Ravenheart by David Gemmell

Ravenheart by David Gemmell

Ravenheart by David Gemmell

Title: Ravenheart

Subtitle: A Novel of the Rigante

Author: David Gemmell

ISBN 10: 0-345-43228-2

ISBN 13: 9780345432285

Language: English

Publisher: Del Rey

Genre/Subject: Science Fiction Fantasy / Epic

Place of publication: USA

Year Published: February 26th, 2002

Binding: Paperback

Number of Pages: 448 pages

Dimensions (mm): 104 x 174 x 34 mm (4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches)

Shipping Weight (g): 300 g (8 ounces)


Eight hundred years have passed since King Connavar of the Rigante and his bastard son, Bane, defeated the invading army of Stone. Now the Rigante have lost the freedom and culture so many gave their lives to preserve. Only one woman remains who follows the ancient ways-the Wyrd of Wishing Tree Wood-and she alone knows the nature of the evil soon to be unleashed. But the Wyrd pins her hope on two men: a giant Rigante fighter, a man haunted by his failure to save his best friend from betrayal; and a youth whose deadly talents will earn him the rancor of the brutal Varlish. One will become the Ravenheart, an outlaw leader whose daring exploits will inspire the Rigante. The other will forge a legend-and light the fires of revolution. . . .

About the Author:

David Andrew Gemmell was a bestselling British author of heroic fantasy. A former journalist and newspaper editor, Gemmell had his first work of fiction published in 1984. He went on to write over thirty novels. Best known for his debut, Legend, Gemmell's works display violence, yet also explores themes in honour, loyalty and redemption. With over one million copies sold, his work continues to sell worldwide.

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Daughters-in-Law by Joanna Trollope

Daughters-in-Law by Joanna Trollope

Daughters-in-Law by Joanna Trollope

Title: Daughters-in-Law Paperback

Author: Joanna Trollope

ISBN: 978-0-552-77641-7

Language: English

Publisher: Black Swan

Genre/Subject: Literature Fiction / Contemporary, Romance

Place of publication: GB

Year Published: April 5, 2011

Binding: Paperback

Number of Pages: 336 pages

Dimensions (mm): 110 x 177 x 29 mm

Shipping Weight (g): 300 g


When you've dedicated your life to your children, what happens when they grow up?
Rachel loves being at the centre of her large family. She has devoted herself fiercely to bringing up her three sons, but at their childhood home on the wide, bird-haunted coast of Suffolk, Rachel finds that her control begins to slip away. Other women - her daughters-in-law - are usurping her position. They have become more important to her boys than she is.
A crisis brings these subtle rifts to the surface. Can there be a way forward, if they are to survive as a family?
As Anthony and Rachel Brinkley welcome their third daughter-in-law to the family, they don’t quite realize the profound shift that is about to take place. For different reasons, the Brinkleys’ two previous daughters-in-law hadn’t been able to resist Rachel’s maternal control and Anthony’s gentle charm and had settled into their husbands’ family without rocking the boat. But Charlottevery young, very beautiful, and spoiledhas no intention of falling into step with the Brinkleys and wants to establish her own household. Soon Rachel’s sons begin to think of their own houses as home and of their mother’s house as simply the place where their parents livea necessary and inevitable shift of loyalties that threatens Rachel’s sense of herself, breaks Anthony’s heart, and causes unexpected consequences in all the marriages. Then a crisis brings these changes to the surface, and everyone has to learn what family love means all over again.

About the Author:

Joanna Trollope Potter Curteis (aka Caroline Harvey)
Joanna Trollope was born on 9 December 1943 in her grandfather's rectory in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, England, daughter of Rosemary Hodson and Arthur George Cecil Trollope. She is the eldest of three siblings. She is a fifth-generation niece of the Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope and is a cousin of the writer and broadcaster James Trollope. She was educated at Reigate County School for Girls followed by St Hugh's College, Oxford. On 14 May 1966, she married the banker David Roger William Potter, they had two daughters, Antonia and Louise, and on 1983 they divorced. In 1985, she remarried to the television dramatist Ian Curteis, and became the stepmother of two stepsons; they divorced in 2001. Today, she is a grandmother and lives on her own in London.
From 1965 to 1967, she worked at the Foreign Office. From 1967 to 1979, she was employed in a number of teaching posts before she became a writer full-time in 1980. Her novel Parson Harding's Daughter won in 1980 the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association.

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The Wouldbegoods by Edith Nesbit

The Wouldbegoods by Edith Nesbit

The Wouldbegoods by Edith Nesbit

Title: The Wouldbegoods

Subtitle: More adventures of the Bastable children - now featured on TV's THE TREASURE SEEKERS

Author: Edith Nesbit

ISBN: 0-14-02-0122-4

Language: English

Publisher: Puffin Books

Genre/Subject: Classic Children

Place of publication: UK

Year Published: 1981

Binding: pocket

Number of Pages: 283

Dimensions (mm): 189 x 110 x 15 mm

Shipping Weight (g): 200 g


Sent away to the country after a particularly unruly episode, the well-meaning but wayward Bastable children solemnly vow to reform their behavior. But their grand schemes for great and virtuous deeds lead to just as much mayhem as their ordinary games, and sometimes more.
In The Would-Be-Goods, the results are more obviously gratifying. The children devise a series of do-gooding schemes that are pretexts for adventures which usually cause fire, flood, injury or other havoc. On one occasion, they buy a pistol; on another, they are mugged by a vagrant. The Victorians were bolder than us.

And they had different mores. I saw the "N-word" coming - still there to this day: when Puffin say "complete and unabridged", they mean it - and changed the money-lender's name from Rosenbaum to Ross. When one of the children suggests that a baby might have been stolen by "gipsies", I took the chance to explain that this is an ancient and false charge born of prejudice. I was not certain where the Fabian and advanced Nesbit stood at the end of The Treasure Seekers, when almost all the Bastables' benefactors are invited to a Christmas party, except the moneylender and the butcher. But the sense of mystery made the Bastables' world more interesting; and that went for both of us.


The Jungle 9

The Wouldbegoods 26
Bill's Tombstone 47
The Tower of Mystery 64
The Water-works 85
The Circus 107
Being Beavers; or, The Young Explorers (Arctic or Otherwise) 127
The High-Born Babe 148
Hunting the Fox 165
The Sale of Antiquities 184
The Benevolent Bar 204
The Canterbury Pilgrims 221
The Dragon's Teeth; or, Army-Seed 243
Albert's Uncle's Grandmother; or, The Long-Lost 265

About the Author:

Edith Nesbit (married name Edith Bland; 15 August 1858 - 4 May 1924) was an English author and poet; she published her books for children under the name of E. Nesbit.
She wrote or collaborated on over 60 books of fiction for children, several of which have been adapted for film and television. She was also a political activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, a socialist organisation later connected to the Labour Party.

Edith Nesbit was born in Kennington, Surrey, the daughter of agricultural chemist and schoolmaster John Collis Nesbit. The death of her father when she was four and the continuing ill health of her sister meant that Nesbit had a transitory childhood, her family moving across Europe in search of healthy climates only to return to England for financial reasons. Nesbit therefore spent her childhood attaining an education from whatever sources were available - local grammars, the occasional boarding school but mainly through reading.

At 17 her family finally settled in London and aged 19, Nesbit met Hubert Bland, a political activist and writer. They became lovers and when Nesbit found she was pregnant they became engaged, marrying in April 1880. After this scandalous (for Victorian society) beginning, the marriage would be an unconventional one. Initially, the couple lived separately - Nesbit with her family and Bland with his mother and her live-in companion Maggie Doran. Nesbit discovered a few months into the marriage that Bland had been conducting an affair with Doran, fathering a child with her and previously promising to marry her. Though they argued ferociously Nesbit did not end the marriage, choosing instead to move in properly with her husband and become friends with Doran. She then began to help support Doran and her own family financially by writing and selling sentimental poetry. Nesbit's writing career therefore truly began as a need to support another woman's child.

As the family grew Nesbit and Bland became increasingly politically active. In 1883 they were amongst the founding members of The Fabian Society, a socialist group that would have an enormous effect on the politics of Britain over the next century. The couple named their third child Fabian after the society. At around the same time Nesbit invited her close friend Alice Hoatson to live with the family as housekeeper and secretary, as Hoatson was pregnant out of wedlock. Nesbit agreed to adopt the child to prevent a scandal. However after the child was born it became clear that the father of the child was none other than Nesbit's own husband - Bland. Nesbit demanded that the mother and baby leave her house; however Bland refused to allow it, stating he would leave her in turn if they could not remain. Nesbit relented and adopted the baby, Rosamund, and later dedicated her book 'The Book of Dragons' to her.

Initially, Edith Nesbit books were novels meant for adults, including The Prophet's Mantle (1885) and The Marden Mystery (1896) about the early days of the socialist movement. Written under the pen name of her third child 'Fabian Bland', these books were not successful. Nesbit generated an income for the family by lecturing around the country on socialism and through her journalism (she was editor of the Fabian Society's journal, Today).

Between 1899 and 1900 Nesbit's life altered dramatically. In 1899 Alice Hoatson had another child, John, with Bland - whom Nesbit dutifully adopted as her own son. That year the family moved to Well Hall House in Eltham, Kent. In 1900 her son Fabian died suddenly from tonsillitis - the loss would have a deep emotional impact and numerous subsequent Edith Nesbit books were dedicated to his memory. These personal upsets were occurring at the same time as Nesbit's increasing success and fame as an author for children. In 1899 she had published The Adventures of the Treasure Seekers to great acclaim.


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The Tragedy oh King Richard the Second by William Shakespeare Edited by Kenneth Muir

The Tragedy oh King Richard the Second by William Shakespeare Edited by Kenneth Muir

The Tragedy oh King Richard the Second by William Shakespeare Edited by Kenneth Muir

Richard II by Shakespeare

King Richard the Second is a history play by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in approximately 1595. It is based on the life of King Richard II of England (ruled 1377–1399) and is the first part of a tetralogy, referred to by some scholars as the Henriad, followed by three plays concerning Richard's successors: Henry IV, Part 1; Henry IV, Part 2; and Henry V. It may not have been written as a stand-alone work. Although the First Folio (1623) edition of Shakespeare's works lists the play as a history play, the earlier Quarto edition of 1597 calls it The tragedy of King Richard the second.

Product details

ASIN: B000P15I38

ISBN-10: 0451527194

ISBN-13: 978-0451527196

Item Weight: 6 ounces (170 grams)

Language: English

Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages

Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.85 x 6.72 inches (11 x 2 x 17 cm)

Publisher: Signet Classics (January 1, 1963)

About the Authors

William Shakespeare (1564–1616) was a poet, playwright, and actor who is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers in the history of the English language. Often referred to as the Bard of Avon, Shakespeare's vast body of work includes comedic, tragic, and historical plays; poems; and 154 sonnets. His dramatic works have been translated into every major language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Kenneth Arthur Muir (5 May 1907 – 30 September 1996) was a literary scholar and author, prominent in the fields of Shakespeare studies and English Renaissance theatre. He served as King Alfred Professor of English Literature at Liverpool University from 1951 to 1974.

Muir edited volumes 19 through 33 of the Shakespeare Survey, and served as chairman of the International Shakespeare Association. He authored and edited a wide range of scholarly articles and books – primarily on Shakespeare and other Elizabethans, but also on various other subjects, including John Keats, Jean Racine, and Pedro Calderon de la Barca. He edited modern texts of many classic plays of the English Renaissance, including Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Troilus and Cressida, and Richard II. He also edited the collected poems of Sir Thomas Wyatt.



Chapter 1

Act 1 Scene 1 running scene 1

Enter King Richard, John of Gaunt, with other Nobles and Attendants

KING RICHARD Old John of Gaunt, time-honoured Lancaster,

Hast thou according to thy oath and band

Brought hither Henry Hereford thy bold son,

Here to make good the boist'rous late appeal,

Which then our leisure would not let us hear,

Against the Duke of Norfolk, Thomas Mowbray?

GAUNT I have, my liege.

KING RICHARD Tell me, moreover, hast thou sounded him,

If he appeal the duke on ancient malice,

Or worthily, as a good subject should,

On some known ground of treachery in him?

GAUNT As near as I could sift him on that argument,

On some apparent danger seen in him

Aimed at your highness, no inveterate malice.

KING RICHARD Then call them to our presence. [Exit an Attendant]

Face to face,

And frowning brow to brow, ourselves will hear

Th'accuser and the accusèd freely speak;

High-stomached are they both, and full of ire,

In rage deaf as the sea, hasty as fire.

Enter Bullingbrook and Mowbray

BULLINGBROOK Many years of happy days befall

My gracious sovereign, my most loving liege!

MOWBRAY Each day still better other's happiness

Until the heavens, envying earth's good hap,

Add an immortal title to your crown!

KING RICHARD We thank you both. Yet one but flatters us,

As well appeareth by the cause you come,

Namely, to appeal each other of high treason.

Cousin of Hereford, what dost thou object

Against the Duke of Norfolk, Thomas Mowbray?

BULLINGBROOK First, heaven be the record to my speech!

In the devotion of a subject's love,

Tend'ring the precious safety of my prince,

And free from other misbegotten hate,

Come I appellant to this princely presence.

Now, Thomas Mowbray, do I turn to thee,

And mark my greeting well, for what I speak

My body shall make good upon this earth,

Or my divine soul answer it in heaven.

Thou art a traitor and a miscreant;

Too good to be so and too bad to live,

Since the more fair and crystal is the sky,

The uglier seem the clouds that in it fly.

Once more, the more to aggravate the note,

With a foul traitor's name stuff I thy throat;

And wish - so please my sovereign - ere I move,

What my tongue speaks my right drawn sword may prove.

MOWBRAY Let not my cold words here accuse my zeal:

'Tis not the trial of a woman's war,

The bitter clamour of two eager tongues,

Can arbitrate this cause betwixt us twain.

The blood is hot that must be cooled for this.

Yet can I not of such tame patience boast

As to be hushed and nought at all to say.

First, the fair reverence of your highness curbs me

From giving reins and spurs to my free speech,

Which else would post until it had returned

These terms of treason doubly down his throat.

Setting aside his high blood's royalty,

And let him be no kinsman to my liege,

I do defy him, and I spit at him,

Call him a slanderous coward and a villain,

Which to maintain I would allow him odds,

And meet him, were I tied to run afoot

Even to the frozen ridges of the Alps,

Or any other ground inhabitable

Wherever Englishman durst set his foot.

Meantime, let this defend my loyalty:

By all my hopes most falsely doth he lie.

BULLINGBROOK Pale trembling coward, there I Throws down his gage

throw my gage,

Disclaiming here the kindred of a king,

And lay aside my high blood's royalty,

Which fear, not reverence, makes thee to except.

