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4.75  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Something Short is a collection of short stories from French and Scottish shores by two female writers; Elspeth Morrison and Angela Lockwood. We meet a variety of interesting and amusing Scottish characters in Begonia, The Wee Baldy Man, The Pop Star and a mad scientist in Animals, but also some personal experiences in dealing with arthritis and depression in Begonia and T ...more
Kindle Edition, 59 pages
Published May 7th 2014
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Sharon Brownlie
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The authors promised the short sroies that made up Someting Short would make an impact - they certainly do. I loved the morals behind some of them, wit in others and time for reflection in some. I couldn't pick a favourite because each story is interesting and brings someting different.I did particularly warm to the stories with Scots dialogue. The presentation and format of the whole book was excellent. A well worth read for a well worth cause. ...more
Lydia Larue
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I initially started to read Something Short because I did not have time to read a full-length novel. This collection is brilliantly titled. These stories are somewhat short, but that does not mean that they are not cleverly written.

Starting out, I found the Scottish and Irish words in the dialog to be a bit much. There were a couple of places where it sped down my reading as I was trying to make out what the speaker meant, but to my delight, as I continued to read, I found that that type of dial
P.A. Rudders
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful collection of fourteen short stories from two writers, each having contributed their individual efforts. With one exception, these are not conventional twist in the tale type stories but more a combination of snapshots of people’s lives, touching accounts of fascinating individuals, and brief encounters between a fairly diverse collection of characters. Every story was articulately well written, with good natural dialogue. Some were written in the first person whilst others ...more
E.M. McIntyre
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 Stars
I read Something Short By Elspeth Morrison and Angela Lockwood with my Kindle Unlimited subscription. This is a great collection of 15 short stories, alternating back and forth between each author. The reader will find strong writing with a wide range of topics. Two of my favorite stories were 'Begonia' by Morrison and 'The Perfect Crime' by Lockwood - and I have to say, as a researcher, 'Animals' by Lockwood gave me a good laugh. This is a quick read definitely worth your time if you
Mike Billington
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is billed as a book of short stories but it is, in my opinion, a wonderfully imaginative collection of slice-of-life observations written by two women who each have an eye for the commonplace and the creative spark to make what they see interesting to the rest of us.
'The Wee Baldy Man' is, I think, a good example of their ability to connect with readers. How many of us have, as the author did, found ourselves sitting alone in a park or an outdoor cafe watching people go about their daily bu
Felipe Lerma
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reading "Something Short" is like letting my eyeballs take a virtual tour through a verbal landscape of small rolling hills alternating with sharp deep drops into sometimes scary crevices.

For me, Ms Lockwood's short stories feel more complete than Ms Morrison's, the latter feeling more like sketches and explorations, but -

That said, alternating side by side, they gave me a rare sense of experiential immersion. While Ms Lockwood's stories flowed with lightness and ease of observation (often using
Katerina Sestakova novotna
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent collection of short stories written by two talented ladies. I enjoyed all of them, but I especially liked the last story “Gimme Shelter” by Angela Lockwood because of its unexpected ending. I also liked her story called “Animals”, which is an account of a major crush a scientist has on a cute animal right activist protesting in front of his laboratory. The theme of this short story is much more complex than just another fascinating example of love against all odds. I was als ...more
Jana Petken
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fascinating and entertaining read. Short stories covering a variety of subject and people, and written by two authors, who managed to compliment each other's individual styles.

It is difficult to pick a favourite story, and it's not really necessary. The authors managed to make each and every one of their short tales to life, with interesting characters and poignant titbits. No spoilers here.

Very enjoyable.
Colin Griffiths
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's sometimes hard to rate a collection of shorts as your going to like some more than others, this collection was no different, however it felt like there was something subliminal about them and I found myself doing a little soul searching as I deciphered the message. Thoroughly enjoyed it and it was great to pick it up when time was short to read the next snippet. Try it, this is good ...more
Jess James
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was an enjoyable collection of short stories - as snippets of lives and events. Each of them were short enough to read in a coffee break, and each of them different.

Both authors offer a slightly different style, which makes putting this book down and picking it up again very easy and inspiring.

Definitely enjoyed all of them, and would read more from both authors!
Christine Vann
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An interesting collection of short stories, well worth a look. The characters are interesting and skillfully drawn and this is a very enjoyable read. A lot of variety here to keep you occupied, and the proceeds going to charity is an added bonus. Left me wanting more!
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An impacting collection of short stories. These stories are well-written, emotive and clever. Each author brings their unique characters and prose. It is hard to pick which story I like the best as they were all very captivating. Well-done!
Angela Lockwood
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
It's great, even if I say so myself:) ...more
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