Set over a period of sixteen years, this incredibly detailed, diverse and intricately plotted book travels from Hong Kong to the Philippines, to Scotland, New Zealand, China and Japan. Mixing ancient culture with modern, business with religion, terrorism with tradition, the novel is a potent mix of politics, sex, double dealing and family wars, its explosive climax being fuelled all the way by dangerous characters, seething tension, and a desire for power from all sides.
Twenty-Two Hundred Days to Pulo We: My Education in the Navy is one of the best examples of a personal naval memoir to emerge in recent years. The author joins the Navy as an inexperienced fifteen-year-old boy and leaves over seven years later having literally grown up in the Royal Navy during WWII. He describes his experiences in warm, familiar language which emphasises the human aspect of war and which immerses the reader in the culture of life at sea aboard the cruiser HMS Nigeria.
LOCKE AND MOORE IN CONVERSATION An original take on an original mind In a bold experiment linguist Terence Moore holds a series of conversations in 21st century language with 17th century philosopher, John Locke. Lively and engaging their conversations initially focus on Locke’s radical insights into language and its workings – insights that are highly pertinent to our use of language today.
Unfolding Faith is an uplifting collection of essays or ‘meditations’ on moral, theological and spiritual matters about the influences which led the author to take an interest in the new Catholic cathedral; how a man born into the Anglican church in 1923 was inspired to convert to Catholicism in 1940 and how that faith has sustained him ever since. This is a personal meditation on the significance of the wonders we find around us; in the overwhelming majesty of the stars, in the beauty of the living world and in the infinite variety of our fellow humans.
Set during Blair's educational reforms of the 90s... Charles Rae, a lecturer at a modest but respectable university, is ambitious, and not quite as young as he used to be. His ambition outweighs his patience, and he is seduced into taking a professorship at the new Evergreen Epstein University, a former polytechnic whose attractive name turns out to be mendaciously misleading. It's a bad sign when he is asked to present his O-level certificate to the personnel department, and an even worse one when the vice-chancellor tells him: 'We don't have students, we have customers!'
This is the account of a memorable voyage undertaken by the author and his friend and 'First Officer', Anto, from the Netherlands, through inland Europe, and out to Istanbul in Turkey, by river. Portraying the Danube as a 'C road' compared with the motorway of the mighty Rhine, the author describes his entertaining, exhilarating and at times plain hairy trip 'up the Rhine and down the Danube'. The trip, which took two and a half years, saw actual travel time of only sixty-seven days...which gives you a pretty accurate idea of how much trouble they ran into.
The Ups and Downs of Middle Age is the author's often-humorous experiences and reflections of life. In her eyes she sees herself as fairly typical, with a loving partner and grown-up children. She observes the comical differences between men and women which are more prominent at middle age with an admirable acceptance on both sides. The emotional roller coaster and hormones are talked about with sections on true love, stress, romance and insomnia. Also, the physical and visible signs of aging are covered in a light hearted way and, how to get the best from what we have.
Born and educated in Switzerland, the career of August Kobler-Reinfeldt was truly exceptional. He has gained valuable experience in banking with the Swiss Volksbank, St. Gallen, followed by auditing with Price Waterhouse & Co., Zurich, and W.R. Grace & Co., Chile.
Life at sea was agreeable and I had no complaints except that in really rough weather I followed Nelson’s example and was seasick. Fortunately after the first few voyages I avoided actually throwing up and just felt nauseous.
A space hopping alien nation requires a new home. On Earth, global warming increases beyond all expectations; populations are decimated by natural and manmade catastrophes and our planet is teetering on the precipice of World War III. The Verguide is an unsuspecting sailor tossed into the winds of destiny caught between the two worlds.- The story is futuristic, covering a time span of some 150 years between 1960 and 2111; iconoclastic, in that it partially challenges religious beliefs and customs.