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Manslaughter and Other Tears [Reading] ➼ Manslaughter and Other Tears By Dianne F. Gray – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk An anthology of award winning stories by Dianne Gray Dianne Gray is an Australian award winning author This selection of stories includes a behind the scenes glimpse into what inspired Dianne to write An anthology of award winning stories by Dianne Gray Dianne Gray is an Australian award winning author This selection of stories includes a behind the scenes glimpse into what inspired Dianne to Manslaughter and PDF or write each story.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 128 pages
  • Manslaughter and Other Tears
  • Dianne F. Gray
  • English
  • 25 April 2018

About the Author: Dianne F. Gray

I m a writer and a dreamer My latest short story was shortlisted in the top three of the Ruth Rendell Writing award, judged by Lynda La Plante Some of my Manslaughter and PDF or short stories have been published in Australian anthologies Harper Collins Enter Ginninderra Press The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet Harlequin MIRA press Scarlet Stiletto The First Cutd some of my novels have won awardsThe Everything Theory IP Picks Let Sleeping Gods Lie IP Picks Soul s Child YouWriteOn Book of the Year Feel free to leave a comment even if it s just to drop by and say hello.



10 thoughts on “Manslaughter and Other Tears

  1. Lynxie Lynxie says:

    Manslaughter and other tears is a strange mix of short stories.If there s one story you must read, please persevere to the last story Papa s gift is by far the shining star in this collection and the reason this collection has 4 instead of 3 stars.My thoughts on each story Corrugated dreaming Interesting I didn t expect that ending Some great imagery.Still life I didn t like this morbid little tale I didn t like the retelling of the story over and over The painting squares thing was kind of Manslaughter and other tears is a strange mix of short stories.If there s one story you must read, please persevere to the last story Papa s gift is by far the shining star in this collection and the reason this collection has 4 instead of 3 stars.My thoughts on each story Corrugated dreaming Interesting I didn t expect that ending Some great imagery.Still life I didn t like this morbid little tale I didn t like the retelling of the story over and over The painting squares thing was kind of cool though.Canvass canvasthe empty space in the middle of her paintingsThe butcher of meena creekShort little story with a twist The sad part is I d picked the ending from a few paragraphs in.Hot dog stand I wasn t sure where this one was going, but the ending was amusing, particularly the last paragraph.Unplugged Well I don t know what to say about this one Bizarre Set up This one reminds me a little of the latest Scream movie The final hours of Tanya Lowbroski UmWTF The Devil s tent I m not sure about this one It was a bit strange.Remote control I liked the duality of this one, but the ending felt flat to me.Grandmothers and gypsies Amusing little tale I was expecting the ending though.James Rather sad little tale Papa s gift Probably the best story in the bunch, not because it was about anything exotic or miraculous No Instead it coaxed tears from me, rehashed the feeling of uselessness The wash of incredulity and the desire to destroy something Great story

  2. Britt Skrabanek Britt Skrabanek says:

    Another incredible work by the always fabulous Dianne Gray Before this I was blown away by The Everything Theory In Manslaughter the reader is immersed in a completely different world, one that is very adult, peppered with situations both bleak and disturbing Yet somehow Gray effortlessly brings a splash of humor as well This is a clever collection for those who want to read something unique The reader will enjoy the poetic feel and the intricate plots, which are especially delightful to Another incredible work by the always fabulous Dianne Gray Before this I was blown away by The Everything Theory In Manslaughter the reader is immersed in a completely different world, one that is very adult, peppered with situations both bleak and disturbing Yet somehow Gray effortlessly brings a splash of humor as well This is a clever collection for those who want to read something unique The reader will enjoy the poetic feel and the intricate plots, which are especially delightful to happen upon in the realm of short stories.Although I was impressed with the collection as a whole, Papa s Gift was exquisite The beautiful emotion pouring out of the words in this story will stay with me for some time.A charming bonus at the end that I adored is an explanation by the author of the inspiration behind each story Lovely touch Britt Skrabanekhttp brittskrabanek.com

