The Bridge — 21 short stories from the Stringybark Fiction Awards

Rated 4.44/5 based on 18 reviews
This anthology explores the nature of Australia and Australians through twenty-one intriguing short stories selected from the Stringybark Short Story Awards 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: Brian Stubbs on Nov. 05, 2014 :
I love some of these stories. Particularly the history based ones. They are very accurate. There's some very funny stories here too. A good read.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)

Review by: Em Brister on Oct. 27, 2014 :
I do love a story with a twist and most of these do. And the ones that don't are just delightfully written. Some of these stories are really very touching — the Boxer being one of them. Well worth reading.
(reviewed 3 years after purchase)

Review by: Jane Doilly on June 23, 2013 :
Some smashing stories here and not a zombie in sight! Spencer Ratcliff's short stories are a hoot. Robyn Osborne also produces some great laughs with her story "The Working dog." This is an eclectic collection of wonderful short stories.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)

Review by: Mike McG on May 21, 2013 :
This is apparently a selection of entries into the Stringybark Short Story Awards that didn't make the cut. The Editor was so peeved that the judges over looked these tales that he published them anyway. I can understand why. These are terrific stories that deserved awards. A most enjoyable collection.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)

Review by: Jack A Benson on June 24, 2012 :
I very much enjoyed this anthology of short stories. "The Bridge" itself is powerful but also has a lovely humorous undertone which makes the story a delight to read. The other tales all just as good and vary varied. I found one or two typos but given what is published today I'll give the publisher the benefit of the doubt. This is an excellent collection and obviously part of an on-going series which I will read.
(reviewed 70 days after purchase)

Review by: Sandra Black on May 10, 2012 :
I rarely give five stars — mostly because perfection is a difficult thing to achieve and I haven't given five stars because this is a perfect collection - it isn't. But it is close. The stories are varied, intriguing and witty. The Australian flavour comes through but it isn't all bush and kangaroos (actually, I don't think there is one kangaroo). Production quality is high — for once.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)

Review by: Gabion on April 17, 2012 :
I'm so pleased to have found Stringybark Stories — I know that I will find a quality collection of contemporary Australian writing. Of course not all stories are to my taste but that's okay — it makes the other ones all the better. While some may not be my taste, they are still written well, clever and evocative.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)

Review by: Clarissa White on March 18, 2012 :
I read these on the bus - a couple on each trip. Every story is different. Everyone story makes me think for a moment or two (or three) after I put down my iPad. That is the sign of a good short story. I loved "The Boxer" and "The Bridge" by Frank Stubbs. Wonderful ending. This is a terrific collection. No duds here.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: Helen Denkha on Feb. 20, 2012 :
An Impressive collection of Australian short stories . My two favourites are Us Do Part with its twister which comes half way through the story and the clever and witty Nurse Where are you. This story describes an average day in an Australian hospital. It is clever and funny. Although sadly the events described are too close to the truth of what takes place in hospitals.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Peter Thompson on Nov. 29, 2011 :
This is a wonderful collection of very diverse stories. I'm a keen reader of Stringybark Anthologies now and this is one of the best yet. My only wish was that it was longer!
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)

Review by: Daan Spijer on Nov. 02, 2011 :
David Vernon of Stringybark Publishing is an obvious lover of writing and a staunch advocate for the short story. In 'The Bridge' he has collected a bunch of his favourite stories that failed to make the cut with the judges of a competition. I am thankful to David, as it would have been a shame for any of these stories to have languished, unread.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Bronnie Wu on Sep. 15, 2011 :
What does an aboriginal boxer, a unionised dog and Balkan's butcher have in common? Read this book to find out. A fantastic little book that provides delight at every (electronic) page turning. So good to read a quality e-book when it is quality that seems to be lacking in this new e-world of indie publishers.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Linda Carter on Sep. 10, 2011 :
‘The Bridge’ contains a range of Australian short stories, a lucky dip with diverse styles, characters, themes and settings. The canine protagonist of ‘The Working Dog’ offers his bemused owner an entirely new take on industrial relations down on the farm! The tragic pathos of ‘The Boxer’ contrasts starkly with ‘Hang on a Tick’, where a Scottish ‘new boy’ lightheartedly scoots out of social trouble. The compelling opening to ‘She was born in Autumn‘ introduces a ‘ribbon of red’ that threads itself through image-driven metaphors – the rusty-red of autumn leaves, the stain of a birthmark, curled red hair, rosy skin, painted nails – and the story skips back and forth through generational time, as a curtain might blow in a breeze ...
I was delighted to have one of my short stories included in this anthology.
Linda Carter
(reviewed 52 days after purchase)

Review by: Susan May on Sep. 02, 2011 :
This is an impressive Australian collection. Having recently read what are considered quality Australian short story anthologies, I found myself quite bored. Many simply had no story to them. This collection, however, is filled with wonderful stories, created with great skill. David Vernon, the Editor certainly has a great feel for a good story. Send this book to overseas friends (or Aussie friends) & share a wonderful & fascinating view of Australia.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)

Review by: Daniel Vane on Aug. 22, 2011 :
This was a terrific read. The stories are entertaining, at times emotional and sometimes funny. They certainly give a flavour of Australia. I'm keen to read more of these anthologies. Great value for money.
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)

Review by: Carlie Daley on Aug. 21, 2011 :
This anthology contains some real gutsy gems. Particular favourites remain; The Tarot Card Reader, tinged with foreboding, and 'Strolia Doy'. The stories are clever and full of heart. Well worth the read.
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)

Review by: Brenda Swindells on Aug. 16, 2011 :
Great stuff. These tales conjure Australia for me, though I'm only an occasional visitor to my sister's place in Brisbane and a mate's home at Balmain. I particularly enjoyed THE BOXER, NURSE ... WHERE ARE YOU? TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS, A PERFECT LOOK, THE BRIDGE, HOMECOMING, THE WORKING DOG, and THE PIER. I'd love to see this collection in print, and to have my own copy.

Bob Swindells - children's author and Pom.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)

Review by: V.S. Daley on July 29, 2011 :
Anthologies can sometimes be pretty hit and miss. This one isn't. The stories are thought-provoking, entertaining and imaginative. What more does one want? Good stuff. I can't think of a better use for my $1.99
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

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