Tall Tales and Hoary Stories from Rugby's Real Heroes
Author: Stewart McKinney
Publisher: Random House
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Voices from the Back of the Bus provides a rare behind-the-scenes look at international rugby at the height of a golden period. Recounted with genuine warmth and much humour, over a hundred players recall the scrapes, the games, the laughs, the glory and the gritty reality of the pre-professional game. Packed with true rugby tales from the days when men played purely for the love of the game and of their nation, and multimillion-pound contracts and sponsorship deals were unheard of, this refreshing, revealing and often hilarious collection will inspire sports fans of all generations.
Dan Binchy's first two novels were delightful stories of small town Ireland and filled with a range of eccentric and hilarious characters. Both books received warm praise--The Washington Post called The Neon Madonna "terrifically funny and a hilarious read." Booklist called The Last Resort "an endearing and entertaining combination of warmth and wit." The tiny village of Trabane is tucked far away in the west of Ireland. A coastal resort on the Atlantic Ocean, the rugged strip of land that separates it from the beach boasts a golf course designed more by nature than by man. On 'links' like this golf is much more than just a game to those that play it. It is a battlefield where scores are settled and every man and woman is equal. Anything further from the wealth and luxury of an exclusive country club would be hard to imagine. Yet to young Larry Lynch, nicknamed LOOPY, golf opens up new horizons and the chance of a better life. The story of Loopy about much more than golf, it is the struggle of good versus evil, played out against a majestic backdrop of towering sand dunes, emerald green fairways and Atlantic hailstorms that prick the face like steel knitting needles. Loopy is pitted against snobbery, big business and ruthless financiers in a golf match that is a parable of life itself. Helped only by an eccentric caddy and a gaggle of noisy supporters, he takes on some of the world's best amateur golfers in a titanic struggle that will warm the heart of readers everywhere. Little does he know that he is playing for a prize far, far greater than a silver trophy. Through it all, Binchy imbues the work with a wonderful feel of small town Ireland and, of course, the Irish spirit.
Mean Girls meets Middle School in The Clique... The only thing harder than getting in, is staying in. Enter Claire Lyons, the new girl from Florida in Keds and two-year-old Gap overalls, who is clearly not Clique material. Unfortunately for her, while they look for a new home, Claire's family is staying in the guesthouse of the one and only Massie Block -- Queen Bee of Octavian Country Day School. Claire's future looks worse than a bad Prada knockoff. But with a little luck and a lot of scheming, Claire might just come up smelling like Chanel No. 19. Meet the rest of the Clique: Massie Block - With her glossy brunette bob and laser-whitened smile, Massie is the uncontested ruler of The Clique and the rest of the social scene at Octavian Country Day School, an exclusive private girls' school in Westchester County, New York. Massie knows you'd give anything to be just like her. Dylan Marvil - Massie's second in command who divides her time between sucking up to Massie and sucking down Atkins Diet shakes. Alicia Rivera - As sneaky as she is beautiful, Alicia floats easily under adult radar because she seems so "sweet." Would love to take Massie's throne one day. Just might. Kristen Gregory - She's smart, hardworking, and will insult you to tears faster than you can say "my haircut isn't ugly!"
