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Marry In Haste: 15 Short Stories of Dating, Love and Marriage Paperback – 10 Jan 2016
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"Brimful of the Debbie Young brand of sly and wry humour" - Mari Howard
"These stories are a witty & engaging slice of life in the marriage market and a perfect tonic for a quick read. We all need a dose of fun in our lives and Debbie's humour is unmissable, wry and mischievous." - Lynne Pardoe
"If you like a modern take on old-fashioned love, then you'll enjoy this collection. Readers can't help but give a sigh of satisfaction at the end." - Betsy Talbot
"This book's fifteen short stories about dating, love and marriage' are essentially optimistic about these experiences, even though one or two of them tell of wrong turnings. Their optimism is not starry-eyed, however - love is a beautiful and powerful force, but has to be accompanied by a healthy dose of tolerance, of learning to put up with your partner's more annoying habits, and of humility, in realizing you may not be free of annoying habits yourself... I particularly liked The Homecoming, where the (female) author takes the risk of writing in a male voice and succeeds.The New Coat is a clever (and, in the current climate, brave) riff on a fashionable theme of the controlling husband. And The Butterfly Clip rounds the set off perfectly, with its sense of the quiet reward that can await us if we get this love business right. If you like your fiction noir and see life as a nasty, messy business we have to fight our way through, this is probably not the collection for you. But if you have a more upbeat take on things... here are fifteen gentle, well-crafted stories. Written by an unknown author who lives in the sticks (the book's publisher is based in rural Gloucestershire), they would probably not have seen the light of day under the old order. But they are now available for us to read and enjoy. More, please.." - Christopher West
"Marry in Haste"---the title invites us to add the suffix :- "Repent at Leisure." But there is little evidence of repentance, as Debbie Young's characters seem to embrace their fate with whole hearted enthusiasm. The dangerous angle of the wedding cake couple on the cover might indicate future perils, but one hopes they are simply "falling" in love. Jane Austen was acclaimed as a creator of microcosms, tiny brush strokes on a small piece of ivory. Was she also the first writer of "chick-lit"? No shame if she was. Women number half the population of the world. Why should we not have light hearted fiction, which speaks largely to the feminine psyche? Debbie Young is a gifted proponent of this genre. Her warm humour and appealing characters place her with Catharine Alliott and Katie Fford, but her stories have a depth all her own. Each vignette of "Marry in Haste" contain characters that have a complete imagined life with a past and a future. Each little history contains the possibility of a full length novel, whilst being sufficient unto itself. The subtle humour with which the writer invests her stories, permeates each scenario. A sushi roll carefully examined for "signs of life", Barbara in A and E after food poisoning provides specimens, "of which unfortunately she still had plenty," Thomas, the over demanding partner, turns out to be a cat. Very occasionally married bliss is questioned . The over solicitous husband tells the feminist saleswoman that he and his wife are perfectly happy as they are . "And do you know, though his attitude flew in the face of my feminist principles, I'm sure he was speaking the truth." A collection of short stories which positively celebrates love, yet subtly raises the wedding veil on the slightly sinister. questionable side of that well worn institution, marriage." - Celia Boyd
About the Author
Debbie Young has a reputation for wry, witty fiction full of gentle English humour, based on meticulous observation of everyday domestic life. She has three published collections of short stories, and her work also appears in various anthologies. She is currently writing a series of cosy mystery novels, the Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries, set in a small English village with an author as its heroine and a bookseller as the love interest, which will be published in 2017. The first book will be "Best Murder in Show", followed by a series of six titles completing a year in the life of the fictitious village of Wendlebury Barrow: "Trick or Murder", "Murder in the Manger", "Murder by the Book", "Springtime for Murder", "Murder Your Darlings" and "School's Out for Murder". She has performed her short stories at various litfests and events including the Cheltenham Literature Festival 2016 and is a frequent guest on BBC Radio Gloucestershire and various community radio and television stations. She is a regular member of the panel on BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Book Club slot during the lunchtime programme. She is the founder of the Hawkesbury Upton Literary Festival (founded April 2015) which provides an annual celebration of books and reading on the closest Saturday to World Book Night, in which all events are free of charge to make it accessible to all. Her regional reputation is also enhanced by her long-running humorous column in the Tetbury Advertiser, described by its editor as "the jewel in our crown". She is also an avid reader, reviewing books for various publications including Vine Leaves Literary Journal and on her own blog. She has been blogging as since 2010 and is very active on social media, with a 10K Twitter following over 1,000 Facebook friends and over 500 "likes" on her Facebook author page. Her YouTube channel includes videos of her performing her stories and speaking at public events and on podcasts. She also has a high profile in the author community in her role as Commissioning Editor of the Authors Advice Blog for the Alliance of Independent Authors, for which she is UK Ambassador. She also runs three author meet-up groups in Bristol, Cheltenham and Oxfordshire. She lives and works in the small Cotswold village of Hawkesbury Upton with her Scottish husband and teenage daughter where she is very much involved in the life of its busy rural community. She enjoys travelling in the family camper van in search of adventure, armed only with blank notebooks and reading matter. More information about all of these activities is available on her author website at www.authordebbieyoung.com.
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Without giving anything away, I’ll pick out a couple favourite stories, the second and third in the second section, as examples of masterful use of tropes and allusions to current culture. We all know similar people and situations and this writer keeps the reader on her side with a feel-good factor of ‘Oh yes, isn’t it just like that, aren’t men/women like this?’
A dry, sly, yet always friendly, well disposed and knowing, wit highlights the trends, tropes, and foibles of the current social scene and makes for a delightful read. Great for train journeys and commuting, this flash fiction comes in short, tasty bites.
Perfect for a busy mom's bathroom reading or a bored commuter's diversion between stops--rediscover the joy of the short story while warming your heart with *Marry in Haste.*
I particularly liked The Homecoming, where the (female) author takes the risk of writing in a male voice and succeeds. Having Your Cake has a charming twist. The New Coat is a clever (and, in the current climate, brave) riff on a fashionable theme of the controlling husband. And The Butterfly Clip rounds the set off perfectly, with its sense of the quiet reward that can await us if we get this love business right.
If you like your fiction noir and see life as a nasty, messy business we have to fight our way through, this is probably not the collection for you. But if you have a more upbeat take on things…
This book is an excellent advert for the new world of independent publishing, which is often criticized as having unleashed a torrent of churned-out, formulaic melodrama. But here are fifteen gentle, well-crafted stories. Written by an unknown author who lives in the sticks (the book’s publisher is based in rural Gloucestershire), they would probably not have seen the light of day under the old order. But they are now available for us to read and enjoy. More, please.
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