysterious psychological condition that causes her to black out and commit extreme acts of generosity.

Praise for The Teeth of a Slow Machine

‘At turns dreamlike, luminously satirical, fever-pitched and achingly mortal, the scope of Andrew Roff’s debut collection is utterly refreshing and a joy to linger in.’ – Josephine Rowe

‘A bold and exciting collection.’ – Laura Elvery

‘A collection bursting with vitality and variety, the stories ranging widely in form and theme, sometimes affecting, sometimes amusing, and never less than wildly entertaining.’ – Ryan O’Neill

Where to get it

You can purchase my collection at good book stores and online — pre-order now! Here are a couple of places to try, in person and online:

Wakefield Press (Mile End, SA)

Imprints (Hindley St, Adelaide)

Matilda (Stirling, SA)

Dymocks Rundle Mall, Adelaide (Level 1, The Myer Centre)

Readings Carlton (Vic)

Also online at:


Angus & Robertson

The Nile

Book Depository

More to come! And please let me know if you spot my book somewhere else in the wild!