ISBN: 9781847671295 Title: Our Tragic Universe Author: THOMAS SCARLETT
If Kelsey Newman's theory about the end of time is true, we are all going to live forever. But for Meg - locked in a dead-end relationship and with a deadline long-gone for a book that she can't write - this thought fills her with dread. 'Our Tragic Universe' is a book about how relationships are created and destroyed.
ISBN: 9781869509569 Title: Reach Author: BROWN HUGH
'See this nail?' Will nodded. 'I keep it specially long' - Perky stuck it into his ear and probed delicately - 'for cleaning small orifices.' He removed it, now golden with wax, and rolled the haul into a ball. He held it up between thumb and forefinger a moment. 'A minuscule sun, a tiny luteous orb.' He left it balanced on the pad of his thumb. Will grinned. 'Behold! The great god Perky, plucking new solar systems from his ears.' Perky gave Will an appraising look. 'And behold Will the bookworm, whose pupation is near its end.' Will Clark thinks he's a socially inept bookworm who just happens to enjoy cross-country running and taekwondo. But then his mother returns after a five-year absence overseas, and he has his first full-contact taekwondo fight, and the gorgeous comic-reading Conway Jones asks if she can be his maths tutor ... Will must reassess himself, and his past, as he reaches towards a new future and lets his dreams take flight.
ISBN: 9781869798161 Title: With Bold Needle & Thread: Adventures in Vintage Needlecraft Author: MCLEOD ROSEMARY
A magnificent vintage craft and needlework book, couples with social history. Craft of all sorts is having a strong revival and there is no more expert writer and designer than the talented Rosemary McLeod. A longtime avid collector, maker, exhibition curator, craft historian and writer, her glorious new book is a treasure trove for the serious embroiderer, felter, sewer and knitter. McLeod takes vintage patterns and renders them with a modern twist. The 47 projects range from bags to gloves, cushions to tea cosies covers, wrapped up with memoir, social history, fascinating facts , tips and hints. The projects are all magnificently photographed by leading photographer Jane Ussher and the evocative 'still lives' of pieces and objects from McLeod's exquisite and enviable collection make this book a jewel in itself.
ISBN: 9780715645475 Title: Lost Carving: A Journey to the Heart of Making Author: ESTERLY DAVID
An inspired reflection on creativity and achievement by one of the world's most renowned artisans. Awestruck by the sight of a Grinling Gibbons carving in a London church, David Esterly chose to dedicate his life to the art - its physical control, intricate beauty and intellectual demands. Forty years later, he is the foremost practitioner of Gibbons's forgotten technique, which revolutionised ornamental sculpture in the late 1600s. After a fire at Hampton Court Palace in 1986 destroyed much of Gibbons's masterpiece, the job fell to David Esterly to restore his idol's work to its former glory. It turned out to be the most challenging year in Esterley's life, forcing him to question his abilities and delve deeply into what it means to make something well. Esterly breathes life into the world of wood carving and deftly illustrates the union of man and material necessary to create a lasting work of art. He also describes the determination, concentration and skill that go into achieving any form of excellence.
ISBN: 9780864738820 Title: Other Animals Author: LLOYD THERESE
How are we to survive our own lives? Therese Lloyd looks around her with eyes wide open. Her poems create a lyricalÂ pathway to sustain us along with other animals,Â as fiercely and as fondly as Ariadne's thread. 'We construct our worlds inÂ this way,' she says. And there, among so much that can be underestimated or unnoticed, she puts her fingerÂ on an alternative strength and beauty in things. --Bernadette Hall. OTHER ANIMALS is the powerful and provocative first book from one of New Zealand's most exciting new poets. Therese Lloyd's poems have appeared in a number of print and online publications including Sport, Landfall, Hue and Cry, the AUP series New Zealand Poets in Performance, Jacket2 and Turbine. In 2007 she was awarded the Schaeffer Fellowship to spend a year attending the acclaimed Iowa Writer's Workshop. Several cities and jobs later, she now lives in Paekakariki with her husband Lee.
ISBN: 9780241145906 Title: How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia Author: HAMID MOHSIN
In this keenly-awaited follow-up to his bestselling The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid confirms his place as a radically inventive story-teller with his finger on the world's pulse.The astonishing and riveting tale of a man's journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, it steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by youths all over 'rising Asia'. It follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on the most fluid and increasingly scarce of goods: water. Yet his heart remains set on something else, on the pretty girl whose star rises alongside his, their paths crossing and re-crossing in a love affair sparked and snuffed out again by the forces that careen their fates along.The hero of the story could be any one of us, hungry for a different life. And ours too could be the fate that awaits him . . .Fast-paced, vivid and emotionally absorbing, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia creates two unforgettable characters who find moments of transcendent intimacy in the midst of shattering change.
