Yellow Pearl - Eighteen Short Stories from the Stringybark Australian History Awards

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Rated 4.67/5 based on 6 reviews
Raise the term ‘history’ in a conversation in any group and half the participants will glaze over and talk about something else. Why? Is it because they think that history is a collection of dates or stories about musty, dusty, kings? Perhaps. Or perhaps they have never come across an anthology like this one — full of good writing and intriguing plots. 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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Review by: Jane Doilly on Oct. 26, 2014 :
Some very evocative tales here, all that bring history out of the dusty pages of leather bound books and makes it real, vibrant and fascinating. Most enjoyable.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Review by: Sandra Black on May 26, 2013 :
Great collection of history inspired stories. Loved it!
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)
Review by: V.S. Daley on Sep. 24, 2012 :
The title story,"Yellow Pearl" is a beautifully written love story set in Broome just prior to WWII. It perfectly sets the scene for some wonderful Australian writing that examines Australian history from an original perspective. This is a terrific collection from Stringybark. Bravo.
(reviewed 77 days after purchase)
Review by: Jack A Benson on July 25, 2012 :
Top class anthology of historical fiction stories relating to Australia. For anyone with even a passing interest in history these stories will entertain and inform (an unusual combination on Smashwords). As Dorian Grey states below, the production quality of this e-book is high. No typos or layout errors in my download. Great work.
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)
Review by: Dorian Grey, Jr on July 12, 2012 :
"Yellow Pearl" the title story in this anthology is beautifully and evocatively written. Indeed, all the stories are satisfying. Some have unexpected twists, others paint pictures of times past that intrigue. Production quality is high and I will read more of these anthologies.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
Review by: Donna Fieldhouse on July 11, 2012 : (no rating)
Great bunch of stories as are all the Stringybark short story anthologies. I love reading the different take and styles that each writer comes up with.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Review by: Sophie Six on July 5, 2012 :
A thoroughly enjoyable read with many different takes on history. I particularly enjoyed the hair-raising ‘Lake House’, ‘A Sensible Girl’ was wonderfully evocative of the era, and ‘Dung Ly’ which showed that a short war can be just as tragic as a longer one.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)

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