Behind the Wattles

Rated 4.75/5 based on 4 reviews
Fifty-six flash fiction and twenty-one microfiction stories feature in this anthology of cunningly clever, award-winning stories from the "Stringybark Flash and Microfiction Awards. From murder mysteries to goldfish and World War to pavlova, well-known and emerging short story writers demonstrate their skill in weaving compelling tales in fewer than one thousand words. 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 Behind the Wattles by David Vernon

Andrew Yung reviewed on Feb. 24, 2015

Fab. Seventy-seven short stories that demonstrate the breadth of the genre. Some of these are just mind-bogglingly clever and a few, a very few, are a bit ho-hum. As a collection of flash fiction stories this is a top-class anthology. A quality book.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
Margie Riley reviewed on Dec. 17, 2012

Great! Just in time for the holidays and for those last minute gifts. Easy-to-read (mostly) flash fiction pieces and micro-fiction snippets dotted throughout. Love 'em.
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)
Julie Davies reviewed on Dec. 15, 2012

What a marvelously eclectic collection of stories! Some are heartwarming, others thought-provoking, unexpected, haunting. Some made me laugh and others I identified with so strongly, I was annoyed I hadn't written them. The micro-fiction scattered throughout were like chocolate biscuits hidden under cake. A great read. Couldn't put it down.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Sophie Six reviewed on Nov. 25, 2012

A fantastic collection of short short stories from all walks of Australian life – past and present, pre-pat and ex-pat. From the familiarly evocative such as Peter Bishop’s “And things stood” and Pal Whipp’s heartrending and buoyant realism of “Redemption Bay” to the startlingly present historical voice of Graham d’Elboux ‘s “Truly”, and the poignant and whimsical concept of Harry Gorry’s “What Price Bubbles”, these stories are each unique yet all share artful plotting and wonderfully fresh, succinct descriptive writing. I particularly enjoyed the saga of Catherine Cooper’s “Roadside Tragedy”.
I’d never read flash fiction before and found it an amazingly refreshing length. I’m impressed at the depth of narrative conveyable in such a short word count, J.B Rowley “A lovely cup of tea” being a particularly deadly example. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be downloading Stringybark's other flash fiction anthology next!
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)

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