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‘Long and Short Australia Stories’: a lovely surprise!

14 Jul

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These last several weeks, I’ve had  a Q&A on the social reading site known as Goodreads, about my latest publication: a book entitled ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’. It’s edited by my husband, the creator of the Sydney Opera House Grand Organ: Ronald Sharp.

‘Long and Short Australian Stories’ is a collection of mixed length stories and vignettes of romance and human interest, set in present-day Australia. Although serious in tone, nevertheless the scenarios lend themselves to uplifting outcomes.

A Goodreads member named Mark has participated in the Q&A ; announcing recently that he had purchased it as an e-book.

Clearly, he enjoyed it, since just this evening I found that he had posted a review both precise and concise on the book’s Goodreads page. He rated it 5 stars.

I’m overjoyed that it’s off to such a good start!

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Calling all Fans of Ron Sharp!

17 Jan

Calling all fans of Ronald Sharp, the creator of the Sydney Opera House’s Grand Organ!

Are you aware that he alone edited my five published volumes, in his own distinctive way?

Speaking just a few days ago, he likened it to pauses in music, aiding in our understanding of what is happening.

Have I aroused your interest? Then, why not check out a book or two. Simply Google and type in my full name. Once you’ve found an Amazon.com site, just click to look inside. Who knows, you might even be tempted to buy!

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What Music did you Grow Up With?

24 Nov

Thinking back to your early life, what music do you remember with affection?

I must have been born under a lucky star, for I was born in the mid 1950’s, and therefore grew up listening to some of the greatest, most enduring modern music.

Through the magic of the internet, I’ve just watched and listened to some of my all-time favourites. ‘Love is in the Air’, ‘The Carnival is Over’, ‘Pretty Woman’, ‘There’s a Kind of Hush’, ‘A World of Our Own’ to name just a few.

My husband Ronald Sharp the Sydney Opera House Organ builder tells me he’s only lately discovered some of these tunes, and loves them too. As a devotee of classical music, Ron’s glowing endorsement of these masterpieces of post 1950 reinforces my elevated opinion.

Our joy in this spills over to following an excellent, local band which performs these in an inspiring manner. Who can resist dancing, either on the floor or in spirit?

Can one overestimate the power and magic of music?

You Can’t Judge a Book by it’s Cover: Or Can You?

3 Nov

You can’t judge a book by it’s cover. Or so I’ve heard, many, many times.

Sure, you can’t get an indication of the quality of the writing, yet can’t certain other characteristics be more than hinted at?

Take my four-volume collection of Short Stories, each with the common end- name of ‘Life and Love’.  Each cover features a scene photographed in Sydney by my husband, the organ-builder Ronald Sharp, set against a white background. The printed words are plain and clear. Does this suggest to you an honest, decent, intelligent read?

Likewise, our newest venture, 60 Questions, Insights and Reminiscences. Again, the same unadorned printing on a simple white background surrounds a photo of a woman sitting, thinking, in a garden of flowers. A selection of topics contained within are noted in an aesthetically pleasing fashion. What do you make of this? An interesting, thought-provoking selection of articles? Something uncommon, different?

So many volumes by other authors have a feel quite different to mine, yet remarkably often of the same flavour as each other. What does that suggest? Popular, commercial images? Mass market strategy? A tried and true formula?

All in all, isn’t it true that, much like an individual’s face, a book cover can actually be a revelation?

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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, Amazon.com 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!

Thanks!

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