If guilty dread hath left thee so much strength

As to take up mine honour's pawn, then stoop.

By that and all the rites of knighthood else,

Will I make good against thee, arm to arm,

What I have spoken, or thou canst devise.

MOWBRAY I take it up, and by that sword I swear Takes up gage

Which gently laid my knighthood on my shoulder,

I'll answer thee in any fair degree,

Or chivalrous design of knightly trial:

And when I mount, alive may I not light,

If I be traitor or unjustly fight!

KING RICHARD What doth our cousin lay to Mowbray's charge?

It must be great that can inherit us

So much as of a thought of ill in him.

BULLINGBROOK Look what I said: my life shall prove it true,

That Mowbray hath received eight thousand nobles

In name of lendings for your highness' soldiers,

The which he hath detained for lewd employments,

Like a false traitor and injurious villain.

Besides I say, and will in battle prove,

Or here or elsewhere to the furthest verge

That ever was surveyed by English eye,

That all the treasons for these eighteen years

Complotted and contrivèd in this land

Fetched from false Mowbray their first head and spring.

Further I say, and further will maintain

Upon his bad life to make all this good,

That he did plot the Duke of Gloucester's death,

Suggest his soon-believing adversaries,

And consequently, like a traitor coward,

Sluiced out his innocent soul through streams of blood:

Which blood, like sacrificing Abel's, cries

Even from the tongueless caverns of the earth

To me for justice and rough chastisement.

And by the glorious worth of my descent,

This arm shall do it, or this life be spent.

KING RICHARD How high a pitch his resolution soars!

Thomas of Norfolk, what sayest thou to this?

MOWBRAY O, let my sovereign turn away his face

And bid his ears a little while be deaf,

Till I have told this slander of his blood,

How God and good men hate so foul a liar.

KING RICHARD Mowbray, impartial are our eyes and ears.

Were he my brother, nay, our kingdom's heir,

As he is but my father's brother's son,

Now, by my sceptre's awe, I make a vow,

Such neighbour nearness to our sacred blood

Should nothing privilege him, nor partialize

The unstooping firmness of my upright soul.

He is our subject, Mowbray, so art thou.

Free speech and fearless I to thee allow.

MOWBRAY Then, Bullingbrook, as low as to thy heart,

Through the false passage of thy throat, thou liest.

Three parts of that receipt I had for Calais

Disbursed I duly to his highness' soldiers;

The other part reserved I by consent,

For that my sovereign liege was in my debt

Upon remainder of a dear account,

Since last I went to France to fetch his queen.

Now swallow down that lie. For Gloucester's death,

I slew him not; but to mine own disgrace

Neglected my sworn duty in that case.

For you, my noble lord of Lancaster,

The honourable father to my foe,

Once I did lay an ambush for your life -

A trespass that doth vex my grievèd soul.

But ere I last received the sacrament

I did confess it, and exactly begged

Your grace's pardon, and I hope I had it.

This is my fault. As for the rest appealed,

It issues from the rancour of a villain,

A recreant and most degenerate traitor

Which in myself I boldly will defend,

And interchangeably hurl down my gage Throws down his gage

Upon this overweening traitor's foot,

To prove myself a loyal gentleman

Even in the best blood chambered in his bosom.

In haste whereof, most heartily I pray

Your highness to assign our trial day.

KING RICHARD Wrath-kindled gentlemen, be ruled by me:

Let's purge this choler without letting blood.

This we prescribe, though no physician:

Deep malice makes too deep incision.

Forget, forgive, conclude and be agreed:

Our doctors say this is no time to bleed.

Good uncle, let this end where it begun:

We'll calm the Duke of Norfolk, you your son.

GAUNT To be a make-peace shall become my age:

Throw down, my son, the Duke of Norfolk's gage.

KING RICHARD And, Norfolk, throw down his.

GAUNT When, Harry, when?

Obedience bids I should not bid again.

KING RICHARD Norfolk, throw down, we bid; there is no boot.

MOWBRAY Myself I throw, dread sovereign, at thy foot. Kneels

My life thou shalt command, but not my shame:

The one my duty owes, but my fair name,

Despite of death that lives upon my grave,

To dark dishonour's use thou shalt not have.

I am disgraced, impeached and baffled here,

Pierced to the soul with slander's venomed spear,

The which no balm can cure but his heart-blood

Which breathed this poison.

KING RICHARD Rage must be withstood.

Give me his gage. Lions make leopards tame.

MOWBRAY Yea, but not change his spots. Take but my shame,

And I resign my gage. My dear dear lord,

The purest treasure mortal times afford

Is spotless reputation: that away,

Men are but gilded loam or painted clay.

A jewel in a ten-times-barred-up chest

Is a bold spirit in a loyal breast.

Mine honour is my life; both grow in one:

Take honour from me, and my life is done.

Then, dear my liege, mine honour let me try.

In that I live and for that will I die.

KING RICHARD Cousin, throw down your gage. Do you begin.

BULLINGBROOK O, heaven defend my soul from such foul sin!

Shall I seem crest-fall'n in my father's sight?

Or with pale beggar-fear impeach my height

Before this out-dared dastard? Ere my tongue

Shall wound mine honour with such feeble wrong,

Or sound so base a parle, my teeth shall tear

The slavish motive of recanting fear,

And spit it bleeding in his high disgrace,

Where shame doth harbour, even in Mowbray's face.

Exit Gaunt

KING RICHARD We were not born to sue, but to command,

Which since we cannot do to make you friends,

Be ready, as your lives shall answer it,

At Coventry upon Saint Lambert's day:

There shall your swords and lances arbitrate

The swelling difference of your settled hate.

Since we cannot atone you, we shall see

Justice design the victor's chivalry.

Lord Marshal, command our officers at arms

Be ready to direct these home alarms. Exeunt

Act 1 Scene 2 running scene 2

Enter Gaunt and Duchess of Gloucester

GAUNT Alas, the part I had in Gloucester's blood

Doth more solicit me than your exclaims,

To stir against the butchers of his life.

But since correction lieth in those hands

Which made the fault that we cannot correct,

Put we our quarrel to the will of heaven,

Who, when they see the hours ripe on earth,

Will rain hot vengeance on offenders' heads.

DUCHESS Finds brotherhood in thee no sharper spur?

Hath love in thy old blood no living fire?

Edward's seven sons, whereof thyself art one,

Were as seven vials of his sacred blood,

Or seven fair branches springing from one root:

Some of those seven are dried by nature's course,

Some of those branches by the Destinies cut.

But Thomas, my dear lord, my life, my Gloucester,

One vial full of Edward's sacred blood,

One flourishing branch of his most royal root,

Is cracked, and all the precious liquor spilt,

Is hacked down, and his summer leaves all faded,

By envy's hand and murder's bloody axe.

Ah, Gaunt, his blood was thine! That bed, that womb,

That metal, that self-mould that fashioned thee

Made him a man. And though thou liv'st and breath'st,

Yet art thou slain in him. Thou dost consent

In some large measure to thy father's death,

In that thou see'st thy wretched brother die,

Who was the model of thy father's life.

Call it not patience, Gaunt, it is despair.

In suff'ring thus thy brother to be slaughtered,

Thou show'st the naked pathway to thy life,

Teaching stern murder how to butcher thee.

That which in mean men we entitle patience

Is pale cold cowardice in noble breasts.

What shall I say? To safeguard thine own life,

The best way is to venge my Gloucester's death.

GAUNT Heaven's is the quarrel, for heaven's substitute,

His deputy anointed in his sight,

Hath caused his death, the which if wrongfully,

Let heaven revenge, for I may never lift

An angry arm against his minister.

DUCHESS Where then, alas, may I complaint myself?

GAUNT To heaven, the widow's champion to defence.

DUCHESS Why, then, I will. Farewell, old Gaunt.

Thou go'st to Coventry, there to behold

Our cousin Hereford and fell Mowbray fight.

O, sit my husband's wrongs on Hereford's spear,

That it may enter butcher Mowbray's breast!

Or if misfortune miss the first career,

Be Mowbray's sins so heavy in his bosom,

That they may break his foaming courser's back,

And throw the rider headlong in the lists,

A caitiff recreant to my cousin Hereford!

Farewell, old Gaunt: thy sometimes brother's wife

With her companion grief must end her life.

GAUNT Sister, farewell. I must to Coventry.

As much good stay with thee as go with me!

DUCHESS Yet one word more: grief boundeth where it falls,

Not with the empty hollowness, but weight.

I take my leave before I have begun,

For sorrow ends not when it seemeth done.

Commend me to my brother, Edmund York.

Lo, this is all. Nay, yet depart not so:

Though this be all, do not so quickly go.

I shall remember more. Bid him - O, what? -

With all good speed at Plashy visit me.

Alack, and what shall good old York there see

But empty lodgings and unfurnished walls,

Unpeopled offices, untrodden stones?

And what hear there for welcome but my groans?

Therefore commend me, let him not come there

To seek out sorrow that dwells everywhere.

Desolate, desolate, will I hence and die:

The last leave of thee takes my weeping eye. Exeunt

Act 1 Scene 3 running scene 3

Enter [the Lord] Marshal and Aumerle

LORD MARSHAL My Lord Aumerle, is Harry Hereford armed?

AUMERLE Yea, at all points, and longs to enter in.

LORD MARSHAL The Duke of Norfolk, sprightfully and bold,

Stays but the summons of the appellant's trumpet.

AUMERLE Why, then, the champions are prepared, and stay

For nothing but his majesty's approach.

Flourish. Enter King, Gaunt, Bushy, Bagot, Green and others. [When they are set,] then Mowbray in armour and [a] Herald

KING RICHARD Marshal, demand of yonder champion

The cause of his arrival here in arms.

Ask him his name and orderly proceed

To swear him in the justice of his cause.

LORD MARSHAL In God's name and the king's, say who thou art

And why thou com'st thus knightly clad in arms,

Against what man thou com'st, and what's thy quarrel.

Speak truly, on thy knighthood and thine oath,

As so defend thee heaven and thy valour!

MOWBRAY My name is Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk,

Who hither comes engagèd by my oath -

Which heaven defend a knight should violate! -

Both to defend my loyalty and truth

To God, my king and his succeeding issue,

Against the Duke of Hereford that appeals me,

And, by the grace of God and this mine arm,

To prove him, in defending of myself,

A traitor to my God, my king, and me.

And as I truly fight, defend me heaven!

Tucket. Enter Hereford [Bullingbrook] and Herald

KING RICHARD Marshal, ask yonder knight in arms,

Both who he is and why he cometh hither

Thus plated in habiliments of war,

And formally, according to our law,

Depose him in the justice of his cause.



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The Golden Ball by Agatha Christie

The Golden Ball by Agatha Christie

Title: The Golden Ball and Other Stories

Author: Agatha Christie

Language: English

Publisher: Fontana/Collins

Genre/Subject: detective fiction, Mystery, Collections, Anthologies

Place of publication: USA

ISBN: 0-425-09922-9

Year Published: 1984

Edition: Berkley edition

Binding: Paperback

Number of Pages: 231 pages

Dimensions (mm): 175 x 108 x 15 mm

Shipping Weight (g): 200 g


Is it a gesture of good will or a sinister trap that lures Rupert St. Vincent and his family to magnificent estate? How desperate is Joyce Lambert, a destitute young widow whose only recourse is to marry a man she despises? What unexpected circumstance stirs old loyalties in Theodora Darrell, and unfaithful wife about to run away with her lover? In this collection of short stories, the answers are as unexpected as they are satisfying. The Queen of Crime takes bizarre romantic entanglements, supernatural visitations, and classic murder to inventive new heights.


The Listerdale Mystery 1
The Girl in the Train 19
The Manhood of Edward Robinson 38
Jane in Search of a Job 53
A Fruitful Sunday 74
The Golden Ball 84
The Rajah's Emerald 95
Swan Song 112
The Hound of Death 127
The Gypsy 145
The Lamp 155
The Strange Case of Sir Arthur Carmichael 164
The Call of Wings 184
Magnolia Blossom 199
Next to a Dog 216

About the Author:

Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.
Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature-Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple-and author of The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in the history of modern theatre.
Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller (1879-1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha's senior, and Louis Montant Miller (1880-1929), called Monty, ten years older than Agatha.
During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse; later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison.
On Christmas Eve 1914 Agatha married Archibald Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps. The couple had one daughter, Rosalind Hicks. They divorced in 1928, two years after Christie discovered her husband was having an affair.
Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920. During this marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines.
In late 1926, Agatha's husband, Archie, revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce. On 8 December 1926 the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house Styles in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey. That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire. Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her novels. Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven days.
In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan (Sir Max from 1968) after joining him in an archaeological dig. Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie's death in 1976. In 1977, Mallowan married his longtime associate, Barbara Parker.
Christie frequently used familiar settings for her stories. Christie's travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East. Other novels (such as And Then There Were None) were set in and around Torquay, where she was born. Christie's 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway. The hotel maintains Christie's room as a memorial to the author. The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in 1938, is now in the care of the National Trust.
Christie often stayed at Abney Hall in Cheshire, which was owned by her brother-in-law, James Watts. She based at least two of her stories on the hall: the short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, which is in the story collection of the same name, and the novel After the Funeral. "Abney became Agatha's greatest inspiration for country-house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plots.
During the Second World War, Christie worked in the pharmacy at University College Hospital of University College, London, where she acquired a knowledge of poisons that she put to good use in her post-war crime novels.
To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours. The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club. In the 1971 New Year Honours she was promoted Dame Commander o

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A walk in The Park by Jill Mansell

A walk in The Park by Jill Mansell

A walk in The Park by Jill Mansell

A WALK IN THE PARK is a Sunday Times bestseller by Jill Mansell, not to be missed by fans of Lucy Diamond and Milly Johnson. Reviewers love Jill's books: 'Glorious, heartwarming, romantic' Woman & Home

It's been a while, but Lara Carson's back in Bath and lives are set to change as a result. Because Lara left her family and boyfriend Flynn eighteen years ago without a word to anyone. Why has no one heard from her since? Her childhood best friend Evie is thrilled Lara's back and able to share her happiness. Evie's about to walk down the aisle with her dream man, Joel. Or so she thinks... Then there's Flynn Erskine, even more attractive now and stunned to see Lara again. The spark between them is as strong as ever, but how's Flynn going to react when he discovers the secret she's been keeping from him? Oh yes, there's a lot of catching up to be done...

