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Something Short is a collection of short stories from French and Scottish shores by two female writers; Elspeth Morrison and Angela Lockwood. We meet a variety of interesting and amusing Scottish characters in Begonia, The Wee Baldy Man, The Pop Star and a mad scientist in Animals, but also some personal experiences in dealing with arthritis and depression in Begonia and TSomething Short is a collection of short stories from French and Scottish shores by two female writers; Elspeth Morrison and Angela Lockwood. We meet a variety of interesting and amusing Scottish characters in Begonia, The Wee Baldy Man, The Pop Star and a mad scientist in Animals, but also some personal experiences in dealing with arthritis and depression in Begonia and The Goldfish Bowl. The stories are short but impactful and we hope they leave a lasting impression on you. About the authors Elspeth Morrison is a published author of historical non-fiction, namely The Dorothy Dunnett Companion vols I & II and editor of The Lymond Poetry. She has always enjoyed writing but only recently has had the nerve to publish her fiction. Some of her work is quite close to the bone, but in her short stories and her poems she strives to make an emotional connection with the reader. Elspeth works and lives in Edinburgh. Angela Lockwood-van der Klauw was born in the Netherlands. She learned her trade as a jeweller and gemmologist at the Vakschool Schoonhoven before moving to Edinburgh as an apprentice jeweller. There she met and later married her husband Adam. Angela ran her own jeweller’s shop in Edinburgh for ten years before she and her husband moved to the south of France in 2011. Angela prefers the climate there, but often thinks about the town she left behind and its people. Angela started writing in the spring of 2013, a very wet spring during which she found herself climbing the walls, frustrated that she couldn’t go out and have her usual long walks along the seafront. Seeing his wife’s frustration, Adam suggested ‘Why don’t you write a book?’ Angela thought about it for a few days, then switched on her laptop and started writing. She published her first book ‘Language in the Blood’ in August 2013. Having met many moons ago in Angela’s jewellery workshop when Elspeth discovered a passion for jewellery and wanted to know more about their manufacture, they now share another passion; writing. Even though these friends now live on different shores they have pulled together to release this bundle of short stories. ...

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ISBN : 25537205
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Number of Pages : 59 Pages
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  • Sharon Brownlie
    2018-11-18 03:09

    The authors promised the short sroies that made up Someting Short would make an impact - they certainly do. I loved the morals behind some of them, wit in others and time for reflection in some. I couldn't pick a favourite because each story is interesting and brings someting different.I did particularly warm to the stories with Scots dialogue. The presentation and format of the whole book was excellent. A well worth read for a well worth cause.

  • Lydia Larue
    2018-10-31 23:32

    I initially started to read Something Short because I did not have time to read a full-length novel. This collection is brilliantly titled. These stories are somewhat short, but that does not mean that they are not cleverly written.Starting out, I found the Scottish and Irish words in the dialog to be a bit much. There were a couple of places where it sped down my reading as I was trying to make out what the speaker meant, but to my delight, as I continued to read, I found that that type of dialog style was used less.My favorite story was Winners and Losers. In a way, without revealing the twists, it made me think of some of Stephen King’s writing in Nightmares & Dreamscapes, as well as a novel from H.G. Wells.Another story that I liked was Change. I was going on with the main character in this, sympathizing with her and then smiling at the ending. I believe that we all know a person like that in our lives.Overall, I enjoyed Something Short. It is at times cleverly or funny written, a sophisticated collection. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys short stories or a quick read.Star BreakdownGeneral: ✯✯✯✯ 1/2Theme : ✯✯✯✯ 1/2Characters: ✯✯✯✯Actual Total of Stars: 4 1/2 (A Great Read)

  • Paul Ruddock
    2018-11-10 02:33

    This is a delightful collection of fourteen short stories from two writers, each having contributed their individual efforts. With one exception, these are not conventional twist in the tale type stories but more a combination of snapshots of people’s lives, touching accounts of fascinating individuals, and brief encounters between a fairly diverse collection of characters. Every story was articulately well written, with good natural dialogue. Some were written in the first person whilst others employed an effective and flowing narrative to convey events, and though relatively short, each story has more than enough content (and quality) to engage and hold the reader’s attention, often leaving the reader with something to think about after the story has ended. Some of the stories are quite gritty, such as one where a woman’s encounter with an old boyfriend doesn’t quite go as planned to say the least or another where a young lad hurts his arm in the oddest of circumstances, yet each one still retains quite a ‘literary’ feel to them, such is the quality of the writing throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed this anthology, particularly the last story Gimme Shelter which did indeed have a surprising ending. The variety of stories was particularly impressive, effortlessly switching between the more conventional type of story to those as much intended to make the reader think as to entertain. Sincerely hope to see more from both these authors…

  • E.M. McIntyre
    2018-10-21 23:37

    4.5/5 StarsI read Something Short By Elspeth Morrison and Angela Lockwood with my Kindle Unlimited subscription. This is a great collection of 15 short stories, alternating back and forth between each author. The reader will find strong writing with a wide range of topics. Two of my favorite stories were 'Begonia' by Morrison and 'The Perfect Crime' by Lockwood - and I have to say, as a researcher, 'Animals' by Lockwood gave me a good laugh. This is a quick read definitely worth your time if you like short pieces.

