Nominated by The Mystery Writers of America for the “Edgar Award” in the Best True Crime Category.
Billy Milligan can be anyone he wants to be… except himself.
Out of control of his own actions, Billy Milligan was a man tormented by twenty-four distinct personalities battling for supremacy over his body
- a battle that culminated when he awoke in jail, arrested for the kidnap and rape of three women. In a landmark trial, Billy was acquitted of his crimes by reason of insanity caused by multiple personality —the first such decision in history- bringing to public light the most remarkable and harrowing case of multiple personality ever recorded.
Twenty-four people live inside Billy Milligan.
Philip, a petty criminal; Kevin, who dealt drugs and masterminded a drugstore robbery; April whose only ambition was to kill Billy’s stepfather; Adalana, the shy, lonely, affection-starved lesbian who “used” Billy’s body in the rapes that led to his arrest; David, the eight-year-old “keeper of pain”; Arthur, the Englishman; Ragen, the “keeper of Rage” who possessed incredible strength; Allen, the con man; Tommy, the escape-artist, and all of the others, including men, women, several children, both boys and girls, and the Teacher, the only one who can put them all together. Each of these “people” play a distinct role in this often shocking true story.
Daniel Keyes - Flowers for Algernon
Charlie Gordon, IQ 68, is a floor sweeper, and the gentle butt of everyone's jokes, until an experiment in the enhancement of human intelligence turns him into a genius. But then Algernon, the mouse whose triumphal experimental tranformation preceded his, fades and dies, and Charlie has to face the possibility that his salvation was only temporary.
Daniel Keyes - Szép álmokat, Billy!
Csaló vagy áldozat? Ki volt Billy Milligan? A világ máig sem kapott határozott feleletet. Zseniális színjátékos, aki orránál fogva vezette egész Amerikát, a bíróságokat, a pszichiátereket? Vagy egy megkínzott és szétesett ember, akinek testében csakugyan több tucat, különböző személyiség lakott? Az író két éven át faggatta Billyt és környezetét, hogy földerítse, miért támadott és erőszakolt meg a fiatalember ismeretlen nőket. Hogy ő tette-e egyáltalán, vagy a benne lakozók valamelyike: a szenvtelen Arthur, a lezser Allen, a vad Ragen, esetleg Adalana, a leszbikus nő. Keyes páratlan nyomozása a megsokszorozódott személyiségek rég vitatott rejtélyét helyezi új megvilágításba. Az olvasó végigkövethet egy fantasztikus élettörténetet, s a végén maga is ítélhet: bűnös volt-e Billy Milligan?
Daniel Keyes - Billy Milligan háborúi
Billy Milligannel, a megsokszorozódott személyiségű, ifjú, elmebeteg bűnözővel először a Szép álmokat Billy című kötetben találkozhatott az olvasó. Megdöbbentő történetét az teszi egészen különleges olvasmánnyá, hogy az első betűtől az utolsóig igaz. Billy, aki 1977-ben, az amerikai Ohioban fegyverrel elrabolt, majd megerőszakolt három nőt, valójában huszonnégy különböző korú, nemű és jellemű emberből áll. Elméje annyi darabra "esett szét" még gyermekkorában, szadista nevelőapja bántalmazásai miatt. Ez a könyv annak a harcnak a krónikája, amelyet Billy egyrészt az ellenséges külvilággal, másrészt saját belső személyiségével folytat. Miközben végigkövetjük élete stációit, idegenkedésünk és félelmünk Billytől észrevétlenül sajnálattá, sőt rokonszenvvé változik át. A tét óriási. Belehal-e Billy a küzdelmekbe, vagy sikerül-e végleg egybeolvadnia és évtizedek szörnyű megpróbáltatásai után elkezdenie normális, szabad, emberhez méltó életét?
