Stories


The Commuting Book began as a humble homage to centuries of storytelling - something which we believe to be an essential fibre in the very fabric of what it means to be human. We present a diverse range of pieces to better represent our many different interests and beliefs  ... a story meaning little to one may mean a lot to another. This is the wonderful wisdom of literature! We have some beautiful short stories and poetry written by Year 8 and Year 10 students. These will take but a minute to read. We also have essays, non-fiction pieces, book extracts, more poems, and short stories, by both published and unpublished writers.  Most of these might take 5 -10 minutes to read.  None of them will take more than 20 minutes, at most.  Time well spent.  

Stories for Flash Fiction

It’s what I could do to help Fleur out. Family is family. The last Friday each month, we’d drive into the city from opposite directions, and in ...More

Fiction
Heather McQuillan | The commuting Book
Heather McQuillan

September 22   ●  2 min read

Hazel leaned over, brushing her lips against her sister’s forehead. “Goodbye.” She fumbled with the window, shoving it open, greeted by a gust of ...More

Action & Adventure, Drama
Emma Warwick | The commuting Book
Emma Warwick

September 7   ●  3 min read

“I”m pregnant again”.    I was measuring flour into the sieve and gently banging it against the heel of my hand.  He was hunched over the computer. ...More

Biography, Food
Sile Mannion | The commuting Book
Sile Mannion

September 7   ●  4 min read

The dragonfly’s eyes are made up of multiple hexagons. Inside each hexagon is a black and white picture of my face. I’ve printed the photos from ...More

Fiction
Gail Ingram | The commuting Book
Gail Ingram

August 31   ●  2 min read

I ate my brother. I was always fond of him, looked up to him. He was older than me. I measured myself against him. We stood back to back. At first I only cam ...More

Fiction
Helen Heath | The commuting Book
Helen Heath

September 20   ●  2 min read

Fox

They didn’t want my name to be conventional. It’s a quick, sharp sound, a sound that belongs with cricket chirps and snapping twigs, brilliant as a fl ...More

Fantasy & Science Fiction
Sarah-Kate Simons | The commuting Book
Sarah-Kate Simons

September 16   ●  3 min read

First, find a location. Find a shabby farm that keeps its neighbours at arm’s length. Find a house with a rusted roof, with guttering that dribbles dow ...More

Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction
Zoë Meager | The commuting Book
Zoë Meager

September 22   ●  5 min read