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Quirks & Irks: Contemporary Poetry On Modern Life
by The Modern Folk Poet

Language

English

Pages

58

Publication Date

April 27, 2018

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<b>Are you baffled by political correctness gone mad? Get ready for some light relief!</b> <br /><br />The Modern Folk Poet is a mysterious creature from the Southeast of England who has been entertaining appreciative live audiences for decades with his unique blend of irreverent rhyming poetry and songs.<br /><br />“Quirks and Irks’” is a collection of (mostly) humorous poems which comment on the contradictions of modern life ranging from the most banal ridiculousness to the more poignant and profound themes like death and ageing that we all face. <br /><br />Prepare to be astounded, delighted, mesmerised and confounded as the Modern Folk Poet shares his quirky take on modern life with other folks who may SECRETLY think the same way! <br /><br />Lovers of Pam Ayres and Richard Stilgoe will find the sharp, dry ironic punchline style they love delivered in fine form in this warm hearted collection of lightly politically incorrect tales from The Modern Folk Poet.
1984
by George Orwell

Language

English

Pages

237

Publication Date

October 17, 1983

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<DIV>George Orwell’s <I>1984</I> takes on new life with extraordinary relevance and renewed popularity.<BR /><BR /> “Orwell saw, to his credit, that the act of falsifying reality is only secondarily a way of changing perceptions. It is, above all, a way of asserting power.”—<I>The New Yorker</I><BR />  <BR /> In 1984, London is a grim city in the totalitarian state of Oceania where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston Smith is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.<BR /><BR /> Lionel Trilling said of Orwell’s masterpiece, “<I>1984</I> is a profound, terrifying, and wholly fascinating book. It is a fantasy of the political future, and like any such fantasy, serves its author as a magnifying device for an examination of the present.” Though the year 1984 now exists in the past, Orwell’s novel remains an urgent call for the individual willing to speak truth to power.</DIV>
Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics
by Stephen Greenblatt

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English

Pages

224

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<p>World-renowned Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt explores the playwright’s insight into bad (and often mad) rulers.</p><br /><p>As an aging, tenacious Elizabeth I clung to power, a talented playwright probed the social causes, the psychological roots, and the twisted consequences of tyranny. In exploring the psyche (and psychoses) of the likes of Richard III, Macbeth, Lear, Coriolanus, and the societies they rule over, Stephen Greenblatt illuminates the ways in which William Shakespeare delved into the lust for absolute power and the catastrophic consequences of its execution.</p><br /><p>Cherished institutions seem fragile, political classes are in disarray, economic misery fuels populist anger, people knowingly accept being lied to, partisan rancor dominates, spectacular indecency rules—these aspects of a society in crisis fascinated Shakespeare and shaped some of his most memorable plays. With uncanny insight, he shone a spotlight on the infantile psychology and unquenchable narcissistic appetites of demagogues—and the cynicism and opportunism of the various enablers and hangers-on who surround them—and imagined how they might be stopped. As Greenblatt shows, Shakespeare’s work, in this as in so many other ways, remains vitally relevant today.</p>
Deathly Wind: A killer's on the loose (Inspector Torquil McKinnon...
by Keith Moray

Language

English

Pages

239

Publication Date

April 05, 2018

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<b>An exciting voice in Scottish detective fiction! Perfect for fans of LJ Ross and Faith Martin.<br /><br /><em>A killer is on the loose...</em><br /><br /><br /></b><h4><b>The Scottish Hebrides</b></h4><br /><br /><b>Inspector Torquil McKinnon</b> has returned to the remote Scottish island of West Uist to devastating news. His closest friend, Constable Ewan McPhee, is <b>missing, presumed dead</b>. <br /><br />When <b>more bodies are found</b> in suspicious circumstances, it is clear <b>a serial killer is at large</b>.<br /><br />Tensions are high and paranoia is rife.<br /><br /><b><em>Can Torquil restore peace to the tight-knit community? Will he find out what happened to Constable McPhee?</em><br /><br />Or will he too fall prey to the depraved murderer …?<br /><br /><br />DEATHLY WIND is the second crime thriller in the detective series featuring Inspector Torquil McKinnon: an action-packed police procedural full of suspense.</b><br /><br />"So <b>atmospheric</b> … As you read the book you get past one thing and then there is another twist. I was convinced that I knew who was behind it all, but I was totally thrown off course. <b>A wonderful book." Raychel Harvey-Jones, the presenter of Crime Writers</b><br /><br /><b>INSPECTOR TORQUIL MCKINNON MYSTERY SERIES</b><br />BOOK ONE: The Gathering Murders<br /><b>BOOK TWO: Deathly Wind</b><br />BOOK THREE: Murder Solstice<br />BOOK FOUR: Flotsam & Jetsam <br />BOOK FIVE: Death In Transit<br />
Last Orders (The Dublin Trilogy Book 4)
by Caimh McDonnell

