Stew and Sinkers

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
Thirty award-winning short stories from the Stringybark 'Times Past' Short Fiction Awards entertainingly bring Australian history to life. From the first Australian hanging to twenty-first century medical care, these true stories will delight, challenge and intrigue the most demanding reader. 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: Pippa Kay on Aug. 24, 2015 :
I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of stories. As well as enjoying the actual stories, which played with the truth, I also found the authors' "facts" following the stories to be very interesting.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Review by: Jack A Benson on May 31, 2015 :
I'm very fond of both historical fiction and short stories and so to find both combined in this neat little anthology was a great prize. The winning story. "Stew and Sinkers" is a real doozy, but all the stories chosen for this anthology are a great read. I hope Stringybark will do another history collection soon.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Review by: John Poole on Feb. 9, 2014 : (no rating)
Peter Smallwood is right: this is an eclectic collection with something for everyone. I enjoyed Kerry Cameron's laconic description of the vomiting bear in 'Ursa Major'. Debra Booth's 'Stew and sinkers' is a worthy winner and I smiled at Pippa Kay's word-picture of Mr Collins the hangman, puffing away flies in 'A Proper Job'. Gary Barber's 'The Sleeper Passer' is a favourite and Melissa Coffey's 'Motherlines' packs an emotional wallop. Well done writers and well done Stringybark!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Review by: Peter Smallwood on Oct. 20, 2013 :
There is something for everyone in this eclectic collection of short stories from times past. Some brought back memories from my childhood. ‘Woodsreef’ by Pippa Kay describing a boring school outing, reminded me of a day we kids spent hours standing in the hot sun for the privilege of catching a glimpse of the Queen Mother as her car passed by in the distance — we didn’t even get a nice bag of asbestos. ‘The Patterson Boys’ by Kerry Lown Whalen transported me into the story and evoked poignant memories of some of the poor kids I played with. ‘Impatient’ by Samantha Wilson is an insightful, humorous description of the racket and sleep deprivation that goes on in hospitals. ‘My Ernest Decision’ by Kyle Orr has the most memorable character for me: there should be more men of the cloth like the Reverend Ern (and his bar fridge).
This is just to mention a few of the skilfully woven tales in this entertaining and highly readable anthology.
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)

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