Artefacts and Other Stories

That dandelion. A flash of stubborn yellow in a dark box of space. It had promised sunshine but had tasted sour.


A dandelion. A mayfly. A family, bereft.

Items and mementos of a life, lived hard and with love, or long, empty, bitter.

In these sharply drawn and unflinching short stories, Rebecca Burns unpicks the connection between the lives we live and what we leave behind.

Rebecca Burns is a novelist and short story writer. Her two story collections, Catching the Barramundi (2012) and The Settling Earth (2014),were both longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, the UK’s only award for short story collections. Her debut novel, The Bishop’s Girl, was published in 2016. She lives in the Midlands, UK, with her husband and young family.

Book Details

ISBN: 978-1-925652-09-3 (pbk) | 978-1-925652-10-9 (ebook)

Category: Short story collection

Trade paperback: 156 pages

Publication Date: 30 September 2017

RRP: AU $18.95 (pbk) | $4.99 (ebook)

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