A light cruiser, one of a unique type similar to the real Dido class cruisers (MacLean had served on HMS Royalist of that class), extremely well armed and among the fastest ships in the world. Her crew is pushed well beyond the limits of endurance, and the book starts in the aftermath of a mutiny on board.
First published in 1981, this book offers a study of British and American popular fiction in the 1970s, a decade in which the quest for the superseller came to dominate the lives of publishers on both sides of the Atlantic. Illustrated by examples of the lurid incidents that catapult so many books into the bestseller charts, this comprehensive study covers the work of Robbins, Hailey and Maclean, the 'bodice rippers', the disaster craze, horror, war stories and media tie-ins such as The Godfather, Jaws and Star Wars.
The Posthumous Continuations of 325 Authors' Fictional Characters
Author: Bernard A. Drew
Category: Literary Criticism
This is an encyclopedic work, arranged by broad categories and then by original authors, of literary pastiches in which fictional characters have reappeared in new works after the deaths of the authors that created them. It includes book series that have continued under a deceased writer’s real or pen name, undisguised offshoots issued under the new writer’s name, posthumous collaborations in which a deceased author’s unfinished manuscript is completed by another writer, unauthorized pastiches, and “biographies” of literary characters. The authors and works are entered under the following categories: Action and Adventure, Classics (18th Century and Earlier), Classics (19th Century), Classics (20th Century), Crime and Mystery, Espionage, Fantasy and Horror, Humor, Juveniles (19th Century), Juveniles (20th Century), Poets, Pulps, Romances, Science Fiction and Westerns. Each original author entry includes a short biography, a list of original works, and information on the pastiches based on the author’s characters.
Jack Webster has had a lifetime of adventure as a respected and highly-commended journalist, meeting the rich and famous and experiencing what the world has to offer. From his upbringing in rural Aberdeenshire - where he survived a serious heart condition and had to overcome a debilitating stammer - to a glittering career which took him all over the world, it has been an incredible journey and a life well lived. Now, to complete his autobiographical trilogy, A Final Grain of Truth brings his story up to date, reliving magical encounters with incredible people like Charlie Chaplin, Muhammad Ali, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, Field Marshal Montgomery, Barnes Wallis, Richard Rodgers (of Rodgers and Hammerstein fame), Hitler's friend and mentor Dr Ernst Hanfstaengl, Christine Keeler, oil billionaire Paul Getty and a host of others as he reflects on his work, his life and his own remarkable story. Full of wonderful anecdotes and written with style and panache, A Final Grain of Truth is entertaining, heartwarming and full of enlightening insights and reflections culled from a life rich with experience.
The death of John and Betty Laine in 1943 at the height of the 2nd World War initiates a chain of events stretching over 42 years that would include murder, child abuse and sexual blackmail. The story begins in 1985. A case involving drugs and the death of a police colleague in a burning building awakens a buried nightmare that threatens the sanity of New Scotland Yard Detective, Philip Graves. Grave's enforced leave comes just as he receives news that his father, a retired police sergeant, has been viciously attacked in what is thought to be a random assault. Still haunted by the burning death of his partner, he returns home determined to know the facts about his father's attack. Graves quickly learns of his father's involvement in an unusual case concerning the 25-year old mummified body of a man found encased inside a bridge column. His father has more than a passing interest in the case and Graves questions the connection between the case and his father's assault. Over the days that follow Graves conducts his own investigation, learning the identity of the mummified man and that he apparently died in 1953, along with 3 other men in a fire at Harrington Orphanage. "How does a corpse from 1953 become a corpse again in 1960?" Graves asks himself. Graves slowly pieces together the past for each victim. He learns that his father's assault is connected with the body in the bridge, but the reason stems from the past, to a time when twin boys were left in the care of Harrington orphanage following the death of their parents, John and Betty Laine. Graves unearths facts that he wished were left buried in the past, facts that would change his own life and everything that he understood to be true.
This book tells the full story of flight from sea, discussing the dangers that naturally come with this seemingly unnatural mode of airbase, including the unfortunate losses of over 900 men during this period. It covers the development of new technology of the period and how changes in other areas such as the cold war and rise of nuclear power, meant that much of the abilities had to be changed and developed.
Collection of riveting tales of the sea including the story that launched his writing career, the account of the epic battle to sink the German battle ship, Bismarck, and two new stories collected here for the first time.
Since the Second World War the old categories of destroyer and frigate have tended to merge, a process that this book traces back to the radically different 'Tribal' class destroyers of 1936. It deals with the development of all the modern destroyer classes that fought the war, looks at the emergency programmes that produced vast numbers of trade protection vessels - sloops, corvettes and frigates - then analyses the pressures that shaped the post-war fleet, and continued to dominate design down to recent years. Written by America's leading authority, it is an objective but sympathetic view of the difficult economic and political environment in which British designers had to work, and benefits from the author's ability to compare and contrast the US Navy's experience. Norman Friedman is renowned for his ability to explain the policy and strategy changes that drive design decisions, and his latest book uses previously unpublished material to draw a new and convincing picture of British naval policy over the previous seventy years and more. Hugely successful with enthusiasts and professionals alike from its first publication in 2006, this is the book's third edition.
Philip Larkin met Monica Jones at University College Leicester in autumn 1946, when they were both twenty-four; he was the newly-appointed assistant librarian and she was an English lecturer. In 1950 Larkin moved to Belfast, and thence to Hull, while Monica remained in Leicester, becoming by turns his correspondent, lover and closest confidante, in a relationship which lasted over forty years until the poet's death in 1985. This remarkable unpublished correspondence only came to light after Monica Jones's death in 2001, and consists of nearly two thousand letters, postcards and telegrams, which chronicle - day by day, sometimes hour by hour - every aspect of Larkin's life and the convolutions of their relationship.