The Bridge — 21 Short Stories from the Stringybark Fiction Awards

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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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Brian Stubbs reviewed on on Nov. 5, 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)
Em Brister reviewed on 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)
Jane Doilly reviewed on 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)
Mike McG reviewed on 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)
Jack A Benson reviewed on 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)
Sandra Black reviewed on 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)
Gabion reviewed on 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)
Clarissa White reviewed on 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)
Helen Denkha reviewed on 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)
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