A Voice in the Dark

A Voice in the Dark

Laura Howard, a young English nurse on holiday in Italy, helps the Contessa dell’Alba return to her home after an illness. Laura is befriended by the family and feels herself drawn to Domenico, the Contessa’s blind son. To her horror, she suddenly realises that his life is in danger. Enmeshed in a web of intrigue and confusion and unable to find the source of the threats, Laura despairs of her inability to convince the family that they are in mortal danger. Finally aware of her love for Domenico, she tries desperately to uncover the mystery but she soon finds out that her own life is in danger too...

Beckett, Deleuze and the Televisual Event

Peephole Art

Beckett, Deleuze and the Televisual Event

An expressive dialogue between Deleuze's philosophical writings on cinema and Beckett's innovative film and television work, the book explores the relationship between the birth of the event – itself a simultaneous invention and erasure - and Beckett's attempts to create an incommensurable space within the interstices of language as a (W)hole.

Stone Voices

The Search For Scotland

Stone Voices

Neal Ascherson is one of Britain's finest writers in an undefinable genre that fuses history, memoir, politics and meditations on places. His books on Poland and his collected essays on the strange Britain to which he returned from Europe in the mid-1980s were deeply influential. In 1995, Black Sea won critical praise in many languages and several literary prizes. Stone Voices is Ascherson's return to his native Scotland. It is an exploration of Scottish identity, but this is no journalistic rumination on the future of that small nation. Ascherson instead weaves together a story of the deep past - the time of geology and archaeology, of myth and legend - with the story of modern Scotland and its rebirth. Few writers in these islands have his ability to write so well about the natural context of history.

The Lightstone

The Lightstone

An evil force arises twice every hundred years. A young man has his destiny forced upon him to fight this evil power. Brey is the last of the Turjim, the human warrior the fights by the good wizard's side, Halloc. Halloc is loyal to the king, but a higher purpose controls his thoughts. Halloc must take young boy and turn him into a man in less than three days. He needs the help of more humans. The life of Brey unfolds. It almost crumbles when his father is murdered. It reaches new heights when he meets a pretty servant girl at the royal castle. Questions fill his mind, but with each new answer comes another thousand questions. Who murdered his father? How did his mother die? What secret does his best friends, Stik and Prat, hide from everyone? What curse does the royal family hide? How can a young boy become a man in three days? The wizard gives Brey the Lightstone, the one talisman that can vanquish the evil wizard forever. It can conquer any wizard. Five humans and a wizard set out on their quest. The journey is full of surprises. There is truth within lies, and deceit amid sincerity, love fed by hate, and serpent's venom within a dove's tear. Their lives will never be the same, if they live at all. Among them is a wizard killer.

The Voices of Macao Stones

The Nanjing Massacre Witnessed by American and British Nationals

The Voices of Macao Stones

The stones, statues and memorials found all over Macao trace the story from the days of the first Portuguese navigators to reach China in the sixteenth century to the events of more recent times. Hidden away in odd corners or standing incongruously surrounded by modern buildings and thronged with traffic, unnoticed by almost all who pass, are the treasure-vaults of Macao's rich and colourful history. In the cool shadows of old churches, set into the walls of long-disused fortresses, and in tranquil and leafy gardens, lie the silent stone keys that unlock the secrets of Macao and its opulent and varied past. Lindsay and May Ride spent many years researching and documenting the oft-hidden stones of Macao. The result of their work is an opportunity for the stones of Macao themselves to tell of the rich and varied history of this tiny, unlikely place. Work on this book began in 1954, but was diverted for a long period so that restoration and research on the Old Protestant Cemetery could be completed. In an early stage of its development it was finally halted - or so it seemed at the time - by the death of Sir Lindsay Ride in October 1977. Now published in the year the four-century-old Portuguese adventure in Macao is finally to conclude, the stories recounted in The Voices of Macao Stones vividly bring to life the individuals, events and circumstances that have made Macao the unique place it is.

Five Analogies for Fiction Writing

Five Analogies for Fiction Writing

Five Analogies for Fiction Writing is a new and invaluable book for writers seeking to move beyond the initial stages of writing to the completion of stories and novels. It contains eighteen writing exercises and is ideal for creative writing courses, as well as writers working independently. Contents Introduction, 1. The Burn, 2. The Alchemist, 3. The Invasion, 4. The Donkey's Head, 5. The Constant Gardener, Appendix: Carol Shields and The Stone Diaries, Works Cited, Some Further Reading, Writing Exercises, Index.

A Stranger in the Garden

A Stranger in the Garden

Get an exclusive glimpse of Charles Waddingly’s fate after he’s sucked through a vortex in Old London, set between the time of The Unnaturalists and The Tinker King. Charles Waddingly caused the desolation of New London and would have destroyed the world, had it not been for Vespa and her friends. He is utterly, thoroughly evil. Or is he? Set between the time of The Unnaturalists and The Tinker King, this e-only novella tells the story of what happens when Charles turns up in Charles Darwin’s back garden—and the Grue returns to his native home.

Listen to the Voice

Listen to the Voice

Introduced by Douglas Gifford.This collection of the best of Iain Crichton Smiths short fiction brings together not one but many voices, both public and private. Ranging from inner promptings towards self-discovery, through the unconscious comedy of everyday speech, to the rantings of near madness, these stories display the peaks of Smiths wry, surrealistic humour, and his confessional mode in re-telling the past.The longer stories, illustrative of Smiths novels, are represented by Murdo and the seminal The Black and the Red. There are also outstanding short pieces such as Listen to the Voice and the poignant vignette, The Dying.These sensitive stories focus on the ambiguities of the inner voice, whose promptings can lead to self-discovery or repression and madness. Each juxtaposes the minutiae of everyday life with moments of searing emotion. Independent on SundayHe has a dry pungent humour, a gift for comic invention and a welcome ability to laugh at himself and his background while making a serious point and taking us to conclusions that are anything but obvious. Scotsman

Shadowfires

Shadowfires

A marriage ends in tragedy, forcing a woman to confront her husband's shocking secrets in this suspensful thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz. Rachael Leben thought she had let her successful husband off the hook. But her request for a quick and clean divorce—and a lot less money than she was entitled to—only enraged and humiliated Eric. Seething with anger, he stormed off, straight into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Eric is pronounced dead at the scene, but when his body disappears from the morgue, Rachael’s not surprised. She knows the secrets Eric left behind. And knows that her marriage is far from over...