Language

English

Pages

352

Publication Date

March 03, 2018

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As a wise man once said, just because you're done with the past, doesn't mean the past is done with you.<br /><br />Paul can't let an incident from his past go. When he finds out a rival detective agency played a key role in it, he drags MCM Investigations into a blood feud that they can't hope to win. Soon they're faced with the prospect of the company going out of business and Brigit going out of her damn mind.<br /><br />When long-buried bodies are discovered in the Wicklow Mountains, Bunny's past starts closing in on him too. Who can he trust when he can't even trust himself? When he finds himself with nowhere left to run and nobody he can turn to, will the big fella make the ultimate sacrifice to protect the ones he loves? <br /><br />When all that's left is the fall, the fall is everything. <br /><br />And even the mighty fall.<br /><br />Last Orders is the thrilling conclusion of the critically acclaimed Dublin Trilogy, which melds fast-paced action with a distinctly Irish acerbic wit. It's best enjoyed having read the other books in the series, particularly the prequel Angels in the Moonlight. <br />
Kristin Lavransdatter: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
by Sigrid Undset

Language

English

Pages

1168

Publication Date

September 27, 2005

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"The finest historical novel our 20th century has yet produced; indeed it dwarfs most of the fiction of any kind that Europe has produced in the last twenty years."<br /><br />-- Contemporary Movements in European Literature, edited by William Rose and J. Isaacs<br /><br />"As a novel it must be ranked with the greatest the world knows today." -- Montreal Star<br /><br />"Sigrid Undset's trilogy embodies more of life, seen understandingly and seriously... than any novel since Dostoievsky's Brothers Karamazov. It is also very probably the noblest work of fiction ever to have been inspired by the Catholic art of life." -- Commonweal<br /><br />"No other novelist, past or present, has bodied forth the medieval world with such richness and fullness of indisputable genius.... One of the finest minds in European literature."<br /><br />-- New York Herald Tribune<br /><br />"This trilogy is the first great story founded upon the normal events of a normal woman's existence. It is as great and as rich, as simple and as profound, as such a story should be."<br /><br />-- Ruth Suckow in the Des Moines Register
Flotsam & Jetsam: What secrets will be washed ashore? (Inspector ...
by Keith Moray

Language

English

Pages

218

Publication Date

May 01, 2018

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<b>Scottish detective Torquil McKinnon is back! Perfect for fans of LJ Ross and Faith Martin… </b><br /><br /><b><em> The once idyllic island of West Uist had turned deadly… </em></b><br /><br /><br /><h4><b>The Scottish Hebrides</b></h4><br /><br />The Flotsam & Jetsam TV show has gained a cult following throughout Scotland by highlighting that money can be made from the debris that washes up onto remote beaches. <br /><br />But for the locals at West Uist the search for hidden riches turns into something much more sinister…<br /><br />The death of a noted scientist, the discovery of a half-drowned puppy and the suggestion of police negligence leads Inspector Torquil McKinnon to investigate. <br /><br /><b><em> Is there truth behind the rumours? Can Torquil clear the name of the local police force?</em></b><br /><br /><h4> Or will more damning secrets be washed ashore …? </h4><br /><br /><em><b>FLOTSAM & JETSAM</b></em><b> is the fourth crime thriller in the detective series featuring Inspector Torquil McKinnon: an action-packed police procedural full of suspense. </b> <br /><br />"Keith Moray gives <b>a delightful mystery tale</b> and at the same time a fascinating look at the island folk of West Uist, a fictional island in the Hebrides. I found the culture almost as riveting as the murders and in all enjoyed the book tremendously." <b>Frank Roderus, double WWA Spur winning author </b><br /><br /><b>INSPECTOR TORQUIL MCKINNON MYSTERY SERIES</b><br />BOOK ONE: The Gathering Murders<br />BOOK TWO: Deathly Wind<br />BOOK THREE: Murder Solstice<br /><b>BOOK FOUR: Flotsam & Jetsam</b><br />BOOK FIVE: Death In Transit<br />
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Offici...
by , Jack Thorne

Language

English

Pages

336

Publication Date

July 25, 2017

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<p><b>The official playscript of the original West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.</b></p><p>It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.</p><p>While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.</p><p>The playscript for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was originally released as a 'special rehearsal edition' alongside the opening of Jack Thorne's play in London's West End in summer 2016. Based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, the play opened to rapturous reviews from theatregoers and critics alike, while the official playscript became an immediate global bestseller.</p><p>This definitive and final playscript updates the 'special rehearsal edition' with the conclusive and final dialogue from the play, which has subtly changed since its rehearsals, as well as a conversation piece between director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne, who share stories and insights about reading playscripts. This edition also includes useful background information including the Potter family tree and a timeline of events from the Wizarding World prior to the beginning of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.</p>
Angels in the Moonlight (The Dublin Trilogy Book 3)
by Caimh McDonnell

