Australian Christmas Yarns, Volume 1 reflects on Australian experiences of summertime. Infused with the smells, sounds and textures of Australian life during the Christmas season, these stories also highlight the strengths and yearnings of their characters.
Mary Grant Bruce was known throughout Victoria for her annual Christmas stories, which appeared in the weekend newspaper The Leader.
These stories will appeal to people of all ages:
A Gentleman by Accident — a burglar gets more than he bargained for!
An Australian Christmas — a bushfire interrupts Christmas Day.
Home for Christmas— small boy Jim risks all to find his father for Christmas.
Our Christmas Eve — with a flood and snakes, of course.
Christmas at Henderson’s — it’s hard to cook the chicken well when there’s a fire on your farm.
The Valley of Forgetfulness — Teddy and Tinker’s mother has had an accident, and doesn’t know who they are any more.
Australian Christmas Yarns, Volume 1 is available as an eBook, published by Mia Mia Digital Publishing Pty Ltd.
This anthology is also out as a Voices of Today audiobook, narrated by Sarah Bacaller and Denis Daly.
Please note that all of these stories also appear in the much bigger Australian Christmas Stories (in hardcover print book and many audio formats), which has a total of 17 stories.
The Trustee of The Mary Grant Bruce Family Trust owns the extant copyrights to these short stories.
Both products were first published in September 2020.