Author: Henry Brewis
Publisher: Old Pond Publishing
One of the earliest books by Henry Brewis, this perennial favourite is a confection of stories, poems and cartoons from the early 1980s. In Henry's own words, it was 'a source of reassurance to any established peasant feeling low, and hopefully amusing to anyone who sees farming as an interesting (if at times ridiculous) way to almost make a living.'
Author: John Buchan
Publisher: Canongate Books
A “vivid tale” of prehistoric Scotland: “rival kin groups, loyalty, love and betrayal, salted by dangerous hunts and equally risky shamanistic ceremonies” (Adam Thorpe, The Guardian, UK). In the Mesolithic period, Alaia and her family live off the land between Grandmother Mountain and the cold sea. But when one of her brothers goes hunting and never returns, the fragile balance of life is upset. Half-starved and maddened with grief, Alaia’s mother follows her visions and goes in search of her lost son in this “complex tale of love, revenge, murder and honor” (The List, UK). The Gathering Night is a story of conflict, loss, love, adventure and devastating natural disaster. This gripping novel by the acclaimed author of The Sea Road is set deep in our stone-age past but resonates as a parable for our troubled planet 8,000 years on. “Employing her considerable skills as a historical novelist, Elphinstone imagines the lives of the hunter-gatherers who thrived in the period from the end of the Ice Age until the adoption of agriculture...Imagination is well-woven with avid research [in] Elphinstone’s beguiling prose.”—Anita Sethi, Independent on Sunday, UK
Category: Detective and mystery stories, American
Author: Marcia Willett
Picking up the story of Kate Webster and Cass Wivenhoe that began with First Friends, A Friend of the Family (published in the UK as Thea's Parrot) tells the tale of one of their friends, Felicity, a married woman who has been dallying with George, another mutual acquaintance. When Felicity is widowed, everyone expects George to pop the question. He does, but to the astonishment of Kate and Cass, his intended bride is not Felicity. With her usual generous helping of tears and laughter, Marcia Willett again provides her fans with a treat to be savored. "Unanticipated plot twists, winsome characters, and a beguiling setting unite in Willett's captivating comedy of manners." - Booklist
Author: Ken Kesey
A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of a counterculture classic with a foreword by Chuck Palahniuk Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Now in a new deluxe edition with a foreword by Chuck Palahniuk and cover by Joe Sacco, here is the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially the tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her. We see the struggle through the eyes of Chief Bromden, the seemingly mute half-Indian patient who witnesses and understands McMurphy’s heroic attempt to do battle with the powers that keep them all imprisoned. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Samantha Graves
Publisher: Hachette UK
Maggie Shayne calls Samantha Graves an "astonishing new talent". Sight Unseen is a paranormal tale of a heist gone bad, a stolen painting, and a sizzling attraction between two people forced together in a madman's scheme. Can an art thief earn an honest living? Raven Callahan does, with the help of a rare psychic power that lets her read the emotions locked inside ancient objects. But when her partner is kidnapped and Raven is forced to steal a priceless masterpiece to save him, ESP takes a backseat to quick wits, steely nerves, and the lethal skills she needs to survive. Ex-cop Dax Maddox made just one mistake on the job, but it took a young rookie's life and cost Dax his ability to see color. Now stalking a killer brings Raven into his life-and floods his gray world with vivid and conflicting emotions: anger and lust, suspicion and awe. Are the criminals they seek one and the same? If so, Dax and Raven's growing need for each other could inspire a madman to go for the ultimate revenge....
Author: Vivienne Cleven
Publisher: Univ. of Queensland Press
. . . always remember where your from. . . to the Aboriginal families of Mundra this saying brings either comfort or pain. To Nana Vida it is what binds the generations. To the unwilling savant Archie Corella it portends a fate too cruel to name. For Sophie Salte, whose woman's body and child's mind makes her easy prey, nothing matters while her sister Murilla is there to watch over her. For Murilla, fierce protector and unlikely friend to Caroline Drysdale, wife of the town patriarch, what matters is survival. In a town with a history of vigilante raids, missing persons and unsolved murders, survival can be all that matters. The stories - of the camp, the boy and his snake, the shooting - told and passed on, offer a release from the horrors of our past. As Nana Vida says, That's the story. I let it go now.
Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The second volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure THE LORD OF THE RINGS One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them Frodo and his Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. They have lost the wizard, Gandalf, in a battle in the Mines of Moria. And Boromir, seduced by the power of the Ring, tried to seize it by force. While Frodo and Sam made their escape, the rest of the company was attacked by Orcs. Now they continue the journey alone down the great River Anduin—alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go. “Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century. The book presents us with the richest profusion of new lands and creatures, from the beauty of Lothlórien to the horror of Mordor.” – Sunday Telegraph
Author: Jane Leavy,Glenn Stout
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Category: Literary Collections
Presents essays about sports chosen from magazines and newspapers published in 2011, on topics ranging from bullfighting to basketball, baseball, and boxing.