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Me-Time Tales: Tea breaks for mature women and curious men by [Minett, Rosalind]
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Rosalind Minett is a writer of originality and psychological insight; Sarah Duncan, prize-winning author with 'Kissing Mr Wrong' --Headline

Great stories. Pithy, entertaining, good pace. Robin Hawdon, novelist and playwright --Amazon

A wonderful collection of amusing and pertinent short stories with expertly-crafted characters. Karen Perkins, bestselling author of 'Thores-Cross' and The Valkyrie Series --Goodreads

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  • Print Length: 116 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01DGLI484
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #649,216 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 April 2014
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These original, often quirky tales with their hallmark of wry humour remind me of a female, modern-day Saki at work, if this is imaginable. Short stories tend to be lumped into a category which people claim to like or not, but in fact vary a great deal, in this case despite being the work of a single author.

The common factors here are that all the stories are about different aspects of women's lives, and that the reader has no idea where what often proves to be the rollercoaster of a tale will end up, as in the case of the waif-like child deprived of affection who is suddenly exposed to the shock of a progressive school where the art teacher forces the girls to chomp their way through a colourful mountain of food, then paint the debris as a picture of gluttony - and we still haven't reached the unforeseeable conclusion.

The first three stories seem relatively straightforward, with characters reminiscent of people you have met: the lonely woman who sees every man as a possible mate, the mouthy teenager who judges too much by appearances, the uptight parents shocked by a thirteen-year-old's pointy bra when deeper problems fester, arising from their obsessive conventionality mixed with hypocrisy over much more serious matters.

Later stories tend to launch into verbal flights of fancy, such as "A slight invasion" which somehow manages to combine the obsession-forming misfortune of infertility with a hatred of fish. I particularly liked the description of the fish market as "an alternative social experience, a full range of human expression laid on slabs" - shocked Cod, disdainful Hadddock and whinging Whitebait, to name only a few.

I also admired the one poem in the collection, "Lament", an overworked mother's cry, "When will I be free?"

This is an entertaining read, with stories that are crying out to be narrated on the radio.
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A wonderful collection of amusing and pertinent short stories, from Marion, a woman who knows what she wants and how to get it, or so she thinks, in Underwhelmed - a delightful take on middle-aged loneliness and the perils of miscommunication, told with a clever wit that had me laughing out loud.

Then there's Blind Date, a clever poke at today's shallow and image-obsessed society. Or the problems choosing a first bra can evoke in Fitting Matter. One of my favourites, One Too Many, takes a humorous look at society's attitudes towards family and virility - maybe Mum doesn't always know best! In First Feast, a young tragic bereaved and inhibited girl is transformed by a teacher's good intentions, then the darker Staying Put adds depth to an original collection filled with expertly crafted characters, that I'm already looking forward to rereading.

This is just a sprinkling of the treats in Me-Time Tales, which will have you alternately laughing, crying and sagely nodding your head - Rosalind Minett is an extremely talented writer, and I'm eagerly looking forward to reading more of her work.
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Told with wit and great psychological insight, these short tales are easy to read and quick to entertain. Yet at the core of each apparently simple story, is a complex woman/ girl with an addiction and a quirky view of life. From middle-aged Marion to teenage Jess, the characters are so well drawn they will stay with you long after the me-time is over. Perfect for tea-breaks or bed time reading.
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A wonderful collection of amusing and pertinent short stories, with expertly-crafted characters - you will definitely find (at least one if not many) favourites amongst them. From Marion, a woman who knows what she wants and how to get it, or so she thinks, in Underwhelmed - a delightful take on middle-aged loneliness and the perils of miscommunication, told with a clever wit that had me laughing out loud.

Then there's Blind Date, a clever poke at today's shallow and image-obsessed society. Or the problems choosing a first bra can evoke in Fitting Matter. One of my favourites, One Too Many, takes a humorous look at society's attitudes towards family and virility - maybe Mum doesn't always know best! In First Feast, a young tragic bereaved and inhibited girl is transformed by a teacher's good intentions.

This is just a sprinkling of the treats in Me-Time Tales, which will have you alternately laughing, crying and sagely nodding your head - J.R. Minett is an extremely talented writer, and I'm eagerly looking forward to reading more of her work.
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Judging from the cover, which made me think of the artist Beryl Cooke, I started reading this book expecting to find lighthearted, lightweight observational comedy about ladies of a certain age and their (our!) foibles. This book is much more subtle and wide-ranging than that, examining the lives of a wide cast of female characters, each the focal point of a separate short story, as they seek happiness in their relationships with men. It's a bittersweet mix, often sad and poignant, but usually with the key character emerging with some kind of victory and moral high ground by the end, though the ending is often unexpected and not always necessarily happy. But all are a tribute to the strength of women in adversity and of the individual's survival instinct.

These are exactly the kind of stories I like best - examining interesting characters, exploring their motivations and describing their worlds in swift, clever and sparing prose, and packing in a vast amount of experience for the reader into bite-size stories, well seasoned with humour without becoming flippant or trite.

As with any collection, I had favourites - the first two worked best for me, but I also liked the fact that each was very different, and all were slick, smart and clever. I'll definitely be reading more by this author, in whatever genre she writes in, as I enjoyed her voice as an author.

I think the format is slightly hiding her light under a bushel, however - it suggests that it would only be of interest to older women and a few men, but actually I think it's a great read for all ages and both sexes. Anyway, that's who I'd recommend it to!
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