This warm-hearted collection of stories are the last unpublished works of fiction written by Catherine Cookson.
This treasure trove of talent is set against the background of places already familiar to Catherine Cookson’s countless readers — the North-East, the South Coast and London, with a time-scale stretching from the 1920s to the present day.
In the title story, a disillusioned husband decides to call on an office colleague he has always slightly despised, and finds himself having to re-evaluate his own family relationships in the light of what he discovers in the other’s home. In the three stories that make up The Forbidden Word, the first set in the 1920s, the second in the 1950s, and the third in the 1980s, Catherine Cookson traces the changes in attitudes to marriage and pregnancy that have taken place in the last eighty years.
In other stories, a shy bachelor begins to make friends for the first time in his life among the people who, like himself, have taken refuge from the Blitz in the London Underground; and a much put-upon young woman makes up her mind to escape from her family’s domestic exploitation of her. The reader catches a glimpse behind the scenes in a large department store, and learns of the havoc that a husband’s passion for cricket can cause.
Matthew Farrer - Enforcer - The Shira Calpurnia Omnibus
The Adeptus Arbites are responsible for enforcing Imperial Law across the Imperium, and Shira Calpurnia is a newly assigned officer to the division. She patrols the fortress-system of Hydraphur, the home of the vast Imperial warfleets, which dock, rearm and repair in an endless cycle of conflict. But Shira Calpurnia soon finds herself in the thick of the action. Her investigations lead her along the trails of corruption behind assassination attempts, vicious greed over an ancient charter, then encounters with psykers and murderers. Female enforcer, Shira Calpurnia maintains law and order in the grim world of the 41st millenium. It contains the books Crossfire, Legacy, Blind and two short stories. CROSSFIRE Hydraphur. The headquarters of the Imperial Battlefleet Pacificus. Home to great squadrons of majestic warships, rearming and repairing in an endless cycle of war. Every world is a fortress, every asteroid a gun-post, every space station a bunker. Hydraphur. A snakes' nest of politics where powerful trade syndicates shelter under the wings of the Naval armadas, rival arms of the Imperial Adeptus jockey for power and influence, dynasties of Naval officers rule their fleets like feudal fiefs and jealous planetary aristocrats fiercely guard their traditions of privilege. Hydraphur. The new home of Adeptus Arbites commander Shira Calpurnia, freshly promoted into the high echelons of these stern enforcers of Imperial law, for whom the task of keeping order during a grand religious festival suddenly turns into a deadly chess game against a cunning, faceless opponent. But to unravel the intrigues behind the assassinations and sabotage, Calpurnia first has simply to keep herself alive... LEGACY The legendary Rogue Trader Charters: Imperial warrants of tremendous antiquity which can bring their bearers wealth and power barely imaginable. Now that Rogue Trader Hoyyon Phrax is dead, his Charter is being brought to the great fortress-system of Hydraphur to be ceremonially bequeathed to his son, and already the vultures are circling. Shira Calpurnia does not want the Charter. She can't help wishing she had never heard of the Charter. But she has been appointed to ensure that the will and testament of Hoyyon Phrax is carried out according to Imperial law. And that means that when the rival heirs decide that due process be damned and go all-out for their prize, it's Calpurnia and her Arbites who must don their armour, take up their weapons and stand in the way... BLIND The Master of the Blind Tower - a vast fortification housing countless telepaths - has been murdered. Arbites officer Shira Calpurnia is trying to dig the killer out of Tower's shadowy and twisting halls. Dealing with the inevitable hostility, deception and intrigue is bad enough, but dealing with a station full of half-crazed seers whose minds stare into the Warp every day doesn't help, and doing it under the vindictive eye of an insecure Arbiter `minder` makes things tenser still. What makes it worst of all is that Calpurnia has to confront the one kind of weakness and failure she may not be able to deal with: her own.