ISBN: 9780099565994 Title: Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, & Lost, 1934-1961 Author: HENDRICKSON PAUL
THENEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLER 'She'd been intimately his, and he hers, for twenty-seven years - which were his final twenty-seven years. She'd lasted through three wives, the Nobel Prize, and all his ruin. He'd owned her, fished her, worked her and rode her, from the waters of Key West to the Bahamas to the Dry Tortugas to the north coast and archipelagos of Cuba.' Even in his most accomplished period, Hemingway carried within him the seeds of his tragic decline and throughout this period he had one constant - his beloved boat,Pilar. The boat represented and witnessed everything he loved in life - virility, deep-sea fishing, access to his beloved ocean, freedom, women and booze and the formative years of his children. Paul Hendrickson focuses on the period from 1934 to 1961, from the pinnacle of Hemingway's fame to his suicide. He has delved into the life of Hemingway and done the seemingly impossible: present him to us in a whole new light.
ISBN: 9780385618687 Title: Life After Life Author: ATKINSON KATE
What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, she finds warmth even in life#146;s bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. Here isKate Atkinson at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.
ISBN: 9780857868725 Title: Crane Wife Author: NESS PATRICK
One night, George Duncan - decent man, a good man - is woken by a noise in his garden. Impossibly, a great white crane has tumbled to earth, shot through its wing by an arrow. Unexpectedly moved, George helps the bird, and from the moment he watches it fly off, his life is transformed. The next day, a kind but enigmatic woman walks into George's shop. Suddenly a new world opens up for George, and one night she starts to tell him the most extraordinary story.Wise, romantic, magical and funny, The Crane Wife is a hymn to the creative imagination and a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love.
ISBN: 9781408837412 Title: God Argument: The Case Against Religion and for Humanism Author: GRAYLING A. C.
The first book to deal withallthe arguments against religion and, equally important, to put forward an alternative - humanismThere have in recent years been a number of books - notably those by Christopher Hitchens, Richards Dawkins and Sam Harris - that have taken issue with religion and argued against it. Both sides in the debate have expressed themselves acerbically because there is a very great deal at stake. The God Argument thoroughly and calmly examines all the arguments and associated considerations offered in support of religious belief, and does so fully aware of the reasons people have for subscribing to religion, and the needs they seek to satisfy by doing so. And because it takes account of all the issues, its solutions carry great weight. In the first part of the book, Grayling asks: What are the arguments for and against religion and religious belief right across the range of reasons and motives that people have for being religious, and do they stand up to scrutiny? Can there be a clear, full statement of these arguments which once and for all will show what is at stake in this debate? In the second half of the book he asks: What is the alternative to religion as a view of the world and a foundation for morality? Is there a world-view and a code of life for thoughtful people who wish to live with intellectual integrity, based on reason, evidence and a desire to do and be good that does not interfere with people's right to their own beliefs and freedom of expression? The God Argument is the definitive examination of these questions, and a statement of the humanist outlook that recommends itself as the ethics of the genuinely reflective person.
ISBN: 9781619021150 Title: Anti Lebanon A Novel Author: SHUKER CARL
Leon Elias, a young Lebanese Christian caught in the chaos of the Arab Spring, reluctantly becomes involved in the theft of a valuable piece of artisanal jewelry, and is bitten by its mysterious Armenian maker.
ISBN: 9781406337075 Title: Mysterious Traveller Author: PEET MAL
A moving and beautifully researched story about camels, lost princesses and the strength of wisdom and knowledge, stunningly illustrated by P.J. Lynch. It is the second tale in a trilogy from acclaimed storytellers Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham. This tale begins with a disgruntled camel, desperately trying to protect a little baby from a violent desert storm whipping up all around him. He is rescued by Issa - the desert guide - who takes the child in, naming her Mariama. She becomes Issa's family and, as he begins to lose his sight, his eyes. Many years later, a mysterious stranger arrives at their doorstep, a stranger who will change both their lives for ever...Another mesmerizing tale from the creators of the award-winning "Cloud Tea Monkeys". A beautiful and touching tale, illustrating the bond between a child and the man who brought her up like a daughter. Both deliciously exotic and yet portraying warmly familiar and universal truths. This edition will be jacketed. Show more Show less
ISBN: 9780224098151 Title: Levels of Life Author: BARNES JULIAN
Part history, part fiction, part memoir,& Levels of Life& is a powerfully personal and unforgettable book, and an immediate classic on the subject of grief. & Levels of Life& opens in the nineteenth century with balloonists, photographers, and Sarah Bernhardt, whose adventures lead seamlessly into an entirely personal account of the author's own great loss.&
& "You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed..." Julian Barnes's new book is about ballooning, photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart. One of the judges who awarded him the 2011 Man Booker Prize described Barnes as "an unparalleled magus of the heart." This book confirms that opinion.