What readers are saying about A Walk in The Park:

'Big and bold characters fill the page with colour, warmth and humour. I didn't want to put it down or for the story to end' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'I love all of Jill Mansell's books and this is no exception. This is definitely a laugh-out-loud book - entertaining, funny, sad in places and uplifting' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars

'Vivid and realistic... I still linger on the wonderful story' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Product details

·        Format Paperback | 432 pages

·        Dimensions 130 x 196 x 38mm | 300g

·        Publication date 12 Jun 2012

·        Publisher Headline Publishing Group

·        Imprint HEADLINE REVIEW

·        Publication City/Country London, United Kingdom

·        Language English

·        Illustrations note None

·        ISBN10 0755355857

·        ISBN13 9780755355853

About Jill Mansell

'The queen of witty, heart-warming, feel-good love stories' Red; 'One of my favourite writers' Katie Fforde

Jill Mansell started writing fiction while working in the NHS, after she read a magazine article that inspired her to join a local creative writing class. She has since written over twenty Sunday Times bestsellers, including It Started With A Secret, Maybe This Time, This Could Change Everything, The One You Really Want and You And Me, Always, and her books have sold over 11 million copies around the world.

Jill's hobbies include buying stationery, particularly magical new colours of ink for the fountain pen she uses to write all her books. She lives in Bristol with her family.

Jill keeps in touch with her readers on Twitter - @JillMansell - and Facebook - /OfficialJillMansell.



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Lame Deer Seeker of Visions by John Lame Deer and Richard Erdoes

Lame Deer Seeker of Visions by John Lame Deer and Richard Erdoes

Lame Deer Seeker of Visions by John Lame Deer and Richard Erdoes

Title: Lame Deer Seeker of Visions

Author: John (Fire) Lame Deer and Richard Erdoes

ISBN: 0-671-55392-5

Language: English

Publisher: Washington Square Press

Genre/Subject: Biographies Memoirs, Ethnic National, Native American History

Place of publication: USA

Year Published: 1972

Binding: Pocket

Number of Pages: 277

Dimensions (mm): 172 x 105 x 25

Shipping Weight (g): 175


Colonialism in North America did not stop with the Revolution of 1776. It had new names: "Westward expansion", "Manifest Destiny"; but those who were called pioneers still did the same things based on the same values that caused colonialism in the first place. The text, Lame Deer Seeker of Visions was originally published in 1972 and is the story of both Lame Deer and the Lakota nation as they were affected by our expansion. It gives us the history and brings us up to date on the continued oppression of America's native population.
Storyteller, rebel, medicine man, Lame Deer was born almost a century ago on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. A full-blooded Sioux, he was many things in the white man’s worldrodeo clown, painter, prisoner. But, above all, he was a holy man. Lame Deer’s story is one of a harsh youth and reckless manhood, a shotgun marriage and divorce, a history and folklore as rich today as when first publishedand of his fierce struggle to keep his pride intact, living as a stranger in his own ancestral land.


1 Alone on the Hilltop 1

2 That Gun in the New York Museum Belongs to Me 7

3 The Green Forg Skin 31

4 Getting Drunk, Going to Jail 60

5 Sitting on Top of Teddy Roosevelt's Head 80

6 The Circle and the Square 96

7 Talking to the Owls and Butterflies 108

8 Two in a Blanket 129

9 Medicine, Good and Bad 144

10 Inipi - Grandfather's Breath 164

11 Yuwipi - Little Lights from Nowhere 172

12 Looking at the Sun, They Dance 187

13 Don't Hurt the Trees 203

14 Roll Up the World 214

15 The Upside-Down, Forward-Backward, Icy-Hot Contrary 225

16 Blood Turned into Stone 236

Epilogue: Inyan Wasicun, the White Man with the Rocks 256

Glossary 273

About the Authors:

John (Fire) Lame Deer was born around the turn of the last century on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. He is a full-blooded Sioux and has been many things in his life including a rodeo clown, a painter, a sheep herd, and a thief. Above all, though, he was a Lakota holy man.
Richard Erdoes was born in the old Austro-Hungarian Empire. He would read books that, though not historically accurate, cast American Indians in the role of hero. After he grew up, he moved to the United States to escape Nazi rule. He met Lame Deer during Martin Luther King Jr.'s peace march in New York city in 1967. This was the beginning of the collaboration that would last the next four years. Richard has since written several more books.


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Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody

Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody

Title: Not Without My Daughter

Author: Betty Mahmoody

Language: English

Format: Printed

ISBN-10: 0-552-13356-6

ISBN-13: 978-0552133562

Publisher: Corgi Books

Place of publication: UK

Year Published: 1990

Binding: Pocket

Pages: 423

Dimensions (mm): 178 x 103 x 22

Shipping Weight (g): 200


Betty Mahmoody is a devoted wife and mother until her husband, Moody, unexpectedly turns on her. Born and raised in Iran, Moody decides that he would like to take his wife, Betty, and daughter, Mahtob, to visit relatives in his homeland. Betty is reluctant at first but is assured by her husband that it will only be for two weeks. Once in Iran, Moody informs Betty that they will not be returning to the United States.

Betty runs to the U.S. Embassy for help and finds that although she has the legal right to leave the country, she cannot take her daughter because, in Iran, the father has legal custody. She refuses to leave without her daughter and returns to the home that she must now share with relatives. Trapped and unhappy, she is mistreated by both her husband and his family. She is beat and locked inside her rooms for days. She must learn to prepare insect infected food. And even worse, she must watch as her daughter is constantly scolded and punished at the school that she is required to attend. Betty and Mahtob must learn to survive in a country where she knows nothing of the language, customs, or laws.

Betty is watched at all times and there are few opportunities for her to make contact with anyone outside of the house. She is rarely allowed to even call home where her older two sons are living with her parents awaiting her return. Soon, though, Betty begins to find ways to search for help. Once she is trusted to make short shopping trips, she uses these opportunities to either go to the Embassy or to make phone calls at a local store. Eventually she is put in touch with a group of people who, for a fee, agrees to hide and smuggle them out of the country. Although dangerous, Betty decides that it may be the only chance for her to leave Iran with her daughter. Betty and Mahtob begin the long journey back home to the United States.

Full Description:

'You are here for the rest of your life. Do you understand? You are not leaving Iran. You are here until you die.'

Betty Mahmoody and her husband, Dr Sayyed Bozorg Mahmoody ('Moody'), came to Iran from the USA to meet Moody's family. With them was their four-year-old daughter, Mahtob. Appalled by the squalor of their living conditions, horrified by what she saw of a country where women are merely chattels and Westerners are despised, Betty soon became desperate to return to the States. But Moody, and his often-vicious family, had other plans. Mother and daughter became prisoners of an alien culture, hostages of an increasingly tyrannical and violent man.

Betty began to try to arrange an escape. Evading Moody's sinister spy network, she secretly met sympathisers opposed to Khomeini's savage regime. But every scheme that was suggested to her meant leaving Mahtob behind for ever...

About the Author:

Betty Mahmoody (born June 9, 1945, Alma, Michigan) is an American author and public speaker best known for her book, Not Without My Daughter, which was subsequently made into a film of the same name. She is the President and co-founder of One World: For Children, an organization that promotes understanding between cultures and strives to offer security and protection to children of bi-cultural marriages.



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Atheism: A Very Short Introduction by Julian Baggini

Atheism: A Very Short Introduction by Julian Baggini

Atheism: A Very Short Introduction by Julian Baggini


Product Details:

Language:                     English

ISBN 10:                       0192804243 / 0-19-280424-3

            ISBN 13:                     978-0192804242 / 978-0-19-280424-2

Author:              Julian Baggini

Publisher:                      Oxford University Press

Subject:             Atheism

Place of publication:     UK

Year Published:            2003

Binding:                        Paperback (pocket-sized)

Pages:                136

Dimensions:      17 x 11 x 1.2 cm / 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.5 inches

Shipping Weight:          120 gr / 4.2 ounces



Atheism is often considered to be a negative, dark, and pessimistic belief which is characterised by a rejection of values and purpose and a fierce opposition to religion. Atheism: A Very Short Introduction sets out to dispel the myths that surround atheism and show how a life without religious belief can be positive, meaningful, and moral. It also confronts the failure of officially atheist states in the Twentieth Century. The book presents an intellectual case for atheism that rests as much upon positive arguments for its truth as on negative arguments against religion.


Full Description:

This addition to the Oxford University Press 'Very Short Introductions' series - a sparkling run of (almost) pocket-sized books presenting helpful entrees to over 100 subjects - sees Julian Baggini lay out the flesh and bones of atheism with astonishing clarity. In a brief space, Baggini, a veteran philosophic author and editor who has already written several solid books including Making Sense - Philosophy Behind The Headlines, describes a pet subject with intelligence and sympathy. Atheism, he points out, is not the militant anti-God stance it may perhaps seem, but a rationally described worldview that has arrived at its own set of conclusions in the same way as any other thought system. Typically practical in thought and language, Baggini's introduction to the subject is impressive not only for its scope but for its empathy: he points out the humanity of the position in gentle stages, travelling far away from his starting point of atheism as a mythic 'dark alternative' to Christianity or polytheism, without rancour or bombast. Its humanistic dignity becomes gradually clear as the book unravels with a beguiling technical perfection: the text moves us quickly through a dismantling of misconceived ideas about the subject to an easily understood potted primer on its more sophisticated 'real' forms, and culminates in a sympathetic display of the application of considerate atheism (interchangeable in Baggini's mind with humanism) to the business of being alive. In such a constricted space this is not far short of a miracle. Baggini's philosophical tools are clearly well sharpened through constant use and the language of rational argument flows naturally through this introduction to a sometimes difficult and controversial subject. If anyone can persuade you that atheism is not the delinquent child of Western belief systems, this man can. (Kirkus UK)


About the Author(s):

Julian Baggini is editor and co-founder of The Philosophers' Magazine.

Table of Contents

1. What is atheism

2. The case for atheism

3. Atheist ethics

4. Purpose

5. History

6. Against Religion

7. Conclusion

Further Reading


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100 selected Stories by O Henry

100 selected Stories by O Henry

This selection of a hundred of O. Henry's short tales displays the range, humour and humanity of a continually popular short-story writer.

Here Henry gives a richly colourful and energetically entertaining panorama of social life, ranging from thieves to tycoons, from the streets of New York to the prairies of Texas.

These stories are famed for their 'trick endings' or 'twists in the tail': repeatedly the plot twirls skillfully, compounding ironies. Indeed, O. Henry's cunning plots surpass those of the ingenious rogues he creates. His style is genial, lively and witty, displaying a virtuoso's command of language and allusion.

This great collection offers delights for the mind, imagination and emotions.


Format Paperback | 735 pages

Dimensions 129 x 198 x 37mm | 471g

Publication date 1995

Publisher Wordsworth Editions Ltd

Publication City/Country Herts, United Kingdom

Language English

Edition New edition

Edition Statement New edition

ISBN10 1853262412


ISBN13 9781853262418

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Watermelon by Marian Keyes

Watermelon by Marian Keyes

Title: Watermelon   

Author: Marian Keyes   

ISBN 10: 0-7493-2479-1   

ISBN 13: 9780749324797   

Language: English   

Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd   

Genre/Subject: Novel / fiction, family   

Place of publication: UK   

Year Published: 1999   

Binding: Paperback   

Number of Pages: 614 pages   

Dimensions (mm):    110 x 180 x 40 mm   

Shipping Weight (g): 400 g   


At twenty-nine, fun-loving, good-natured Claire has everything she ever wanted: a husband she adores, a great apartment, a good job. Then, on the day she gives birth to her first baby, James visits her in the recovery room to inform her that he's leaving her. Claire is left with a beautiful newborn daughter, a broken heart, and a body that she can hardly bear to look at in the mirror. So, in the absence of any better offers, Claire decides to go home to her family in Dublin. To her gorgeous man-eating sister Helen, her soap-watching mother, her bewildered father. And there, sheltered by the love of an (albeit quirky) family, she gets better. A lot better. In fact, so much better that when James slithers back into her life, he's in for a bit of a surprise.

About the Author:

Marian Keyes (born 10 September 1963) is an Irish novelist and non-fiction writer, best known for her work in women's literature. She is an Irish Book Awards winner. Over 22 million copies of her novels have been sold worldwide and her books have been translated into 32 languages. She became known worldwide for Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, and This Charming Man, with themes including domestic violence and alcoholism.
Marian Keyes is one of the most successful Irish novelists of all time. Though she was brought up in a home where a lot of oral story-telling went on, it never occurred to her that she could write. Instead she studied law and accountancy and finally started writing short stories in 1993;out of the blue. Though she had no intention of ever writing a novel; It would take too long) she sent her short stories to a publisher, with a letter saying she’d started work on a novel. The publishers replied, asking to see the novel, and once her panic had subsided, she began to write what subsequently became her first book Watermelon.
It was published in Ireland in 1995, where it was an immediate, runaway success. Its chatty conversational style and whimsical Irish humour appealed to all age groups, and this appeal spread to Britain when Watermelon was picked as a Fresh Talent book. Other countries followed (most notably the US in 1997) and Marian is now published in thirty-three languages.
To date, the woman who said she’d never write a novel has published thirteen of them: Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man, The Brightest Star in the Sky , The Mystery of Mercy Close, and The Woman Who Stole My Life, all bestsellers around the world, a total of thirty milllion of her books having been sold to date. Anybody Out There won the British Book Awards award for popular fiction and the inaugaral Melissa Nathan prize for Comedy Romance. This Charming Man won the Irish Book award for popular fiction.
The books deal variously with modern ailments, including addiction, depression, domestic violence, the glass ceiling and serious illness, but always written with compassion, humour and hope.
In 2009, Marian experienced the start of a major depressive episode, and had to stop any work. Eventually she found that baking cakes helped her survive; and in 2012, she published Saved by Cake, which combines recipes with autobiography.
In 2014 and 2015, with the publication of the Woman Who Stole My Life, Marian appeared on TV programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two, The Great British Bake Off Extra Slice and the Apprentice - You've Been Fired.
As well as novels she has written short stories, and articles for various magazines and other publications. She has published three collections of her journalism, titled Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, and donated all royalties from Irish sales to the Simon Community, a charity which works with the homeless. In 2016 Marian published a new collection of essays, Making It Up As I Go Along.
She was born in Limerick in 1963, and brought up in Cavan, Cork, Galway and Dublin; she spent her twenties in London, but is now living in Dún Laoghaire with her husband Tony. She includes among her hobbies, reading, movies, shoes, handbags and feminism.

