Reach For the Sky

Author: Graham Andrews


ISBN: 0992464269

Category: Authorship

Page: 328

View: 9968

Annotation. Writing is many things to many people. It is an expression of their thoughts, it is developing those special skills they posses as a storyteller.Whatever the motives of writers, most, if not all, write because it's that one thing that is so important to them at the time. That's all they want to do. That's all they want to be--a writer.How many reasons does a writer have to give to justify writing? Writing is individual, and it is unique. This book covers many different genera of writing, including writing the short story, writing a novel, a detective story, romance, and even writing for community radio and for the web.If you are just starting out in writing, this book covers so many different types of writing. If you are an experienced writer, this book will help you expand your writing fields.

Reach for the Sky

Author: Paul Brickhill

Publisher: Phoenix

ISBN: 9780304356744

Category: Air pilots, Military

Page: 384

View: 6352

In 1931, at the age of 21, Douglas Bader was the golden boy of the RAF. Excelling in everything he did he represented the Royal Air Force in aerobatics displays, played rugby for Harlequins, and was tipped to be the next England fly half. But one afternoon in December all his ambitions came to an abrupt end when he crashed his plane doing a particularly difficult and illegal aerobatic trick. His injuries were so bad that surgeons were forced to amputate both his legs to save his life. Douglas Bader did not fly again until the outbreak of the Second World War, when his undoubted skill in the air was enough to convince a desperate air force to give him his own squadron. The rest of his story is the stuff of legend. Flying Hurricanes in the Battle of Britain he led his squadron to kill after kill, keeping them all going with his unstoppable banter. Shot down in occupied France, his German captors had to confiscate his tin legs in order to stop him trying to escape. Bader faced it all, disability, leadership and capture, with the same charm, charisma and determination that was an inspiration to all around him.

The Search for Beauty in Islam

Author: Khaled Abou El Fadl

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742550940

Category: Religion

Page: 407

View: 6058

Khaled Abou El Fadl is a classically-trained Islamic jurist, an American lawyer and law professor, and one of the most important Islamic thinkers today. In this updated and expanded edition of The Search for Beauty in Islam, Abou El Fadl offers eye-opening and enlightening insights into the contemporary realities of the current state of Islam and the West. Through a "conference of the books," an imagined conference of Muslim intellects from centuries past, Abou El Fadl examines the ugliness that has come to plague Muslim realities and attempts to reclaim what he maintains is a core moral value in Islam-the value of beauty. Does Islamic law allow, or even call for, the gruesome acts of ugliness that have become so commonly associated with Islam today? Has Islam become a religion devoid of beauty, compassion and love? Based on actual cases, this book tackles different issues and problems in each chapter through a post-9/11 lens, discussing such topics as marriage, divorce, parental rights, the position of women, the veil, sexual abuse, wife-beating, terrorism, bigotry, morality, law, and the role of tradition. Abou El Fadl argues that the rekindling of the forgotten value of beauty is essential for Muslims today to take back what has been lost to the fundamentalist forces that have denigrated their religion.

The Battle of Britain on Screen

Author: S. P. MacKenzie

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 147422847X

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 4779

This new, updated edition of The Battle of Britain on Screen examines in depth the origins, development and reception of the major dramatic screen representations of 'The Few' in the Battle of Britain produced over the past 75 years. Paul MacKenzie explores both continuity and change in the presentation of a wartime event that acquired and retains near-mythical dimensions in popular consciousness and has been represented many times in feature films and television dramas. Alongside relevant technical developments, the book also examines the social, cultural, and political changes occurring in the second half of the 20th century and first decade of current century that helped shape how the battle came to be framed dramatically. This edition contains a new chapter looking at the portrayal of the Battle of Britain at the time of its 70th anniversary. Through its perceptive demonstration of how our memory of the battle has been constantly reshaped through film and television, The Battle of Britain on Screen provides students of the Second World War, 20th-century Britain and film history with a thorough and complex understanding of an iconic historical event.

