Taking ordinary lives and dissecting their ironies, injustices, and pleasures, this collection possesses a humane eye and wry sense of humor. A young woman working as a maid in a hospital helps an elderly patient defy doctor's orders; a jilted lover manages to misinterpret her ex's new life; and a son accompanies his mother on a journey to scatter his father's remains, while lifelong resentments simmer in the background. This poignant compilation of short stories finds the beauty and tragedy in illness and mortality, life and love.
‘Painfully astute and brilliantly funny . . . I loved it’ Beth O'Leary, author of The Flatshare
Author: Caroline Hulse
Publisher: Hachette UK
SOME FAMILIES GET ON LIKE A HOUSE ON FIRE... 'A triumph of a novel' BETH O'LEARY, author of The Flatshare 'Acutely observed and brilliantly funny' CLARE MACKINTOSH, author of After The End 'Part Fleabag, part Agatha Christie, Like A House On Fire is everything I love in a book ... I was hooked from page one. Bravo, what a triumph!' JOSIE SILVER, author of One Day In December * * * * * Things Stella and George have had blazing rows about: - Misquoting Jurassic Park - Leaving a Coke can on the side of the bath - Fitting car seats for their hypothetical kids In other news, they're getting divorced. But first, Stella's mum is throwing a murder mystery party and - with her dad losing his job, her mum's recent diagnosis, and some very odd behaviour from her sister - now is not the time to tell everyone. All Stella and George have to do is make it through the day without their break-up being discovered - though it will soon turn out that having secrets runs in the family... * * * * * Authors getting on LIKE A HOUSE ON FIRE * * * * * 'I loved it - funny and sad and relatable and deeply human' HARRIET TYCE, author of Blood Orange 'A keenly observed tale of family intrigue and craziness that will make you laugh and tough your heart' MIKE GAYLE, author of Half A World Away 'Sheer delight from start to finish' LESLEY KARA, author of The Rumour 'Painfully astute and brilliantly funny' BETH O'LEARY, author of The Flatshare 'Witty, whip-smart and wincingly observant, pure entertainment from start to finish. A Caroline Hulse book is a reading highlight of my year' CATHY BRAMLEY, author of The Lemon Tree Cafe 'Funny, moving and astute. A triumph!' NICOLA MOSTYN, author of The Love Delusion 'A total joy from start to finish, Like A House on Fire is a treat to savour. Readers will all recognise (with affection) someone within its pages.' CHARLOTTE DUCKWORTH, author of The Rival 'Absolutely loved Like A House On Fire. A proper delight' RICHARD ROPER, author of Something To Live For 'Hilarious and brilliant and clever in that way only Caroline knows how to be. So compelling, I couldn't put it down' LUCY VINE, author of Hot Mess 'Caroline Hulse is a very funny writer and a wonderfully compassionate observer of human frailty' KATE EBERLEN, author of Miss You
In the wake of Western culture's postmodern shift, is it possible to express ultimate truth, or declare absolutes of value? In this engaging collection of essays, Steve Scott explores the possibilities for renewal of culture and the individual. Steve Scott is the director of CANA: Christian Artists Networking Association (www.canagroup.org), an international arts organization.
With an introduction by Eimear McBride A devastatingly powerful, moving and uplifting memoir - now a classic of its genre - that inspired others to tell their own true life stories. When our stepfather staggered home reeking of whisky, ceramic hit the wall. We got used to the smash and the next-day stain, but eventually the wallpaper began to fade . . . For Andrea Ashworth, home is not a place of comfort and solace, but of violence and fear. Her father died when she was five, leaving her close-knit, loving family to battle with poverty, abuse and the long shadow of depression. But from the ashes of 1970s Manchester and the hardships of her coming-of-age in the late 1980s, Andrea finds the courage to rise . . . Written with eye-opening honesty, rare beauty and intense power, Once in a House on Fire is a ground-breaking memoir, endearing in its humour and compassion, and life-affirming in its portrait of terrible circumstances triumphantly overcome.
"If You Don't Know Me By Now," "The Love I Lost," "The Soul Train Theme," "Then Came You," "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now"--the distinctive music that became known as Philly Soul dominated the pop music charts in the 1970s. In A House on Fire, John A. Jackson takes us inside the musical empire created by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Thom Bell, the three men who put Philadelphia Soul on the map. Here is the eye-opening story of three of the most influential and successful music producers of the seventies. Jackson shows how Gamble, Huff, and Bell developed a black recording empire second only to Berry Gordy's Motown, pumping out a string of chart-toppers from Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, the Spinners, the O'Jays, the Stylistics, and many others. The author underscores the endemic racism of the music business at that time, revealing how the three men were blocked from the major record companies and outlets in Philadelphia because they were black, forcing them to create their own label, sign their own artists, and create their own sound. The sound they created--a sophisticated and glossy form of rhythm and blues, characterized by crisp, melodious harmonies backed by lush, string-laden orchestration and a hard-driving rhythm section--was a glorious success, producing at least twenty-eight gold or platinum albums and thirty-one gold or platinum singles. But after their meteoric rise and years of unstoppable success, their production company finally failed, brought down by payola, competition, a tough economy, and changing popular tastes. Funky, groovy, soulful--Philly Soul was the classic seventies sound. A House on Fire tells the inside story of this remarkable musical phenomenon.
A Fun Guide to Australia’s Colourful Phrases, Words, and Expressions
Author: Lynne Maree Walsh
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency
Written by a Sydney native, English, The Aussie Way: A Fun Guide to Australia’s Colourful Phrases, Words, and Expressions offers an amusing way for English or non-English speakers around the world to learn the colloquial phrases for which Australia is famous. This user-friendly reference provides words/phrases and meanings/synonyms by using an example sentence. Says the author,“For seven years I housed international students who were attending English language schools in Sydney, and I realised that although they had a good grasp of formal grammar, they struggled to understand not only colloquial English, but many of the commonly used phrasal verbs, which could not be found in a standard English/Spanish, French, etc., dictionary. It was then that I decided to start writing some of them down for future reference and it grew from there.”
This dictionary aims to help users to find the most appropriate word to use on a wide range of occasions. It is designed in particular for students, those writing reports, letters and speeches, and crossword solvers, but is also useful as a general word reference. Special features include: an alphabetical A-Z listing; numbered senses for words with more than one meaning; British and American variants; and specially marked colloquial uses.
Patients as Policy Actors offers groundbreaking accounts of one of the health field's most important developments of the last fifty years--the rise of more consciously patient-centered care and policymaking. The authors in this volume illustrate, from multiple disciplinary perspectives, the unexpected ways that patients can matter as both agents and objects of health care policy yet nonetheless too often remain silent, silenced, misrepresented, or ignored. The volume concludes with a unique epilogue outlining principles for more effectively integrating patient perspectives into a pluralistic conception of policy-making. With the recent enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, patients' and consumers' roles in American health care require more than ever the careful analysis and attention exemplified by this innovative volume.
This volume contains some of his earliest experiences and relationships. Later volumes will fill in the gap between then and now. Sometimes philosophical, sometimes imaginative, sometimes whimsical, he weaves his way back through his boyhood. There is always a fresh new face to meet just around the next bend, tag along and enjoy the journey.