Spies

With IGCSE and A Level study guide
Author: Michael Frayn
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571335829
Category: Fiction
Page: 368
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Designed to meet the requirements for students at IGCSE and A level, this accessible educational edition offers the complete text of Spies with a comprehensive study guide. Highlights of Andrew Bruff's guide include: - detailed analyses of character, setting and theme; - close examination of the novel's plot, structure and narrative techniques; - key quotations and activities both for the student working alone and in the classroom. In the quiet cul-de-sac where Keith and Stephen live the only immediate signs of the Second World War are the blackout at night and a single random bomb site. But the two boys start to suspect all is not as it seems when one day Keith announces a disconcerting discovery: the Germans have infiltrated his own family. And when the secret underground world they have dreamed up emerges from the shadows they find themselves engulfed in mysteries far deeper and more painful than they had bargained for.

Spies

Educational Edition
Author: Michael Frayn
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780571335794
Category:
Page: 336
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Designed to meet the requirements for students at IGCSE and A level, this accessible educational edition offers the complete text of Spies with a comprehensive study guide. Highlights of Andrew Bruff's guide include: - detailed analyses of character, setting and theme; - close examination of the novel's plot, structure and narrative techniques; - key quotations and activities both for the student working alone and in the classroom. In the quiet cul-de-sac where Keith and Stephen live the only immediate signs of the Second World War are the blackout at night and a single random bomb site. But the two boys start to suspect all is not as it seems when one day Keith announces a disconcerting discovery: the Germans have infiltrated his own family. And when the secret underground world they have dreamed up emerges from the shadows they find themselves engulfed in mysteries far deeper and more painful than they had bargained for.

Spies


Author: Thea Von Harbou
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
ISBN: 9781434466877
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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Spies (1929) is from the pen of Thea von Harbou, author of "Metropolis." Translated from the German by Helen J. Stiegler.

Spies


Author: Michael Frayn
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571249205
Category: Fiction
Page: 240
View: 9609
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In the quiet cul-de-sac where Keith and Stephen live the only immediate signs of the Second World War are the blackout at night and a single random bombsite. But the two boys start to suspect that all is not what it seems when one day Keith announces a disconcerting discovery: the Germans have infiltrated his own family. And when the secret underground world they have dreamed up emerges from the shadows they find themselves engulfed in mysteries far deeper and more painful than they had bargained for. 'Bernard Shaw couldn't do it, Henry James couldn't do it, but the ingenious English author Michael Frayn does do it: write novels and plays with equal success ... Frayn's novel excels.' John updike, New Yorker 'A beautifully accomplished, richly nostalgic novel about supposed second-world-war espionage seen through the eyes of a young boy.' Sunday Times 'Deeply satisfying . . . Frayn has written nothing better.' Independent

The Fountain in the Forest


Author: Tony White
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780571336180
Category:
Page: 320
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When a brutally murdered man is found hanging in a theatre, Detective Sergeant Rex King becomes obsessed with the case. Who is this anonymous corpse, and why has he been ritually mutilated? But as Rex explores the crime scene further, the mystery deepens, and he finds himself confronting his own secret history instead. Who, more importantly, is Rex King? Shifting between Holborn Police Station, an abandoned village in rural 1980s France, and Stonehenge's Battle of the Beanfield, The Fountain in the Forest transforms the traditional crime narrative into something dizzyingly unique. At once an avant-garde linguistic experiment, thrilling police procedural, philosophical meditation on liberty, and counter-culture bildungsroman, this is an iconoclastic novel of unparalleled ambition.

Arts Good Study Guide


Author: Ellie Chambers
Publisher: Open University Press
ISBN: 9781780074726
Category: Humanities
Page: 324
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Revised and expanded to address the challenges of studying in a fast-changing world, the second edition of 'The Arts Good Study Guide' shows students how to develop their key learning skills.

A Landing on the Sun

A Novel
Author: Michael Frayn
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312421908
Category: Fiction
Page: 272
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The author of The Trick of It and Spies uses his satiric wit in a comedy featuring two unlikely lovers who have wreaked chaos in the halls of the English congress. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

Headlong

A Novel
Author: Michael Frayn
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
ISBN: 146682834X
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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An unlikely con man wagers wife, wealth, and sanity in pursuit of an elusive Old Master. Invited to dinner by the boorish local landowner, Martin Clay, an easily distracted philosopher, and his art-historian wife are asked to assess three dusty paintings blocking the draught from the chimney. But hiding beneath the soot is nothing less-Martin believes-than a lost work by Bruegel. So begins a hilarious trail of lies and concealments, desperate schemes and soaring hopes as Martin, betting all that he owns and much that he doesn't, embarks on a quest to prove his hunch, win his wife over, and separate the painting from its owner. In Headlong, Michael Frayn, "the master of what is seriously funny" (Anthony Burgess), offers a procession of superbly realized characters, from the country squire gone to seed to his giddy, oversexed young wife. All are burdened by human muddle and human cravings; all are searching for a moral compass as they grapple with greed, folly, and desire. And at the heart of the clamor is Breugel's vision, its dark tones warning of the real risks of temptation and obsession. With this new novel, Michael Frayn has given us entertainment of the highest order. Supremely wise and wickedly funny, Headlong elevates Frayn into the front rank of contemporary novelists.