Directory of World Cinema Britain 2

Author: Neil Mitchell

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1783203978

Category: Art

Page: 300

View: 7998

Volume 1 was very much an 'overview' of British cinema, from its earliest days to the present. In this, the second volume, the essays will be more specific to certain periods and will encompass the evolutions of individual genres and directors. This will make for complimentary essays to volume 1 rather than simply an updating of them. The section on silent cinema and melodrama is replaced in this volume by War and Family Films the former being an interesting genre that has periodically appeared in British films in differing ways, and the latter because Britain has always produced hugely successful movies that appeal to family audiences. Rather than have three individual essays pertaining to Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, the volume will include examples of films made or set in those countries within the genre reviews. The volume will include information on established British directors such as Ken Loach and Danny Boyle as well as writing about avant-garde newcomer Ben Wheatley, who directed the fabulously strange, "A Field in England" (2013). This volume will also shine the spotlight on the British Film Institute, and its role in funding, preservation and education in relation to British cinema. This book takes a different angle to the first volume and as such would make an excellent companion to "Directory of World Cinema: Britain.""

Keep Watching the Skies!

Author: Bill Warren

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786442301

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 1040

View: 6854

Bill Warren’s Keep Watching the Skies! was originally published in two volumes, in 1982 and 1986. It was then greatly expanded in what we called the 21st Century Edition, with new entries on several films and revisions and expansions of the commentary on every film. In addition to a detailed plot synopsis, full cast and credit listings, and an overview of the critical reception of each film, Warren delivers richly informative assessments of the films and a wealth of insights and anecdotes about their making. The book contains 273 photographs (many rare, 35 in color), has seven useful appendices, and concludes with an enormous index. This book is also available in softcover format (ISBN 978-1-4766-6618-1).

The Orphan Sky

Author: Ella Leya

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1402298668

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 7267

Set at the crossroads of Turkish, Persian and Russian cultures under the red flag of Communism in the late 1970s, The Orphan Sky reveals one woman's struggle to reconcile her ideals with the corrupt world around her, and to decide whether to betray her country or her heart. Leila is a young classical pianist who dreams of winning international competitions and bringing awards to her beloved country Azerbaijan. She is also a proud daughter of the Communist Party. When she receives an assignment from her communist mentor to spy on a music shop suspected of traitorous Western influences, she does it eagerly, determined to prove her worth to the Party. But Leila didn't anticipate the complications of meeting Tahir, the rebellious painter who owns the music shop. His jazz recordings, abstract art, and subversive political opinions crack open the veneer of the world she's been living in. Just when she begins to fall in love with both the West and Tahir, her comrades force her to make an impossible choice.

Reaching for the Sky

Author: Matina Psyhogeos

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595288774

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 132

View: 2408

The serene life of the irrepressibly optimistic little girl was disturbed. Child-play and fantasies gave way to fear and anguish. Wild thoughts were going through her mind while the German bombs were falling nearby her picturesque retreat: How dare they disturb my peaceful space? Who are these people who want to conquer the world? Why aren't they satisfied with their own terra firma, their own hideaways and retreats, their own Camelot? Why would they bother my magical surroundings and the environment of all the other children of other lands? Don't they have dreams, other than destroy other people's dreams? Weren't they ever children themselves, or better yet, don't they have children of their own? Don't they know that, above all, children need to feel safe and secure, warm and loved? Only three chapters were completed with the anticipation that the conclusion of this book would be optimistic and cheerful, along with the fervent wish that never again would children have live through the horrors of war and its dreadful consequences. The dreadful morning of September 11, 2001, however, changed the mood of us all. The devastation of the horrific events in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania will haunt us forever.

Fresh Dialogue Two

Author: Kevin Lyons,Warren Corbitt,Susan Parr

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

ISBN: 9781568982649

Category: Design

Page: 131

View: 9982

Fresh Dialogue 2 showcases the design ideas and practices of four exciting new designers through discussion and vivid colour images. Warren Corbitt and Matt Owens are part of One9ine, a design company specializing in visual communications. They share an in-depth knowledge of editorial redesign, brand identity and website development. Kevin Lyons was recently named one of the "top forty designers under 30" by I. D. Magazine. Susan Parr's company, ReVerb, is a 10-year-old design consultancy, research bureau and trend-watching agency.

MC Rave

Author: Gary Oliver

Publisher: Quhwah Publications


Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 9464

Join young MC rave as he goes on a journey of finding himself through Music, Drugs, faith, grief hope and loss. A great coming of age story through the Rave scene and the awe inspiring back drop to this coming of age triumph of a story.