  3. Dan Thompson Dan Thompson says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here My first venture in reading short story collections didn t go as well as I had hoped Roald Dahl s Skin and Other Stories I mean, I ve read short stories before, don t get me wrong, but I had up until that point, never read an anthology of them But then, about a year ago, I discovered an extremely talented lady indeed Dianne Gray Her thriller meets young adult meets contemporary novel, The Everything Theory, was so intelligently written, so absorbing and so, well, just brilliant, that whe My first venture in reading short story collections didn t go as well as I had hoped Roald Dahl s Skin and Other Stories I mean, I ve read short stories before, don t get me wrong, but I had up until that point, never read an anthology of them But then, about a year ago, I discovered an extremely talented lady indeed Dianne Gray Her thriller meets young adult meets contemporary novel, The Everything Theory, was so intelligently written, so absorbing and so, well, just brilliant, that when I discovered she had put together an anthology of her award winning short stories, well it was a no brainer really wasn t it Manslaughter and Other Tears is a collection of twelve stories told mostly in the first person by a scorned wife, a lonely teenager, a writer even a ghost But they are dark in nature, captivatingly addictive, with characters that have strong voices It is the characterisation of each protagonist that pulls you further into the story, holding you tight, refusing to let you go until the last line hits you in the face usually with a gob smacking twist that will leave you astounded, smiling and re reading the story, fervently searching for all of the little clues that hint at the story s real purpose and meaning.Take The Butcher of Meena Creek for instance Seemingly about abused housewife, Maggie Smithers, who is cooking the dinner at the Mayor s party Lasagne We learn however, that this is not the first time Maggie has cooked Lasagne at one of the Mayor s parties Her husband, the local town s butcher, didn t like this dish, and well Maggie later learned that perhaps she shouldn t test her husband s patience But what looks like a story about a housewife bravely standing up for herself, making a stand against not only her controlling husband, but also the likes of people such as Loretta Larson high class wannabes and pretentious prudes later turns out to be muchsinister indeed This is a shy, reserved woman who takes hold of her freedom in such a gritty way that almost becomes humorous.And it is Dianne Gray s writing that provides the laughs in such shocking stories stories that shouldn t be funny at all, but you just can t help but applaud her look at life and the actions her characters take in such extreme situations Whether it be the woman who finds her husband in bed with another man, and eventually goes on a rampage in Hot Dog Stand, or the devious way in which an elderly woman can use her frail age and forgetfulness to her own advantage in Grandmothers and Gypsies I think the author has such a fantastic understanding of people, which not only gives her ample amount of predicaments for her characters, but also the responses in which they act which are so lifelike, you could almost imagine your own next door neighbours being like the nosey neighbours in Set Up There is a reason why the title, Manslaughter and Other Tears has the LAUGHTER accentuated in the Manslaughter.But although some do make you laugh and gasp and snigger, other pull on your heartstrings and evoke sadness and sorrow You can feel for some of the characters so much, they stay with you long after you closed the book, which is an incredible feat of storytelling no wonder some of these stories of award winning Take Dorothy Gale for instance in Unplugged You follow her life story, with voices that fill her head, which taunt her and snide at her throughout, feeling sorry for the girl, who presumably has a mental illness But it isn t until you read the last few paragraphs that the real meaning of the story hits you, and you find yourself covered in goosebumps, shocked, amazed and so full of grief, you have to fight hard to hold back the tears James is another lovingly told story that evokes the same sadness.But at the end of the book, Dianne Gray gives an explanation, an insight into where the ideas for each of these stories came from, which actually suddenly makes you sit up and realise that yes, these are stories You get so caught up and sucked into the drama of male orientated workplaces, teenagers wanting to get back at their ungrateful parents, that you actually do forget that these stories aren t real And when you see how the stories sparked, it gives you a new sense of appreciation and admiration for just how talented this author is Dianne Gray is such a clever writer, that she doesn t need to hide behind elaborate description, or action packed scenes with explosions and fireworks She simply only needs to write a sentence and she already has you in her hands.I was a little apprehensive before reading Manslaughter and Other Tears, mostly because I had so much respect for Dianne Gray, I almost didn t want to be disappointed Thankfully, this collection of Award winning short stories epitomise exactly how short stories should be written for the adult market The twists and turns hit you so hard, that you can only manage to read each story one at a time, and rightly so, because they areeffective that way These stories need to be put on a pedestal and worshipped as some of the best out there they really are that good My personal favourites are Grandmothers and Gypsies and Unplugged If you can handle laughs, tears, gasps, twist and turns, then unplug the telephone, turn off the TV, put the children to bed, and be prepared to be simply amazed

  4. Dale Dale says:

    Less isI wouldn t have thought so before reading Manslaughter and Other Tears But I was wrong Each of Dianne Gray s novels I ve read I ve tried to savour and been compelled to consume simultaneously I was completely unprepared for how much depth can be injected into this genre Corrugated Dreaming left me speechless I suspected the ending of The Butcher of Meena Creek but enjoyed the journey nonetheless Grandmothers and Gypsies was like nails down a chalkboard Papa s Gift unravelled Less isI wouldn t have thought so before reading Manslaughter and Other Tears But I was wrong Each of Dianne Gray s novels I ve read I ve tried to savour and been compelled to consume simultaneously I was completely unprepared for how much depth can be injected into this genre Corrugated Dreaming left me speechless I suspected the ending of The Butcher of Meena Creek but enjoyed the journey nonetheless Grandmothers and Gypsies was like nails down a chalkboard Papa s Gift unravelled me completely If for some reason your life seems flat and dull, I prescribe one of these stories at regular intervals You ll soon be feeling better

  5. Carrie Carrie says:

    Engrossing collection of short stories with everything from murder to revenge to emotional blackmail The latter stems from Grandmothers and Gypsies, perhaps my favorite in the bunch It s easy to see why several of these short stories were award winners The prose is smooth and the characters rich This is the second book I ve read by this author the first was the novel Wolf Pear , but it won t be my last.

