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.
In August 1944 the British Pacific Fleet did not exist. Six months later it was strong enough to launch air attacks on Japanese territory, and by the end of the war it constituted the most powerful force in the history of the Royal Navy, fighting as professional equals alongside the US Navy in the thick of the action. How this was achieved by a nation nearing exhaustion after five years of conflict is a story of epic proportions in which ingenuity, diplomacy and dogged persistence all played a part. As much a political as a technical triumph, the BPF was uniquely complex in its make-up: its C-in-C was responsible to the Admiralty for the general direction of his Fleet; took operational orders from the American Admiral Nimitz; answered to the Government of Australia for the construction and maintenance of a vast base infrastructure, and to other Commonwealth Governments for the ships and men that formed his fully-integrated multi-national fleet.This ground-breaking new work by David Hobbs describes the background, creation and expansion of the BPF from its first tentative strikes, through operations off the coast of Japan to its impact on the immediate post-war period, including the opinions of USN liaison officers attached to the British flagships. The book is the first to demonstrate the real scope and scale of the BPFs impressive achievement.
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.
Exam Board: SQA Level: National 5 Subject: English First Teaching: September 2013 First Exam: June 2014 This book is ideally suited for use by students working towards National 5 English. Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation is a key part of this course, and the book provides a selection of practice exercises with questions modelled on those used in the examination, as well as many extracts from various genres, which allow the development of necessary language skills. Some of the material is based on spoken as well as written sources, with follow-up activities suitable for group discussion, and all activities closely related to the principles of Curriculum for Excellence. - Develops skills quickly and effectively using tried and trusted methods from an experienced author team. - Prepares students for assessment with specific advice and plenty of opportunities to test the theory in practice papers. - Teaches - and tests - other language skills essential to success in National 5 English. Answers to and mark schemes for the practice paper questions in this book are available in a separate title: National 5 English: Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation Answer Book and Marking Schemes (978 1 4441 9211 7). NB: the Answer Book for this title is intended mainly as a Teacher Resource and grants permission to the purchasing institution to make photocopies for the use of staff and students, hence its higher price. Students or parents wishing to view these materials are encouraged to contact their school/college/learning institution to access them free of charge.
This space adventure series is filled with “moral conundrums, fascinating characters, and pulse-pounding action” (Robert J. Sawyer, author of Starplex). The Morthans consider the human race to be little better than animals—even though they came from humans themselves. Now they are determined to conquer the worlds still controlled by their physical and mental inferiors. Docked for repairs after a harrowing battle with a Morthan ship, Jonathan Korie and his crew discover they have a Morthan imp aboard: a weapon so quick they have no chance of catching it, so clever they have no hope of outsmarting it—and so deadly they have no choice but to try . . . With an introduction by Spider Robinson, this is an exciting space adventure in the Star Wolf series by the Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author.