ISBN: 9781405257596 Title: Light #6 Gone Author: GRANT MICHAEL
All eyes are on Perdido Beach. The barrier wall is now as clear as glass and life in the FAYZ is visible for the entire outside world to see. Life inside the dome remains a constant battle and the Darkness, away from watchful eyes, grows and grows . . . The society that Sam and Astrid have struggled so hard to build is about to be shattered for good. It's the end of the FAYZ. But who will survive to see the light of day?
ISBN: 9781846144509 Title: Silence of Animals: On Progress & Other Modern Myths Author: GRAY JOHN
A searching, captivating look at the persistence of myth in our modern world
"By nature volatile and discordant, the human animal looks to silence for relief from being itself while other creatures enjoy silence as their birthright."
In a book by turns chilling and beautiful, John Gray continues the thinking that made his Straw Dogs such a cult classic.
Gray draws on an extraordinary array of memoirs, poems, fiction, and philosophy to reimagine our place in the world. Writers as varied as Ballard, Borges, Freud, and Conrad have been mesmerized by forms of human extremity - experiences on the outer edge of the possible or that tip into fantasy and myth. What happens to us when we starve, when we fight, when we are imprisoned? And how do our imaginations leap into worlds way beyond our real experience?
The Silence of Animals is consistently fascinating, filled with unforgettable images and a delight in the conundrum of our existence - an existence that we decorate with countless myths and ideas, where we twist and turn to avoid acknowledging that we too are animals, separated from the others perhaps only by our self-conceit. In the Babel we have created for ourselves, it is the silence of animals that both reproaches and bewitches us.
ISBN: 9781905881673 Title: Granta 123 Best of Young British Novelists #4 Author: FREEMAN JOHN
Barker, Barnes, Hollinghurst, Ishiguro, Mitchell, Rushdie, Smith, Tremain, Winterson . . . Long before they were household names, they were Granta Best of Young British Novelists. With each Young Novelist list — in 1983, 1993, and 2003 — came new ways of witnessing the world, introductions to unforgettable characters and mysterious and addictive voices. In 2013, thirty years after the first collection, the magazine asked once again: which writers are setting the bar for a new decade in British literature?
ISBN: 9780552778251 Title: Orphan Master's Son Author: JOHNSON ADAM
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • Entertainment Weekly • The Wall Street Journal • Los Angeles Times • Financial Times • Newsweek/The Daily Beast• The Plain Dealer • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel •Slate •BookPage •Shelf Awareness & “The single best work of fiction published in 2012 . . . The book’s cunning, flair and pathos are testaments to the still-formidable power of the written word.”—The Wall Street Journal
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“A daring and remarkable novel.”—Michiko Kakutani,The New York Times
Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother—a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang—and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Superiors in the state soon recognize the boy’s loyalty and keen instincts. Considering himself “a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world,” Jun Do rises in the ranks. He becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive. Driven to the absolute limit of what any human being could endure, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the woman he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress “so pure, she didn’t know what starving people looked like.”
In this epic, critically acclaimed tour de force, Adam Johnson provides a riveting portrait of a world rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, stolen moments of beauty, and love. “Gripping . . . Deftly blending adventure, surreal comedy andCasablanca-style romance, the novel takes readers on a jolting ride through an Orwellian landscape of dubious identity and dangerous doublespeak.”—San Jose Mercury News
In a future less than fifty years away, the world is still as we know it. Time continues to tick by. The truth is that it is ticking away. A powerful few know what lies ahead. They are preparing for it. They are trying to protect us. They are setting us on a path from which we can never return. A path that will lead to destruction; a path that will take us below ground. The history of the silo is about to be written. Our future is about to begin.
ISBN: 9781846145490 Title: To Save Everything Click Here: Technology, Solutionism and the Urge to Fix Problems That Don't Exist Author: MOROZOV EVGENY
Our society is at a crossroads. Smart technology is transforming our world, making many aspects of our lives more convenient, efficient and - in some cases - fun. Better and cheaper sensors can now be embedded in almost everything, and technologies can log the products we buy and the way we use them. But, argues Evgeny Morozov, technology is having a more profound effect on us: it is changing the way we understand human society.In the very near future, technological systems will allow us to make large-scale and sophisticated interventions into many more areas of public life. These are the discourses by which we have always defined our civilisation: politics, culture, public debate, morality, humanism. But how will these disciplines be affected when we delegate much of the responsibility for them to technology? The temptation of the digital age is to fix everything - from crime to corruption to pollution to obesity - by digitally quantifying, tracking, or gamifiying behaviour. But when we change the motivations for our moral, ethical and civic behaviour, do we also change the very nature of that behaviour? Technology, Morozov proposes, can be a force for improvement - but only if we abandon the idea that it is necessarily revolutionary and instead genuinely interrogate why and how we are using it.From urging us to drop outdated ideas of the Internet to showing how to design more humane and democratic technological solutions, To Save Everything, Click Here is about why we will always need to consider the consequences of the way we use technology.