Daniel Keyes - Az ötödik Sally
Sally Porter az élet kellemetlen helyzetei ellen azzal védekezik, hogy elveszíti öntudatát. De ezzel nincs vége a dolognak. Mikor újra magához tér, új helyzetben találja magát. Az idő továbbhaladt és ő nem tud róla számot adni. Olyasmikre próbálják emlékeztetni, amiket tudtával nem követett el. Otthon olyan holmikat talál, amelyeket soha esze ágában sem volt megvásárolni. És amiket a férje összehazudott róla a válóperi tárgyaláson! Hogy hetekre eltünedezett, hogy hajlamos az erőszakra, hogy félmeztelenül táncolt egy mulatóban... El tudja ezt képzelni, dr. Ash? Igen, a pszichiáter el tudja képzelni. Ismeri ezt a betegséget, de szemtől szembe csak most találkozik vele először. Ez a többszörösen hasadt személyiség esete. A jámbor, félénk Sallyben négy további én lakozik, még saját nevük is van. Bella tömény érzékiség, Nola merő intellektualitás, Derry csupa jóindulat, Jinx pedig- tőle isten óvjon, ő maga a megtestesült agresszivitás. Ezeket a gyerekkorban lehasadt, önálló életre kelt személyiségdarabokat kellene szép sorjában visszaolvasztani a helyükre- létrehozni Sally valódi, gazdag, sokrétű személyiségét. A küzdelemnek dr. Ash számára is nagy a tétje. Ő is válságban van, belsőleg belerokkant a hivatásába, kiégett, házassága tragédiába torkollt. Sally esete a próbakő: meg tud-e újulni, képes-e még valódi együttérzésre? Meg tudja-e tehát egymást gyógyítani orvos és betege?
George R. R. Martin - A Game of Thrones
In a world where the approaching winter will last four decades, kings and queens, knights and renegades struggle for control of a throne. Some fight with sword and mace, others with magic and poison. Beyond the Wall to the north, meanwhile, the Others are preparing their army of the dead to march south as the warmth of summer drains from the land. After more than a decade devoted primarily to TV and screen work, Martin (The Armageddon Rag, 1983) makes a triumphant return to high fantasy with this extraordinarily rich new novel, the first of a trilogy. Although conventional in form, the book stands out from similar work by Eddings, Brooks and others by virtue of its superbly developed characters, accomplished prose and sheer bloody-mindedness. Although the romance of chivalry is central to the culture of the Seven Kingdoms, and tournaments, derring-do and handsome knights abound, these trappings merely give cover to dangerous men and women who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals. When Lord Stark of Winterfell, an honest man, comes south to act as the King's chief councilor, no amount of heroism or good intentions can keep the realm under control. It is fascinating to watch Martin's characters mature and grow, particularly Stark's children, who stand at the center of the book. Martin's trophy case is already stuffed with major prizes, including Hugos, Nebulas, Locus Awards and a Bram Stoker. He's probably going to have to add another shelf, at least. Major ad/promo.
Daniel Keyes - Virágot Algernonnak
Ennek a regénynek rendhagyó a története: először novella volt, szépirodalmi és tudományos-fantasztikus antológiáknak egyaránt kedvelt darabja, utána televízió-dráma lett belőle, s csak azután teljes jogú és méretű regény. Nem véletlen, hogy a tudományos-fantasztikus irodalom is magának követeli Keyes művét: a gyengeelméjű Charlie Gordon zsenivé operálása, majd eredeti állapotába való rohamos visszahanyatlása valóban hálás témája lehet a science fiction népszerű műfajának. De ez a regény több merőben fantasztikus témánál: mélységesen hiteles lélektani rajza egy rokonszenves személyiség fejlődésének, s a tragédiába torkolló befejezés mégsem elkeserítő, hanem felemelő: Charlie Gordon a mesébe illő pálya befutása és a végső zuhanás után is megőrzi emberi tartását, élni akarását, optimizmusát.
