We’ve done it again; unleashed our new baby into the literary world. ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’ has been released.
This being our sixth effort, I guess we’re beginning to feel like old hands at it, yet I’d be lying if I said the thrill is diminishing. There it is, a real book, for better or for worse: the culmination of thought, education, effort, emotion and life experience.
‘Long and Short Australian Stories’ differs a little from our set of four volumes of ‘Life and Love in Australia’ by virtue of its relatively lengthy, unrelated, first and last stories.
In addition, I feel that it is overall a little more serious than the earlier collections. Whether this is a plus or a minus, I don’t quite know.
Written by myself, and edited by my husband Ronald Sharp B.E.M., this volume is a true family effort, since my husband’s daughter Sandra also helped in the setting-up for publication.
Quite by accident, it’s been released on the hundredth anniversary of the departure of the ill-fated Titanic. I can only hope that it, too, isn’t destined for disaster.