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75x75 = Flash Fraction [Kindle Edition]

Helena Mallett
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A collection of 75 Flash Fictions all captured in exactly 75 words. These very short stories span a wide range of genres and subjects: a teenager disappears in an alien abduction in The Vanishing, a therapist and client succumb to forbidden attraction in I Know You Want To and a long-suffering wife takes cold-blooded revenge in Red Earth. Some tales offer a conclusive ending, often with a twist, while others are left open to invite the reader’s own interpretation.

“ Inspired, beautifully crafted slices of life…” K. Tregaron
“ Perfection…” Rosalind Smith-Nazilli
“ Deserves 75 stars…” Cathy
“ A jewel of a book…” B
“ A very clever wordsmith…” S. Kilbey
“ I just LOVE this book! Each story is unique, and the author is wonderfully creative with just 75 words…” Kari

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75x75 is an impressive first publication for Helena Mallett. Beautifully written, this small book is a sensitive insightful portrayal of life and the human condition, given to us in short bites. Judith Barrow --Judith Barrow (Author)

About the Author

Helena Mallett is a Londoner currently living in West Wales. 75 x 75 = Flash Fraction is her first collection.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 308 KB
  • Print Length: 84 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081Q6PG8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #461,810 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Helena's first collection Flash Fraction tells 75 stories each captured in exactly 75 words.

Helena is a Londoner living in West Wales. She finds much of her inspiration from the various conversations that drift across the cafes where she loves to sit with a two shot cappuccino.

Helena is currently working on a new collection of short stories due for publication in Spring 2015.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating 9 May 2012
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A clever idea; 75x75 is an impressive first publication for Helena Mallett. Beautifully written, this small book is a sensitive insightful portrayal of life and the human condition, given to us in short bites. Some of the fractions made me laugh out loud, others made me cry; all gave me reason to stop and think. The author presents a wonderfully empathetic slant on the foibles we all share and, at the same time, invokes a beautiful sense of time and place. Well worth exploring.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, thought provoking snapshots of life. 16 May 2012
By SKilbey
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The author swings a left hook,(or should i say a mighty pen), when you least expect it. These bijou stories are refreshingly down to earth with their conversational tone and content, seemingly gentle on the surface, but before you know it, you are caught up in a universal issue that makes you stop and think in the way that 'Thought for the Day' would. She covers a lot of ground regarding Human behaviour and the breadth of topic is extensive; from love in the maturer years, to football, to suspected murder and the supernatural. Some are funny or witty, some poignant. Some leave impressions in your minds eye that linger hauntingly.

And another thing- in this fast paced world we live in today; twitter clipping at our heels, we have a 'tuned-in' writer here who really appreciates and executes beautifully, the concept of 'less is more'. A very clever wordsmith. Would love to read more of her work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small but perfectly formed 11 Jun. 2012
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This was my first encounter with Flash Fiction (i.e. VERY short stories) and it was a revelation. Lots of stories of just 75 words, mostly with a twist at the end, across a wide range of subjects, settings and characters. I picked it up at bedtime thinking, oh a few of these will be enough before I go to sleep, and ended up reading the lot - couldn't put it down. The choice of words has to be so careful with such a tiny range - it's like Twitter's answer to short stories - but the author chooses them with poetic care, and sometimes it was almost like reading ancient, alliterative Norse literature (sorry if that sounds pretentious,but when we dipped into it at uni, it made a big impression on me!)She deserves a nicer cover design than this to do her justice as a serious writer who is well worth reading! PS on 23 Nov 2012: I see this book has now been issued with a new cover design which I really like: fireworks - a great analogy to the short but breathtaking impression of the best of flash fiction!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review in 75 words 12 May 2012
By Rachel
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These stories are perfectly composed, not a word out of place. When words are limited, each one counts.
Some are complex, artful, often with a twist in the last line, requiring or inviting a second reading. Others came quickly and simply, a sudden rush of hot, vivid emotion.
Afterwards, I was left strangely satisfied, as if each little ripple had attached itself to the last and become a wave, strong enough to leave a mark.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Delight to dip into 1 Jan. 2014
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Writing flash fiction - short or very short stories is an art form. It's almost as hard as poetry to get an image and a story into so small a space.