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The Winner by David Baldacci

The Winner by David Baldacci

The Winner by David Baldacci 

Title: The Winner 

Author: David Baldacci 

ISBN 10: 0-671-01575-3 

ISBN 13: 9780671015756 

Language: English 

Publisher:  Pocket Books 

Genre/Subject: Novel 

Place of publication: London 

Year Published: 1998 

Binding: Pocket 

Number of Pages: 513  

Dimensions (mm): 176 x 110 x 36  

Shipping Weight (g): 250  


She is twenty, beautiful, dirt-poor, and hoping for a better life for her infant daughter when she is offered the gift of a lifetime, a $100 million lottery jackpot. All LuAnn Tyler has to do is change her identity and leave the U.S. forever.
It’s an offer she dares to refuse until violence forces her hand and thrusts her into a harrowing game of high-stakes, big-money subterfuge. It’s a price she won’t fully pay until she does the unthinkable and breaks the promise that made her rich.
For if LuAnn Tyler comes home, she will be pitted against the deadliest contestant of all: the chameleonlike financial mastermind who changed her life. And who can take it away at will

About the Author:

David Baldacci published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 29 novels; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published four novels for younger readers, including the #1 bestseller The Finisher, which is in development for feature film.
A lifelong Virginian, David received his Bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington, D.C.
While David is involved with several philanthropic organizations, his greatest efforts are dedicated to his family’s Wish You Well Foundation®. Established by David and his wife, Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of literacy and educational programs. In 2008 the Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch Feeding Body Mind, a program to address the connection between literacy, poverty and hunger. Through Feeding Body Mind, more than 1 million new and gently used books have been collected and distributed through food banks to families in need.
David and his family live in Virginia.

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The Brain: A Very Short Introduction by Michael O'Shea

The Brain: A Very Short Introduction by Michael O'Shea

The Brain: A Very Short Introduction by Michael O'Shea

Product Details:

Language:  English
ISBN 10:  0192853929
 ISBN 13: 978-0192853929
Author:  Michael O'Shea
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Subject:  Brain
Place of publication: USA
Year Published:  2006
Edition:  1st edition
Binding:  Trade Paperback
Pages:  144
Dimensions:  17.2 x 11 x 1 cm / 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight:  120 gr / 4.2 ounces


  • Short, clear discussion on the mechanical workings of the brain
  • Covers the details of brain science in an accessible way
  • Up to date coverage of developments of brain research
  • Suggests directions future research might take
  • Discusses many of the brain's actions that people wonder about, such as memories, perceptions, and motor control


Full Description:

The Brain: A Very Short Introduction provides a non-technical introduction to the main issues and findings in current brain research and gives a sense of how neuroscience addresses questions about the relationship between the brain and the mind. Short, clear discussions on the mechanical workings of the brain are offered and the details of brain science are covered in an accessible style. Explanations of the more familiar implications of the brain's actions, such as memories, perceptions, and motor control are integrated throughout the book. It has chapters on brain processes and the causes of "altered mental states," as well as a final chapter that discusses possible future developments in neuroscience, touching on artificial intelligence, gene therapy, the importance of the Human Genome Project, drugs by design, and transplants. Up-to-date coverage of the newest developments in brain research and suggestions for future research on the brain are also included.

How does the brain work? How different is a human brain from other creatures' brains? Is the human brain still evolving?


Students of neuroscience and neurophysiology. General readers curious about the new developments in neuro-technology, and brain research; anyone interested in how the brain works, and wishing to know more about the relationships between the brain and thoughts, motor skills, memories, and perceptions.

Table of Contents

1: Mind and brain: what's the problem?
2: Let's get physical
3: Sight, sound, and imagination
4: "Last week's potatoes!"
5: Perception to action
6: Altered states of mind
7: Where do we go from here?


About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.


About the Author:

Michael O’Shea is Professor of Neuroscience and co-Director of the Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics at the University of Sussex in the UK. Before taking up his present position he was Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Geneva, Switzerland and Associate Professor at the University of Chicago in the USA. He held Research Fellowships at the University of Cambridge and the University of California at Berkeley. He is author of more than 100 scholarly articles on cellular, molecular and computational neuroscience and biologically inspired robotics. He is a keen amateur astronomer and an armchair philosopher. 

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The Button Man by Brian Freemantle

The Button Man by Brian Freemantle

The Button Man by Brian Freemantle

Title: The Button Man

Author: Brian Freemantle

ISBN 10: 0-09-921811-9

ISBN 13: 978-0099218111

Language: English

Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd

Genre/Subject: Novel, Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Mystery, Thriller Suspense, Spies Politics, Espionage

Place of publication: UK

Year Published: 1 April 1993

Edition: New edition edition

Binding: Paperback

Number of Pages: 391 pages

Dimensions (mm): 178 x 112 x 30 mm

Shipping Weight (g): 300 g


Glasnost has brought many western influences to Moscow. Along with McDonald's and rock music comes rampant consumerism and now, in Brian Freemantle's latest thriller, a serial killer. Russian Militia Colonel Dimitri Danilov, facing one of the most puzzling and terrifying cases of his career, must trace the trail of a murderer who has brutally killed a beautiful young American Embassy economist. But when he discovers that the victim - the niece of a publicity-hungry Senator - led a very adventurous sex life, which almost certainly included one of her colleagues, the Americans clamor to take over the case. As another horrific murder takes place and pressure mounts for a quick conviction, Danilov must join forces with the FBI investigative team, led by Agent Bill Crowley. And so, in the full glare of publicity, begins a joint Russian-American investigation - a deadly competition - in search of information about the dead woman. Yet amid the Byzantine labyrinths of Moscow's investigative process and the political machinations of interested parties on both sides of the Atlantic, it's too easy to lose sight of the killer, leaving him free to strike again... Combining the thrill of Silence of the Lambs with the intrigue of Gorky Park, The Button Man paints a colorful and gripping picture of seedy deception in contemporary Moscow.

About the Author:

Aka John Maxwell, Jonathan Evans, Jack Winchester, Harry Asher and Richard Gant. Brian Freemantle [b. 1936] is one of Britain's most acclaimed authors of spy fiction. His novels have sold over ten million copies worldwide. Born in Southampton, Freemantle entered his career as a journalist, and began writing espionage thrillers in the late 1960s. Charlie M (1977) introduced the world to Charlie Muffin and won Freemantle international recognitionhe would go on to publish fourteen titles in the series.
Freemantle has written dozens of other novels, including two featuring Sebastian Holmes, an illegitimate son of Sherlock Holmes, and the Cowley and Danilov series, about an American FBI agent and a Russian militia detective who work together to comabt organized crime in the post-Cold War world. Freemantle lives and works in London, Englad.


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Laughing Boy by Stuart Pawson

Laughing Boy by Stuart Pawson

Laughing Boy by Stuart Pawson

Title: Laughing Boy

Subtitle: Detective Inspector Charles Priest Mystery

Author: Stuart Pawson

ISBN-10: 0749006471

ISBN-13: 9780749006471

Language: English

Publisher: Allison Busby

Genre/Subject: Mystery

Place of publication: UK

Year Published: February 2004

Binding: Paper Back

Number of Pages: 298

Dimensions (mm): 177 x 110 x 21 mm

Shipping Weight (g): 300 g


When the beautiful Colinette Jones fails to return home for supper and a body turns up half a mile from her house, DI Charlie Priest knows he has got to make the house call that every mother dreads. Elsewhere, Laura Heeley is found dead in a country lane, a single stab wound the only sign of violence. What could connect these two women, apart from their untimely deaths? And what is the link with a tragic sixties rock star? In a town constricted by the foot and mouth outbreak, Priest must find the killer before he strikes again.

About the Author:

Stuart Pawson lives in Fairburn, Yorkshire, with his wife, Doreen, and can often be found tramping across the moors that form a backdrop to his stories.
After a career as a mining electrical engineer he worked part-time for the probation service for five years, mediating between offenders and their victims. This gave him a good insight into the criminal justice system, and it was during this period that he started to write his first book, The Picasso Scam.
Stuart believes he must have some cowboy genes somewhere in his genome because he has always had a strong affinity for the American West. His first visit to the USA was to work for a month at a Wyoming coalmine, and he has since holidayed over there many times. Although tone-deaf (some would say stone-deaf) he has always thought it would be good fun to be a songwriter. The thought of composing a three-minute song as opposed to a 300-page book has a certain attraction. He managed to combine the two themes - song writing and the West - in the opening chapters of Laughing Boy, and he enjoyed writing that one immensely.
Stuart is a member of the Crimewriters’ Association and the Murder Squad. He is often asked to speak to library groups, a task which he gladly undertakes.


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The Penguin Book of English Short Stories Editor Christopher Dolley

The Penguin Book of English Short Stories Editor Christopher Dolley

Title: Penguin Book of English Short Stories

Authors: Christopher Dolley (Editor), Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling, H.G. Wells, W. Somerset Maugham, James Joyce , Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield, Joyce Cary, Aldoux Huxley, V.S. Pritchett, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, Angus Wilson

ISBN 10: 0-14-002617-7

ISBN 13: 978-0140026177

Language: English

Publisher: Penguin Books

Genre/Subject: Short Stories

Place of publication: UK

Year Published: January 3, 1967

Edition: 1

Binding: Pocket

Number of Pages: 336

Dimensions (mm): 110 x 20 x 180 mm (5 x 0.8 x 7.7 inches)

Shipping Weight (g): 250 g (8.5 ounces)


The last hundred years or so have proved fertile ground for the short story. Writers of genius from Dickens and Hardy to Angus Wilson annd Graham Greene have received exceptional praise fro their skilful handling of this art form.

This volume contains sixteen examples of the short story at its best: concise, evocative and hugely entertaining. Some, for example James Joyce's 'The Dead', are classics; others, like Evelyn Waugh's 'Mr Loveday's Little Outing', are perhaps less familiar. Nethertheless, each one is a perfect demonstration of how subtle and satisfying the short story medium can be. 

The Golden Age of the English short story lies from its first wide acceptance in the middle of the nineteenth century until the middle of the twentieth, a period when there were a great many outlets in Britain for shorter fictions.
The Penguin Book of English Short Stories celebrates this period through some of the most widely known writers of the time. Though many of the chosen authors are more generally known for their novels, here they provide some perfect examples of much shorter work.
Each of these concise, evocative, subtle and satisfying stories is a little jewel, providing a small window into another world.
This volume contains sixteen examples of the English short story at its best: immediately captivating and hugely entertaining. Some stories are classics, such as James Joyce's "The Dead"; others - like 'Mr Loveday's "Little Outing" by Evelyn Waugh - are relatively unknown and a joy to discover. The collection also includes Charles Dickens' premonitory tale, "The Signalman" which was inspired by his own horrific experiences in a train crash. Katherine Mansfield's "The Voyage", meanwhile, is a sensual narrative centring on a boat journey and set in her native New Zealand. Virginia Woolf's "Kew Gardens" is different again, dramatically evoking its setting, awash with colour and light. Tragic or comic, traditional or modernist, each and every piece demonstrates perfectly how the short story form can be as engaging and satisfying as a novel, if not more so.



Editorial Foreword   7

Acknowledgements   9

Charles Dickens (1812-70)    The Signalman   11

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)   The Withered Arm    25

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)     An Outpost of Progress     56

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)       At the End of the Passage     82

H. G. Wells (1866-1946)      The Country of the Blind      103

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)    The Force of Circumstance     129

James Joyce (1882-1941)    The Dead       157

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)   Kew Gardens    201

D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)    Fanny and Annie     208

Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923)    The Voyage      224

Joyce Cary (1888-1957)    The Breakout    233

Aldoux Huxley (1894-1963)    The Gioconda Smile    251

V. S. Pritchett (1900-1997)  The Fly in the Ointment  283

Evelyn Waugh (1903-66)  Mr Loveday's Letter Outing   293

Graham Greene (1904-91)  Across the Bridge     302

Angus Wilson (1913-91)   Raspberry Jam     313


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The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

Title: The Memory Keeper's Daughter

Author: Kim Edwards

ISBN 10: 0-14-303813-3

ISBN 13: 978-0143038139

Language: English

Publisher: Penguin Books

Genre/Subject: A Novel / Women’s Fiction, Suspense Thriller

Place of publication: USA

Year Published: May 30, 2006

Binding: Paperback

Number of Pages: 513 pages

Dimensions (mm): 105 x 175 x 33 mm

Shipping Weight (g): 300 g


On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. But Caroline, the nurse, cannot leave the infant. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child herself. So begins this story that unfolds over a quarter of a century - in which these two families, ignorant of each other, are yet bound by the fateful decision made that long-ago winter night. Norah Henry, who knows only that her daughter died at birth, remains inconsolable; her grief weighs heavily on their marriage. And Paul, their son, raises himself as best he can, in a house grown cold with mourning. Meanwhile, Phoebe, the lost daughter, grows from a sunny child to a vibrant young woman whose mother loves her as fiercely as if she were her own.

About the Author:

Kim Edwards grew up in Skaneateles, New York, in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. The oldest of four children, she graduated from Colgate University and the University of Iowa, where she received an MFA in Fiction and an MA in Linguistics. After completing her graduate work, she went with her husband to Asia, where they spent the next five years teaching, first on the rural east coast of Malaysia, then in a small city an hour south of Tokyo, and finally in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
During her time in Asia, Kim began to publish short fiction, and in 1990 her story “Sky Juice won the Nelson Algren Award. Her stories and essays have since appeared in a wide range of periodicals, including Ploughshares, Zoetrope, Anteaus, Story, and The Paris Review. They have won many honors, including a National Magazine Award for Excellence in Fiction and a Pushcart Prize, as well as inclusion in The Best American Short Stories. Two of her stories have been performed at Symphony Space and broadcast on Public Radio International. Kim has also received support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council, among others. Her story collection The Secrets of a Fire King was short-listed for the 1998 Pen/Hemingway Award.
Penguin will reissue The Secrets of a Fire King in 2007.
Kim Edwards received a Whiting Writers’ Award in 2002. She has taught in the MFA programs at Warren Wilson and Washington University, and is currently an assistant professor at The University of Kentucky. Her novel, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, was selected for a Barnes and Noble Discovery Award and won the Kentucky Literary Award for Fiction in 2005. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, a #1 New York Times Best Seller in the United States, will also be published in Italy, Japan, Brazil, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, France, Portugal, Spain, Poland, China, Taiwan, Israel, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

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The Patchwork Marriage by Jane Green

Title: The Patchwork Marriage

Author: Jane Green

ISBN 13: 9780718194338

Language: English

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd.

Genre/Subject: Novel / Romance, Fiction, Women's Literary Fiction

Place of publication: UK

Year Published: 21 Jun 2012

Binding: Paperback

Number of Pages: 416 pages

Dimensions (mm): 180 x 110 x 25 mm

Shipping Weight (g): 300 g


When Andi marries Ethan she gets a ready-made family in the shape of his daughters Emily and Sophia. Unable to have a child of her own, and crazy in love with Ethan, she has a chance to make the perfect family. But teenager Emily's hostility leaves Andi feeling hated in her own home.
And worse, Ethan, blinded by love for his daughter, cannot see that her behaviour is driving a wedge through their marriage. So when Andi and Ethan's world is rocked by an act of recklessness, Andi knows that their whole future is in doubt.
Can Andi and Ethan heal the rift in their relationship?
Can each of them find enough love to go around?
And how strong can a patchwork marriage ever be?
'A heartbreaking tale of love and family, truly compelling' Closer
'Green is women's fiction royalty . . . a compelling family drama' Heat
'A compulsive and moving read' Good Housekeeping
Jane Green's internationally best-selling novels, including The Other Woman, Jemima J., Babyville, Girl Friday (published as Dune Road in the USA), Life Swap (Swapping Lives), Spellbound (To Have and to Hold), The Beach House, Second Chance, Straight Talking, Mr. Maybe, and Bookends, are moving and extremely relatable. The Patchwork Marriage is published as Another Piece of My Heart in the USA.

