Ceylon is on the brink of change. But Kairo is at a loose end. School is closed, the government is in disarray, the press is under threat and the religious right are flexing their muscles. Kairo's hard-working mother blows off steam at her cha-cha-cha classes; his Trotskyite father grumbles over the state of the nation between his secret flutters on horseraces in faraway England. All Kairo wants to do is hide in his room and flick over second-hand westerns and superhero comics, or escape on his bicycle and daydream. Then he meets the magnetic teenage Jay, and his whole world is turned inside out. A budding naturalist and a born rebel, Jay keeps fish and traps birds for an aviary he is building in the garden of his grand home. The adults in Jay's life have no say in what he does or where he goes: he holds his beautiful, fragile mother in contempt, and his wealthy father seems fuelled by anger. But his Uncle Elvin, suave and worldly, is his encourager. As Jay guides him from the realm of make believe into one of hunting-guns and fast cars and introduces him to a girl - Niromi - Kairo begins to understand the price of privilege and embarks on a journey of devastating consequence. Taut and luminous, graceful and wild, Suncatcher is a poignant coming-of-age novel about difficult friendships and sudden awakenings. Mesmerizingly it charts the loss of innocence and our recurring search for love - or consolation - bringing these extraordinary lives into our own.
30 Women on Hardship, Humiliation, Heartbreak, and Overcoming It All
Author: Andrea Buchanan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Thirty inspiring women share the enduring lessons they have learned from the defining moments of their lives. Life rarely works out exactly as we plan. Rejection by a cherished friend, the onset of an unexpected illness, struggle with body image and self-perception -- these experiences may challenge us, but our triumphs come to define us. We find comfort, joy, tears, and laughter in the wisdom, insight, and empathy we gain. In Note to Self, thirty dynamic women share their inspirational stories with writer, director, and television and film producer Andrea Buchanan. Celebrities such as Grammy Award-winning rock star Sheryl Crow and Emmy Award-winning actress Camryn Manheim join stuntwoman Stacy Courtney, football player Katie Hnida, seventy- year-old HIV-positive grandmother Beverly London, and alcoholic-turned-interventionist Candy Finnigan to reflect on their unforgettable stories of redemption. Punctuated by tears and laughter, these poignant tales are full of incredible strength, invaluable knowledge, insurmountable odds, helpful survival instincts, amazing willpower, humiliation -- sometimes on a national level -- and a hefty dose of humor. These unstoppable women emerged stronger, wiser, and more successful from the often painful and humbling turning points in their lives. While none of their unique stories will fit neatly on a sticky note you can tape to your wall, each of them carries an indelible message that can.
Concluding the WWII fantasy trilogy of Nazi vampires and British shape-shifters, the village of Brytewood bands together against its undead enemies. Gryffyth Pendragon has done his bit for the war effort and is now returning to sleepy Brytewood from the battlefront at Trondheim. It cost him a leg, and his chance to use his dragon’s strength against the Nazis—or so he thinks. But his little village is facing a plague of vampire spies set on claiming it for the Third Reich. They’ve come up with a truly evil plan that could break all of Britain’s will to fight . . . But there are more allies for Gryffyth in Brytewood than he’d ever imagined, and while a doctor, a nurse, a schoolteacher, and a couple of sexagenarians may not seem like much of a battle force, there’s more to his cohorts than meets the eye. Against ancient and impossibly powerful enemies, they will need every man, woman, and dragon-shifter they can get.
The Dictionary Of Americanisms, Canadianisms, Briticisms and Australianisms is a complete, modern, and comprehensive dictionary featuring a large word list of more than 20000 entries. The purpose of this book is to provide a generous sampling of words and expressions of the various spheres of life in the USA, Great Britain, Australia and Canada during the last centuries. The dictionary also features a collection of slang and colloquial expressions in these four countries in the twentieth century. It has a clear, easy-to-use format and is ideal for students, schools, libraries, tourists and anyone who is interested in varieties of English spoken in major English-speaking countries.
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