Flora Thompson - Candlefordi kisasszonyok
A kötet, amely alapján a nagy sikerű tévésorozat készült! Mint egy finom - néhol meglepően éles, hangsúlyos színekkel tarkított - pasztellkép, olyan ez a regény. Cselekménye tulajdonképpen nincs, csupán egy főszereplője, Laura, akinek életútját - nagyon felszínesen - gyerekkorától felnőtté válásáig követhetjük. Hogy milyen, azt csak jelzésekből érzékeljük, de igazából nem is fontos. Ami számít, az egy letűnt, a XIX. század nyolcvanas éveiben még meglévő angliai, vidéki életforma, amely összességében eltűnt ugyan, de nyomaiban még ma is megvan a vidéki Angliában. Egy piciny - szegénységükben már akkor is a közép-európai paraszttól fényévnyi távolságra élő mezőgazdasági munkások által lakott - oxfordi falucskától egy tehetősebb, iparosodó falun át a vidéki angol kisvárosig ismerhetjük meg az akkori emberek életét. Történet nincs, csak életképek, helyzetleírások, amelyek mind Flora Thompson szikrázó szellemét dicsérik. Egyszerűségükben is elevenek, élethűek, s érdekesebbek, mint bármilyen kitalált, fantázia szülte történet. Néha - amikor a szerző régi rigmusokat, ünnepeken előadott dalokat, népi játékokhoz társuló mondókákat idéz - lelket pezsdítően frissek. És az vesse az első követ Flora Thompsonra, aki - élje bár a legmodernebb, legpörgősebb életet - nem gondolt még soha nosztalgiával egy letűnt, de talán nem felesleges értékeket hordozó korra.
Elizabeth Gaskell - Lizzie Leigh
He thought about her a great deal for the next day or two; he scolded himself for being so foolish as to think of her, and then fell to with fresh vigour, and thought of her more than ever. He tried to depreciate her: he told himself she was not pretty, and then made indignant answer that he liked her looks much better than any beauty of them all.
Elly Griffiths - The House at Sea's End
A team of archaeologists, investigating coastal erosion on the north Norfolk coast, unearth six bodies buried at the foot of a cliff. How long have they been there? What could have happened to them? Forensics expert Ruth Galloway and DCI Nelson are drawn together again to unravel the past. Tests reveal that the bodies have lain, preserved in the sand, for sixty years. The mystery of their deaths stretches back to the Second World War, a time when Great Britain was threatened by invasion. But someone wants the truth of the past to stay buried, and will go to any lengths to keep it that way… even murder.
Elly Griffiths - The Janus Stone
Ruth Galloway is called in to investigate when builders, demolishing a large old house in Norwich to make way for a housing development, uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway – minus the skull. Is it some ritual sacrifice or just plain straightforward murder? DCI Harry Nelson would like to find out – and fast. It turns out the house was once a children’s home. Nelson traces the Catholic priest who used to run the home. Father Hennessey tells him that two children did go missing from the home forty years before – a boy and a girl. They were never found. When carbon dating proves that the child’s bones predate the home and relate to a time when the house was privately owned, Ruth is drawn ever more deeply into the case. But as spring turns into summer it becomes clear that someone is trying very hard to put her off the scent by frightening her half to death…
Elly Griffiths - Dying Fall
Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, spends her life looking at death. But now death has found her, with the news that her long-time friend Dan Golding has been killed. Ruth’s grief soon turns to suspicion when she receives a desperate letter from Dan, sent the day before he died. He had made a ground-breaking discovery – and was petrified of the consequences. Ruth is compelled to travel north to investigate further, alongside DCI Harry Nelson who is also drawn into the case. But where Ruth goes, so does her daughter, Kate. This time, the risks are even higher.
Charles Dickens - The Uncommercial Traveller
This is the fourth and final volume of the first annotated edition of Dickens' Journalism. It gathers together for the first time articles, essays and recollections published during the last decade of Dickens' life, before his untimely death in 1870, and represents the culmination of a lifetime's work in popular journalism.
Enid Blyton - Dolly - die Klassensprecherin
Wieder beginnt ein neues Schuljahr. Neue Gesichter kommen hinzu: Dollys reizende Schwester Felicitas, die schüchterne Clarissa, die Zwillinge Conny und Ruth. Da hat Dolly als Klassensprecherin keinen leichten Stand. Im Laufe dramatischer Ereignisse gewinnt sie das Vertrauen der Schule.
