Tainted Innocence and Other Award-winning Stories from the Twisted Stringybark Award

Rated 5.00/5 based on 6 reviews
A tale with a twist always intrigues and here is an entire collection of thirty-one clever stories from both Australian and international authors. These are the winning and highly commended stories from the Twisted Stringybark Short Story Competition. 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 Tainted Innocence and Other Award-winning Stories from the Twisted Stringybark Award by David Vernon

Russell Westmoreland reviewed on July 12, 2020

Loads of great stories, told well. Great diversity and most with an unexpected twist. Think the judges got it right awarding first place to Tainted Innocence
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Clarissa White reviewed on March 18, 2013

Perfect little twisted tales. Loved it!
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
Em Brister reviewed on March 6, 2013

Five stars for a five star book. These stories all have wicked little twists at the end that keep you guessing. Excellent production quality makes it a good buy.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
Suzanne Rath reviewed on Sep. 11, 2012

I'm very newly getting back into short story writing again, and found this book fantastic- the stories are written in a lovely tight structure and cover a range of topics, with some lovely twists!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Sandra Black reviewed on July 11, 2012

I very much enjoyed the title story, "Tainted Innocence" by Sharon Haste. It is clever, disturbing and thoughtful, but the story that made this collection for me was "I Hear Them" by Beverley Lello. What a stylish, thought-provoking and clever piece. I love stories with a twist in the tail and this anthology is just spot on. I can't wait to read more.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
Tenza reviewed on July 8, 2012

Five stars. I can't fault this book of clever, witty and sometimes exasperating short stories — all with a twist. 'Tainted Innocence' - the cover story is excellent with a most surprising end. 'The Bullet' is innovative and edgy. A terrific anthology. Great layout and no typos, which is practically a first for these Smashwords books.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

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