George R. R. Martin - A Storm of Swords
The third volume of the high fantasy saga that began with A Game of Thrones and continued in A Clash of Kings is one of the more rewarding examples of gigantism in contemporary fantasy. As Martin's richly imagined world slides closer to its 10-year winter, both the weather and the warfare worsen. In the north, King Joffrey of House Lannister sits uneasily on the Iron Throne. With the aid of a peasant wench, Jaime Lannister, the Kingslayer, escapes from jail in Riverrun. Jaime goes to the other youthful ruler, Robb Stark, to secure the release of Joffrey's prisoners, Robb's sisters Arya and Sansa Stark. Meanwhile, in the south, Queen Daenarys tries to assert her claim to the various thrones with an army of eunuchs, but discovers that she must choose between conquering more and ruling well what she has already taken. The complexity of characters such as Daenarys, Arya and the Kingslayer will keep readers turning even the vast number of pages contained in this volume, for the author, like Tolkien or Jordan, makes us care about their fates. Those two fantasy greats are also evoked by Martin's ability to convey such sensual experiences as the heat of wildfire, the chill of ice, the smell of the sea and the sheer gargantuan indigestibility of the medieval banquet at its most excessive. Perhaps this saga doesn't go as far beyond the previous bounds of high fantasy as some claim, but for most readers it certainly goes far enough to command their attention.
Daniel Keyes - The Fifth Sally
Sally Porter is a drab waitress, divorcee, and loner in the great city. But, though she is unaware of it, she is also four other, quite different people: Nola, the cold independent artist who has a studio in Greenwich Village; Derry, the happy-go-lucky tomboy; Bella, the sexpot with a talent for singing and dancing; and finally Jinx, the hate- filled killer. Whenever events put too much of a strain on Sally Porter, she feels a headache and a blackout coming on -- and a new character takes over. If there is a man to be fascinated, she will become Bella. If there is an intellectual problem, she will become Nola. And -- as happens in the opening scene of the novel-- if there is a rapist to be dealt with, she becomes the vicious Jinx. It is the task of the wise and patient psychiatrist, Dr. Roger Ash -- a man who nevertheless has severe problems of his own -- to deal with this case of multiple personality and, through painstaking therapy, to try to fuse the four disparate personalities into "the fifth Sally." His struggle and near disasters become the major strand of the story. Sybil and Three Faces of Eve were case histories dealing with multiple personality disorder. Although based on fact, this is the first contemporary novel, to deal with the theme as fiction.
Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Played with Fire
The electrifying follow-up to the phenomenal best seller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and this time it is Lisbeth Salander, the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker, who is the focus and fierce heart of the story. Mikael Blomkvist - crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium - has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered. But perhaps more shocking for Blomkvist: the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander. Now, as Blomkvist - alone in his belief in her innocence - plunges into his own investigation of the slayings, Salander is drawn into a murderous hunt in which she is the prey, and which compels her to revisit her dark past in an effort to settle with it once and for all.
Cecelia Ahern - Thanks for the Memories
Cecelia Ahern: making the everyday magical. How can you know someone you've never met? When Joyce leaves hospital after a terrible accident, with her life and her marriage in pieces, she moves back in with her elderly father. All the while, a strong sense of déja vu is overwhelming her and she can't figure out why ...
Cecelia Ahern - P.S. I Love You
Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates. But not Holly and Gerry. They were childhood sweethearts - no one could imagine Holly and Gerry without each other. Until the unthinkable happens. Gerry's death devastates Holly. But as her 30th birthday looms Holly discovers that Gerry has left her a bundle of notes, gently guiding her into her new life without him, each signed 'PS, I Love You'. With some help from her friends, and her noisy and loving family, Holly finds herself laughing, crying, singing, dancing - and being braver than ever before. Life is for living, she realises - but it always helps if there's an angel watching over you.