  • Mike Billington
    2018-11-17 06:23

    This is billed as a book of short stories but it is, in my opinion, a wonderfully imaginative collection of slice-of-life observations written by two women who each have an eye for the commonplace and the creative spark to make what they see interesting to the rest of us.'The Wee Baldy Man' is, I think, a good example of their ability to connect with readers. How many of us have, as the author did, found ourselves sitting alone in a park or an outdoor cafe watching people go about their daily business and, because we were either bored or fascinated, imagining what their lives were like?The answer is, of course, that most of us have done that at least once in our lives. The difference between us and the author is that she wrote her imaginings down while most of us never did.Some of the tales in this little book are frivolous and others are, though not very long, remarkably poignant. There is, for example, a short story about a young man bringing his sister a birthday present. It's a simple tale told with astonishing feeling.Authors Elspeth Morrison and Angela Lockwood have separate and distinct voices but their collection does not jar the senses because of that. In fact, their different voices add richness to this book.I highly recommend it.

  • Felipe Lerma
    2018-11-01 03:15

    Reading "Something Short" is like letting my eyeballs take a virtual tour through a verbal landscape of small rolling hills alternating with sharp deep drops into sometimes scary crevices.For me, Ms Lockwood's short stories feel more complete than Ms Morrison's, the latter feeling more like sketches and explorations, but -That said, alternating side by side, they gave me a rare sense of experiential immersion. While Ms Lockwood's stories flowed with lightness and ease of observation (often using dialects from regions outside the story settings which provided interesting color), Ms Morrison's work felt more intense. This despite the latter author's heavy use of exposition vs showing. I felt her occasional use of similes gave tempting tastes of an aptitude worth expanding.Another interesting contrast for me was that Ms Lockwood's shorts felt like opening chapters to a longer leisurely novel or novella, while Ms Morrison's short pieces were like short explosive opening scenes for a film.Much potential and much substance in these bite size verbal snacks.Very easy to digest and enjoy.

  • Katerina Sestakova novotna
    2018-10-30 05:09

    This is an excellent collection of short stories written by two talented ladies. I enjoyed all of them, but I especially liked the last story “Gimme Shelter” by Angela Lockwood because of its unexpected ending. I also liked her story called “Animals”, which is an account of a major crush a scientist has on a cute animal right activist protesting in front of his laboratory. The theme of this short story is much more complex than just another fascinating example of love against all odds. I was also quite impressed by “Changes”, a sinister story written by E. Morrison, which shows religious conversion in its cold and heartless form. I could go on and on, because this is an amazing book worth reading. Each story touches a different aspect of life, so different readers will find their own favorites in this collection.

  • Jana Petken
    2018-11-08 22:24

    This was such a fascinating and entertaining read. Short stories covering a variety of subject and people, and written by two authors, who managed to compliment each other's individual styles.It is difficult to pick a favourite story, and it's not really necessary. The authors managed to make each and every one of their short tales to life, with interesting characters and poignant titbits. No spoilers here.Very enjoyable.

  • Colin Griffiths
    2018-11-13 00:23

    It's sometimes hard to rate a collection of shorts as your going to like some more than others, this collection was no different, however it felt like there was something subliminal about them and I found myself doing a little soul searching as I deciphered the message. Thoroughly enjoyed it and it was great to pick it up when time was short to read the next snippet. Try it, this is good

  • Jess James
    2018-10-30 06:35

    This was an enjoyable collection of short stories - as snippets of lives and events. Each of them were short enough to read in a coffee break, and each of them different.Both authors offer a slightly different style, which makes putting this book down and picking it up again very easy and inspiring.Definitely enjoyed all of them, and would read more from both authors!

  • Christine Vann
    2018-10-24 04:31

    An interesting collection of short stories, well worth a look. The characters are interesting and skillfully drawn and this is a very enjoyable read. A lot of variety here to keep you occupied, and the proceeds going to charity is an added bonus. Left me wanting more!

  • Maria
    2018-10-21 05:26

    An impacting collection of short stories. These stories are well-written, emotive and clever. Each author brings their unique characters and prose. It is hard to pick which story I like the best as they were all very captivating. Well-done!

  • Angela Lockwood
    2018-10-30 22:31

    It's great, even if I say so myself:)