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English

Pages

322

Publication Date

August 26, 2017

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<p><strong>This book is a standalone prequel to The Dublin Trilogy.</strong><br /></p><p>For Detective Bunny McGarry, life is complicated, and it is about to get more so.<br /></p><p>It’s 1999 and his hard won reputation amongst Dublin’s criminal fraternity, for being a massive pain in the backside, is unfortunately shared by his bosses. His partner has a career-threatening gambling problem and, oh yeah, Bunny's finally been given a crack at the big time. He’s set the task of bringing down the most skilled and ruthless armed robbery gang in Irish history. So the last thing he needs in his life is yet another complication.<br /></p><p>Her name is Simone. She is smart, funny, talented and, well, complicated. When her shocking past turns up to threaten her and Bunny’s chance at a future, things get very complicated indeed. If the choice is upholding the law or protecting those he loves, which way will the big fella turn?<br /></p><p><br /></p><p>Angels in the Moonlight is part of Caimh McDonnell’s critically acclaimed Dublin Trilogy series which melds fast-paced action with a distinctly Irish acerbic wit, and it is complicated.</p><p><br /></p><p><strong>Angels in the Moonlight was selected as a book of the month in the Rick O'Shea bookclub, Ireland's largest bookclub. </strong></p><p><br /></p><p><u><strong>Praise for Angels in the Moonlight</strong></u></p><p><strong>"One of the best, funniest thrillers I've read in such a long, long time. I'm off to read the rest of the trilogy. Brilliant". </strong>Rick O’Shea, RTE<br /></p><p><strong>“Quite possibly the best book I’ve read this year. The writing is tremendous; Caimh McDonnell has a gift for storytelling and leads his readers on a merry journey through his books, regaling them with humour and wit.”</strong> The Quiet Knitter<br /></p><p><strong>“Angels in the Moonlight is bloody brilliant. McDonnell doesn’t put a foot wrong. Perfection on a page!”</strong> Bloomin’ Brilliant Books<br /></p><p> <strong>“Angels in The Moonlight has everything you want in a good read…packed with punchlines and a fantastic storyline. The pages are littered with witty one-liners and side-splitting laugh-out-loud moments.” </strong>Swirl and Thread</p><p><strong>“Caimh McDonnell is a fabulous writer, the mix of action, humor and heart gets me every time.” </strong>A Bookaholic Swede<br /></p><p><strong>“I enjoyed every page. This is a brilliant, hilarious, touching, and moving book.”</strong> Brandywine books<br /></p><p><strong>“Angels fills the gaps of the trilogy in the most fantastically funny way.” </strong>Whispering Stories<br /></p><p><strong>“Caimh McDonnell manages to mix a police procedural with funny escapades incredibly skilfully.”</strong> A Crime Reader’s Blog<br /></p><p><strong>“Angels in the Moonlight is a funny and charming novel that will make you fall a little bit in love with Bunny McGarry.”</strong>  The Welsh Librarian<br /></p><p><strong>“The perfect mix of crime and humour.”</strong> Bibliophile Book Club<br /></p><p><strong>“With a tight plot, a wide range of human emotions and some brilliant secondary characters – this book is, if anything even better than the previous two.” </strong>Cleopatra Loves Books<br /></p><p> <strong>“This Dublin-based police procedural has an intriguing, multi-pronged plot that flows smoothly without getting bogged down by details. Mystery fans will enjoy the roller-coaster ride. The prose is clean, sharp, and lively. This mystery, deftly seasoned with humor and Irish slang, is memorable and powerful. The characters are compelling and well-developed. From protagonist Detective Bunny McGarry and his fellow coppers to peripheral characters like the streetwise nuns, this book is full of memorable characters.” </strong> The Booklife Prize from Publisher’s Weekly</p>
Our Man in Havana
by Graham Greene

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English

Pages

242

Publication Date

April 10, 2018

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<DIV><B>A hapless salesman in Cuba is recruited into Cold War spy games </B><B>in Greene’s classic “comical, satirical, atmospherical” novel (<I>The Daily Telegraph</I>).</B><BR />  <BR /> James Wormold, a cash-strapped vacuum cleaner salesman in Havana, finds the answer to his prayers when British Intelligence offers him a lucrative job as an undercover agent. To keep the checks coming, Wormold must at least pretend to know what he’s doing. Soon, he’s apparently deciphering incomprehensible codes, passing along sketches of secret weapons that look suspiciously like vacuum parts, and claiming to recruit fellow operatives from his country club, all to create the perfect picture of intrigue.<BR />  <BR /> But when MI6 dispatches a secretary to oversee his endeavors, Wormold fears his carelessly fabricated world will come undone. Instead, it all comes true. Somehow, he’s become the target of an assassin, and it’s going to take more than a fib to get out of Cuba alive. Her Majesty’s man in Havana may have to resort to spying.<BR />  <BR /> Named one of the 20 Best Spy Novels of All Time by the <I>Telegraph</I> and adapted into the classic 1959 comedy starring Alec Guinness, <I>Our Man in Havana</I> is “high-comic mayhem . . . weirdly undated . . . [and] bizarrely prescient” (Christopher Buckley<I>, New York Times</I>–bestselling author).<BR />  </DIV>

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