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Long and Short Australian Stories by [Sharp, Margaret Lynette]
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Length: 166 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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A uniquely Australian anthology of short stories, visually, culturally and linguistically evocative of that country (and continent), the unsurprisingly named 'Long and Short Australian Stories' is incredibly readable and relatable, with the sort of easy-going narrative fluency that makes each story a thoroughly enchanting page-turner.

Though always from her perch on the Aussie shoreline, Sharp explores all the universal themes that define stories of romance and relationships: jealousy, ambition, empathy, love and self-actualization.

Backdrops include beaches, cottages and city apartments, the urban and the rural: a multifaceted scenic tour that enhances the feel of the various narratives... long and short. This is a book for fans of literary fiction and romance, but suitable also for a YA audience.

As are all of Margaret Lynette Sharp's books, this is one is edited by her husband Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall's Grand Organ.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 881 KB
  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret Lynette Sharp (2 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008H457FY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #295,213 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a collection of stories about relationships - most are very short and as such I enjoyed them for a quick read at bedtime when I didn't want to stay up all night!

I've not read a lot of short stories so for me the hardest thing was getting used to the pace ... By that I mean, just getting into who the characters are, and how they relate to each other, and then that's it -- story's over! I think if you are "into" the concept of short stories then you will find these stories to be good--I found them well written and thought provoking.

I'd give this little collection around 3.5 - 4 stars.

*** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***
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5.0 out of 5 stars the long and the short of it 25 July 2012
By video meliora proboque - Published on Amazon.com
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Margaret Sharp is a superlative storyteller, with perfect pitch for the resonant frequencies of fraught human relationships. Her stories, though, are written with a deft hand, clarity of vision, and a choice always to lift up the reader. Emotionally serious, but definitely the antithesis of bleak and depressing. An anodyne to melancholy. Five stars.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful anthology of romance! 27 September 2013
By Brenda Telford - Published on Amazon.com
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"Long and Short Australian Stories" is made up of twenty different romantic tales, mostly short, sweet and to the point. The first and last are a little longer, delving deeper into different aspects of life, love and family.

I've chosen to review the first of these stories, "Run While You're Young":

Rebecca had one year of schooling remaining with her domineering parents pushing her continually, so when Rebecca informed her parents she was in love with Daniel, all they could see was his standing in life, the fact that he wasn't "good enough" for their daughter. After forbidding her to see him anymore, Rebecca and Daniel decided to take matters into their own hands.

When she ran away with Daniel, heading for his Uncle Garry's place in the country, she left her parents a note so they wouldn't worry - but she didn't tell them where she was going. Rebecca continued her studies until she had completed her course, happy and content with her life at last. But would her happiness last? Would she have a future with Daniel, or would she have to return to her parents' side, cowed and dominated?

This was a delightful story which spanned several years, with family a dominating factor. Rebecca's strength of character stood out, and also Daniel's love for Rebecca; but also his respect for her and her parents. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

I would recommend this anthology of short stories to anyone who loves a light romantic read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet short stories 24 February 2013
By Shelleyrae - Published on Amazon.com
This is the second volume of stories I have read at the request of self published Australian author, Margaret Lynne Sharp. The first, [book:A Taste of Life and Love in Australia|11531279] contains 28 engaging stories that provide a pleasant afternoon's reading, and this collection is not dissimilar.

There are 20 vignettes of varying length in Long and Short stories of Australia, though most are less than half a dozen pages long. Primarily they feature relationships - sometimes beginning, occasionally ending. Each story is carefully sculpted to communicate the immediacy of emotion and action as succinctly as possible. Sharp's storytellers are a mix of ages and genders, though primarily young and female, told in both the first and third person. It's an interesting variety of perspectives and Sharp inhabits them well.

The writing is well crafted though occasionally a little too stiff and formal, using, for example, 'mien' instead of expression, several times. And even though they are used correctly, there is an odd over use of colon's that I found distracting when they appeared repeatedly through out the text.

Suitable for romantics of a range of ages, Long and Short Australian Stories is a congenial, mellow short story collection and an easy read for a quiet evening.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a collection of stories about relationships - most are very short and as such I enjoyed them for a quick read at bedtime 27 December 2015
By SSReadsALot - Published on Amazon.com
This is a collection of stories about relationships - most are very short and as such I enjoyed them for a quick read at bedtime when I didn't want to stay up all night!

I've not read a lot of short stories so for me the hardest thing was getting used to the pace ... By that I mean, just getting into who the characters are, and how they relate to each other, and then that's it -- story's over! I think if you are "into" the concept of short stories then you will find these stories to be good--I found them well written and thought provoking.

I'd give this little collection around 3.5 - 4 stars.

*** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***

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