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10 thoughts on “Manslaughter and Other Tears

  1. Lynxie Lynxie says:

    Manslaughter and other tears is a strange mix of short stories.If there s one story you must read, please persevere to the last story Papa s gift is by far the shining star in this collection and the reason this collection has 4 instead of 3 stars.My thoughts on each story Corrugated dreaming Interesting I didn t expect that ending Some great imagery.Still life I didn t like this morbid little tale I didn t like the retelling of the story over and over The painting squares thing was kind of Manslaughter and other tears is a strange mix of short stories.If there s one story you must read, please persevere to the last story Papa s gift is by far the shining star in this collection and the reason this collection has 4 instead of 3 stars.My thoughts on each story Corrugated dreaming Interesting I didn t expect that ending Some great imagery.Still life I didn t like this morbid little tale I didn t like the retelling of the story over and over The painting squares thing was kind of cool though.Canvass canvasthe empty space in the middle of her paintingsThe butcher of meena creekShort little story with a twist The sad part is I d picked the ending from a few paragraphs in.Hot dog stand I wasn t sure where this one was going, but the ending was amusing, particularly the last paragraph.Unplugged Well I don t know what to say about this one Bizarre Set up This one reminds me a little of the latest Scream movie The final hours of Tanya Lowbroski UmWTF The Devil s tent I m not sure about this one It was a bit strange.Remote control I liked the duality of this one, but the ending felt flat to me.Grandmothers and gypsies Amusing little tale I was expecting the ending though.James Rather sad little tale Papa s gift Probably the best story in the bunch, not because it was about anything exotic or miraculous No Instead it coaxed tears from me, rehashed the feeling of uselessness The wash of incredulity and the desire to destroy something Great story

  2. Britt Skrabanek Britt Skrabanek says:

    Another incredible work by the always fabulous Dianne Gray Before this I was blown away by The Everything Theory In Manslaughter the reader is immersed in a completely different world, one that is very adult, peppered with situations both bleak and disturbing Yet somehow Gray effortlessly brings a splash of humor as well This is a clever collection for those who want to read something unique The reader will enjoy the poetic feel and the intricate plots, which are especially delightful to Another incredible work by the always fabulous Dianne Gray Before this I was blown away by The Everything Theory In Manslaughter the reader is immersed in a completely different world, one that is very adult, peppered with situations both bleak and disturbing Yet somehow Gray effortlessly brings a splash of humor as well This is a clever collection for those who want to read something unique The reader will enjoy the poetic feel and the intricate plots, which are especially delightful to happen upon in the realm of short stories.Although I was impressed with the collection as a whole, Papa s Gift was exquisite The beautiful emotion pouring out of the words in this story will stay with me for some time.A charming bonus at the end that I adored is an explanation by the author of the inspiration behind each story Lovely touch Britt Skrabanekhttp brittskrabanek.com