Lorraine Pascale - How to be a Better Cook
TV chef Lorraine Pascale's fabulous new prime-time BBC Two TV tie-in "How to be a Better Cook" Bestselling TV chef, Loraine is famous for her simple, delicious recipes to suit every occasion, and with this book she offers us even more: kitchen shortcuts to help you put gorgeous food on the table every time. Whether you're rustling up a cosy romantic supper or a big family feast, Lorraine will share her secrets (from good knife technique to quick tricks for stand-out presentation). And Lorraine's warmth and gentle encouragement comes across in every page and tip. She brings her sense of fun to the recipes and encourages everyone from beginner to expert alike to try new flavours and new methods and just get stuck in. Lorraine's latest book ties in to her fourth BBC series, in which she helps people live up to a wide range of cookery challenges. Lorraine draws on cuisines from Italian to West Indian, caters for occasions from Hen parties to Bonfire Night, and even refreshes old favourites from Roast dinner to Summer Pudding. Impress guests with chic snacks like chrorizo and lemongrass puff pastry scrolls; add spice to midweek meals with quick stir fried chicken with toasted cashew nuts, ginger, basil and hoisin sauce; and pander to your friends' and family's sweet tooth with delectable Jamaican rum truffles and spiced apple tarte tatins. With so many smart yet simple dishes to make, this is the cookery book your shelf deserves. Beautifully presented and packed full of photos and useful tips, the TV Kitchen Goddess brings another must have guide to creating effort-free and delicious food; the ultimate companion for stylish cooks of all abilities.
Kenna Bourke - Test it, Fix it - Intermediate - English Verbs and Tenses
What grammar mistakes do you make? Do you know WHY you make them? _Test it, fix it_ has the answer.
J. G. Ballard - The Crystal World
The forces of nature are pitted against humanity in _The Crystal World_ , J. G. Ballard’s fourth novel. Dr. Edward Sanders, a physician specializing in the treatment of leprosy, is invited to Mont Royal by Dr. and Mrs. Clair. Upon arriving at Port Matarre, a small outpost in the interior of Africa, he notices a "pervading auroral gloom, broken by inward shifts of light." The reluctance of authorities to acknowledge this curious mid-morning darkness arouses Sander's suspicion that something has gone wrong. Unable to reach Mont Royal by car—the roadways have been blocked—he takes to the river. His journey brings him to the forest, now fully petrified, pulsating and vibrant. Sanders finds himself strangely drawn toward this glittering world, whose area expands daily, affecting not only the physical environment but also its inhabitants. The purity and permanence of the forest's crystal form taunt him, even at the expense of that one unpredictable agent called human life. First published in 1966, _The Crystal World_ established Ballard's reputation as a writer of extraordinary talent and imaginative powers. _The Times Literary Supplement_ hailed him at the time as "one of the most sensitive and enigmatic novelists of the present day."
Ismeretlen szerző - Interfictions
Nineteen writers dig into the imaginative spaces between conventional genres—realistic and fantastical, scholarly and poetic, personal and political—and bring up gems of new fiction: interstitial fiction. This is the literary mode of the new century, a reflection of the complex, ambiguous, and challenging world that we live in. These nineteen stories, by some of the most interesting and innovative writers working today, will change your mind about what stories can and should do as they explore the imaginative space between conventional genres. The editors garnered stories from new and established authors in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, and also fiction translated from Spanish, Hungarian, and French. The collection features stories from Christopher Barzak, Colin Greenland, Holly Phillips, Rachel Pollack, Vandana Singh, Anna Tambour, Catherynne Valente, Leslie What, and others.
Arthur Ransome - The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship
When the Czar proclaims that he will marry his daughter to the man who brings him a flying ship, the Fool of the World sets out to try his luck and meets some unusual companions on the way. The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship is the winner of the 1969 Caldecott Medal.
C. J. Sansom - Lamentation
Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government of Henry's successor, eight-year-old Prince Edward. As heretics are hunted across London, and the radical Protestant Anne Askew is burned at the stake, the Catholic party focus their attack on Henry's sixth wife, Matthew Shardlake's old mentor, Queen Catherine Parr. Shardlake, still haunted by events aboard the warship Mary Rose the year before, is working on the Cotterstoke Will case, a savage dispute between rival siblings. Then, unexpectedly, he is summoned to Whitehall Palace and asked for help by his old patron, the now beleaguered and desperate Queen. For Catherine Parr has a secret. She has written a confessional book, _Lamentation of a Sinner_, so radically Protestant that if it came to the King's attention it could bring both her and her sympathizers crashing down. But, although the book was kept secret and hidden inside a locked chest in the Queen's private chamber, it has - inexplicably - vanished. Only one page has been found, clutched in the hand of a murdered London printer. Shardlake's investigations take him on a trail that begins among the backstreet printshops of London but leads him and Jack Barak into the dark and labyrinthine world of the politics of the royal court; a world he had sworn never to enter again. Loyalty to the Queen will drive him into a swirl of intrigue inside Whitehall Palace, where Catholic enemies and Protestant friends can be equally dangerous, and the political opportunists, who will follow the wind wherever it blows, more dangerous than either. The theft of Queen Catherine's book proves to be connected to the terrible death of Anne Askew, while his involvement with the Cotterstoke litigants threatens to bring Shardlake himself to the stake.
