a taste of Remembering the Dead

from the short story collection Remembering the Dead and Other Stories by Lewis Woolston, published January 2022


ISBN (paperback)  978-1-922427-58-8

ISBN (ePub)  978-1-922427-62-5

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‘Got a cow missing, supposed to be on the other side of the river but it might have snuck over here, have you seen it?’ from The Fox and the Fisherman

I’ve always loved those big Norfolk Island Pines there across the road. I hope the council never does something stupid like cut them down. from Those Pine Trees Across the Street

He grouped all female soldiers into two groups: “bushpigs” and “dykes”, and he despised them both. from The Disappointed Soldier

He was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given 9 to 12 months to live. Thing was, he still had three years left on his sentence. from Life Means Life

Matthew was the first person who told me that I had a talent for stories and should write. We used to both tell yarns. from Remembering the Dead: Matthew Fitzgerald

Life is for living and as long as you are alive there is always something that can be made out of it. The key thing is to start. Start living, start turning things around, start building a better life for yourself. from The Never Married Uncle

They rang their bosses via sat phone and updated them. There was nothing anyone could do. from Stuck at Kulgera

He never saw or heard the man come behind him as he fumbled with his keys. The blow that knocked him down was silent and sudden. from Old Mate at the Bottle Shop

She was a little different from the usual blow-ins who ended up on the hospital lawns. I worked my way around to where she was, picking up rubbish as I went to make it look legit. from The Girl in the Green Paisley Dress

For a split second it startled him to see the woman next to him. He’d been on his own for a while and had grown used to it. from Cooking Breakfast for Harriet

He pondered what to do while she was asleep. He didn’t want to bang around in the kitchen making breakfast in case the noise woke her up. He would make Vegemite toast. from Drown the Oleander

They drank beer and took photos of the water rising dangerously close to the front door of the roadhouse. from Stuck at Kulgera

‘Because the last time I saw that much cheese was at the Kraft factory, now get in there with the soap, you useless fuck!’ from The Army Penis Washing Method

He was destined to serve in a peace time military, no deployments, no wars, no chance for bravery and glory, just the mind-numbing routine of barracks life … from The Disappointed Soldier

‘Right, just make sure you walk back and forth in front of the gate every twenty minutes so you get seen on camera giving a fuck … from On Guard for the Milennium

They settle down on the couch while she finishes her story. When he thinks she’s safely done he asks if she brought her bathers with her. from Permanent Sunday

The rain had really set it. Fucking Adelaide winters, he thought, I wish I lived somewhere warm. from Drown the Oleander

That old place in Daw Park? That would be worth a fortune now, that area has gone ahead in leaps and bounds recently. It’s on such a big block too, maybe we could knock it down and build units or something? from The Never Married Uncle

The Army might seem awful to a lot of people but awful is a relative thing. from The Army Penis Washing Method

I could have very easily spent the rest of my life drifting, another lost soul out in the bush, there’s plenty of them. Instead, I got to have this little family in this little house … from Those Pine Trees Across the Street

‘… if you’re sleeping down here when it falls you might get hurt. Better to go camp over the other side of the River, ok?’ from Old River Trees

She had a kind soul once you got past her shyness, and her smile, although it was rare, was a heart-warming thing. from Remembering the Dead: Teresa

Daryl struck up a conversation with the local blokes and soon they were happily chatting away about fishing, footy and cricket, old-fashioned masculinity in action. from The Fox and the Fisherman

He heard her bolt off the couch. He heard the toilet seat fly up and the sounds of vomiting. He left the bacon to simmer and stood in the bathroom door. from Cooking Breakfast for Harriet

I’d joined up straight from High School to get the fuck away from my Christian fundamentalist parents and the shithole town I grew up in. from On Guard for the Milennium

If he told the truth his life here in Alice Springs was over. He’d have to move again. from Old Mate at the Bottle Shop

Derek wondered how such a small thin woman could achieve such ear-splitting volume. He walked out towards her and tried to sound like he was in charge of the situation. from Drove Him to It

Justin fancied himself an intellectual. He told everyone who would listen that he was a writer although as far as I know he never had anything published. from Remembering the Dead: Justin Moriarty

Daniel was an oddity at the rehab. Not because he was a heroin addict, there were plenty of those, but because he was a West Australian. from Far From Your Father’s Country

I thought I loved her but maybe that was just the loneliness of rehab and the sudden shock of being clean after so many years using. from Far From Your Father’s Country



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