  3. Dan Thompson Dan Thompson says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here My first venture in reading short story collections didn t go as well as I had hoped Roald Dahl s Skin and Other Stories I mean, I ve read short stories before, don t get me wrong, but I had up until that point, never read an anthology of them But then, about a year ago, I discovered an extremely talented lady indeed Dianne Gray Her thriller meets young adult meets contemporary novel, The Everything Theory, was so intelligently written, so absorbing and so, well, just brilliant, that whe My first venture in reading short story collections didn t go as well as I had hoped Roald Dahl s Skin and Other Stories I mean, I ve read short stories before, don t get me wrong, but I had up until that point, never read an anthology of them But then, about a year ago, I discovered an extremely talented lady indeed Dianne Gray Her thriller meets young adult meets contemporary novel, The Everything Theory, was so intelligently written, so absorbing and so, well, just brilliant, that when I discovered she had put together an anthology of her award winning short stories, well it was a no brainer really wasn t it Manslaughter and Other Tears is a collection of twelve stories told mostly in the first person by a scorned wife, a lonely teenager, a writer even a ghost But they are dark in nature, captivatingly addictive, with characters that have strong voices It is the characterisation of each protagonist that pulls you further into the story, holding you tight, refusing to let you go until the last line hits you in the face usually with a gob smacking twist that will leave you astounded, smiling and re reading the story, fervently searching for all of the little clues that hint at the story s real purpose and meaning.Take The Butcher of Meena Creek for instance Seemingly about abused housewife, Maggie Smithers, who is cooking the dinner at the Mayor s party Lasagne We learn however, that this is not the first time Maggie has cooked Lasagne at one of the Mayor s parties Her husband, the local town s butcher, didn t like this dish, and well Maggie later learned that perhaps she shouldn t test her husband s patience But what looks like a story about a housewife bravely standing up for herself, making a stand against not only her controlling husband, but also the likes of people such as Loretta Larson high class wannabes and pretentious prudes later turns out to be muchsinister indeed This is a shy, reserved woman who takes hold of her freedom in such a gritty way that almost becomes humorous.And it is Dianne Gray s writing that provides the laughs in such shocking stories stories that shouldn t be funny at all, but you just can t help but applaud her look at life and the actions her characters take in such extreme situations Whether it be the woman who finds her husband in bed with another man, and eventually goes on a rampage in Hot Dog Stand, or the devious way in which an elderly woman can use her frail age and forgetfulness to her own advantage in Grandmothers and Gypsies I think the author has such a fantastic understanding of people, which not only gives her ample amount of predicaments for her characters, but also the responses in which they act which are so lifelike, you could almost imagine your own next door neighbours being like the nosey neighbours in Set Up There is a reason why the title, Manslaughter and Other Tears has the LAUGHTER accentuated in the Manslaughter.But although some do make you laugh and gasp and snigger, other pull on your heartstrings and evoke sadness and sorrow You can feel for some of the characters so much, they stay with you long after you closed the book, which is an incredible feat of storytelling no wonder some of these stories of award winning Take Dorothy Gale for instance in Unplugged You follow her life story, with voices that fill her head, which taunt her and snide at her throughout, feeling sorry for the girl, who presumably has a mental illness But it isn t until you read the last few paragraphs that the real meaning of the story hits you, and you find yourself covered in goosebumps, shocked, amazed and so full of grief, you have to fight hard to hold back the tears James is another lovingly told story that evokes the same sadness.But at the end of the book, Dianne Gray gives an explanation, an insight into where the ideas for each of these stories came from, which actually suddenly makes you sit up and realise that yes, these are stories You get so caught up and sucked into the drama of male orientated workplaces, teenagers wanting to get back at their ungrateful parents, that you actually do forget that these stories aren t real And when you see how the stories sparked, it gives you a new sense of appreciation and admiration for just how talented this author is Dianne Gray is such a clever writer, that she doesn t need to hide behind elaborate description, or action packed scenes with explosions and fireworks She simply only needs to write a sentence and she already has you in her hands.I was a little apprehensive before reading Manslaughter and Other Tears, mostly because I had so much respect for Dianne Gray, I almost didn t want to be disappointed Thankfully, this collection of Award winning short stories epitomise exactly how short stories should be written for the adult market The twists and turns hit you so hard, that you can only manage to read each story one at a time, and rightly so, because they areeffective that way These stories need to be put on a pedestal and worshipped as some of the best out there they really are that good My personal favourites are Grandmothers and Gypsies and Unplugged If you can handle laughs, tears, gasps, twist and turns, then unplug the telephone, turn off the TV, put the children to bed, and be prepared to be simply amazed

  4. Dale Dale says:

    Less isI wouldn t have thought so before reading Manslaughter and Other Tears But I was wrong Each of Dianne Gray s novels I ve read I ve tried to savour and been compelled to consume simultaneously I was completely unprepared for how much depth can be injected into this genre Corrugated Dreaming left me speechless I suspected the ending of The Butcher of Meena Creek but enjoyed the journey nonetheless Grandmothers and Gypsies was like nails down a chalkboard Papa s Gift unravelled Less isI wouldn t have thought so before reading Manslaughter and Other Tears But I was wrong Each of Dianne Gray s novels I ve read I ve tried to savour and been compelled to consume simultaneously I was completely unprepared for how much depth can be injected into this genre Corrugated Dreaming left me speechless I suspected the ending of The Butcher of Meena Creek but enjoyed the journey nonetheless Grandmothers and Gypsies was like nails down a chalkboard Papa s Gift unravelled me completely If for some reason your life seems flat and dull, I prescribe one of these stories at regular intervals You ll soon be feeling better

  5. Carrie Carrie says:

    Engrossing collection of short stories with everything from murder to revenge to emotional blackmail The latter stems from Grandmothers and Gypsies, perhaps my favorite in the bunch It s easy to see why several of these short stories were award winners The prose is smooth and the characters rich This is the second book I ve read by this author the first was the novel Wolf Pear , but it won t be my last.

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