`The Long & The Short of it' is a roller coaster of emotions that are a balm to the mind and the soul. I thought that the title was pure genius for a collection of stories ranging from one hundred to three and a half thousand words. There's no telling when you need a good read, how long you're going to have, and I loved being able to pick and choose the length at will. Annmarie Miles' stories are part of us all. They are the heroes of our lives who we suddenly recognise as we read (and sometimes reread) her tales; my favourite being `Corned Beef Sandwiches on Brown Bread'. I never knew what to expect from each title and I love surprises... a spectacular collection of stories.