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Seesaw - Volume I [Kindle Edition]

Rosen Trevithick
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Book Description

A short story collection by number 1 bestseller, Rosen Trevithick.

Whose are those strange knickers at the foot of the bed? Is the kidnapped girl gone forever? How do you transport a dead dog across central London? What on earth is wrong with the man next door? And is he going to kill me?

So called because of its alternation between laugh out loud comedy and more sinister, psychological tales, 'Seesaw' showcases some of Rosen's most loved shorts, alongside some previously unpublished bite-sized tales.

Contents:
Preface
The Other Daughter
There's Something Wrong With the Man Next Door
London, the Doggy and Me
Introducing Boris
On the Rocks
The Selfish Act
Is He Going To Kill Me?
Lipstick and Knickers
The Other Mother
Knitting Man at the Door

"A deeply moving and emotional read."
- D. Jones ("The Other Daughter").

"A very short story which made a very big impact, I actually found myself at one point holding my breath."
- A. Coburn ("The Other Daughter").

"Oh my goodness, what a laugh!"
- J. Allison ("Lipstick and Knickers").

"I wish I could give this more than 5 stars. Again, Trevithick has shown herself as a master of the short story."
- N. Blackburn ("The Selfish Act").

This is a book for adults.

~70,000 words

A second Seesaw volume is now available.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1526 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GC5J9M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,113 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rosen is a British bestselling author, who writes fiction for children and adults.

She was born in Cornwall and grew up on Restronguet Creek. She studied Experimental Psychology at St Catherine's College, Oxford, before moving back to the West Country. She now lives in Falmouth with two imaginary cats, fantasising about getting a real one.

In 2011 Rosen was an aspiring author. Writing was a hobby. The following January sales of her Kindle books took off. Readers have now downloaded over a quarter of a million copies of Rosen's books.

Rosen has a variety of books in print including Pompomberry House and Seesaw, as well as over a dozen digital titles.

In 2013 she founded the Smelly Troll series - children's chapter books written by Rosen and illustrated by Katie W. Stewart. Book one, The Troll Trap, has inspired hundreds of children to try their hand at creative writing.

Rosen writes in a variety of genres with a strong leaning towards comedy. She has also dabbled with psychological fiction and mystery writing.

She loves wild swimming, mountain biking, interesting boots, quiffs, 'sampling' chocolate and cooking tasty treats. She dislikes house spiders, doing laundry and people putting costumes on their cats.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Serious Talent 2 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I started reading this anthology of short stories on a train journey to Leicester. It isn't very often I'm able to drown out the sound of screaming children on a train but these stories were so engrossing, I didn't hear a word. In fact, I couldn't wait for the return journey the next day so that I could finish this book.

Seesaw is an anthology of short stories that range from the psychological 'The Other Daughter' to the comic 'London, the Doggy and Me.' There is an eclectic mix of genres here, 'Lipstick and Knickers' shows the hilarious search as one man tries to find out who he has slept with the morning after the night before and there is tension and painful emotions with the stories, 'On the Rocks' and 'The Selfish Act.'

Each one of these stories is a little masterpiece. They are all gripping, well paced and the characterisation is superb. The quality of the writing is flawless and quite simply I was not able to put my Kindle down until I had reached the very end. This writer is a serious talent for the future and if a publisher doesn't snap her up soon, then I'll eat my hat.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMEND 3 Mar. 2012
By Amanda TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Seesaw is a collection of ten short diverse stories, five of which have not been published before. Containing a mixture of emotive, witty and entertaining tales, this makes a lovely read.
I believe Rosen Trevithick has a true talent for writing about subjects that one can empathise with, making it very easy to connect with both characters and storylines. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trevithick Strikes Again... 4 Mar. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
OK..the two greatest lines of the book:

"You're in your sixties, men don't grow on trees."(Boris) "They don't hang from them either!"(female character`not named) "Why are you so hung up on the bat thing?" (Boris)~Sorry going any deeper would head into spoiler land!
"My breasts aren't stress balls!"~That pretty much sums up Rosen's fantastic sense of humor.

I must say that I had already read all of Rosen's work to date and this book contained a couple of more short stories that hadn't been published yet. I tend to seek her stuff out for the length, the quality of writing and, of course, the British wit. I am also a Facebook fan, so I get heads up when stuff is heading out.

