What happens when Merlin goofs up a spell? How does a young pilot of a single-engine aircraft cope when his plane is struck by lightning mid-flight during bad weather and all his instruments fail? How about a woman who appears to be the perfect wife for the captain of a ship? Just how ideal is she when something unexpected happens to her husband? What to do with a much-loved cat when the family that owns him moves to the other side of the world to live? In this entertaining collection of a variety of individual stories divided into four parts, Jack tells it all as The Long and the Short of it covers a range of genres and attitudes. Firstly, the 'not quite normal' or 'odd ones'. Next, tales of the sea and air and then stories derived from his observations of people. Finally, he focuses on creatures from the world of animals. For a brief break from reality, these stories are an excellent source of quick fun.
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|Publisher:||Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd.|
|Product dimensions:||6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)|
About the Author
Jack Newman was born in a little village in Kent. After leaving school at the age of fifteen, he joined the Royal Navy as an Aircraft Artificer apprentice and remained in the service for twenty-four years before retiring in 1970 as a senior Chief Petty Officer. Still having the urge to travel, he took his family to Australia and started a new life there as a teacher. Twenty years on, he retired to live in Country Victoria to write. He has co-authored two books with established English writer Pamela Griffiths, Ocean's Apart, a book of poetry and Tandem Tales, a collection of short stories. In 2015, he wrote the novel Thommo's Last Ship. This is a story about the adventures of some crew members of an aircraft carrier as the ship was first refitted in an English dockyard and then travelled halfway round the world to be stationed at Singapore. Although fictional, it draws on the author's own experiences gained during the many years that he spent in the Royal Navy.Now a widower, Jack enjoys his retirement pottering about in his workshop, a large garden, playing bridge at his local club and enjoying the company of a growing family.