Skios

A Novel
Author: Michael Frayn
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
ISBN: 0805095500
Category: Fiction
Page: 272
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The great master of farce turns to an exclusive island retreat for a comedy of mislaid identities, unruly passions, and demented, delicious disorder On the private Greek island of Skios, the high-paying guests of a world-renowned foundation prepare for the annual keynote address, to be given this year by Dr. Norman Wilfred, an eminent authority on the scientific organization of science. He turns out to be surprisingly youthful, handsome, and charming—quite unlike his reputation as dry and intimidating. Everyone is soon eating out of his hands. So, even sooner, is Nikki, the foundation's attractive and efficient organizer. Meanwhile, in a remote villa at the other end of the island, Nikki's old friend Georgie has rashly agreed to spend a furtive horizontal weekend with a notorious schemer, who has characteristically failed to turn up. Trapped there with her instead is a pompous, balding individual called Dr. Norman Wilfred, who has lost his whereabouts, his luggage, his temper, and increasingly all sense of reality—indeed, everything he possesses other than the text of a well-traveled lecture on the scientific organization of science. In a spiraling farce about upright academics, gilded captains of industry, ambitious climbers, and dotty philanthropists, Michael Frayn, the farceur "by whom all others must be measured" (CurtainUp), tells a story of personal and professional disintegration, probing his eternal theme of how we know what we know even as he delivers us to the outer limits of hilarity.

The Trick of It

A Novel
Author: Michael Frayn
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312421441
Category: Fiction
Page: 176
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In a novel about the creative process, a series of letters reveals the relationship between a celebrated female novelist and her less-than-humble disciple. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

Pocket Playhouse

Thirty-six short entertainments
Author: Michael Frayn
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571333168
Category: Humor
Page: 296
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Pocket Playhouse is Michael Frayn's latest imaginative offering that brings the stage to the page. In thirty-six comic sketches, he provides a tour de force of theatrical imagination and satire. Each sketch reveals the author's infectious delight in writing between the lines of theatre, fiction and comedy. Charmingly packaged and published with flair, Pocket Playhouse is the perfect gift for all theatre and comedy writers.

Towards the End of the Morning


Author: Michael Frayn
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571329896
Category: Fiction
Page: 240
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Michael Frayn's classic novel is set in the crossword and nature notes department of an obscure national newspaper during the declining years of Fleet Street, John Dyson, a mid-level editor, dreams wistfully of fame and the gentlemanly life -- until one day his great chance of glory arrives. But does he have what it takes to succeed in the exciting world of television?

Skirrid Hill


Author: Owen Sheers,Luke McBratney
Publisher: Hodder Education
ISBN: 9781444121575
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 110
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For study or revision, these guides are the perfect accompaniment to the set text, providing invaluable background and exam advice. Philip Allan Literature Guides (for A-level) offer succinct and accessible coverage of all key aspects of the set text and are designed to challenge and develop your knowledge, encouraging you to reach your full potential. Each full colour guide: - Gives you the confidence that you know your set text inside out, with insightful coverage for you to develop your understanding of context, characters, quotations, themes and style - Ensures you are fully prepared for your exams: each guide shows you how your set text will be measured against assessment objectives of the main specification - Develops the skills you need to do well in your exams, with tasks and practice questions in the guide, and lots more completely free online, including podcasts, glossaries, sample essays and revision advice at www.philipallan.co.uk/literatureguidesonline

Poetry Study Notes

Songs of Ourselves Volume 1
Author: Jane Chumbley
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781530722433
Category:
Page: 62
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A guide to the collection of 15 poems from Songs of Ourselves Volume 1 set by CIE IGCSE English Literature 0486 and 0477 for examination in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Written for students by an experienced English teacher, there is a comprehensive guide to each individual poem as well as exam hints, exam-style questions and ideas for creative responses.

When Rain Clouds Gather


Author: Bessie Head
Publisher: Waveland Press
ISBN: 1478611677
Category: Fiction
Page: 183
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Rural Botswana is the backdrop for When Rain Clouds Gather, the first novel published by one of Africa’s leading woman writers in English, Bessie Head (1937–1986). Inspired by her own traumatic life experiences as an outcast in Apartheid South African society and as a refugee living at the Bamangwato Development Association Farm in Botswana, Head’s tough and telling classic work is set in the poverty-stricken village of Golema Mmidi, a haven to exiles. A South African political refugee and an Englishman join forces to revolutionize the villagers’ traditional farming methods, but their task is fraught with hazards as the pressures of tradition, opposition from the local chief, and the unrelenting climate threaten to divide and devastate the fragile community. Head’s layered, compelling story confronts the complexities of such topics as social and political change, conflict between science and traditional ways, tribalism, the role of traditional African chiefs, religion, race relations, and male–female relations.