A new life in Alaska, a massive aurora, a spaceship hidden under the ice and snow… For Hawk and Zach Callahan, getting to the small town of Salmon Run presents the first challenge. From the moment they arrive the locals freely share their opinions. While still in Cordova an old prospector declares the two cheechakos unprepared for the realities of an Alaskan winter and goes about fixing it. A failed sled-dog takes an unwelcome liking to Hawk, giving rise to an old phobia. The young native Sasha attaches herself to Zach, much to his disgust. They think they have it made when they board the unique train that will take them through a dark roadless wilderness to their new home. The same night a massive display of the Aurora Borealis lights up the sky. Resulting in the Solar Express train powering down all by itself, stranding its passengers. Only, the energetic aurora affected something else out in the wilderness. Welcome to Salmon Run, Alaska! A place of wild animals, wild lands, and wild inhabitants...oh, and native legends come alive and an interplanetary alien conflict at their backdoor. A fun contemporary science fiction series for teens, young adults, and adults of all ages. Books in the Salmon Run series in order: Night of the Aurora Alien Winter The Singing Lakes Secret Illusions Specter of the White Death Aurora Equinox Breakup - Alaska Style The Legend of Crazy Uncle George Keywords: Adventure, Train, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Aliens, Winter, Spaceships, Alaska, Aurora, Northern Lights, Mystery, Alaskan, Adventure, Discovery, Human Wave Science Fiction
Stuart Hadley is a young radio electronics salesman in early 1950s Oakland, California. He has what many would consider the ideal life; a nice house, a pretty wife, a decent job with prospects for advancement, but he still feels unfulfilled; something is missing from his life. Hadley is an angry young man—an artist, a dreamer, a screw-up. He tries to fill his void first with drinking, and sex, and then with religious fanaticism, but nothing seems to be working, and it is driving him crazy. He reacts to the love of his wife and the kindness of his employer with anxiety and fear. One of the earliest books that Dick ever wrote, and the only novel that has never been published, Voices from the Street is the story of Hadley's descent into depression and madness, and out the other side. Most known in his lifetime as a science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick is growing in reputation as an American writer whose powerful vision is an ironic reflection of the present. This novel completes the publication of his canon. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
All 12 books in the New York Times bestselling series! Over 63 million copies sold! Are you ready for the moment of truth? Mass disappearances Political crisis Economic crisis Worldwide epidemics Environmental catastrophe Military apocalypse And that’s just the beginning . . . of the end of the world. “This is the most successful Christian-fiction series ever.” —Publishers Weekly “Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins . . . are doing for Christian fiction what John Grisham did for courtroom thrillers.” —Time “Combines Tom Clancy–like suspense with touches of romance, high-tech flash, and biblical references.” —New York Times “Wildly popular—and highly controversial.” —USA Today “Call it what you like, the Left Behind series . . . now has a label its creators could have never predicted: blockbuster success.” —Entertainment Weekly Contains the following titles: #1: Left Behind #2: Tribulation Force #3: Nicolae #4: Soul Harvest #5: Apollyon #6: Assassins #7: The Indwelling #8: The Mark #9: Desecration #10: The Remnant #11: Armageddon #12: Glorious Appearing
Can you imagine one day being on an airplane, flying from your hometown in the USA to the city of Moscow in the Soviet Union? Well, it's not a story you hear very often but it happened to an African-American college student from Brooklyn, New York - with extended family in the deep south - who traveled to Moscow, Russia during the Cold War to "rip the runway!" Atlanta-based author and playwright Jacqueline Clay Chester, spent seven weeks in Russia as a runway model for the American National Exhibition in Moscow. The twice daily fashion shows were a major attraction offering thousands of Russians a glimpse of life in the United States. How did Jacqueline's life experiences prepare her for this awesome adventure? What reaction did her family have to such a journey? As an African American would she find acceptance? Did Russia have a double standard when dealing with issues of race? If English was not spoken and Russian was not understood, what common thread united the two cultures? Black Girl in Moscow, A Memoir by Jacqueline Clay Chester, speaks about her experiences as a visitor to Russia during one of the most volatile times in history and like opening the Matrovskia dolls, the memories unfold one after the other!
Living a desperate, lonely life in Nashville, a reclusive writer seeks comfort from massage-parlor prostitutes and other down-and-out types he meets in Music City's "underground world." When he encounters a massage-parlor girl who shares with him her tragic life story, he begins to develop an obsessive attachment to the woman. Just then, he receives word his father in New England is dying and that his return home will reunite him with the wild, mysterious sister who had abandoned the family years before. As he struggles to cope with the trauma of his father's death and his mysterious sister's reemergence into his life, the young man resolves to save the prostitute from her desperate, tragic existence. Or will she save him?
Beginning around the turn of the 20th century, people flocked to boom towns like Greenbackville and Franklin City on Virginia's remote Chincoteague Bay to cash in on the lucrative oyster trade. Most eventually settled for simple rural lives, living a cash and barter economy, commuting on foot or by boat, always closely tied to the tide and water. From mystery in the marsh to jealous lovers, these accounts of life on the Bay are filled with work boats, crab pots, and saltwater.