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Bumpy Roads is a collection of thirty-five entertaining and mostly humorous short stories comprising of life experiences in which we can all relate. Life travels many roads. Some are bumpy and may not be welcomed experiences, but they are also often the funniest times in our life. These are the times to cherish, reflect on, build upon, and sometimes, are a catalyst for mov ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Trafford Publishing
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Arthur Schwartz
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Today's hectic pace requires some slowing down. Meditation is very popular these days, but most people do not have much time to mediate. Bumpy Roads by Brian Wilson is like a literary pharmacopoeia that hits the spot for whatever mood you're in. David Moore's foreword rightly observes that Bumpy Roads can be enjoyed "whether...curled up comfortably in an easy chair at home or waiting impatiently for a flight at an airport." The book is collection of short little stories that in some cases pose s ...more
Philip Newey
Aug 11, 2014 rated it liked it
It is never easy reviewing a collection of short stories, or an anthology, because inevitably the quality of the stories is going to vary greatly. This is particularly true when there is a variety of authors. Here there are just two authors. The majority of the pieces are by Brian Wilson, but a handful are by Rachel Coop. This is probably a good way to introduce a new writer to the public.

There are thirty-eight pieces here, including a few poems. A few are linked by the earthquakes t
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Leigh Podgorski
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Brian Wilson’s Bumpy Roads is a cozy, laid-back, easy read of afternoon delights, indeed an antidote to life’s “bumpy roads,” which perhaps may provide the ultimate meaning behind the metaphor. Within this eclectic collection we find part travelogue, which provides some of Wilson’s most beautiful prose, part history, part family and friend situations, sprinkled with Mr. Wilson’s light charming poetry and some photographic essays, and five or so additional witty and clever pieces by Rachel Coop t ...more
Paula Hrbacek
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Bumpy Roads” is the second book of short stories by Brian Wilson, an author who lives in New Zealand. It takes a look at all the small troubles in life; cleaning up after an earthquake, rental cars, middle age pot bellies, and more. Some of the stories are just a reflection on life. Others have a bit of British humor, or irony to them. There’s no set cast of characters, or a recurring theme other than something that is bothersome in some way.
The book is written using the British style of
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John Dizon
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Bumpy Roads by Brian Wilson is an eclectic and entertaining anthology of short stories that originate from Australia but take us across to Europe and back in a thoughtful and provocative tour de force. His thirty vignettes (along with five stories contributed by Rachel Coop) provide us with snippets in time of his characters’ lives, beginning with the catastrophic earthquake at Christchurch (Shaky Grounds) and taking us as far back as Hiroshima (in A Case in Time). Actually we are taken even further back to the days of Solomo(Shaky ...more
Carrie Lahain
I have a soft spot for short fiction. Taking ten or twenty minutes out of the daily bustle to delve into another reality—one with its own discrete beginning, middle and end—is as refreshing to me as coffee breaks, tea time or naps are to others. Bumpy Roads is a collection of short stories (enriched by some well-chosen poems and photographs) by New Zealand writer Brian Wilson (with additional contributions by Rachel Coop) that explore how average people rise to meet the challenges life throws at ...more
Brenda Vicars
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Bumpy Roads is filled with short stories that depict the quirks and challenges in life, but the experience of reading Brian Wilson’s collection is definitely not bumpy. I found myself gliding through each story, smoothly gaining a sense of place and character. The people are multidimensional and feel as human as a friend or neighbor. And aside from O. Henry’s stories, I’ve never read a collection that so masterfully entwines the ironic twist. After I read the first couple of jewels, I found myse ...more
Suzanne Jones
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another great read and hard to put down. I highly recommend this book if you want short stories rather than a novel to read.
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Brian Wilson is a New Zealand author of short stories and novels.

In his working career he has worked as an investigator and part-time counsellor.

He is married with three adult children.

His qualifications comprise an honours Masters Degree in Psychology (clinical papers), and accounting and management qualifications.

He was inspired to write his first
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