Travel Broadens the Mind is a modern novel set in a travel environment, with evocative descriptions of many places visited but with a principle theme of the 21st century corporate issue of ageism and bullying in the workplace – a place where the value of experience is pitted against the forces of business and corporate enforced constraints. The story follows Richard Hills, a middle aged employee, and his experiences of today's workplace.
The author is a retired academic who has had a life-long passion for opera and who has attended many performances at home and abroad. The book draws on his numerous and geographically diverse experiences. It contrasts opera-going in different, predominantly European, countries and over time, from the 1960s to the present day. It covers not only the obviously main themes - music, singers, productions, opera houses and their audiences; it also deals with peripheral matters such as the obtaining of tickets, operatic excursions, and “calamities” which may occur.
In 15th century Florence, philosophers at the court of Lorenzo the Magnificent discussed philosophy, religion and science. They quoted the Greek philosopher Gemistos Plethon who prophesied that some day the whole world would receive one and the same creed with one spirit, one mind, one preaching… where the perfect truth would stream into every shore of this globe and prove the divinity of man’s soul. The renowned Marsilio Ficino beseeched man to give his whole strength to free holy religion from the detestable condition of contented ignorance.
Triggtrogg Farm is an imaginative and lively fantasy adventure story, filled with action and lightened by a sense of humour which ranges from the sturdy to the anarchic by way of spectacular, broad comedy. In conceptual terms it isn't the most original children's story ever written, containing as it does so many archetypal elements (the secret entrance to a magical land, for example, and the struggle to free a repressed people). But what makes it outstanding is the sheer verve of the narrative, the rich characterisation and the comedy.
Rustic recipes from southern Italy, the Puglia region and the medieval city of Oria.
These traditional recipes have been passed down through generations of the Pastorelli family.
Each bite of the delicious food you will recreate from this recipe book will have your taste buds tingling and take you away to Southern Italia.
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!'