Chance On Safari is the first episode in the Stock and Station Short Story series. It began many years ago as a retelling of depression era yarns my Grandfather had told me. These stories grew and took form quite on their own. It incorporates the story of a New South Wales farm which turned its vast cattle station into a game park for international tourists.
I had to wait until subsequent stories were completed before committing to the publication as it is an ongoing tale. Each quarter a new story will be released. So you can expect them in March, June, September and December of next year. All complete with illustrations from Grange Wallis. A big thank you to Grange for completing such amazing works of art throughout the book. It’s been a pleasure working with him and watching the story come to life.
The story has been very well received and in the last few days hit the top 10 bestseller list for Short Stories on Kobo and Top 50 on Amazon. It is strange seeing my book vying for position amongst the likes of J.K Rowling, Agatha Christie and Mark Twain. All three of those authors have staying power, I’m yet to achieve anything more than a brief sprint.
In more news the print copy of the book will be arriving any day now. There will also shortly be a pre-order option for the books online with a release date of early to mid January. This will coincide with their arrival in bookshops.
For those that are interested listed below is the all important blurb:
Chance is a knock about thirteen year old boy who lives and works on a vast cattle station in northern New South Wales. An orphan he was adopted by the owners of “Ironwood Station.” Set during depression era Australia of the late 1930s, the station has been transformed into a game park. During his first outing on a hunt for water buffalo and wild boar Chance is injured. In this instalment of “The Stock and Station Short Stories” his injury sets Chance on a path of discovery and adventure beyond life on the farm. A sentimental look at an Australia long past. Full of action and description it follows Chance’s growth from boy to man in a rough, harsh environment.