Cormac McCarthy - The Road
Cormac McCarthy sets his new novel, The Road, in a post-apocalyptic blight of gray skies that drizzle ash, a world in which all matter of wildlife is extinct, starvation is not only prevalent but nearly all-encompassing, and marauding bands of cannibals roam the environment with pieces of human flesh stuck between their teeth. If this sounds oppressive and dispiriting, it is. McCarthy may have just set to paper the definitive vision of the world after nuclear war, and in this recent age of relentless saber-rattling by the global powers, it's not much of a leap to feel his vision could be not far off the mark nor, sadly, right around the corner. Stealing across this horrific (and that's the only word for it) landscape are an unnamed man and his emaciated son, a boy probably around the age of ten. It is the love the father feels for his son, a love as deep and acute as his grief, that could surprise readers of McCarthy's previous work. McCarthy's Gnostic impressions of mankind have left very little place for love. In fact that greatest love affair in any of his novels, I would argue, occurs between the Billy Parham and the wolf in The Crossing. But here the love of a desperate father for his sickly son transcends all else. McCarthy has always written about the battle between light and darkness; the darkness usually comprises 99.9% of the world, while any illumination is the weak shaft thrown by a penlight running low on batteries. In The Road, those batteries are almost out--the entire world is, quite literally, dying--so the final affirmation of hope in the novel's closing pages is all the more shocking and maybe all the more enduring as the boy takes all of his father's (and McCarthy's) rage at the hopeless folly of man and lays it down, lifting up, in its place, the oddest of all things: faith. --Dennis Lehane
Max Brooks - World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
It began with rumours from China about another pandemic. Then the cases started to multiply and what had looked like the stirrings of a criminal underclass, even the beginnings of a revolution, soon revealed itself to be much, much worse. Faced with a future of mindless, man-eating horror, humanity was forced to accept the logic of world government and face events that tested our sanity and our sense of reality. Based on extensive interviews with survivors and key players in the 10-year fight-back against the horde, "World War Z" brings the very finest traditions of American journalism to bear on what is surely the most incredible story in the history of civilisation.
Kurt Vonnegut - Hocus Pocus
Ingram. A small, exclusive college in upstate New York is nestled along the frozen shores of Lake Mohiga . . . and directly across from a maximum-security prison. The two institutions manage to coexist peacefully, until 10,000 prisoners break out and head directly for the college.
Celia Rees - Witch Child
"This is a powerful, absorbing and unusual novel" - "The Bookseller". "The sort of historial novel eleven and twelve year olds will gobble up at a sitting" - Nina Bawden. When Mary sees her grandmother accused of witchcraft and hung for the crime, she is silently hurried to safety by an unknown woman. The woman gives her tools to keep the record of her days - paper and ink. Mary is taken to a boat in Plymouth and from there sails to the New World where she hopes to make a new life among the pilgrims. But old superstitions die hard and soon Mary finds that she, like her grandmother, is the victim of ignorance and stupidity and once more she finds herself having to make important choices to ensure her survival. With a vividly evoked environment and characters skilfully and patiently drawn this is a powerful literary achievement by Celia Rees, that is utterly engrossing from start to finish.
Neil Gaiman - American Gods
Shadow is a man with a past and wants nothing more now than to live a quiet life with his wife. When his wife is killed in a terrible accident, Shadow flies home for the funeral. As a raging storm rocks the plane, the strange man in the seat next to Shadow introduces himself as Mr. Wednesday. He knows more about Shadow than is possible--and he warns Shadow an even bigger storm is coming.
Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse-Five
In its publication year, Slaughterhouse-Five was nominated for a best-novel Nebula Award and for a best-novel Hugo Award, 1970. It lost both to The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin. Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden. Don't let the ease of reading fool you! Vonnegut's isn't a conventional, or simple, novel. He writes, "There are almost no characters in this story, and almost no dramatic confrontations, because most of the people in it are so sick, and so much the listless playthings of enormous forces. One of the main effects of war, after all, is that people are discouraged from being characters..." Slaughterhouse-Five (taken from the name of the building where the POWs were held) is not only Vonnegut's most powerful book, it is as important as any written since 1945. Like Catch-22, it fashions the author's experiences in the Second World War into an eloquent and deeply funny plea against butchery in the service of authority. Slaughterhouse-Five boasts the same imagination, humanity, and gleeful appreciation of the absurd found in Vonnegut's other works, but the book's basis in rock-hard, tragic fact gives it a unique poignancy–and humor.
Barbara Pease - Allan Pease - The Definitive Book of Body Language
From the book that's sold 4 million copies in 17 languages, internationally renowned body language expert Allan Pease tells you how to "read the thoughts" of friends, business colleagues, and partners. Using real-life situations Allan and Barbara Pease let you into the secrets of human behaviour from courtship, party situations, business interviews and many other day to day situations.