By Genista Fereselle

Five heart-warming short stories from Australia’s past and present …

Portrait with Wine Stains: Two pencil drawings, one of them stained with wine. Comparing the portraits, good-time girl Bel has a crucial decision to make: the struggling grazier, or the flashy lover boy? 

Miscamble is a Man: Colonial widow Kate, expecting the rare company of another woman in her isolated outback home, makes all sorts of dainty preparations. Sparks fly when manly Miscamble turns up instead.

Pop-up Lover: When Steve yells out the window of his truck’s cab, ‘Where you headin’?’, the girl thumbing a lift replies, ‘Wherever you’re going’s fine by me.’

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