About the Author:

Jane Green's eighteenth novel, Falling, is soon to be released with Berkley/Penguin; she is the author of sixteen previous New York Times Bestselling novels, and known as one of the world's leading authors in women's fiction, with over ten million books in print, and translations in over 25 languages.
Previous novels have included The Beach House, Second Chance, Jemima J, and Tempting Fate.
She joined the ABC News team to write their first enhanced digital book about the history of Royal marriages, then joined ABC News as a live correspondent covering Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton.
A former journalist in the UK, she has had her own radio show on BBC Radio London, and is a regular contributor on radio and TV, including as well as regularly appearing on television shows including Good Morning America, The Martha Stewart show, and The Today Show.
Together with writing books and blogs, she contributes to various publications, both online and print, including anthologies and novellas, and features for The Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, Cosmopolitan and Self. She has taught at writers conferences, and does regular keynote speaking, and has a weekly column in The Lady magazine, England’s longest running weekly magazine.
A graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York, Green is bringing out her first cookbook: Good Taste, with Berkley in October 2016.
She is a storyteller for The Moth radio hour on NPR,
and lives in Westport, Connecticut with her husband and their blended family. When she is not writing, cooking, gardening, filling her house with friends and herding chickens, she is usually thanking the Lord for caffeine-filled energy drinks.
A cancer survivor, she continues to raise awareness for Malignant Melanoma, Hashimoto's Disease, and Lyme Disease.

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Marx: A Very Short Introduction by Peter Singer

Item NMarx A Very Short Introduction by Peter Singerame

Marx: A Very Short Introduction

by Peter Singer
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Language:  English
ISBN 10:  0-19-285405-4 / 0192854054
 ISBN 13: 978-0-19-285405-6 / 978-0192854056
Author:  Peter Singer
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Subject:  Communism Socialism; Marx, Karl, History   Surveys - 19th Century, History Theory - General;   Philosophy / Political
Place of publication: USA
Year Published:  2001
Binding:  Paperback
Pages:  160
Dimensions:  16 x 11 x 1 cm / 6.4 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight:  120 gram / 4 ounces


Peter Singer identifies the central vision that unifies Marx's thought, enabling us to grasp Marx's views as a whole. He sees him as a philosopher primarily concerned with human freedom, rather than as an economist or a social scientist. In plain English, he explains alienation, historical materialism, the economic theory of Capital, and Marx's ideas of communism, and concludes with an assessment of Marx's legacy.
"I always recommend that undergraduates should read Singer's book to get an overview. I find it a very useful introduction: succinct and sophisticated."--Professor Diana Coole, University of California, Irvine
"[An] excellent brief presentation of Marx and his teachings, written with clarity and conciseness; up-to-date in its sources, dispassionate in its approach to [Marx] and balanced in its assessment."--Peter McConville, University of San Francisco
"Clear, concise, insightful, and even-handed."--Susan Armstrong-Buck, Humboldt State University
About the Author(s):
Peter Singer, DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Abbreviations xi

List of illustrations xiii

1. A life and it impact 1
2. The young Hegelian 16
3. From God to money 23
4. Enter the proletariat 28
5. The first Marxism 32
6. Alienation as a theory of history 39
7. The goal of history 47
8. Economics 59
9. Communism 78
10. An assessment 86
Note on sources 101
Further Reading 103
Index 106
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Teach Yourself Modern Persian by John Mace

Teach Yourself Modern Persian by John Mace

Teach Yourself Modern Persian by John Mace

This text provides a complete course in modern Persian, the national language of Iran. The book is divided into three parts to enable readers to progress smoothly from one stage of the language to another, the Persian script and grammar are clearly explained, and exercises assess progress.

This book proceeds in a good, logical manner, with plenty of attention to each different subject. The dialogues are useful and are not ridiculously difficult to learn. The alphabet is explained very well. Overall, it's a very useful and enjoyable intro to Farsi.

Product details:

Paperback: 264 pages

Publisher: Teach Yourself; New edition edition (15 Oct. 1992)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0340586397

ISBN-13: 978-0340586396

 Product Dimensions:  13 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm

Persian & Farsi

Publisher:   John Murray Press  


Publication City/Country:   United Kingdom

Illustrations note:  b&w line illustrations, index


Table of contents:

Alphabet 3

Grammar 43

Words 197

Vocabulary: Persian-English 239

                     English-Persian 252


Index 264

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The Elements of C++ Style by Trevor Misfeldt; Gregory Bumgardner; Andrew Gray

The Elements of C++ Style by Trevor Misfeldt; Gregory Bumgardner; Andrew Gray

The Elements of C++ Style by Trevor Misfeldt; Gregory Bumgardner; Andrew Gray

Authors: Trevor Misfeldt, Centerspace, Oregon; Gregory Bumgardner; Andrew Gray, IntelliChem Inc.

ISBN-10: 0521893089

ISBN-13: 9780521893084

Language: English

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Genre/Subject: C++ (Computer program language), Programming, Object-Oriented Design

Place of publication: USA

Year Published: February 16, 2004

Edition: 1 edition

Binding: Paperback

Number of Pages: 192 pages

Dimensions (mm): 177 x 115 x 11 mm

Shipping Weight (g): 200 g


The Elements of C++ Style, first published in 2004, is for all C++ practitioners, especially for those working in teams where consistency is critical. Just as Strunk and White's The Elements of Style provides rules of usage for writing in the English language, this text furnishes a set of rules for writing in C++. The authors offer a collection of standards and guidelines for creating solid C++ code that will be easy to understand, enhance and maintain. The book provides conventions for: formatting naming  documentation  programming  and packaging for the latest ANSI standard of C++, and also includes discussion of advanced topics such as templates.
 Ideal for software developers working in teams
 Provides style rules for writing C++ code
 Same format as the immensely popular Elements of Java Style



Preface vii

Introduction 1

 General principles 4

 Formatting conventions 7

 Naming conventions 17

 Documentation conventions 29

 Programming principles 41

 Programming conventions 58

 Packaging conventions 141

Summary 151

Glossary 161

Bibliography 171

Index 173



'The expansion of each entry is well done and from time to time extra bonus information nestles either in the main text or in a footnote … There are a few experts who would find nothing new in this book, but most of the rest of us would benefit from it … Buy a copy …' Francis Glassborow, CVu

'The Elements of Java Style is perfect in what it tries to achieve. Each rule is sensible, hardly any are debatable, and there is no excuse for ignoring any of them.' JavaZone Book of the Week

'If you teach C++, I recommend you mention this book to your students. If you manage a group of C++ programmers, you should acquire one or more copies of this book, and circulate them among your people. If you manage a technical library, you should add this book to it … contains a great deal of good advice … In summary, this will be a good addition to a C++ programmer's library.' Computing Reviews

'It offers 175 pithy C++ style tips, covering everything from naming conventions to thread safety. The book would be most useful for development teams that want to use it as a resource for creating their own style guides.' Computing Reviews


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Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Freedom follows several members of an American family, the Berglunds, as well as their close friends and lovers, as complex and troubled relationships unfold over many years. 

Winner of Galaxy National Book Awards: International Author of the Year 2010

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Winner of Galaxy National Book Awards: International Author of the Year 2010

Freedom follows several members of an American family, the Berglunds, as well as their close friends and lovers, as complex and troubled relationships unfold over many years. The book follows them through the last decades of the twentieth century and concludes near the beginning of the Obama administration.

Freedom opens with a short history of the Berglund family from the perspective of their nosy neighbors. The Berglunds are portrayed as the most ideal liberal middle-class family, and they are among the first families to move back into urban St. Paul, Minnesota, after years of white flight to the suburbs. Patty Berglund is an unusually young and pretty homemaker with a self-deprecating sense of humor; her husband Walter is a mild-mannered lawyer with strong environmentalist leanings.

They have one daughter, Jessica, and a son, Joey, who early on displays an independent streak and an interest in making money. Joey becomes sexually involved with a neighborhood teen named Connie and begins to rebel against his mother, going so far as to move in with Connie, her mother, and her mother's boyfriend Blake, making Patty and Walter increasingly unstable. After several unhappy years, the family relocates to Washington, D.C., abandoning the neighborhood and house they worked so hard to improve. Walter takes a job with an unorthodox environmental project, tied to big coal.

The second portion of the book takes the form of an autobiography of Patty Berglund, composed at the suggestion of her therapist. The autobiography tells of Patty's youth as a star basketball player, and her increasing alienation from her artistically inclined parents and sisters. Instead of attending an East Coast elite college like her siblings, she gets a basketball scholarship to the University of Minnesota and adopts the life of the athlete. She meets an attractive but unattainable indie rock musician named Richard Katz, and his nerdy but kind roommate, Walter Berglund. After her basketball career-ending knee injury, Patty suddenly becomes desperate for male affection, and after failing to woo Richard, she settles down with Walter, who had been patiently courting her for more than a year. We learn that Patty retained her desire for Richard and eventually had a brief affair with him at the Berglunds' lakeside cabin.

The novel then jumps ahead to New York City in 2004 and shifts to the story of Walter and Patty's friend Richard, who has finally succeeded in becoming a minor indie rock star in his middle age. His hit album Nameless Lake tells the story of his brief love affair with Patty at the Berglunds' lakeside cabin in Minnesota. Richard is uncomfortable with commercial success, throws away his new-found money, and returns to building roof decks for wealthy people in Manhattan. Walter calls him out of the blue to enlist his help as a celebrity spokesman for an environmental campaign. Walter has taken a job in Washington, D.C. working for a coal mining magnate who wants to strip mine a section of West Virginia forest before turning it into a songbird preserve of future environmental value. Walter hopes to use some of this project's funding to hold a concert to combat overpopulation, the common factor behind all his environmental concerns, and he believes that Richard will be able to rally well-known musicians to his cause. Meanwhile, Walter's marriage to Patty has been deteriorating steadily, and his pretty young assistant Lalitha has fallen deeply in love with him.

In parallel, the Berglunds' estranged, Republican son Joey attempts to finance his college life at the University of Virginia by taking on a dubious subcontract to provide spare parts for outdated supply trucks during the Iraq War. While at college, he marries his childhood sweetheart but dares not tell his parents. After visiting his roommate's family in the DC suburbs, he also pursues his friend's beautiful sister Jenna and is exposed to her father's Zionist, neoconservative politics. After months of pursuing Jenna, when she finally wants him to have sex with her, he cannot maintain an erection. Later he becomes conflicted after making $850,000 selling defective truck parts to military suppliers in Iraq. In the end Joey gives away the excess proceeds of his profiteering, reconciles with his parents, settles down with Connie, and moves into a sustainable coffee business with the help of his father Walter.

Now, Richard's re-appearance destroys Walter and Patty's weakening marriage. Richard tries to convince Patty to leave Walter, but she shows Richard the autobiography she wrote as "therapy", trying to convince him that she's still in love with Walter. Richard deliberately leaves the autobiography on Walter's desk, and Walter reads Patty's true thoughts. Walter kicks Patty out of the house, and she moves to Jersey City to be with Richard, but the relationship only lasts six months. Later, she moves to Brooklyn alone and takes a job at a private school, discovering her skill for teaching younger children. When Patty leaves him, Walter has a catharsis on live television, revealing his contempt for the displaced West Virginian families and his various commercial backers. Local rednecks respond by dragging him from the platform and beating him up. He is promptly fired by the environmental trust, but his TV debacle makes him a viral video hero to radical youth across the nation. He and his assistant Lalitha become lovers and continue their plans to combat overpopulation through a concert to rally young people in the hills of West Virginia. Lalitha is killed in a suspicious car accident a few days before the concert is due to take place. Shattered, and having lost both of the women who loved him, Walter retreats to his family's lakeside vacation house back in Minnesota. He becomes known to a new street of neighbors as a cranky old recluse, obsessed with house cats killing birds nesting on his property.

After a few years living in Brooklyn, Patty's father dies and she is forced to settle the fight that erupts within her family of spoiled bohemians as they attempt to split up the much-diminished family fortune. This experience helps Patty to mature. After a few years of living alone, she appraises the emptiness of her life and honestly faces her advancing age. She decides to hunt down Walter, the only man who had ever really loved her. She drives to the lakeside cabin in Minnesota, and despite his rage and confusion, he eventually agrees to take her back. The book ends in 2008 as they leave as a couple to return to Patty's job in New York City, after turning their old lakeside vacation home into a cat-proof fenced bird sanctuary, named in memory of Lalitha.

The awful thing about life is this:" says Octave to the Marquis in Renoir's Rules of the Game. "Everyone has his reasons." That could be a motto for novelists as well, few more so than Jonathan Franzen, who seems less concerned with creating merely likeable characters than ones who are fully alive, in all their self-justifying complexity. Freedom is his fourth novel, and, yes, his first in nine years since The Corrections. Happy to say, it's very much a match for that great book, a wrenching, funny, and forgiving portrait of a Midwestern family (from St. Paul this time, rather than the fictional St. Jude). Patty and Walter Berglund find each other early: a pretty jock, focused on the court and a little lost off it, and a stolid budding lawyer, besotted with her and almost burdened by his integrity. They make a family and a life together, and, over time, slowly lose track of each other. Their stories align at times with Big Issues--among them mountaintop removal, war profiteering, and rock'n'roll--and in some ways can't be separated from them, but what you remember most are the characters, whom you grow to love the way families often love each other: not for their charm or goodness, but because they have their reasons, and you know them. --Tom Nissley

Title: Freedom

Author: Jonathan Franzen

ISBN 10: 978-0-00-742332-3

ISBN 13: 9780007423323

Language: English

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Genre/Subject: Novel/Family life

Place of publication: London

Year Published: 2010

Binding: Pocket

Number of Pages: 706

Dimensions (mm): 172 x 110 x 42

Shipping Weight (g): 424


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Jonathan Franzen was born in 1959 and graduated from Swarthmore College. He has lived in Boston, Spain, New York, Colorado Springs and Philadelphia. His other novels are 'The Twenty-Seventh City', 'Strong Motion', and 'The Corrections'. He is also the author of 'How To Be Alone', a collection of non-fiction, and 'The Discomfort Zone', a memoir. His fiction and non-fiction appear frequently in the 'New Yorker' and 'Harper's', and he was named one of the best American novelists under forty by 'Granta' and the 'New Yorker'. He lives in New York City.

