The Man of the House

An excerpt from The Year of the Lilyweeds was published in this anthology…

Photo of book cover entitled Standing By
Standing By – Collection of award winning stories from Stringybark Publishers

Edited by David Vernon, e-book and paperback, Stringybark Publishing,

ISBN: 978-0-9925759-4-6

$14.95 includes postage within Australia.  Discounts for multiple purchases.

Thirty-one award-winning stories fill these entertaining pages. Written by Australian and international authors these stories explore Australian culture — sometimes funny, often poignant, occasionally unsettling, this anthology showcases the best of Australian contemporary short story writing.

When Jack came home from work that evening Bridie’s plan had firmed in her mind but she knew to bide her time. The leftover boiled potatoes from the night before had been cut into pieces and were now sizzling in a pan of dripping with bits of bacon rind that she’d saved from breakfast. She had boiled skinny green beans, the last few stragglers from the garden. Jack waited at the table, his knife and fork already in his hands.
“You kids come on. Your father’s waiting.”
The steak didn’t stretch to five people and so, as often happened, Bridie went without.
“No, I don’t feel like meat tonight,” she declared, fooling no-one. 

          — from “The Man of the House” by Gabrielle Gardner

One thought on “The Man of the House

  1. What a lovely site! I learned about the Tweed Valley and how beautiful it is, but really loved the stories of the women. Your writing is so easy to read. Can’t wait to read Lilyweeds!


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