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‘Long and Short Australian Stories’ is Here!

17 Apr

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Our sixth volume of Short Stories, entitled ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’, is set to find its way onto bookshelves. Written by myself, Margaret Lynette Sharp, like all the others, this book is edited by my husband  Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

Set in contemporary Australia, this volume differs from the other collections of Short Stories that I have written in a couple of ways.

The first thing you’ll notice is the difference in setting out, which is aimed at making the stories even easier to read.

The second difference lies in the length and structure of the first and last stories. Each is relatively lengthy, and spans a number of years, giving greater depth to the tales.

The third difference  is that there is no link between the first and last stories: the signature of the ‘Life and Love in Australia’ series.  However, I’m hoping the quality of the work makes up for any disappointment by readers on this score.

As an Australian author, I’m proud to say that this book is listed by the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2012, and is also mentioned on the ‘Friends of the National Year of reading 2012’ page.

Just released on April 11 this year, why not be amongst the first in the world to discover this new addition to Australian contemporary literature?

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Who is Margaret Sharp?

19 Aug

As both a writer of ‘Letters to the Editor’ of my local paper, ‘The Leader’, and as an author of books, it may be confusing to my readers that I ‘m known as Margaret Sharp in the former, and Margaret Lynette Sharp in the latter.

One of my letters appeared in yesterday’s edition of my local Sydney suburban newspaper; a piece about public libraries. Formerly, the paper chose many of my letters that were aimed at saving a local historically significant building, a cause which, sadly, faced defeat.

Readers of ‘The Leader’ may be interested to see a few of my Short Stories. The main Amazon.com web site features  ‘Click here’, and that can get you to the first pages of each of my books. Please Google Margaret Lynette Sharp, and find a title in my ‘Life and Love’ series that appeals to you.

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My Favourite Story

17 Aug

As I was standing there, slaving over the kitchen sink, I started to wonder what was my favourite story from the series.

Two titles sprang to mind, both from the second volume, ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’.

Probably, the story I most enjoy is ‘The Girl Next Door,’ which relates a young man’s interest and affection for his next door neighbour. Being somewhat afraid of rejection, he sadly stumbles, delaying till almost all is lost. If this synopsis has whetted your appetite, the last time I checked, the Amazon.com. web site for this title showed the story in its entirety. Incidentally, the tale is taken up again as the last in this book, and brought to some degree of resolution.

The other story I particularly like is ‘A Song For Ellie’, which ranks as one of Ron’s favourites, too. Also written from the point of view of the male character, this is another tale of love from afar, and the efforts made by the hero to attract the girl of his dreams. I understand you will need to get hold of a copy of this book to read it since it wasn’t included in the Amazon preview.

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Ronald Sharp says Stories are “intriguing”

17 Aug

Yesterday, my husband and collaborator Ronald Sharp B.E.M. worked on spacing the words of my fourth collection of Australian Short Stories. As he ended off for the day, he said that he doesn’t like to stop work because the stories are “intriguing”, and that he “can’t wait to get to the end to find out what happened.”

He tells me that they engross and engage him to such a degree that he often bursts into tears at their conclusion.

You can read the first story in each published book if you Google Margaret Lynette Sharp, and go to the main Amazon.com  site.

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About ‘Life and Love’

16 Aug

‘Life and Love’ is the common thread of titles and themes in my series of modern Australian Short Stories.

By ‘Life’, I mean human interest stories; tales that shed light on human nature, and document scenes and situations that people may find themselves in, without necessarily involving romance. My first book ,’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’, contains several of these, as does my fourth.

My ‘Love’ stories are, of course, romances. Mostly, they end happily, though, as in real life, sometimes they don’t; therefore, the outcomes aren’t totally predictable. The final stories of each volume are linked by characters to the first, and often resolve the unhappiness of a lover.

Many people have told me that they liked ’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’, but sadly few have had the time to publish this comment.

The ‘Amazon.com’ site features ‘Click here’, so that you can read at least the first story in each book.

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More About the Series

17 Jul

Hello,

I thought you’d be interested in more information about the books.

They all have one feature unusual for collections of Short Stories: the first and last stories are linked. Each final tale represents an extension of the first in that readers re-visit main characters, sometimes after life-changing events, and this tends to give a sense of unity and closure to each book.

Australian beaches, parks,  cafes, churches and homes form the scenarios’ backdrop; and this, combined with an Australian style of language, contributes to the stories’ Australian flavour. Love and romance abounds, although most books also feature some tales of human interest.

The books have been read and praised by people from diverse walks of life, such as  medical practitioners, young working adults, and retirees. People tell me they pass them on to others to read and enjoy!

Currently, the main Amazon sites feature at least the first story of each book in the ‘Click here’ feature. Why not read them and gauge my style?

Happy reading!