100 Ways to Save the World Hardcover – Illustrated by Johan Tell (Author), Bill McKibben (Foreword)

100 Ways to Save the World Hardcover – Illustrated by Johan Tell (Author), Bill McKibben (Foreword)

This work outlines what individuals can do in their day-to-day lives to make a positive difference on the environment. Beautiful full-color photos complement the easy-to-implement ideas.

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100 Ways to Save the World Hardcover – Illustrated by Johan Tell (Author), Bill McKibben (Foreword)

This work outlines what individuals can do in their day-to-day lives to make a positive difference on the environment. Beautiful full-colour photos complement the easy-to-implement ideas.

We are bombarded with negative information about all the ways from global warming to lacing fish with mercury that humanity is destroying the planet. In contrast, 100 Ways to Save the World outlines what each one of us can do in our day-to-day lives to make a positive difference on the environment. Easy-to-implement tips cover everything from housecleaning to investing. For example, you can have an impact with what you wear and what you eat. The book includes environmentally-friendly shopping strategies ranging from boycotting pirated products to buying fewer but better quality clothes (and then tells how best to wash them). Written in a clear and approachable voice and illustrated with beautiful full-colour photos, these fresh practical ideas will inspire and resound with readers.

This book gives 100 simple, concrete tips to help you and your family save energy, cut pollution and build a more sustainable future. By focussing on opportunities and solutions rather than finger pointing and blame, 100 Ways to Save the World shows how everyone shares in the environmental legacy we leave to coming generations.
Johan Tell writes in accessible and inspiring prose about difficult issues, introducing the sometimes complex trade-offs of a greener lifestyle in terminology that anyone can take to heart and understand. An editorial advisory board comprised of three professors in environmental fields helped to guarantee reliability.
Possibly Sweden’s best-selling environmental book, 100 Ways to Save the World has been published in the UK, Norway, Finland, Denmark and the United States.
This is a beautiful and well-made book bound in genuine linen. Production methods, paper, binding and even printing ink have been chosen to minimize environmental impacts.

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Hardcover: 144 pages

Product Dimensions: 190 x 226 x 19mm

Shipping Weight: 680 g

Format: Hardback

Publication date: 06 Sep 2007

Publisher: Bonnier Books Ltd

Publication City/Country: Chichester, United Kingdom

Language:   English

Illustrations note: 65 colour / black-white photos

ISBN10: 1905825404


ISBN13: 9781905825400 

Johan Tell

Johan Tell is freelance writer and have previously worked for the travel magazine Vagabond. He has passed thirty books, most on his own but also some along with other writers like Christer Fuglesang, Mai-Lis Hellénius and Ola Skinnarmo.

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Learn How to Play the Guitar - a step-by-step guide with more than 200 Photographs by Nick Freeth

Learn How to Play the Guitar - a step-by-step guide with more than 200 Photographs by Nick Freeth

Learn How to Play the Guitar - a step-by-step guide with more than 200 Photographs by Nick Freeth

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Learn How to Play the Guitar - a step-by-step guide with more than 200 Photographs by Nick Freeth

Have you ever dreamed of being able to pick up a guitar and perform before an adoring crowd captivated by your talent, whether it be in the supercharged atmosphere of a rock concert or the moody ambience of a blues or jazz club? Guitar heroes are the stuff of modern musical legend... but even guitar heroes have to start somewhere, painstakingly picking out basic notes and simple chords as they take their first steps along the road to fame. With more than 40,000 copies in print, this detailed, extensively illustrated book is the ideal guide to accompany aspiring guitarists on their journey of musical discovery.

Learn How to Play the Guitar is a comprehensive beginners’ introduction to steel-strung (acoustic and electric) guitar playing and basic musicianship. It tells you what to look for when choosing your first instrument and amplifier, demonstrates the techniques used to form and pick notes and chords, and shows how you can greatly extend your abilities by learning to read musical notation and tablature.

There are chord diagrams and exercises to assist you as you practice, as well as up-to-the-minute information to help you select the right electronic effects and accessories, and advice on finding out more about particular playing styles that interest you. The book’s step-by-step explanations are illustrated with more than 200 specially shot photographs. Nick Freeth began playing guitar as a teenager. After a 20-year career in music radio production, initially at the BBC World Service and Jazz FM, and later as a freelance programer, he wrote his first book, The Acoustic Guitar, in collaboration with Charles Alexander in 1997; The Electric Guitar, by the same authors, appeared the following year. Nick’s subsequent work has focused on both music and American culture: it includes Icons of the Guitar (2001, with Cliff Douse), as well as highly acclaimed guides to Route 66 and the Pacific Coast Highway, and a history of the U.S. in the 1940s. A keen acoustic and electric guitarist, Nick’s favourite players are Ry Cooder, Pat Metheny, Jerry Garcia and Frank Zappa.

With over 40,000 printed copies sold, this is a comprehensive beginners’ introduction to steel-strung (acoustic and electric) guitar playing and basic musicianship. The book tells you what to look for when choosing your first instrument and amplifier, demonstrates the techniques used to form and pick notes and chords, and shows how you can extend your abilities by learning to read musical notation and tablature.


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Paperback: 160 pages

Publisher: Abbeydale Press (May 16, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1844768724

ISBN-13: 978-1844768721

Product Dimensions: 305 x 210 x 20 mm

Shipping Weight: 1.2 kg


Nick Freeth

Nick Freeth was born in London in 1956, and began playing guitar as a teenager. After a 20-year career in music radio production, initially at the BBC World Service and Jazz FM, and later as a freelance programmer, he wrote his first book, The Acoustic Guitar, in collaboration with Charles Alexander in 1997; The Electric Guitar, by the same authors, appeared the following year. Nick's subsequent work has focused on both music and American culture: it includes Icons of the Guitar (2001, with Cliff Douse), as well as highly acclaimed guides to Route 66 and the Pacific Coast Highway, and a history of the U.S. in the 1940s. A keen acoustic and electric guitarist, Nick's favourite players are Ry Cooder, Pat Metheny, Jerry Garcia and Frank Zappa.


Deluxe av Anna Godbersen

Deluxe av Anna Godbersen

Serie: Deluxe (del 1)

Deluxe handlar om hemligheter och svek, kärlek och hat.

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Deluxe av Anna Godbersen

Året är 1899 och på Manhattan lever den unga, vackra och mycket omsvärmade Elizabeth Holland. Med sin familjs goda rykte att tänka på tvingas hon välja mellan sina familjeplikter eller den sanna kärleken - den förbjudna kärleken. Men så en dag händer något tragiskt, flickan vars lyxiga leverne livat upp stadens skvallersidor drunknar i Hudsonflodens strömvirvlar. Förgäves säker man efter hennes kropp utan att hitta den. Hennes begravning äger rum samma dag som hon skulle ha stått brud. Hela societeten sörjer hennes död, men kanske fanns det de som hade allt att vinna på att Elizabeth försvann...

Deluxe handlar om hemligheter och svek, kärlek och hat. För i en värld av lyx och bedrägeri lever några ungdomar farligt skandalösa liv.

Genre: Historiska berättelser

Format: Pocket

Språk: Svenska

Serie: Deluxe (del 1)

Antal sidor: 428

Utgivningsdatum: 2009-04-15

Upplaga: 1

Förlag: Pocketförlaget

Översättare: Torun Lidfeldt Bager

Originaltitel: The Luxe

Dimensioner: 178 x 110 x 26 mm

Vikt: 221 g

SAB: uHce


ISBN: 9789186067526

Anna Godbersen

Anna Godbersen was born in Berkeley, California and moved to New York to attend Barnard College. After graduating she worked in the literary department of Esquire magazine, where she also wrote book reviews. Her debut novel was the first installment of the bestselling LUXE series for young adults, which she followed with the BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS series. THE BLONDE, which Weinstein published in 2014, was her first book for grownups. WHEN WE CAUGHT FIRE, a young adult novel set during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, will be published by HarperTeen in October, 2018




Stenapan av Jeffery Deaver

Stenapan av Jeffery Deaver

Stenapan av Jeffery Deaver

Serie: Amelia Sachs och Lincoln Rhyme (del 4) Stenapan av Jeffery Deaver

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Stenapan av Jeffery Deaver

En kinesisk ångare är på väg mot New Yorks hamn med illegala kinesiska flyktingar ombord. FBI har fått nys om båtens ankomst, men då den beryktade flyktingsmugglaren, som går under namnet Spöket, får reda på att FBI har koll på hans verksamhet, spränger han båten i luften utanför Long Island. Inte bara han själv utan två flyktingfamiljer och en ung kinesisk polis klarar sig i land.

Med Amelia Sachs som sin förlängda arm jagar kriminalteknikern Lincoln Rhyme Spöket som i sin tur jagar de försvunna flyktingarna för att tysta alla vittnen till sprängningen. Bakom skymtar större, osynliga skurkar, både med amerikanska och kinesiska affärsförbindelser.

Genre: Deckare

Format: Pocket

Språk: Svenska

Serie: Amelia Sachs och Lincoln Rhyme (del 4)

Antal sidor: 448

Utgivningsdatum: 2004-04-01

Upplaga: Ny utg.

Förlag: Månpocket

Översättare: Nils Larsson

Originalspråk: Engelska

Originaltitel: The stone monkey

Dimensioner: 180 x 110 x 30 mm

Vikt: 219 g

SAB: Heq.01=c,Hce


ISBN: 9789170011429

Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver är flerfaldigt prisbelönt och har sedan debuten i slutet av 1980-talet publicerat ett 20-tal deckare och thrillers.

I samlarens spår (1998) blev hans stora internationella genombrott. Deaver är född 1950 utanför Chicago och är numera bosatt i Virginia.


Hemsida: www.jefferydeaver.com

Konsten att vara snäll av Stefan Einhorn

Konsten att vara snäll av Stefan Einhorn

Konsten att vara snäll av Stefan Einhorn 

Konsten att vara snäll av Stefan Einhorn

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Konsten att vara snäll av Stefan Einhorn

"En bok som alla borde läsa." Expressen

Begreppet "snäll" kopplas ofta till egenskaper som dumhet, naivitet och undergivenhet. Stefan Einhorn lägger en helt annan innebörd i ordet: "För mig är en snäll människa en individ som lever med etiken i sitt hjärta." Den snälla människan är minst av allt dum, tvärtom mycket klok, eftersom hon har förstått att det vi gör för andra gör vi också för oss själva.

   Men snällhet är en egenskap som måste förvaltas med gott omdöme. Att vara snäll på ett äkta, positivt och gott sätt är verkligen en konst.

   I Konsten att vara snäll skriver Stefan Einhorn bland annat om vad äkta snällhet innebär och om de motkrafter som kan hindra oss från att vara snälla. Han redogör också för vetenskapliga studier som visar att snällhet lönar sig och ger handfasta råd om hur man kan tillämpa detta i vardagslivet.

   Snällhet är det största vi kan erbjuda vår omvärld - och oss själva.

"... beskriver med stor klokhet vilken befrielse det är att ta sig ur bitterhet och gamla konflikter och istället leva ett fullödigt liv." Aftonbladet

"Hans nya bok är en fin handledning i vardagsetik, skriven med en fängslande stil." Upsala Nya Tidning

"Konsten att vara snäll är lättläst och spännande, om just det som berör oss alla." Norra Västerbotten

"Det är inte ofta, jag läser en bok som gör mig djupt och innerligt glad." Värnamo Nyheter

Genre: Etik, moralfilosofi, psykologi

Format: Pocket

Språk: Svenska

Antal sidor: 201

Utgivningsdatum: 2007-04-01

Förlag: Månpocket

Dimensioner: 178 x 110 x 15 mm

Vikt: 120 g



ISBN: 9789172320703

Stefan Einhorn


Stefan Einhorn är professor och ordförande vid Centrum för social hållbarhet vid Karolinska Institutet, överläkare vid Radiumhemmet och flitigt anlitad föreläsare inom bland annat etik. Med sina uppmärksammade och framgångsrika böcker En dold Gud, Den sjunde dagen, Konsten att vara snäll, Medmänniskor, Vägar till visdom, De nya dödssynderna och romanen Änglarnas svar har han vunnit en hängiven läsekrets. 2016 utkom Pappan som handlar om den svåra relationen mellan en son och en far och är en skönlitterär lek där fakta blandas med fantasi. Hösten 2018 är han åter aktuell med en ny fackbok, Konsten att göra skillnad. En liten bok om vårt stora ansvar.

Dubbla slag av Malin Persson Giolito

Dubbla slag av Malin Persson Giolito

Välkomponerad och språkligt spänstig roman, full av överraskande detaljer 

Dubbla slag av Malin Persson Giolito

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Det fanns en tid då Hanna inte behövde anstränga sig, när hon var en ung lovande advokat. Drömjobbet fick hon utan att ens söka det och karriären gick som på räls. Men det tog slut, någonstans i samband med att hon blev gravid.

Plötsligt behandlas hon annorlunda på kontoret och stämningen blir allt mer rå och hånfull. Successivt utmanövreras från arbetsplatsen, trots att hon gör allt för att hålla sig kvar.

Hemma har hon en familj som kräver hennes uppmärksamhet och mitt i allt sker ett mystiskt dödsfall.

Dubbla slag är en smart och välskriven roman om juristen Hanna som försöker kombinera det hårda arbetet på advokatbyrån med familjelivet.

"Välkomponerad och språkligt spänstig roman, full av överraskande detaljer " Göteborgs-Posten

Genre: Skönlitteratur: allmänt

Format: Pocket

Språk: Svenska

Antal sidor: 372

Utgivningsdatum: 2018-03-06

Förlag: Månpocket

Medarbetare: Sokcic, Miroslav (form)

Dimensioner: 178 x 110 x 22 mm

Vikt: 200 g



ISBN: 9789175037967

Malin Persson Giolito

Malin Persson Giolito fick 2016 ett stort genombrott med den kritikerhyllade rättegångsthrillern Störst av allt. Den belönades bl.a. med pris för Årets bästa kriminalroman och Glasnyckeln och har sålts i över 400 000 exemplar bara i Sverige. Översättningsrättigheterna är köpta av 29 länder och Störst av allt kommer att bli Netflix första svenska originalserie. Malin Persson Giolito har arbetat som advokat och på Europeiska kommissionen i Bryssel och har tidigare gett ut romanerna Dubbla slag (2008), Bara ett barn (2010) och Bortom varje rimligt tvivel (2012). Hon är född 1969, uppvuxen i Djursholm och bor idag med sin familj i Bryssel.

