The Boy in the Shadows

Author: Carl-Johan Vallgren

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1784291285

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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In an overcrowded Stockholm underground station a father and his two boys are late for their train. Joel, the youngest, is howling in his pushchair and his seven-year-old brother, Kristoffer, refuses to take the lift. A woman approaches and offers to lead Kristoffer up the stairs. Reluctantly his father agrees, but when he arrives on the platform Kristoffer and the woman have vanished without a trace. Many years later, Joel, now an adult, goes missing in suspicious circumstances. His wife turns to Danny Katz - an old friend - for help. But Katz isn't the only one trying to find Joel, and the deeper he digs the more secrets he uncovers about the wealthy and powerful family at the heart of the investigation. Then suddenly, the case takes a dramatic new turn.

The Boy in the Book

Author: Nathan Penlington

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0755365712

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 3851


When Nathan discovered a job lot of the first 106 adventures for sale on eBay, there was never any question that he would place a bid. When the books arrived, he lost himself in the old adventures. Yet, as he flicked through the pages, there was another story being written. In the margins of each book were the scribblings of the little boy who had once owned them, a little boy by the name of Terence John Prendergast. Terence wrote jokes and hints for adventurers following the same stories as him. More troubling, among the notes were intimations of a tormented childhood: of the boys and teachers who bullied him; of the things he hated about himself and had to improve; of his thoughts of suicide and his desperate need to find friends, be liked, and find somebody - anybody - to confide in. THE BOY IN THE BOOK is Nathan's poignant recreation of the discovery of the fragments of Terence Prendergast's diary, his quest to find the lost boy, and the friendship that resulted from their first meeting. In doing so, Nathan is forced to examine his own childhood - and, as his relationship with Terence deepens, he begins to believe that the two men are not so different, and to reflect on the darkness that can exist in childhood.

The River of Fire

Author: Patrick Easter

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 085738080X

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 4790


It is March 1799. A sunken lugger in the Pool of London reveals a grisly secret: The bodies of two men entombed in the crew's cabin. Suspicion falls on a third member of the crew seen fleeing the scene. He had a known motive for murder. Against the background of a nation at war with Napoleon, River Surveyor Tom Pascoe finds his own life under threat as he digs deeper into the case. He uncovers the existence of French agents in London whose task is to strike a deadly blow to the heart of the capital and undermine England's ability to continue the war. Tom's job is further complicated by the presence of a new member of the police crew with a shocking secret of his own...

Chinese Women Writers and the Feminist Imagination, 1905-1948

Author: Haiping Yan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134570880

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

View: 2214


Chinese Women Writers and the Feminist Imagination, 1905-1948 provides a compelling study of leading women writers in modern China, charting their literary works and life journeys to examine the politics and poetics of Chinese transcultural feminism that exceed the boundaries of bourgeois feminist selfhood. Unlike recent literary studies that focus on the discursive formation of the modern Chinese nation state and its gendering effects, Haiping Yan explores the radical degrees to which Chinese women writers re-invented their lives alongside their writings in distinctly conditioned and fundamentally revolutionary ways. The book draws on these women's voluminous works and dramatic lives to illuminate the range of Chinese women's literary and artistic achievements and offers vital sources for exploring the history and legacy of twentieth-century Chinese feminist consciousness and its centrality in the Chinese Revolution. It will be of great interest to scholars of gender studies, literary and cultural studies and performance studies.

Swan Music

Author: Sarah Harrison

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447290011

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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Bryn Mancini was born under a lucky star. He is one of the chosen few, a man who appears to have it all - a golden family, a glittering career and a life filled with love. For Apollonia Durrance life has been hard. Born the youngest child of a loveless marriage, her years have been troubled by insecurity, shadows and darkness. When a chance encounter on a windswept beach brings these two together, destiny sets in motion a powerful dark current. Apollonia recognises the soul of a man who has haunted her dreams, who represents all she has passionately craved in life. And she will stop at nothing to be near him. From the bestselling author of An Imperfect Lady comes a haunting novel about what lies beneath the polished lives of the golden people and how dark secrets from the past can bring about an inescapable future.

The Manchester Iris

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

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Page: N.A

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Cloud Forest

Author: Peter Matthiessen

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101663162

Category: Nature

Page: 288

View: 4911


A classic work of nature and humanity, by renowned writer Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014), author of the National Book Award-winning The Snow Leopard and the new novel In Paradise Peter Matthiessen crisscrossed 20,000 miles of the South American wilderness, from the Amazon rain forests to Machu Picchu, high in the Andes, down to Tierra del Fuego and back. He followed the trails of old explorers, encountered river bandits, wild tribesmen, and the evidence of ancient ruins, and discovered fossils in the depths of the Peruvian jungle. Filled with observations and descriptions of the people and the fading wildlife of this vast world to the south, The Cloud Forest is his incisive, wry report of his expedition into some of the last and most exotic wild terrains in the world. 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.