- Paperback: 116 pages
- Publisher: Uptake Publications (October 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0992716705
- ISBN-13: 978-0992716707
- Package Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
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Me - Time Tales: Tea Breaks for Mature Women and Curious Men Paperback – October, 2013
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"Quirky and Intriguing" Katie Fforde "Rosalind Minett is a writer of originality and psychological insight." Sarah Duncan. Amazon: "Astute, ironic and weirdly pleasing." "An entertaining read, with stories that are crying out to be narrated on the radio" "Expertly-crafted characters . . .exhibits a genuine talent for tapping the depths of the human personality" Goodreads: "Quirky and humorous, these easy-to-read stories are deceptively deep and thought provoking!" "Humour and pathos abound in equal measure." "clever weaving", "stunning endings" "From the humour of "Underwhelmed", through the irony of "A Fitting Matter", the glorious gluttony in "First Feast" and the unexpected twist in "Anti-dote", the ten tales are character driven, sometimes unnerving and always amusing. Told with wit and clarity." "When do we get a second helping?"--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Rosalind Minett lives in South West England. She studied at Birmingham, Sussex and Exeter universities and enjoyed a career as a chartered psychologist. It is the inner life of her characters that drives her plots whether the genre is humour, historical or crime. She enjoys writing in different genres, and is likely to continue to do so. She relishes quirkiness, and loves creating complex characters of all ages. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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My favorites: The first tale of a business woman forming a relationship in a park with a man and his dog. Then the schoolgirl buying her first bras at Selfridge's, not knowing about her connection to an American relative. A wife that hates the smell of fish confronting her pregnancy and her husband's preferences at the fish market. A woman given everything from an adoring, affluent husband, and how that wears off.
I enjoyed these tales for the piquant writing, the skill in setting and character that heightened and made the tales real. They were stories with believable issues, much enhanced by the lively style and perspective that gave strong reading moments.
Elfreda’s fitting her first bra took me back to own experience, though not nearly so mysterious as hers, and Marion’s steely ambition to get what she wants, or thinks she wants, left me flashing back to my own determined and foolhardy younger self. Like dark chocolate, this collection rewards with bittersweet sensations and full satisfaction. I recommend it ... with tea or coffee.
ME - TIME TALES finds Rosalind at her witty best. Within the covers of this book of memoiresque stories are ten tales of women past forty and the strange encounters they have with men who are a bit over the edge (or not quite to the edge) and how those encounter turn out. From the first story UNDERWHELMED she sets the tone: `Marian took stock of the fifty-year-old self when she was only forty-five. It meant wearing support knickers and a suggestive smile. It meant thinking positive, just as she advised her sales colleagues every day. Cerise was her positive colour [remember Rosalind is British] and she le collars or scarves of it peep from behind her grey coat, navy mac or black fleecy. She kept her eyes wide open, wide enough, she thought.' And there you have a mirror for the middle-aged female out to hopefully find an encounter only to end up meeting a strolling man and dog whose consciousness is in question and who ends up usurping Marian's dreams and leaving her with the dog to tend!
Each of the ten stories allows the writer to offer the reader some all too familiar embarrassing moments (yes, for men, too) in this Neverneverland (wishfully NeverEVERland) of facing courtship in what we thought would be prime time - but needing to accept it is past time. The titles of her tales hint at the hilarity of the content; Underwhelmed, Blind Date, A Fitting Matter, First Feast, A slight Invasion, Eaten Up, Lament, A Material Trip, As Found, and Anti-Dote.
Looking for a dollop of elixir to lighten the atmosphere of the world as we find it today? Then read Rosalind Minett's treasure trove. Highly Recommended for whatever ails you (or hasn't started to ail you yet!). Grady Harp, March 17
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Me-Time Tales is a book of ten short stories described as ‘tea breaks for mature women and curious men’.Read more