Malin skriver till sig själv som 25-åring

Lyssna på Malins Sommar i P1

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The Innocent by Harlan Coben

The Innocent by Harlan Coben

“Ranks as one of his most exciting.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Innocent by Harlan Coben

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You never meant to kill him….One night, Matt Hunter innocently tried to break up a fight—and ended up a killer. Now, nine years later, he’s an ex-con who takes nothing for granted. His wife, Olivia, is pregnant, and the two of them are closing on their dream house. But all it will take is one shocking, inexplicable call from Olivia’s phone to shatter Matt’s life a second time….
A twisting, turning, emotionally charged story, and a compelling tale of the choices we make and the repercussions that never leave us.

Some mistakes can change your life forever. For Matt Hunter, that mistake came in one terrible moment when his attempt to help a friend and stop a fight resulted in an accidental death.  Matt was convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison.  Time that his peers spent in college, Matt endured behind bars.
Now nine years after his release from prison, his innocence long forgotten, he's an ex-con who takes nothing for granted. With his wife Olivia pregnant and the two of them closing on a house in his home town, things are looking up. Until the day Matt gets a shocking, inexplicable video call from Olivia's phone. And in an instant, the unraveling begins.
A mysterious man who begins tailing Matt turns up dead. A beloved nun is murdered. And local and federal authorities—including homicide investigator, Loren Muse, a childhood schoolmate of Matt's with a troubled past of her own—see all signs pointing to a former criminal with one murder already under his belt...Matt Hunter. Unwilling to lose everything for a second time, Matt and Olivia are forced outside the law in a desperate attempt to save their future together.
An electrifying thrill-ride of a novel that peeks behind the white picket fences of suburbia, The Innocent is at once a twisting, turning, emotionally charged story, and a compelling tale of the choices we make and the repercussions that never leave us.


Praise for The Innocent 
“What Coben does best is take readers into his characters’ hearts and minds. His protagonists are just common folks, minding their own business when—bam!—they are drawn into a terrifying world of sordid crimes and mayhem.”—USA Today
“A twist-filled triumph.”—Life
“Intriguing right up to the final chapter.”—Associated Press

“Coben does for thrillers what Hitchcock did for the movies.”—South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“Ranks as one of his most exciting.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Modern suburbia unravels in this latest puzzler from Coben...Don’t make the mistake of not reading it!”—Library Journal
“Jaw-dropping plot twists...Fans of rose-tinted nightmares [will] gasp their way through Matt’s free fall, scared and happy as kids on a roller coaster.”—Kirkus Reviews


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Paperback: 439 pages

Publisher: Dutton; Reprint edition (April 25, 2006)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 045121577X

ISBN-13: 978-0451215772

Product Dimensions: 172 x 110 x 32 mm


Shipping Weight: 300 g

Harlan Coben


Harlan Coben was the first ever author to win all three major crime awards in the US. He is now global bestseller with his mix of powerful stand-alone thrillers and Myron Bolitar crime novels. He has appeared in the bestseller lists of The Times, the New York Times, Le Monde, Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times.
He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and four children.
Here are the Myron Bolitar novels in series order:
Deal Breaker, Drop Shot, Fade Away, Back Spin, One False Move, The Final Detail, Darkest Fear, Promise Me, Long Lost

The Horse Whisperer by Evans Nicholas

The Horse Whisperer by Evans Nicholas

The Horse Whisperer by Evans Nicholas

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A forty-ton truck hurtles out of control on a snowy country road, a teenage girl on horseback in its path.  In a few terrible seconds the life of a family is shattered.  And a mother's quest begins -- to save her maimed daughter and a horse driven mad by pain.  It is an odyssey that will bring her to...
The Horse Whisperer
He is the stuff of legend.  His voice can calm wild horses and his touch heal broken spirits.  For secrets uttered softly into pricked and troubled ears, such men were once called Whisperers.  Now Tom Booker, the inheritor of this ancient gift, is to meet his greatest challenge.
Annie Graves has traveled across a continent with her daughter, Grace, and their wounded horse, Pilgrim, to the Booker ranch in Montana.  Annie has risked everything -- her career, her marriage, her comfortable life--in her desperate belief that the Whisperer can help them.  The accident has turned Pilgrim savage.  He is now so demented and dangerous that everyone says he should be destroyed.  But Annie won't give up on him, for she feels his fate is inextricably entwined with that of her daughter, who has retreated into a heartrending, hostile silence.  Annie knows that if the horse dies, something in Grace will die too.
In the weeks to come, under the massive sky of the Rocky Mountain Front, all their lives--including Tom Booker's--will be transformed forever in a way none could have foretold.  At once an epic love story and a gripping adventure, The Horse Whisperer weaves an extraordinary tale of healing and redemption--a magnificent emotional journey that explores our ancient bonds with earth and sky and hearts untamed.  It is a stirring elegy to the power of belief and self-discovery, to hopes lost and found again.

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Mass Market Paperback: 479 pages

Publisher: Gorgi Books (October 1, 1996)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0440222656

ISBN-13: 978-0440222651

Product Dimensions: 178 x 105 x 30 mm

Shipping Weight: 300 g


Nicholas Evans was born and grew up in Worcestershire, England. He studied law at Oxford University, graduating with first class honors, then worked as a journalist for three years on the Evening Chronicle in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He then moved into television, producing films about US politics and the Middle-East for a weekly current affairs programme called Weekend World. It was during this time that he traveled a lot and got to know the United States.

In 1982 he started to produce arts documentaries – about famous writers, painters and film-makers, several of which won international awards (films about David Hockney, Francis Bacon, Patricia Highsmith). In 1983 he made a film about the great British director David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, etc). Lean became a friend and mentor and encouraged Evans to switch from fact to fiction.

For the next ten years, Evans wrote and produced a number of films for television and the cinema. In 1993 he met a blacksmith in the far South-West of England who told him about horse whisperers – people who have the gift of healing traumatized horses. Evans started work on what was to be his first novel.

Published in the fall of 1995, The Horse Whisperer has now sold about fifteen million copies across the world. It has been the number one bestseller in about 20 countries and has been translated into 36 languages. It was also made into a movie, starring, produced and directed by Robert Redford.

Since then Evans has written four more novels:  The Loop, The Smoke Jumper, The Divide and, his latest, The Brave.  He lives in Devon with his wife, the singer/songwriter Charlotte Gordon Cumming, whose latest album of songs inspired by The Brave is out in September.  It can be heard at thebravesongs.com



Poems of the Second World War: Oasis Selection Editor-in-Chief Victor Selwyn

Poems of the Second World War: Oasis Selection Editor-in-Chief Victor Selwyn

Poems of the Second World War: Oasis Selection Editor-in-Chief Victor Selwyn

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Poems of the Second World War: Oasis Selection Editor-in-Chief Victor Selwyn

Everyman's Classics

editor-in-chief, Victor Selwyn ... [et al.] ; advisers, Lord Carver ... [et al.]. 

Published; London: Dent: Everyman's Library in association with the Salamander Oasis Trust, 1985.

Subjects: World War (1939-1945)


Soldiers' writings, English.

Weltkrieg (1939-1945)

English poetry -- 20th century.

War poetry, English.

World War, 1939-1945 -- Poetry.

Poetry in English, 1945- - Anthologies

Summary1939-40 - The Middle East - The Home Front - Mediterranean, North Africa, Italy and the Balkans - Air - Sea - Normandy to Berlin - South-East Asia and the Pacific - Normandy to Berlin - South-East Asia and the Pacific.

Notes Includes index.

ISBN: 0460014323 (pbk.)


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Paperback: 416 pages

Publisher: Everyman Ltd; First Edition edition (1 May 1985)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0460014323

ISBN-13: 978-0460014328

Package Dimensions:  18.6 x 12.4 x 3 cm



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Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers

Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers

Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers

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Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers

Lord Peter Wimsey and his bride, mystery writer Harriet Vane, start their honeymoon with murder. The former owner of Talboys estate is dead in the cellar with a misspelled "notise" to the milkman, not a spot of blood on his smashed skull, and £600 in his pocket.

Busman’s Honeymoon has everything—mystery, comedy, love, and drama—all served up in Dorothy Sayers’s best style.”
New York Times

The great Dorothy L. Sayers is considered by many to be the premier detective novelist of the Golden Age, and her dashing sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey, one of mystery fiction’s most enduring and endearing protagonists. Acclaimed author Ruth Rendell has expressed her admiration for Sayers’s work, praising her “great fertility of invention, ingenuity, and wonderful eye for detail.” The fourth Dorothy L. Sayers classic to feature mystery writer Harriet Vane, Busman’s Honeymoon is now back in print with an introduction by Elizabeth George, herself a crime fiction master. Harriet and her love, Lord Peter, have finally tied the knot but begin their married life together on an expectedly sour note when a body is discovered in the cellar of their romantic country estate.

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Series: Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery

Paperback: 397 pages

Publisher: Coronet Books

Language: English

ISBN-10: 006219657X

ISBN-13: 978-0062196576

Product Dimensions: 177 x 110 x 25 mm

Shipping Weight: 200 g



Busman’s Honeymoon has everything—mystery, comedy, love, and drama—all served up in Dorothy Sayers’s best style.” (New York Times)
“One of the greatest mystery story writers of this century.” (Los Angeles Times)
“The Wimsey books are literate and delightful mysteries.”
(Chicago Tribune

Dorothy L. Sayers


in Oxford, England, The United Kingdom

June 13, 1893


December 17, 1957




Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) was a playwright, scholar, and acclaimed author of mysteries, best known for her books starring the gentleman sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey.
Born in Oxford, England, Sayers, whose father was a reverend, grew up in the Bluntisham rectory and won a scholarship to Oxford University where she studied modern languages and worked at the publishing house Blackwell's, which published her first book of poetry in 1916.
Years later, working as an advertising copywriter, Sayers began work on Whose Body?, a mystery novel featuring dapper detective Lord Peter Wimsey. Over the next two decades, Sayers published ten more Wimsey novels and several short stories, crafting a character whose complexity was unusual for the mystery novels of the time.
In 1936, Sayers brought Lord Peter Wimsey to the stage in a production of Busman's Honeymoon, a story which she would publish as a novel the following year. The play was so successful that she gave up mystery writing to focus on the stage, producing a series of religious works culminating in The Man Born to Be King (1941) a radio drama about the life of Jesus.
She also wrote theological essays and criticism during and after World War II, and in 1949 published the first volume of a translation of Dante's Divine Comedy (which she considered to be her best work).
Dorothy Sayers died of a heart attack in 1957. 

White Teeth by Smith Zadie

White Teeth by Smith Zadie

White Teeth by Smith Zadie

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White Teeth by Smith Zadie

At the center of this invigorating novel are two unlikely friends, Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal. Hapless veterans of World War II, Archie and Samad and their families become agents of England’s irrevocable transformation. A second marriage to Clara Bowden, a beautiful, albeit tooth-challenged, Jamaican half his age, quite literally gives Archie a second lease on life, and produces Irie, a knowing child whose personality doesn’t quite match her name (Jamaican for “no problem”). Samad’s late-in-life arranged marriage (he had to wait for his bride to be born), produces twin sons whose separate paths confound Iqbal’s every effort to direct them, and a renewed, if selective, submission to his Islamic faith. Set against London’ s racial and cultural tapestry, venturing across the former empire and into the past as it barrels toward the future, White Teeth revels in the ecstatic hodgepodge of modern life, flirting with disaster, confounding expectations, and embracing the comedy of daily existence.

Zadie Smith’s dazzling debut caught critics grasping for comparisons and deciding on everyone from Charles Dickens to Salman Rushdie to John Irving and Martin Amis. But the truth is that Zadie Smith’s voice is remarkably, fluently, and altogether wonderfully her own.
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read
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Series: Vintage International

Paperback: 542 pages

Publisher: Penguin

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0375703861

ISBN-13: 978-0375703867

Product Dimensions: 180 x 110 x 35 mm

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“A preternaturally gifted new writer [with] a voice that’s street-smart and learned, sassy and philosophical all at the same time.”–Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“Brilliant…. Smith is a master at detail…a postmodern Charles Dickens…[Smith's] rich storytelling and wicked wit are suited to the sights and smells of the world that England has inherited.”–The Washington Post

“[A] vibrant, rollicking first novel about race and idenity…[Smith's] prickly wit is affectionate and poignant.”–People

“[A] dazzling intergenerational first novel…wonderfully inventive…playful yet unaffected, mongrel yet cohesive, profound yet funny, vernacular yet lyrical. ”–Los Angeles Times

“[A] marvel of a debut novel. . .Reminscent of both Salman Rushdie and John Irving, White Teeth is a comic, canny, sprawling tale, adeptly held together by Smith's literary sleight of hand.”–Entertainment Weekly

“A magnificent and audacious novel, jampacked with memorable characters and challenging ideas.”–The Atlanta Journal & Constitution

Zadie Smith


Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. She is the author of the novels White Teeth,The Autograph Man, On Beauty and NW, as well as The Embassy of Cambodia and a collection of essays, Changing My Mind. She is also the editor of The Book of Other People. Zadie was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002, and was listed as one of Granta's 20 Best Young British Novelists in 2003 and again in 2013. White Teeth won multiple literary awards including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award. On Beauty was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction 2006, and NW was shortlisted for the Baileys Prize for Fiction 2013. Zadie Smith is currently a tenured professor of fiction at New York University and lives in London and New York with her husband and two children. In 2016 she will publish her next novel, Swing Time.

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

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Set in the reign of Richard I, Coeur de Lion, Ivanhoe is packed with memorable incidents - sieges, ambushes and combats - and equally memorable characters: Cedric of Rotherwood, the die-hard Saxon; his ward Rowena; the fierce Templar knight, Sir Brian de Bois-Gilbert; the Jew, Isaac of York, and his beautiful, spirited daughter Rebecca; Wamba and Gurth, jester and swineherd respectively. Scott explores the conflicts between the Crown and the powerful Barons, between the Norman overlords and the conquered Saxons, and between Richard and his scheming brother, Prince John. At the same time he brings into the novel the legendary Robin Hood and his band, and creates a brilliant, colourful account of the age of chivalry with all its elaborate rituals and costumes and its values of honour and personal glory.

In the twelfth century, Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe returns home to England from the Third Crusade to claim his inheritance and the love of the lady Rowena. The heroic adventures of this noble Saxon knight involve him in the struggle between Richard the Lion-Hearted and his malignant brother John: a conflict that brings Ivanhoe into alliance with the mysterious outlaw Robin Hood and his legendary fight for the forces of good.

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Series: Wordsworth Collection

Paperback: 439 pages

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; Revised ed. edition (January 5, 1998)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1853262021

ISBN-13: 978-1853262029

Product Dimensions: 125 x 195 x 22 mm


Shipping Weight: 300 g 

About the Author


Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832) was a Scottish novelist, playwright and poet. He is notable for being the first British author that gained an international reputation during his lifetime. Although the romanticism of his historic fiction later fell out of favour with critics, his major novels, such as 'Rob Roy' and 'Ivanhoe', are acknowledged as classic works of literature.

