Ruth David did not have a very good start in life, her father left the family before she was born and her brother who was four years older ran away from home when he was eleven to live with the family of a friend. Ruth was left in the care of her abusive mother and her only respite from her spitefulness was when she attended school, but even there she was subjected to ridicule as her clothes were shabby and she was a very shy child with low self-esteem.
It is the summer of 1944. For eight-year-old Jack Donaldson and his friends living to the East of London a new danger has emerged. Doodlebugs have created the extra hazard. Nevertheless the bomb sites created by these rockets provide the excitement of more places that eventually can be explored. There are also the American convoys to be intercepted and perhaps a stick of chewing gum to be gained. However, one Doodlebug brings tragedy to the road where Jack lives. Some houses are destroyed. Others just have doors to be repaired and windows to be replaced.
The Cleveland Way is one of Britain’s oldest long distance walks. The 100 mile route starts in Helmsley skirting the western edge of the North York Moors National Park. On reaching the coastal town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea, at its northern extremity, the path turns south-east and then goes down the coastal section of the National Park, finishing up at Filey.
Littered with concepts that are contradictory to the traditional view, Welcome to Purgatory is a clever and unusual story that turns our accepted perception of Heaven and Hell on its head - not all in Heaven is good and not all in Hell is bad. Super-sexy Lucifer, Lord of the Lower Domain (Hell) and Purgatory (neutral ground), is by no means perfect but his heart is in the right place and he will never turn his back on those that care for him. He finds himself in a desperate struggle to stop his mother destroying everything in her quest to punish him for not toeing her line.
This autobiography traces the journey of an ordinary teacher from her childhood to retirement. It tells of the influences which have impacted on her development as a teacher and as a person. It shares anecdotes and describes events which have coloured her life and confirmed her vocation. In a thirty five year career which begins with teaching biology in a small secondary school and progresses to headships in two junior schools this teacher deals with inspiring and challenging children and adults in both amusing and gut-wrenching situations.
Set against a background of real events. Kuri and Keigi are brothers living with their assumed parents in a small fishing village. Compared to many in 1180 Japan their lifestyle is idyllic, with plenty of food, healthy work and beautiful girls. However, the arrival of Minamoto samurai change their lives forever. Kuri is taken away and Keigi is left as a unknowing decoy for the Taira, the Minamoto's sworn enemies, who arrive shortly after.
Many people sleep-walk through life without ever finding real meaning, purpose and fulfilment. In this thought-provoking and highly inspirational book, Dianne Sealy-Skerritt explains how we can all live the life we were created to live by listening, hearing and responding with obedience to God’s call. The book’s underlying premise is that God’s call is universal – it is not reserved for a privileged few.
Much has been recorded over the years about cinema and its golden years, but what of the temples in which this entertainment phenomenon took place – the cinemas. How did they emerge and why?
This book attempts to illustrate this, taking an average manufacturing town and describing the rise – and fall – of its cinemas over the period of one hundred years.
Everyone thanks their surgeon after a successful operation. But what about the person who brought you through that surgery - the anaesthetist? What does he or she actually do for a living? If you have ever wondered about the missing hours while you were asleep, the action behind the anaesthetic mask that you can never see, this book will be an eye-opener.
Imagine you are on the run but you have no idea who you are. All you have on your person is a travel guide to Bali with the name Tommy Rafieqy written inside, a painful burn across your back, ten thousand dollars in cash and an instinct to run for your life.