Maintaining a vigil at the bedside of her sixteen-year-old comatose sister, Moira confesses the secrets and indiscretions that caused the coma-rendering accident, from Moira's resentment about her sister's birth and her lonely boarding-school education to her deep-rooted insecurities and strained marriage.
Emmeline Powell had been born a country girl, in a small, whitewashed cottage on Honey's Farm. When her father died, Emmeline, bereft and lonely, married Joe Harries, a man much older than herself and one of the fishermen of Oystermouth. The wives of the oyster catchers were sturdy, stoic women, used to helping their men with the catch, and they didn't like the frail outsider who had married into their community. Nina Parks especially didn't like her - Nina was a widow who thought Joe Harries should have been hers. Emmeline - Eline - grew more isolated, more unhappy, trapped into an ill-matched marriage without friends to help her. And then she met Will Davies. Will was to open new worlds to her, worlds of personal achievement, the unfolding of a talent she never knew she possessed, and the realisation that she knew how to love. As tragedy and passionate feuding began to erupt in the oyster village, so Eline clung to her integrity, her ability to work, and her hopes for the future.
The New Zealand bird views series highlights the common birds in New Zealand - the birds we view every day but tend to take for granted because they are always there. This volume presents over 100 previously unpublished photographs of the two species of common oystercatcher in New Zealand: South Island pied oystercatcher (SIPO) Variable oystercatcher The book shows birds flying, feeding, nesting and raising their young. The text provides some background detail and the photos are used to illustrate the birds' lives as much as possible. Look for further titles in the series.
This book reviews what is known about the behaviour and population ecology of a popular shorebird, from a scientific conservation perspective. The plight of this bird highlights the many conflicts of interest in coastal zones, between human activities such as shellfishing, land reclamation, barrage construction, and industrial pollution, and the needs of wildlife for food and suitable habitats. As well as detailing Oystercatcher natural history - including the well-known specialization in feeding technique shown by individuals - the authors use their field studies of individual variations in behaviour to produce population models. This novel approach provides tools for predicting how populations will respond to the many environmental changes to which the coastal zone is subject. It thus can play a role in coastal management schemes that seek to balance the needs of people and wildlife, and suggests that the same methods can be applied in other situtations. The volume contains fifteen well-integrated chapters by an international team of contributors, and is fully referenced.
A pregnant woman remembers her childhood loss of her mother, her relocation to her grandparents' home in rural Wales, her friendships with two locals, and the suspicious disappearance of a beautiful young girl.
In the medieval splendour of St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, three women gather to mourn the untimely passing of Robbie: Robbie's widow, Tessa; Tessa's old childhood friend, Christine, and Christine's unstable and unreliable sister, Lindsay. But as secrets are gradually revealed the past and present collide with unexpected and devastating results. The Oystercatcher Girl is a story of betrayal and redemption, and is as beautiful and secretive as the Orkney of its setting. -The Oystercatcher Girl is a wonderfully evocative and deftly woven story- (Sara Bailey)
The maritime town of Brightlingsea on the Essex coast was an insignificant fishing hamlet at the end of the eighteenth century, until the end of the nineteenth century brought the oyster industry which transformed it into a busy town with aspirations and the hub of the oyster trade. The particular form of oyster fishing employed there was highly dangerous, involving venturing far from shore in wintry conditions in specially adapted vessels. Many lives were lost at sea and the 'Skillingers' and their families employed great bravery in their work. Essex historian Sean O'Dell has researched this little-known aspect of maritime history to reveal the hardships endured and significance of these men, who facilitated the remarkable growth and development of their community during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
“Fletcher gives readers a strong plot . . . and a triumphant heroine in Corrag, whose travails are truly epic.”—Publishers Weekly In 1692, brilliant, captivating Corrag-accused witch, orphaned herbalist, and unforgettable heroine-is imprisoned in the Scottish highlands, suspected of witchcraft and murder. As she awaits her death she tells her story to Charles Leslie, an Irish propagandist who seeks information she may have condemning the Protestant King William. Hers is a story of passion, courage, love, and the magic of the natural world. By telling it, she transforms both their lives. Originally published in hardcover under the title Corrag: A Novel.
It's sink or swim in the search for love. . . Ebook bestseller The Oyster Catcher is Jo Thomas's first irresistibly feel-good novel, set on the coast of Ireland. 'A world you long to live in with characters you love' Katie Fforde Dooleybridge, County Galway: the last place Fiona Clutterbuck expects to end up, alone, on her wedding night. But after the words 'I do' have barely left her mouth, that's exactly where she is - with only her sequined shoes and a crashed camper van for company. One thing is certain: Fi can't go back. So when the opportunity arises to work for brooding local oyster farmer, Sean Thornton, she jumps at the chance. Now Fi must navigate suspicious locals, jealous rivals and an unpredictable boss if she's to find a new life, and love, on the Irish coast. And nothing - not even a chronic fear of water - is going to hold her back. Join Fi as she learns the rules of the ocean - and picks up a few pearls of Irish wisdom along the way... What readers are saying about The Oyster Catcher: 'A fantastic debut novel which was the perfect escapism read; I literally could not put it down and read it at every opportunity I could get' 'Beautifully written. You feel like you are breathing in the sea air and walking along the sand' 'A realistic romance with some strong and colourful characters, set in a fascinating, modern Irish coastal community'
This is a review of the whole family of waders. This seminal title remains the definitive book on waders – known in the US as shorebirds. Everything you might want to know about these masters of shore and wetland.
Author: Jan van de Kam,Bruno Ens,Theunis Piersma,Leo Zwarts
Category: Shore birds
The migration, feeding and breeding of shorebirds are explained in a comprehensive but simple and visually stunning form. The core of the book is based on studies of shorebirds and other waterbirds that migrate along the East Atlantic Flyway. The emphasis is on those using the Dutch, German and Danish Wadden Sea, but examples from the rest of the world are also included.
Corrag, a Scottish woman imprisoned in 1692 for her involvement in a massacre and accused of witchcraft, tells her story to an Irish propagandist seeking to condemn the Protestant King William, who he believes is responsible for the massacre.