Swedish: A Comprehensive Grammar

By Holmes Philip and Hinchliffe Ian

A complete reference guide to modern Swedish grammar. It has been fully updated to reflect recent changes in a few areas of usage and to employ the new standards that have been set in the description of language.

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Swedish: A Comprehensive Grammar by Holmes Philip and Hinchliffe Ian

Language:  English

ISBN 10:  0415278848

ISBN 13: 978-0415278843

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd 

Subject:   Swedish grammar

Place of publication:   London

Year Published:  2003

Edition: 2-nd

Binding: Paperback

Pages:  xii + 614

Dimensions:  239x161x39 mm

Shipping Weight: 1070g

Price:  400 SEK

A Comprehensive Grammar is a complete reference guide to modern Swedish grammar.

Full Description: Winner of the Swedish National Language Council's Erik Wellander Prize, 2003

This new edition of Swedish: A Comprehensive Grammar is a complete reference guide to modern Swedish grammar. It has been fully updated to reflect recent changes in a few areas of usage and to employ the new standards that have been set in the description of language.

The Grammar is an essential reference source for the learner and user of Swedish, irrespective of level. It is ideal for use in schools, colleges, universities and adult classes of all types.

The volume is organized to promote a thorough understanding of Swedish grammar. It presents the complexities of Swedish in a concise and readable form. Explanations are full, clear and free of jargon. Throughout, the emphasis is on Swedish as used by present-day, native speakers.

An extensive index, numbered paragraphs, cross-references and summary charts provide readers with easy access to the information they require.

Features include:

* detailed treatment of common grammatical structures and parts of speech

* extensive exemplification

* particular attention to areas of confusion and difficulty

* Swedish/English contrasts highlighted throughout the book

* a new chapter on word formation.


1. Nouns

2. Adjectives

3. Pronouns

4. Numerals

5. Verbs

6. Adverbs

7. Prepositions

8. Conjunctions

9. Interjections

10 Sentence structure and word order

11. Word formation

12. Orthography

13. Punctuation

Linguistic Terms

Short Bibliography


About the Authors:

Philip Holmes is Reader in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Hull.

Ian Hinchliffe is a translator and copywriter working in Killeberg, Sweden.

Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction by Bernard Wood by Bernard Wood

The recent discovery of the diminutive Homo floresiensis (nicknamed "the Hobbit") in Indonesia has sparked new interest in the study of human evolution. In this Very Short Introduction, renowned evolutionary scholar Bernard Wood traces the history of paleoanthropology from its beginnings in the eighteenth century to today's latest fossil finds.

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Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction by Bernard Wood

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Language: English

ISBN 10: 0-19-280360-3 / 0192803603

ISBN 13:978-0-19-280360-3 / 978-0192803603

Author: Bernard Wood

Publisher:Oxford University Press

Subject: Human evolution; Fossil hominids; Life Sciences, Life Sciences, Evolutionary Biology

Place of publication: USA

Year Published: 2005

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 131

Dimensions: 16.8 x 11.2 x 1 cm / 6.80x4.30x.38 in

Shipping Weight: 69 grams / 0.20 lbs.

Price: 40 SEK

Table of Contents

1. What to expect

2. Finding our place

3. Fossil hominins - discovery and context

4. Fossil hominins - analysis and interpretation

5. Possible and probable early hominins

6. Archaic hominins

7. Transitional and archaic Homo

8. Modern human origins



Further Reading

Pertinent URL:



About the Author:

Bernard Wood is Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Origins at George Washington University and the Smithsonian Institution.


Bernard Wood has been involved in human evolution-related research for more than thirty years. He was appointed Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Origins at George Washington University and the Smithsonian Institution in 1997. This was the first Professorship to be devoted to the study of Human Origins. Prior to that he was the Derby Professor of Anatomy and the Dean of the School of Medicine at The University of Liverpool. He has published widely about the development of analytical methods and their application to the fossil record. His survey of the fossil hominin cranial remains from the Kenyan site of Koobi Fora published in 1991 is a key reference for researchers.

Anansi Boys by Gaiman Neil

Anansi Boys by Gaiman Neil

Anansi Boys by Gaiman Neil

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Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Language:  English

ISBN-10:    006051518X

ISBN-13:    978-0060515188

Author:    Neil Gaiman

Publish:  Headline Book Publishing

Subject:  General Fiction, Fathers and sons, Brothers

Place of publication:    UK

Year Published:  2005

Binding:   Paperback

Pages:    457

Dimensions (cm):   18 x 11 x 3

Shipping Weight (gr):   200

Price:    40 SEK


Neil Gaiman gives us a mythology for a modern age -- complete with dark prophecy, family dysfunction, mystical deceptions, and killer birds. Not to mention a lime.

Anansi Boys
God is dead. Meet the kids.

When Fat Charlie's dad named something, it stuck. Like calling Fat Charlie "Fat Charlie." Even now, twenty years later, Charlie Nancy can't shake that name, one of the many embarrassing "gifts" his father bestowed -- before he dropped dead on a karaoke stage and ruined Fat Charlie's life.

Mr. Nancy left Fat Charlie things. Things like the tall, good-looking stranger who appears on Charlie's doorstep, who appears to be the brother he never knew. A brother as different from Charlie as night is from day, a brother who's going to show Charlie how to lighten up and have a little fun ... just like Dear Old Dad. And all of a sudden, life starts getting very interesting for Fat Charlie.

Because, you see, Charlie's dad wasn't just any dad. He was Anansi, a trickster god, the spider-god. Anansi is the spirit of rebellion, able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil. Some said he could cheat even Death himself.

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times bestseller, American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny -- a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure-house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

Critical Praise

"Ebullient . . . The Gaiman faithful will devour it gratefully."  --Sacramento Bee

"Ebullient . . . ingenious . . . enormously entertaining throughout." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Another lovely story as only Gaiman can tell it; necessary and recommended."  --Library Journal

"[Gaiman is] the folksy, witty, foolishly wise narrator to perfection." --Booklist (starred review)


About the Author:


About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.


I make things up and write them down. Which takes us from comics (like SANDMAN) to novels (like ANANSI BOYS and AMERICAN GODS) to short stories (some are collected in SMOKE AND MIRRORS) and to occasionally movies (like Dave McKean's MIRRORMASK or the NEVERWHERE TV series, or my own short film A SHORT FILM ABOUT JOHN BOLTON).

In my spare time I read and sleep and eat and try to keep the blog at www.neilgaiman.com more or less up to date.

Gandhi: A Very Short Introduction

 By Bhikhu Parekh

A book which outlines both Gandhi's major philosophical insights and the limitations of his thought.

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 Gandhi: A Very Short Introduction By Bhikhu Parekh   

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Language: English 

ISBN 10: 0192854577 / 0-19-285457-7

ISBN 13: 9780192854575 / 978-0-19-285457-5

Author: Bhikhu Parekh Publisher: Oxford University Press

Subject: India, Gandhi 

Place of publication: USA

Year Published: 2001

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 152

Dimensions:  17 x 11 x 1 cm / 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches

Shipping Weight: 140 gr / 5 ounces Price: 60 SEK New   


Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) was one of the few men in history to fight simultaneously on moral, religious, political, social, economic, and cultural fronts. During his time as a lawyer in South Africa he developed his strategy of non-violence: the idea of opposing unjust laws by non-violent protest. He led the Indian National Congress party in three major campaigns against British rule, each culminating in his arrest.  In Gandhi , a short introduction to Gandhi's life and thought, Bhikhu Parekh outlines both Gandhi's major philosophical insights and the limitations of his thought. Written with extensive access to Gandhi's writings in Indian languages to which most commentators have little or no access, Parekh looks at Gandhi's cosmocentric anthropology, his spiritual view of politics, and his theories of oppression, non-violent action, and active citizenship. He also considers how the success of Gandhi's principles were limited by his lack of coherent theories of evil, and of state and power. Gandhi's view of man as ascetic allows no room for expressions of the cultural, artistic, or intellectual. Furthermore, he was so hostile to modern civilization that he was unable to appreciate its complex dialectic or offer a meaningful narrative.  Nevertheless, Gandhi's life and thought had an enormous impact on the Indian nation, and he continues to be widely revered--known before and after his assassination as Mahatma, the Great Soul.  Reviews: "An excellent intro for first-time western students of Gandhi and India."--Prakash Chenjen, Southern Oregon University   About the Author: Bhikhu Parekh is Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Politics at the University of Hull. Read more about Bhikhu Parekh on following URLs: http://www.wmin.ac.uk/sshl/page-148  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhikhu_Parekh,_Baron_Parekh   

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 

2. Religious thought 

3. Theory of man and society 

4. Economic and political thought 

5. Non-violent method of action 

6. Critical evaluation  

The Wordsworth Dictionary of Phrase & Fable by Brewer, Ebenezer Cobham

The quintessential guide to myth, folklore, legend and literature

The Wordsworth Dictionary of Phrase and Fable explains the origins of the familiar and the unfamiliar in everyday speech and literature, including the colloquial and the proverbial, and embracing archaeology, history, religion, the arts, science, mythology and characters from fiction.

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The Wordsworth Dictionary of Phrase & Fable by Brewer, Ebenezer Cobham

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Language:                           English

ISBN:                                 1-85326-300-1                                        

Subtitle:                              The quintessential guide to myth, folklore, legend and literature

Author:                               Brewer, Ebenezer Cobham

Publisher:                            Wordsworth Editions Ltd

Subject:                              Myth, folklore, legend and literature

Date Published:                  1996

Binding:                              Paperback

Pages:                                 1175 + xvi

Product Dimensions:          6.2 x 12.5 x 20 cm

Shipping Weight:               700 grams


The Wordsworth Dictionary of Phrase and Fable explains the origins of the familiar and the unfamiliar in everyday speech and literature, including the colloquial and the proverbial, and embracing archaeology, history, religion, the arts, science, mythology and characters from fiction. This valuable dictionary, which revises and updates the original work of Dr. Ebenezer Cobham Brewer, encompasses material from all over the The quintessential guide to myth, folklore, legend and literature world and cites many equivalents from other European countries. The inclusion of quotations which accompany and illustrate many of the entries adds hugely to the value of this legendary work of reference. This reference work contains more than 20,000 definitions of phrases and words.

About the Author:

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897




The Satanic Verses by Rushdie Salman

'A novel of metamorphosis, hauntings, memories, hallucinations, revelations, advertising jingles and jokes. Rushdie has the power of description, and we succumb

'Damnably entertaining and fiendishly ingenious. One of the very few current writers whose works are attempts at the great Bible, "the bright book of life

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The Satanic Verses by Rushdie Salman

Just before dawn one winter’s morning, a hijacked aeroplane blows apart high above the English Channel and two figures tumble, clutched in an embrace, towards the sea: Gibreel Farishta, India’s legendary movie star, and Saladin Chamcha, the man of a thousand voices.

Washed up, alive, on an English beach, their survival is a miracle. But there is a price to pay. Gibreel and Saladin have been chosen as opponents in the eternal wrestling match between Good and Evil. But chosen by whom? And which is which? And what will be the outcome of their final confrontation?

·     Paperback: 560 pages

·     Publisher: The Consortium (8 Jan. 1998)

·     Language: English

·     ISBN-10: 0963270702

·     ISBN-13: 978-0963270702

·     Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.8 x 20 cm


Product description


"'A staggering achievement, brilliantly enjoyable' Nadine Gordimer"

"'A masterpiece' Sunday Times"

"'A novel of metamorphosis, hauntings, memories, hallucinations, revelations, advertising jingles and jokes. Rushdie has the power of description, and we succumb' The Times"

"'Damnably entertaining and fiendishly ingenious. One of the very few current writers whose works are attempts at the great Bible, "the bright book of life" ' London Review of Books"

"A great novelist, a master of perpetual storytelling." (V S Pritchett)

Book Description

One of the most controversial and infamous books of modern times


No book in modern times has matched the uproar sparked by Salman Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses", which earned its author a death sentence. Furor aside, it is a marvelously erudite study of good and evil, a feast of language served up by a writer at the height of his powers, and a rollicking comic fable. The book begins with two Indians, Gibreel Farishta ("for fifteen years the biggest star in the history of the Indian movies") and Saladin Chamcha, a Bombay expatriate returning from his first visit to his homeland in 15 years, plummeting from the sky after the explosion of their jetliner, and proceeds through a series of metamorphoses, dreams and revelations. Rushdie's powers of invention are astonishing in this Whitbread Prize winner.

About the Author

Sir Salman Rushdie has received many awards for his writing, including the European Union’s Aristeion Prize for Literature. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 1993 Midnight’s Children was judged to be the ‘Booker of Bookers’, the best novel to have won the Booker Prize in its first 25 years. In June 2007 he received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.



Close to the Bone by Stuart MacBride

Close to the Bone is the eighth instalment in the bestselling Detective Sergeant McRae series of crime novels from Stuart MacBride. 

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Paperback: 560 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins (12 Sept. 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0007344295

ISBN-13: 978-0007344291

Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.2 x 19 cm


shipping weight: 400 g

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There’s power in bones…

The first body is chained to a stake: strangled, stabbed, and a burning tyre around its neck. But is this a gangland execution or something much darker?

Someone’s leaving little knots of bones outside Detective Inspector Logan McRae’s house, but he’s got more pressing things to worry about. Rival drug gangs are fighting over product and territory; two teenage lovers are missing; someone’s crippling Asian immigrants; and Logan’s been lumbered with an ambitious new Detective Sergeant, a mountain of paperwork, and the unwelcome attention of his superiors and the local crime boss.


When another body turns up, it looks as if the similarities between these murders and the plot of a bestselling novel are more than just a coincidence. And perhaps those little knots of bones are more important than they look…



Stuart MacBride was born in Dumbarton near Glasgow but grew up in Aberdeen. He is the number one bestelling author of several novels featuring DS Logan McRae. He has been shortlisted for the Theakstons’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award twice. Stuart won the 2007 CWA Dagger in the Library, awarded for a body of work, and was named Best Breakthrough Author at the 2008 ITV Crime Thriller Awards.

Stuart MacBride is a Scottish writer, most famous for his crime thrillers set in the "Granite City" of Aberdeen and featuring Detective Sergeant Logan McRae. Stuart MacBride was born Feb 27 1969 in Dumbarton, Scotland and raised in Aberdeen. His careers include scrubbing toilets offshore, graphic design, web design and IT/computer programming.

MacBride's publishing deal was secured with the writing of Halfhead, however the publishers were more interested in Cold Granite, concerning DS Logan MacRae. He was signed on a three-book Logan