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Something to Read on the Plane (A Bit of Light Literature, Short Stories & Other Fun Stuff) Kindle Edition

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Length: 142 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3472 KB
  • Print Length: 142 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0958497842
  • Publisher: Writers Circle Publishing (9 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003QCIQ14
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #230,684 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jan Hurst-Nicholson lives in sunny South Africa where she is personal chef to an elderly picky cat, and doorman to two dogs who are forever on the wrong side of a door. The dogs sit beside her as she works. The cat sleeps on the work.

Her articles, humorous articles and short stories have appeared in South African and overseas magazines and these were compiled into a book: "Something to Read on the Plane - a bit of light literature, short stories & other fun stuff," and "I Made These Up (short stories for the fireside)"

Her first children's book was "Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs" published by Gecko Books, and was one of Bookchat's 1993 South African Books of the Year. This was followed by "Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the kidnapped mouse" which was selected as one of the 2013 Kart Kids Book Award winners. 'Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the bottled bat' is awaiting publication. These are humorous, animal, detective stories set in a nature reserve.
"Bheki and the Magic Light", which tells of a bullied herd boy who becomes a hero, was published by Penguin SA and is now also available as an e-book.
'Jake,' was published by Cambridge University Press.
'The Race (an inspiring story for left-handers)' is her latest children's book. It also has advice for parents and teachers.

Born in the UK, Jan emigrated from Liverpool to South Africa in the 1970s. Her experiences moving to a new continent were the inspiration for her humorous novel, "But Can You Drink The Water?' which was a semi-finalist (top 50 out of 5000) in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

Jan worked in the R&D department of a large bakery for several years, and this gave her the idea for "The Breadwinners" a family saga spanning 60 years and set in Durban.

Jan has also written a YA/teen novel, Mystery at Ocean Drive which was a runner-up in the 2010 Citizen/Pan MacMillan YA novel award, and is now available as an e-book on Amazon.

Jan's latest novel is "With the Headmaster's Approval" (general fiction with a romance element).

Jan's writing also appears in Edge Words (20 stories from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2006) published by University of Chester, Chicken Soup for the Caregiver's Soul and Chicken Soup for the Soul 101 best stories On Being a Parent; Summer Shorts, and My Funny Major Medical .

www.just4kix.jimdo.com

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By Michael Ward VINE VOICE on 24 Dec. 2011
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Sorry but this was not to my taste. I suspect the auther/collector had fun assembling the material, but the stories were in my view rather mundane. Perhaps there were a few 'smile' moments but that was about it. I don't think I was in a particularly grumpy mood when I started this but I may have been by the time I put it down. It might do for someone with a particularly short attention span, but not for me.
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In the introduction, the author likens this to a magazine and this well describes the style of this kindlebook. It contains short reads which are sometimes funny and sometimes contain a twist to the tale. The title describes it very well - this is just right for reading on a journey, something that you can pick up and put down. If you have read But Can You Drink The Water? you will recognise three of the tales.
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The stories in this book made me laugh. It's such fun- I particularly love the story about the goldfish! Brilliant British humour at it's best. Great little fun read and something to read everywhere and not just on the plane. Great to dip in and out of.
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I absolutely loved the last book I read, 'But can you drink the water', amazingly funny. It was with some disappointment that I then stumbled across this very poor collection of bits and bobs. Yes, I accept it is designed as a pick up and put down, magazine type read, but most of the entries were just simply awful. My other gripe was that the formatting on my kindle was all over the place, with massive gaps between paragraphs, on some pages and others with two words on each line. Very shoddy piece of work, sorry.
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This is billed as a collection of shorts and comments and other fun stuff. It was reasonably enjoyable. Some stories seemed to be from and about the author, others fiction and sometimes I was wondering if I could remember if the author was male or female and which ones were the "based on real life" ones.

In all, a pleasant collection of stories for in between novels.
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