The Road Home and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Short Story Awards

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Rated 5.00/5 based on 9 reviews
Thirty-three highly entertaining short stories explore the nature of Australia and the Australian character in this anthology of award-winning stories. Written by established and new writers, each story has been chosen for its unique contribution to Australian literature. More
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About David Vernon

I am a freelance writer and editor. I am father of two boys. For the last few years I have focussed my writing interest on chronicling women and men’s experience of childbirth and promoting better support for pregnant women and their partners. Recently, for a change of pace, I am writing two Australian history books. In 2014 I was elected Chair of the ACT Writers Centre.

In 2010 I established the Stringybark Short Story Awards to promote the short story as a literary form.

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Reviews of The Road Home and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Short Story Awards by David Vernon

V.S. Daley reviewed on May 29, 2013

The best Stringybark anthology yet - and I haven't read them all. "A Day Like Any Other" by Nan Doyle is a real delight.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
Peter Thompson reviewed on May 9, 2013

I read this book last year and have finally got around to a review. There are some powerful stories in this book. Stories that really get to the heart of being a human. This is a terrific read.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
Jane Doilly reviewed on Feb. 21, 2013

Thirty three very entertaining short stories. All the stories are very different and quite thought provoking.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)
Clarissa White reviewed on Feb. 18, 2013

I think this must be one of my favourite Stringybark anthologies yet and I have now read a few of them. Barbara Fraser's "Top Dog" is quite a tale — written with panache and such a lovely sense of humour. I note that Bronnie Wu in her review commented on the production quality. Yep - couldn't find any grammatical errors which seem to so plague the e-book market. I was delighted to buy this book (even more delighted to read it!)
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)
Bronnie Wu reviewed on Sep. 20, 2012

I have to agree with Daniel Vane's assessment. This book is a pleasure to read and the production quality is high. A great read full of contrasting and disparate stories.
(reviewed 80 days after purchase)
Daniel Vane reviewed on July 22, 2012

This is the best Stringybark anthology I have read and I have read a few of them now - the variety of story themes is entertaining but more importantly is the quality of the writing. This is stylish writing at its best. As Julie Davies points out in her review - Kerry Cameron's story is just beautiful. It is wonderful to get an emotional response to a short story.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
Sandra Black reviewed on May 14, 2012

Classy - each story has something to offer. Well written, well produced and a quality read. "Top Dog" by Barbara Fraser is delightful. Nan Doyle's story "A Day Like Any Other" is clever and intriguing."About Time" by Kerry Cameron brought tears to my eyes. A wonderful anthology.
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)
Mike McG reviewed on May 13, 2012

This is a wonderful anthology — one of the best I have read. The stories are very different, intriguing and provide a fascinating insight into Australia and Australian thinking. Great production quality — read beautifully on my iPad. I'm usually reticient about handing out stars, but I can't fault this one so you get the full shebang - five stars.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Julie Davies reviewed on April 5, 2012

This is my favourite Stringybark anthology so far because, if I had to choose one word to describe it, it's REAL. I read because I want to not be alone inside my head for a short while - that dual curse and gift of homo sapien's self-awareness and intelligence.

These stories all breathe humanity and Australian-ness, if there's any such thing. By now I know to leave Kerry Cameron's contribution (About Time) till last, not just in the spirit of eating my greens first and saving the potatoes and gravy for the end, but also because I know I won't be able to read further through the tears. And this time there were so many other writers following in her footsteps and shredding my heart-strings; such as Eloise Verlaque (Ones Left Behind), Barbara Lello (Living Treasure), Graeme Simsion ((Confession in Three Parts) and Peter Bishop (Elena).

This book is about being human; the joys and sorrows,love and loss. A mighty read! And Graham Parks: if I were single, you would have that date Saturday night. What great chutzpah to advertise in your bio - love it!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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