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Matthew W McFarland
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31 Oct 2013
Fifty/Fifty and Other Stories is a collection of eleven outstanding short stories by Northern Irish author Matthew W. McFarland. In 'Fifty/Fifty', a policeman is called out to an attempted suicide on the iconic Forth Rail Bridge. His previous experience with 'jumpers' has led to one death and one life saved - his current record is fifty/fifty, but all that is about to change. In 'Defenestration', a man is thrown from the twelfth storey of a building in mysterious circumstances. As he falls towards almost certain death, he contemplates his fate, killer whales, flying cats, and the untapped potential of the human mind. In 'The Burning Bar', a man enters a burning building to rescue the love of his life, and becomes trapped, as the whole place collapses around him. Will he manage to escape before it is too late? 'What Have You Done?' deals with the legacy of the conflict in Northern Ireland, as a civil servant comes face to face with an ex-terrorist, leading him to discover how the previous generation coped with living through the worst of the Troubles. These, and seven other stories, touching on sport, fatherhood, arachnophobia, faith, and cannibalism, make up an exciting collection of short fiction which will leave readers wanting more.

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  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (31 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484822765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484822760
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,788,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew W. McFarland was born in 1983 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After graduating from the University of Dundee with a master's degree in psychology, he took several jobs including delivering mail, producing birth certificates, and working in the heart of the Northern Ireland Government. He currently lives with his young family just outside the city of Belfast.

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About the Author

Matthew W. McFarland was born in 1983 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After graduating from the University of Dundee with a master's degree in psychology, he took several jobs including delivering mail, producing birth certificates, and working in the heart of the Northern Ireland Government. He currently lives with his young family just outside the city of Belfast.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read 3 Oct 2012
By Ignite TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is a nice little collection of stories, some of which read like snatches from an autobiography but some cover a scattering of other genres. There are stories which would definitely come into the category of Horror - Wee Tiny Spiders and The Seventeenth Door for example. I really loved The Burning Bar - the first in the book with its unexpected ending - and the title story, Fifty/Fifty was delightful. Some harked back to a youth spent in Northern Ireland's 'Troubles' and some, like Defenestration, were real thought-provokers.

The writing throughout was direct and clear and refreshingly professional! Well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant debut !!! 8 Sep 2012
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Very impressed with this new authors writing, great observational and descriptive skills. Good mixture of stories -humour,pathos,horror - hooks the reader in from the beginning and makes them want to keep reading.
Looking forward to more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb collection of stories 8 Sep 2012
By Dave
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I really enjoyed reading this collection of stories which stand alone as well as hang together.

Well written and quite funny in places.

Looking forward to the next collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Debut 14 Dec 2012
By CP
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Impressive collection of stories from this new author. I enjoyed that even though this is a collection of short stories I felt like I quickly had a grasp of each character due to the author's descriptive language and ability to quickly set a scene.

Particularly enjoyed Wee Beasties and think 50/50 could easily be developed into a larger story.

Overall very impressed and look forward to more to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tales that make you stop and think 16 Oct 2012
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I'm a short story fan. They are their own singular art, as distinct from the novel as they are from haiku. Mathew McFarland's 50/50 and Other Stories is a fine collection of eleven little gems, all set in either Ireland or Scotland. Some, like the tale of the man who ran into a burning building, have an O. Henry-like twist. Some read like reflections or slice-of-life, while others--like the tale of a census taker--you hope are purely the figment of the author's fertile imagination. This book is a perfect read for the commute on the train or sitting alone in a coffee shop. None of the stories are very long, but each holds your attention. I look forward to Mr. McFarland's next collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Felt like part of the story 15 Oct 2012
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50/50 was terrific book. Matthew McFarland did a fabulous job with his book. Each story was very descriptive and pulled me in I felt as though I was in each story I read. He used the descriptions so creatively and they were in no way over done.
I liked 50/50 very much. I enjoyed each story in the book completely and would really like to read any future writings that Mr. McFarland may do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Biased Honesty 5 Oct 2012
By Aly
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I've known the author of this superb collection for many years, I hold him in high regard as a friend and confidant. I would also add I am one of the biggest fans of his writing and plan to be so for many years to come. I hope this does not sway peoples opinion of my five star review. The collection is funny, thought-provoking and heart warming in many places as well as being gritty, real and truthfully disturbed in others. If anything it is a fantastic read and I implore other readers to find it out for themselves. If I have anything negative to say it will be what I have told the author in person. Some of the stories have you gripped to the point of salivating and the end arrives to soon. I want more, a complete novel, this will only happen with people buying this one. So for the sake of my sanity buy the damn book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really enjoyable read! 22 Sep 2012
By A McM
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A great collection of short stories with interesting characters and themes. A lot of the stories are very amusing and some of them are really thought-provoking. My two favorite stories from the collection are Defenestration and Wee Tiny Spiders, but I think What Have You done? and Fifty/Fifty are also particularly well written. I hope to be able to read more of this authors work in the future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 11 short stories in one book? FAB!
As expected there were mixed feelings on these short stories. Some gave me inspiration to dig up my old notes and start up my short story writing again, but others, I am sorry to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Catherine Amy Hammill
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet
A nice little collection of 11 short stories ranging from the very short The Burning Bar, which I thought was excellent, I found Wee Tiny Spiders nicely creepy and The... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Yorkshire Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and enjoyable collection.
I really enjoyed 50 / 50. I never knew what was coming next! I found the writing to be excellent quality and the stories interesting and different. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ian Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to the next opus!!
A well compiled set of short stories which brings the reader in many different worlds with varied atmospheres. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Bouchon
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing tales.
What a lovely quirky collection of stories!
Nicely written, good descriptive language and interesting topics all add up to a great first collection although the one thing that... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Waterweasel
3.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous potential - an interesting collection
This is a delightful delve into the workings of the mind through a set of stories which find people facing or remembering very different situations. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jay Howard
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
The writing in these stories is fantastic, and as a result I found this book to be an enjoyable read. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Toriz
4.0 out of 5 stars The Book That Has You Wondering, "What Would I Do?"
Fifty/Fifty and Other Stories by Matthew W. McFarland is a collection of 11 short stories. The plot of each of these ranges from a very short story of a man's love for his trumpet,... Read more
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