Bus of ‘96 by Hayden Field

Bus of ‘96 by Hayden Field

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This book contains mature themes and
strong language. If you are below 15 years of age,
we recommend you do not continue reading.


One route. Five stops. Nobody knows when the words will run dry and their last breath is drawn, and nobody knows how it will end. If it will end. The route of ‘96 was an unpredictable force of the universe that allowed dimensions to merge, and stories to collide. It seemed to never end, flowing into an eternal, ebbing road. But you knew that it would end. All good things come to an end.



Over the course of 2022, a select group of young writers was invited to take part in a year-long writing program at Story Factory. Their goal was to produce a fully realised novella. This is one of the novellas produced in these workshops. 

Year of the Novella 2022 was made possible thanks to the support of a group of generous donors:

Bernadette Brennan & Justin Gleeson SC

Rosebrook Foundation

Caroline Beecham & John Lydon

Greg Dean & Richard Unsworth

Kim Anderson

Deena Shiff & James Gill

Year of the Novella would not have been possible without the unstinting support of the editorial and production teams at Penguin Random House, Midland Typesetters, and the generosity of printer Griffin Press.