John Lydon - Anger is an Energy
John Lydon has secured prime position as one of the most recognizable icons in the annals of music history. As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols - the world's most notorious band, who shot to fame in the mid-1970s with singles such as 'Anarchy in the UK' and 'God Save the Queen'. So revolutionary was his influence, he was even discussed in the Houses of Parliament, under the Traitors and Treasons Act, which still carries the death penalty. Via his music and invective he spearheaded a generation of young people across the world who were clamouring for change - and found it in the style and attitude of this most unlikely figurehead. With his next band, Public Image Ltd (PiL) Lydon expressed an equally urgent impulse in his make-up - the constant need to reinvent himself, to keep moving. From their beginnings in 1978 he set the groundbreaking template for a band that continues to challenge and thrive in the 2010s. He also found time for making innovative new dance records with the likes of Afrika Bambaataa and Leftfield. Following the release of a solo record in 1997, John took a sabbatical from his music career into other media, most memorably his own Rotten TV show for VH1 and as the most outrageous contestant ever on I'm a _Celebrity ...Get Me Out of Here!_ He then fronted the _Megabugs_ series and one-off nature documentaries and even turned his hand to a series of much loved TV advertisements for Country Life butter. Lydon has remained a compelling and dynamic figure - both as a musician, and, thanks to his outspoken, controversial, yet always heartfelt and honest statements, as a cultural commentator. The book is a fresh and mature look back on a life full of incident from his beginnings as a sickly child of immigrant Irish parents who grew up in post-war London, to his present status as a vibrant, alternative national hero.
Peter F. Hamilton - The Abyss Beyond Dreams
TO SAVE THEIR CIVILISATION HE MUST DESTROY IT ...When images of a lost civilization are 'dreamed' by a self-proclaimed prophet of the age, Nigel Sheldon, inventor of wormhole technology and creator of the Commonwealth society, is asked to investigate. Especially as the dreams seem to be coming from the Void - a mysterious area of living space monitored and controlled because of its hugely destructive capabilities. With it being the greatest threat to the known universe, Nigel is committed to finding out what really lies within the Void and if there's any truth to the visions they've received. Does human life really exist inside its boundary? But when Nigel crash lands inside the Void, on a planet he didn't even know existed, he finds so much more than he expected. Bienvenido: a world populated by the ancestors of survivors from Commonwealth colony ships that disappeared centuries ago. Since then they've been fighting an increasingly desperate battle against the Fallers, a space-born predator artificially evolved to conquer worlds. Their sole purpose is to commit genocide against every species they encounter. With their powerful telepathic lure - that tempts any who stray across their path to a slow and painful death - they are by far the greatest threat to humanity's continued existence on this planet. But Nigel soon realizes that the Fallers also hold the key to something he'd never hoped to find - the destruction of the Void itself. If only he can survive long enough to work out how to use it ...
Toby Ibbotson - Mountwood School for Ghosts
Fredegonda, Goneril, and Drusilla are Great Hagges, much more important and much rarer than regular old hags. They think that ghosts these days are decidedly lacking and that people haven't been scared of ghosts for years. So one day they decide that something needs to change - it's time for these ghosts to learn a thing or two about being scary. And what better way to teach them than to set up their very own school for ghosts?
Elisabeth George - Elizabeth George - A Great Deliverance
The first novel in the "Inspector Lynley mystery" series. Fat, unlovely Roberta Teys is found beside her father's headless corpse. Her first words are "I did it. And I am not sorry". As Lynley investigates, he uncovers a series of shocking revelations that shatter the peaceful Yorkshire village.
Ian McDonald - Hearts, Hands and Voices
For almost 30, 000 years The Land has been a dependency of The Empire Across The River. The Empire retains a mechanistic technology in the hands of the wealthy and the civil service, but The Land uses its dead, whose brains are linked to a massive data network. By the author of "Desolation Road".