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
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
Author: Jonathan Franzen
ISBN 10: 978-0-00-742332-3
ISBN 13: 9780007423323
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Genre/Subject: Novel/Family life
Place of publication: London
Year Published: 2010
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.
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.
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.
Hardcover: 144 pages
Product Dimensions: 190 x 226 x 19mm
Shipping Weight: 680 g
Publication date: 06 Sep 2007
Publisher: Bonnier Books Ltd
Publication City/Country: Chichester, United Kingdom
Illustrations note: 65 colour / black-white photos
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
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.
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Abbeydale Press (May 16, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 305 x 210 x 20 mm
Shipping Weight: 1.2 kg
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.
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
Serie: Deluxe (del 1)
Antal sidor: 428
Översättare: Torun Lidfeldt Bager
Originaltitel: The Luxe
Dimensioner: 178 x 110 x 26 mm
Vikt: 221 g
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
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.
Serie: Amelia Sachs och Lincoln Rhyme (del 4)
Antal sidor: 448
Upplaga: Ny utg.
Översättare: Nils Larsson
Originaltitel: The stone monkey
Dimensioner: 180 x 110 x 30 mm
Vikt: 219 g
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.
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
Antal sidor: 201
Dimensioner: 178 x 110 x 15 mm
Vikt: 120 g
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
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
Antal sidor: 372
Medarbetare: Sokcic, Miroslav (form)
Dimensioner: 178 x 110 x 22 mm
Vikt: 200 g
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.
The Innocent by Harlan Coben
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
Paperback: 439 pages
Publisher: Dutton; Reprint edition (April 25, 2006)
Product Dimensions: 172 x 110 x 32 mm
Shipping Weight: 300 g
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
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
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.
Mass Market Paperback: 479 pages
Publisher: Gorgi Books (October 1, 1996)
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
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.
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.)
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Everyman Ltd; First Edition edition (1 May 1985)
Package Dimensions: 18.6 x 12.4 x 3 cm
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.
Series: Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery
Paperback: 397 pages
Publisher: Coronet Books
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)
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
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
Series: Vintage International
Paperback: 542 pages
Product Dimensions: 180 x 110 x 35 mm
Shipping Weight: 300 g
“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
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
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.
Series: Wordsworth Collection
Paperback: 439 pages
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; Revised ed. edition (January 5, 1998)
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.
By Holmes Philip and Hinchliffe Ian
Swedish: A Comprehensive Grammar by Holmes Philip and Hinchliffe Ian
ISBN 10: 0415278848
ISBN 13: 978-0415278843
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Subject: Swedish grammar
Place of publication: London
Year Published: 2003
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.
* 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.
10 Sentence structure and word order
11. Word formation
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
2. Religious thought
3. Theory of man and society
4. Economic and political thought
5. Non-violent method of action
6. Critical evaluation
The quintessential guide to myth, folklore, legend and literature
The Wordsworth Dictionary of Phrase & Fable by Brewer, Ebenezer Cobham
Author: Brewer, Ebenezer Cobham
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Subject: Myth, folklore, legend and literature
Date Published: 1996
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
'A novel of metamorphosis, hauntings, memories, hallucinations, revelations, advertising jingles and jokes. Rushdie has the power of description, and we succumb
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
"'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)
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.
Paperback: 560 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (12 Sept. 2013)
Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.2 x 19 cm
shipping weight: 400 g
About the book:
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