Helena Mallett manages it almost 75 times with 75 stories in this eclectic collection of tales, most of which work wonderfully well. In these little gems are stories of alien abductions, forbidden love, infidelity (which crosses gender and stereotype barriers), incest and allergies.

Some of the stories are incredibly poignant - "The Cap", "Simple Things Really" and "Last Ferry" jumped out at me, and I read them a few times, enjoying them more each time.

Mallett has an eye for alliteration and sibilance, and she uses our expectations like the punchlines of a joke or a twist in the tale to make the endings more powerful when they do hit us.

Not all of the stories worked for me - "The Tube" didn't a lot for me, neither did "Iron", but most of these work - and out of seventy five, I'd say I enjoyed sixty of them. Not a bad average, and certainly better flash fiction than I'd manage.

The stories that did work well were the twists and the jokes - some of them I had to read three or four times before the full effect hit me. "Wee Cough" was a delight, especially the punchline. "Taut Trousers" was a delightful twist of sexual imagery at the...climax.

There were tales of sadness and parental loss in there as well, people I wanted to know more about - "The Knock" and "Absent Son" stand out among a few others.

Overall, a book to be dipped into; if you do that, I can almost guarantee you will come out with something to make you think - or even more precious - to make you smile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A jewel of a book 13 May 2012
By B
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This is the best flash fiction / short story book I've downloaded to my kindle. Each beautifully honed story is like a glimpse into a different world. Some, like the lovely Blush made me laugh, while others like Last Ferry and Too Late are beautifully poignant and moving. The author says so much with so few words, it feels really fresh and relevant in our fast moving world. I gather this is the author's debut, and all I can say is I can't wait to read another 75! Download this; if you like short fiction you won't regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired 15 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Inspired, beautifully crafted slices of life, some very real, some far-off, but each one striking a chord.
I am looking forward to more from this bold. talented artist of the keyboard.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant
If you are thinking of buying this book don't hesitate just press the buy button you wont be disappointed. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Craig slater
5.0 out of 5 stars Flowing and effortless to read
It’s a difficult task writing 75 stories in 75 words, even coming up with that number of ideas is daunting let alone editing them to fit into this exacting framework yet Mallett... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Georgia Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars A little treasure of a book.
I loved this book. It was my first venture into flash fiction. Each beautifully crafted story is a complete little entity. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Daisy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A must read. How does she do it , complete stories from beginning to end in 75 words? She does! This book is amazing. Looking forward to the next book by Helen MAllett
Published 19 months ago by vera
5.0 out of 5 stars A great idea for a book
What a great collection of flash fiction, I really liked a lot of these tales and I eagerly await the next volume.
Published on 15 July 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Snapshots
Great little book,full of insight.
Thought provoking,sensitive and well written. Have recommended it to many. More of the same please!
Published on 14 May 2013 by Dreambig68
4.0 out of 5 stars Like the format - easy to dip into
I chose this book because I've written some 75 word stories myself and so was pleased to see this collection. Read more
Published on 26 Feb. 2013 by Nina
5.0 out of 5 stars Every thing it promised
An interesting and never boring span of topics for each short story. fascinating and up beat , well written book.
Well worth a read and brilliant to pick up , an easy read
Published on 16 Feb. 2013 by Nikki
5.0 out of 5 stars Enticing and Very Clever
Although I do read short story collections every now and again, I often find that I'm left feeling a little let-down by them. Read more
Published on 1 Feb. 2013 by Lincs Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars 7575 times more clever than your average stories
This book is absolutely brilliant, The stories are all very clever, and amazingly well written. The twists in these tales are LOL LMAO funny. Lets hope Mallett writes some more.
Published on 8 Jan. 2013 by maffism
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