Something Short – Book Review
Another book from the members of the Indie Author Review Exchange Fb group, this time an anthology of short stories by group member Angela Lockwood, co-authored by Elspeth Morrison.
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 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.
*All the author’s profits from the sale of this book are being donated to the support in Mind Scotland Charity, a charity seeking to support and empower all those affected by mental illness, including family members, carers and supporters. Details of said charity can be found at: www.supportinmindscotland.org.uk
By Elspeth Morrison & Angela Lockwood
(Available from Amazon kindle)
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…
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