Now available in eBook. While opening her post one dark morning, Liz Headleand was surprised to come across a package containing part of a human finger bone. When Liz Headleand receives a mysterious package full of papers - and a bone - she calmly recognises the handwriting of her old friend, the delicate, reticent, honourable novelist Stephen Cox who had vanished some years earlier. Sifting through the gaps and inconsistencies of memory, she begins to piece together a trail that took Stephen far away - to a bridge over a river on the border between Thailand and Cambodia and a time full of complexity and confusion. In this sequel to The Radiant Way and A Natural Curiosity, friends Liz, Alix and Esther are brought together again as they unravel Stephen's journey from London to Bangkok and Cambodia and the haunting story of what happened to him.
GATE OF IVORY is a novel – part one of a two volume series, the second work called GATE OF HORN – that could easily appear in tomorrow’s New York Times as a front-page news story. It deals with events we read about every day and watch talking heads spout plumes of verbiage nightly concerning the losing battle current governments all over the world are fighting against the pernicious appeal of dangerous and illicit drugs and the pervasive presence and growing power of demagogic right-wing idealogues who mask their plans for complete control of business and government and the citizenry with New Speak rhetoric about freedom and liberty. It presents the reader as well with a small group of people who are unwittingly and unwillingly brought face to face with these potentially catastrophic situations and made to realize that their actions alone may be all that can return the world to sanity and at least a measure of safety. For the characters in the novels theirs is an epic struggle, the means at their disposal no more than intelligence, courage, and the realization that they have no choice but to act, and act well. Their task is clearly beyond their ability. But they act nevertheless and in their actions tell the reader a little about life lived with value and excellence at its center.
Excerpt from The Gate of Ivory But there is one landmark which we seem somehow to pass oftener than any other, where the question is put with an eagerness altogether spontaneous and where the narrative is never forthcoming. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
Several years ago, Christian Huxley's father, George, obsessively documented the strange phenomena emanating from Ryhope Wood at the edge of their property. He watched the ancient heroes emerge, shouting both incomprehensible warnings and unmistakable invitations. Recklessly, George followed them inot the mysterious sylvan shadows that changed him forever. Christian himself was not untouched by these living dreams. A childhood encounter with a phantom from another time draws him to the Wood as an adult. Deep in Ryhope, Christian uncovers the lie that permeates his worst nightmares. And like his father, he will be consumed with the mythagoes of Ryhope, especially a young Celtic warrior called Guiwenneth. She is the key to the mystery of the universe, an ancient heroine caught in a timeless tale of bravery and sacrifice. Now, together with a band of crusaders from a world long gone, Christian and Guiwenneth become part of the unfolding stories both remembered and forgotten. They meet sorcerers in battle and giants who can travel miles in one step. And they discover the meaning of the two gates, Ivory and Horn - one the lie, the other the truth.
In 1893 Baltimore, Cornelius Maximilian, a rugged ships master who has been summarily dismissed from the merchant navy as a result of the conniving of an avaricious trader, meets strong-willed, independent Vanessa Tompkins. Over everyones objections, Vanessa accompanies him to the Shelbourne coal mine in Pennsylvania, where Captain Max uncovers embezzlement, wretched exploitation, and a murder. When the mine is flooded by an underground river, and is abandoned by its absentee English owners, Vanessa, Captain Max, and mining engineer Andrew Campbell secretly reclaim it and restore it to operation. Overcoming tremendous odds, the three build Port Maximilian, an entirely new kind of mining town, where instead of being treated as slaves, cheated and exploited, miners live in exceptional housing and enjoy good schools and services, without rent or taxes because everything is supported by profits from the mine. Gates of Horn and Ivory is an unusual tale of adventure, love, and family. Vanessa and Captain Max marry, have two children. Joshua grows into a mean, spiteful young man, in conflict with his father, whose power he envies and despises. Annie, gentle and devoted to her father, has her mothers strength and will. While the captain battles against conspiracies to destroy him and the industries he has built, plus an attempt by the former English owners to take back the mine, he also supports Vanessa in her leadership of the local womens suffrage movement and in improving the lives of women and young girls. With profits from the mine, they establish a free college for women on a bluff overlooking Port Maximilian. But with all the success she and her husband achieve, in the end Vanessa faces a heart-breaking situation as she uncovers her son Joshuas evil plot to destroy the mine and bring Captain Maximilian down.