The Peppermint Pig


Author: Nina Bawden
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 034900918X
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 224
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'Warm and funny, this tale of a pint-size pig and the family he saves will take up a giant space in your heart' Kiran Millwood Hargrave 'D'ya want a peppermint pig, Mrs Greengrass?' Poll looked at the milkman, thinking of sweets, but there was a real pig poking its snout out of the milkman's coat pocket. It was the tiniest pig she had ever seen. 'What's a peppermint pig?' 'Runt of the litter. Too small for the sow to raise. He'd only get trampled in in the rush.' Mother took the pig from him and held it firmly while it kicked and squealed. 'Well, he seems strong enough. And even runts grow.' 'Oh,' Poll said. 'Oh, Mother.' She stroked the small, wriggling body. 'Theo,' she shouted, 'Look what we've got!' It is a difficult year for the Greengrasses. Poll's father has lost his job and gone overseas, the family are living off the charity of two aunts, and Poll and her brother Theo just can't seem to keep out of trouble. It takes a tiny, mischievous pig to bring laughter back into their lives. WINNER OF THE GUARDIAN AWARD This is a collection of the best children's literature, curated by Virago, and will be coveted by children and adults alike. These are timeless tales with beautiful covers, that will be treasured and shared across the generations. Some titles you will already know; some will be new to you, but there are stories for everyone to love, whatever your age. Our list includes Nina Bawden (Carrie's War, The Peppermint Pig), Rumer Godden (The Dark Horse, An Episode of Sparrows), Joan Aiken (The Serial Garden, The Gift Giving) E. Nesbit (The Psammead Trilogy, The Bastable Trilogy, The Railway Children), Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Little Princess,The Secret Garden) and Susan Coolidge (The What Katy Did Trilogy). Discover Virago Children's Classics.

The Tin Men (Valancourt 20th Century Classics)


Author: Michael Frayn
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781941147924
Category: Fiction
Page: 154
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The William Morris Institute of Automation Research is working hard to simplify our lives by programming computers to carry out life's routine tasks. Whether it's resolving ethical dilemmas, writing pornographic novels, saying prayers, or watching sports, these automation experts are developing machines to handle it all, enabling us to enjoy more free time. But when it's announced that the Queen will be paying a royal visit and the Institute's madcap bunch of researchers decide to program the computers to receive her, what could possibly go wrong? Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, "The Tin Men" (1965) is the brilliantly comic first novel from Michael Frayn, author of the Booker Prize-nominated "Headlong," "Spies," and "Skios," and "Noises Off," 'the funniest farce ever written' ("NY Times"). This 50th anniversary reissue features a new introduction by the author. 'Continuously funny ... The fun of "The Tin Men" is outrageous because it is so serious.' - Anthony Burgess, "Guardian" 'A fast swooping performance by one of our very serious satirists ... This is a very funny book and delightful to read.' - William Trevor, "The Listener" 'Dazzlingly funny ... perfect pieces of comedy.' - "Observer"

Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard


Author: Kiran Desai
Publisher: Grove Press
ISBN: 9780802144508
Category: Fiction
Page: 209
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Sampath Chawla, a young postal worker who never feels as though he fits into the small Indian town into which he is born, one day climbs up a tree, only to become a famous holy man.

Reflections on the History of Computing

Preserving Memories and Sharing Stories
Author: Arthur Tatnall
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3642338992
Category: Computers
Page: 398
View: 4844
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This book is a collection of refereed invited papers on the history of computing from the 1940s to the 1990s with one paper going back to look at Italian calculating/computing machines from the first century to the 20th century. The 22 papers cover a wide range of computing related topics such as specific early computer systems, their construction, their use and their users; software programming and operating systems; people involved in the theory, design and use of these computers; computer education; and conservation of computing technology. Many of the authors were actually involved in the events they describe and share their specific reflections on the history of computing.

Badluck Way

A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West
Author: Bryce Andrews
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476710856
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 256
View: 434
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“Much more than a coming-of-age story, Badluck Way is an important meditation on what it means to share space and breathe the same air as truly wild animals, and the necessary damage that can occur when boundaries are crossed” (Tom Groneberg, author of The Secret Life of Cowboys). In this gripping memoir of a young man, a wolf, their parallel lives and ultimate collision, Bryce Andrews describes life on the remote, windswept Sun Ranch in southwest Montana. The Sun’s twenty thousand acres of rangeland occupy a still-wild corner of southwest Montana—a high valley surrounded by mountain ranges and steep creeks with portentous names like Grizzly and Bad Luck. Just over the border from Yellowstone National Park, the Sun holds giant herds of cattle and elk amid many predators—bears, mountain lions, and wolves. In lyrical, haunting language, Andrews recounts marathon days and nights of building fences, riding, roping, and otherwise learning the hard business of caring for cattle, an initiation that changes him from an idealistic city kid into a skilled ranch hand. But when wolves suddenly begin killing the ranch’s cattle, Andrews has to shoulder a rifle, chase the pack, and do what he’d hoped he would never have to do. Called “an elegant memoir” by the Great Falls Tribune, Badluck Way is about transformation and complications, about living with dirty hands every day. It is about the hard choices that wake us at night and take a lifetime to reconcile. Above all, Badluck Way celebrates the breathtaking beauty of wilderness and the satisfaction of hard work on some of the harshest, most beautiful land in the world.