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More Reminiscences!

10 Nov

Sure, I’ve just published ’60 Questions, Insights and Reminiscences’, but there’ re plenty more of the latter I’d like to share.

Do you ever look back on your early times, and vividly recall a favourite outfit?

For me, it was a two-piece suit: really, just a sleeveless top and gathered skirt, a fashion of the day. What made it special?

Ice-creams! The top and skirt were adorned by applique ice-creams, as convincing and charming as could be! And how they stood out, against the plain rosy-red fabric!

And what a conversation piece it was! Grown-ups would often ask me if they could have an ice-cream!

Will the kids of today look back with affection on any of their gear? Will they, too, reminisce?

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Review: 60 Question, Insights and Reminiscences

20 Oct


As far as I’m aware, this book’s ‘just published’ status means that you can count the number of its readers on the fingers of one hand.

As its author, I’m going to put my late mother’s saying to the test. ‘Self praise is no recommendation,’ she’d declare. But does this still hold true when those who can comment are so tiny in number?

I’ve just re-read part of this book, and I’m smiling. Why?

’60 Questions, Insights and Reminiscences’ strikes me as a expose of humanity and life as seen through the eyes of a baby-boomer. It’s full of wisdom of the home-spun rather than book-learned variety, and is often disarming in its frankness, humour and lateral thinking.

Topics range from: what is ambition? what’s good about procrastination? what’s bad about comedy? what makes a musician? can you live without your mobile? to: can you remember cracker-night?

Although discussing and describing Australian life and people, past and present, are not my observations universal in nature?

Everything contributes to the volume’s ease of reading: the setting out, the good-sized print, the easily understood yet precise language.

My husband Ronald Sharp, the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, has edited and spaced the words: as he did in my previous four volumes of modern Australian Short Stories.

Do you relish the thrill of discovery of a new writer?  Do you love philosophy and anecdotes, lightly, thoughtfully and humorously presented?

Then, why not check out ’60 Questions, Insights and Reminiscences’ by Margaret Lynette Sharp? It’s available through

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Ronald Sharp and ’60 Questions, Insights and Reminiscences’

14 Oct

At every chance, my husband likes to Ron talk about our newest book, ’60 Questions, Insights and Reminiscences’, which will shortly become available through

Many readers of this blog will know that Ron is the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

While he speaks with enthusiasm by phone, it’s the in-person encounters which provide him with the best opportunity to show what we’ve done. That’s one indisputable virtue of having a proof copy!

Yesterday’s meeting with a friend provided the perfect opportunity, and, happily, he responded with equal excitement, interest and positivity.

Although the words and ideas in ’60 Questions….’ are mine, Ron has magically enhanced their presentation by his skillful, innovative editing; not to mention his attractively designed, unusual cover with compliments those of our ‘Life and Love’ series of modern, Australian Short Stories.

If you’re reading this, please spread the word!


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What Makes me Happy?

12 Oct

What makes YOU happy? Success, a compliment, fruition, relief?

I’m happy today because I’ve just published my fifth book, ’60 Questions, Insights and Reminiscences’. I’m doubly happy because those respected few who’ve read it are clearly alive with enthusiasm!

The happiness of publishing this book grows when I consider the possibilities. To be recognised and liked by the wider community, especially by discerning readers, seems mind-boggling.

And then, there’s the commercial side. A popular book would translate into dollars: perhaps enough to build our long-cherished dream of a music room. Our home is small, and what a joy it would be to have a beautiful room with high, ornate ceilings, and good acoustics to compliment our musical activities. We could have a Grand Piano in one corner, and comfy lounges for listeners to sink into. Heaven!

Will it happen? Who knows? It’s all up to you, and the other readers of the world.

Whatever hand fate deals me, at least I can dream!

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60 Questions, Insights and Reminiscences Published!

11 Oct

Today is THE DAY! The day that we break new ground, publishing our first non-Short Story book!

In a few days, will have it up for the world to see!

Do you love philosophical ideas, liberally laced with humourous insights? Yes?

Then this is for you!

With topics such as ‘What is Ambition?’, ‘What’s Good about Obscurity?’, ‘What’s Bad about Comedy?’, ‘What Makes a Musician?’, ‘Can you Live Without your Mobile?’, and ‘Can You Remember Cracker-night?’, you’ll find plenty of ideas to tick over.

In common with all my writing, this book is written in easy to understand language, and is, I feel, suitable for a anyone who likes lateral thinking, delivered with a smile.

Like all my books, it’s edited by my husband, Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

Remember my name: Margaret Lynette Sharp: and please, check out this boook, and tell your friends!


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