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About the Author

Born in Sydney, Australia, in the mid 1950's, Margaret Sharp is the daughter of the late Frederick and Edna Willis. She has one sister, Helen. Margaret spent her early years living in an inner suburb of Sydney, at the age of ten, moving to a leafy outer suburb, well away from the hectic pace of her childhood environment. Considered to be a very talented student, she achieved excellent results in subjects as diverse as modern history, English, economics and mathematics. As a young woman, she studied Short Story writing and Freelance journalism over a period of five years, achieving, in the estimation of her teachers, a high degree of proficiency. Her writing was highly commended at the 2014 Hurstville Discovery Festival of Community Arts. She is keenly interested in swimming, having competed at club level for over thirty years, and is still competing with success. Another interest of hers is music, both as a participant and a listener. She plays both piano and piano-accordion, and likes both classical and popular pieces. She also enjoys painting in watercolour, and particularly likes to portray birds. She is married to Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the builder of the Grand Organ in the Sydney Opera House concert hall. He has greatly assisted her in the design and setup of her books. Currently she has fifteen titles available, her most recent being the two-romance anthology, 'Romance, 50's Style'.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461064724
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461064725
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,337,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mrs. Sharp sent me a PDF copy of "A Taste of Life and Love in Australia" and for that I am forever grateful. I have read more of her books and have enjoyed them all very much. These stories if you can call them that being they are all really short are all highlighted with emotions involving relationships, romance, chance meetings and dialogue that although there may be a moment of grief she follows with a sense of purpose that true love conquers all. True love that may come in a form you never dreamed would happen.

Reading one of the 28 short stories takes little time and leaves you hungering to get into the next with a feeling of admiration for the places and feelings her stories transport you to. I would encourage you to not only read this book but all of her treasures from the land down under.
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Lovely, spare, melodic prose that simply exudes warmth, and simple, pinpoint-focussed stories, with nothing extraneous to distract from the single, clear feeling that Sharp wants to evoke -- sometimes a feeling of wistful loss, at others one of ironic, happy bemusement or unexpected contentment, at a serendipitous turn of fate. Sharp is delicately poetic yet linguistically precise, in these clear-eyed vignettes of love's intricacies found, and crafts her sentences with meticulous attention to metric contour that reflects a mood. They're pleasant to sound-read, like wind chimes. Her choice of mots is always juste, sometimes startlingly, out-of-the-blue felicitous, like "skerrick" (which I'd never encountered before, but it fit the sound pattern).

The outcomes are always quietly satisfying: sometimes, a childhood almost-connection restored after years of separation, sometimes a couple grown closer through unspoken understandings: the ultimately unnecessary fear of a spouse's unwise investment, which the spouse always knew better than to make, in the first place (and the amusing side-effect). I won't say more, because traduttore, traditore, and for these poetically minimalist vignettes, to summarize would be to give too much away.

Honestly, life is painful, and I, for one, don't want to read chronicles of excruciation, full of black moods. (I say this, because my book club seems to like them.) So I read Ms. Sharp's book, and I was happy for a bit. For anyone who wants stories free of emotional toxicity, these are a welcome relief. I recommend the book.
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"A Taste of Life and Love in Australia" by Margaret Lynette Sharp is a collection of gentle, heartwarming stories that quietly reflect on life.

There is an effective simplicity to Margaret’s writing that means she, as author, doesn’t get in the way of her characters connecting with readers. Lines like “…the deep, limitless blue of our summer sky” from the short story, “A Storm in Summer”, draw you into a personal experience.

I can’t put my finger on why these stories feel distinctly Australian to me (I’m a woeful reviewer!), but they do. I think it may be the easy rhythm of the dialogue. It feels like natural speech to me as an Australian reader. That being said, as I read the collection I found myself searching for an elusive memory of where I’ve read such pleasant, companionable short stories before — the answer is the UK magazine, The People’s Friend. Margaret’s stories have the same compassionate, entertaining humanity.
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A Taste of Life and Love in Australia has 28 short stories about love. Each one different and unique. I enjoyed them for the most part, but I would have liked to see her expand on them. Give them a little more depth and feeling. They are well written, she does slip into telling mode occasionally, but I only found 1 typo in the entire book. I was a little disappointed though. I jumped at the chance to read the book because I have many online friends that live in OZ and even though the title is `A Taste of Life and Love in Australia', most of the stories could depict any part of the world. I'd recommend it. I give it 4 stars. It's a great book to read when you only have a few minutes and you want to get a quick story fix.

I was given a PDF copy for an honest review.
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While grounded in an Australian setting with descriptions of familiar antipodean landscapes, A Taste of Life and Love explores the universal themes of love, desire and marriage.

While I think most of the tales within this collection are perhaps more properly vignettes or scenes rather than short stories, it seems a negligible distinction. Despite their brevity, Sharp neatly encapsulates each story, though there are some subtle links between scenes and characters.

Sharp writes of unrequited love, fateful meetings, romantic declarations and leaps of faith. Thoughtful and charming, each story is a window into the nature of relationships, sometimes blissful, at
other times difficult.

The writing is evocative, inspiring emotion with well-crafted prose and natural dialogue. Sharp's storytellers are a mix of ages and genders, told in first and third person. It's an interesting variety of perspectives and Sharp inhabits them well.

A Taste of Life and Love in Australia is one of six volumes by self published Australian author Margaret Lynette Sharp. This collection, contains 28 engaging stories that provide a pleasant afternoon's reading.
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