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Short Stories for Busy Adults [Kindle Edition]

Emily Benet
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This collection includes 10 short stories by the award-winning author Emily Benet which have been either shortlisted, highly commended or performed at a literary event. It offers a variety of genres, mixing comedy and drama. There are characters in love, in denial, insane, in character and one who just can’t make his mind up.

The stories are short enough to be slipped into a busy day, long enough to offer escape. Dip in wherever you choose and enjoy a different experience with every tale.

The collection includes:

1. Waterloo
2. Camouflage
3. Natural Selection
4. Conchita & the Mating Pigeons
5. Just a Scratch
6. Lemon Drizzle Cake
7. The Leopard Man
8. Harry
9. They’re Shooting a Horror Film in Our Living Room
10. The Repossession


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Waterloo – Stage fright at the Diamond Jubilee
Camouflage – When paranoia threatens a good thing
Natural Selection – Hopeless neighbours provoke the wrath of a man struggling with his inner demons
Conchita & the Mating Pigeons – Conchita spies on a suspicious man during a pigeon infestation
Just a Scratch – A young girl is left to work out her mother’s whispered phone conversations
Lemon Drizzle Cake – Three flatmates compete for the girl
The Leopard Man – Transformation comes to a woman’s group
Harry – Harry faces a tough decision on New Year’s Eve.
They’re Shooting a Horror Film in Our Living Room – It’s only acting, isn’t it?
The Repossession – An old man is in need of a superhero when his home is threatened.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 199 KB
  • Print Length: 61 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095SQ4O4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #464,947 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Emily Benet is an award winning blogger and author. Her latest book, The Temp, is an 'unabashedly British' romantic comedy, which explores the idea you can be famous for anything if you shout loud enough about it...

Her debut book 'Shop Girl Diaries' began as a blog about working in her Mum's chaotic chandelier shop. It was commissioned as a book by Salt Publishing and later turned into a short film starring Katy Wix which was shown at The London Short Film Festival 2014.

Emily runs Blogging and Social Networking workshops, lectures at Universities and has contributed to numerous publications including Publishing Talk, Mslexia and Writers & Artists. Her guidebook Blogging for Beginners is available as an ebook.

Check our her weekly blog, join her Facebook Author Page or check out her Tweets. She can't promise to be serious though.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short stories for everyone 19 Sept. 2012
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This is a fantastic book, ideal for commuting or to read while waiting for dinner to cook! The stories are compact but complete. Emily Benet's characters are so easy to relate to that you can't help but get involved in every story you read. I do love that she can provide a social (and even political) commentary without being at all pretentious or "preachy". These are stories of substance that can still be light hearted, uplifting and easy to read.

The first book of Emily Benet's, that I read, was Shop Girl Diaries (Salt Modern Fiction S.). This is a brilliant and highly entertaining book. You HAVE to read it! I then went on to read her blog (also very amusing and insightful) and I can't wait for her next book to be published!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant new talent 6 Sept. 2012
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These stories are absolutely ideal for a half-hour/45-minute commute to or from work. They'll leave you with a smile on your face & a warm glow in your soul. My own favourites were the wonderfully inventive Conchita & The Mating Pigeons & the wryly observed Camouflage. The zip & flair of the narrative descriptions is matched at every turn by an unerring eye for cinematic detail, while the dialogue drips with the unintentional comedy of the everyday. On this showing, Emily Benet has the potential to be the 21st century's new Dorothy Parker. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories 16 Sept. 2012
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Emily Benet's writing brilliantly captures subtle nuances of everyday life. The stories are amusing, touching or disturbing at times with very believable yet surprising punchlines. It is a gripping selection and I really enjoyed reading it - `Just a Scratch' and `The Repossession' my top favourites. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emily Benet Short Stories for Busy Adults 12 Nov. 2012
By DD
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A friend recommended this book of short stories to me, and I'm glad I read it! Perfect for travelling or reading before bed, of which I did both. The characters in these stories have a depth to them that make you feel that you really understand their (sometimes questionable) motives, even in the short time you spend with them. Quirky, funny, occasionally disturbing and very entertaining! More please. Short Stories for Busy Adults
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