I would say if I was to give the book some criticisms that I wish, first off, the books would have been classified as to their genre, per se. For example,as above, Rosen writes some pretty hysterical, British sarcastic, humor stuff that I can just devour. On the flip-side of that, she has a breadth to her writing capabilities in which she can write some gut-wrenching fiction too. I almost felt that the stories were thrown together and not given the "respect" they deserved. Along with that, I would love to have seen a short description of the stories, so that readers would know which camp they fit into.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A seesaw ride indeed 10 Mar. 2012
By Joo
Format:Kindle Edition
I've mentioned in reviews before about Rosen being able to write across genres and this collection of short stories and flash fiction reinforces that belief.

Some of these stories have been published on their own and are readable in their own right, but unlike another reviewer, I thought this collection went well together. Just like the title says, this is a seesaw ride. The ups are oh so funny, the downs are quite heartbreaking. I am not ashamed to say I was in tears more than once. The last story (not flash fiction) just blew me away when I got to it.

This is definitely the best collection of stories I've read in a long while and I'm sure I will read them again.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES READ THIS IN PUBLIC (you will cry, I guarantee it)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read - would highly recommend 22 Mar. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
An excellent book of short stories. From the moment I started reading until the end I was captivated. The first story "The Other Daughter" is probably one of the best written stories. Not usually my kind of thing but I couldn't stop reading. My favorite story is definitely "London, the Doggy and Me". A brilliant story that had me laughing out loud. The flash fiction between the major stories was good and I was sorry that some of them ended. Rosin should definitely extend some of these into full stories, especially "There's something wrong with the guy next door".

I would recommend this book of short stories to anyone and I will be looking forward to future titles.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant up and coming writer 17 April 2012
By Sheli
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I have read some of Rosen's work before and have really enjoyed it so was looking forward to giving this a go. I was not disappointed.

The book has a foreword from the author explaining her reasons for writing and her own battles and I really thought that this gave an extra dimension to the book to know that the stories were so close to the authors heart.

This book is a collection of short stories and contains a real mixture of very funny stories and some really serious and emotional pieces. Rosen does both funny and serious just as well as each other and I wish her every luck with her career, I'm sure she will be very successful.

My favourite stories from this collection were There's Something Wrong With the Man Nextdoor as it was hilarious and The Selfish Act as it was thought provoking and could be well used to bring more attention to mental health illnesses in the UK and how they can make sufferers feel.

Rosen's style of writing reminds me of my own and I can also see myself in many of her characters. I would recommend this versatile and talented writer and all styles of her work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Ok
Published 5 months ago by mrs j c reid
3.0 out of 5 stars some promising stories but...
Some really good stories with some great twists but... I felt really depressed when I finished the book which isn't very long but more sorrow and angst than comedy
Published 12 months ago by P W Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars wishing the author well!
Although I'm leaving feedback some months after reading this I can still vividly remember London, the doggy and me story and how genuinely entertained and amused I felt. Read more
Published 15 months ago by bookwormkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Overwhelmingly wonderful!
I stumbled on Rosen's writing quite by chance and am I glad I did. I don't think I've enjoyed a new writer so much for many years. Read more
Published 16 months ago by HelenG
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Readable
As I frequently say, reading is a subjective matter. In addition I am not a professional or qualified critic. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tanya Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
I've read a few stories from this author and as I've recently picked up her latest collection I thought it best to read the first collection before reading the new one. Read more
Published 18 months ago by M. Brookes
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
A great short story collection. Some laugh out loud funny and others more serious, but equally well written. I would be happy to recommend it anyone. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kerry Parsons
4.0 out of 5 stars A good collection of short stories
I downloaded this when it was on offer - and it was perfect for lunchtime reading as the collection of short stories meant you could complete one during your break

I... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mhughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic stories, heavyweight themes, brilliant comedy
Once again I have finished a Rosen Trevithick book a richer person than I was before I began it. All of these stories are great in their own way, but for me The Other Daughter and... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Alex Roddie
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
I got this as a free Kindle book. As a male approaching retirement age it is not my sort of thing, but I always finish a book! Read more
Published on 24 Oct. 2012 by S Edmondson
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