Book 2 in the gripping Oswald de Lacy series, , which can be read as a standalone, from 'the medieval CJ Sansom' (Jeffery Deaver) The Black Death killed his father and brothers , making Oswald de Lacy Lord of Somershill Manor. It also killed many of his villagers, leaving fewer people to do more work. So Oswald tries to use logic and patience to manage a struggling estate, a socially ambitious mother, an overbearing sister and a mutinous workforce. Then a baby is found impaled on a thorn bush and people say they have seen a huge creature in the skies. The Butcher Bird. And now there is no room for common sense, no time for patience. If Oswald is to survive, he must find the truth behind a series of ever more brutal events. From the plague-ruined villages of Kent to the luxurious bedchambers of London, it is a journey full of danger, darkness and shocking revelations. 'The whodunnit aspect is neatly done, the family secrets and waspish relationships are intriguing, and humour and originality are abundant' Daily Mail
In her tenth collection, Gladys Mary Coles brings together her poems about war and its effects - major themes throughout her work. She ranges across the centuries, from the Roman invasion of Britain to the 2005 terrorist bombings in London, with a special focus on the First and Second World Wars.
Eleven stories. Each like a matchstick struck to illuminate the darkness. Evocations of place ranging from a Bangla jungle to the deep, blue Danube to a winter beach in Melbourne excite and seduce. But what truly draws the reader in are the unexpected landscapes of people's lives, explored with rare sensitivity, grace and a fearless truthfulness. A lonely St Kilda chef invites a beautiful busker to use his spare room. A father sings a lullaby to comfort his young daughter who has woken from a nightmare. A taxi driver picks up an old-world gentleman who is reluctant to disclose his destination. A young immigrant boy growing up in the western suburbs of Melbourne daydreams of infinite possibility. Death, loneliness, passion and belief: Patrić takes on the big questions in life and writes about the small people of the world with stylistic verve and deep humanity. This collection of stories reveals the author, best known for his award-winning novels, as a true master of the short story form. ‘One of the most interesting and valuable writers working in Australia today.’ — The Australian
This text explores Alex La Guma's five novels. Though concerned with the interaction of politics with aesthetics, it does not allow the political thrust of the work to dominate the symbolic structures and literary aspects of La Guma's fiction.
Release on 2002-01-01 | by Maurice Burton,Robert Burton
Author: Maurice Burton,Robert Burton
Pubpsher: Marshall Cavendish
This twenty-two volume set presents the appearance and behavior of thousands of species of animals along with species population and prospects for survival in a arranged alphabetically and easy-to-read format.
In 1973, the Rhodesian Bush War raged as hot as the deserts and jungles where it took place. There were many factions of Africans who wanted to take control of Rhodesia/Zimbabwe from the European colonialists. But one man, named iLunga, was willing to do whatever it took to drive the whites from his country, no matter how brutal or atrocious.Sion Michael, a South African fighting for Rhodesia, and a member of the Selous Scouts--an elite group of fighters who took on the guise of the terrorists to walk among them--was the leader of the Butterfly Scouts, the best of the best, and they had only one task: To find iLunga and stop him.
Out on the flat, featureless South African veld, a small mining town is waiting for rain. As the oppressive summer wears on, the white Afrikaner townspeople seem to be unaware of the storm brewing out on the plain. Out in the bush, a shepherd recalls the riddle of the butcherbird.