A groundbreaking, high-calibre police drama, Wolcott was the first British production purposefully broadcast in the mini-series format – and also the first British police drama to feature a black actor in a leading role. Displaying the same rough, streetwise vibe as The Sweeney, Wolcott stars the charismatic George William Harris as a tough, loner detective with a gift for rubbing people up the wrong way. Winning massive viewing figures, its controversially unflinching depiction of racism and crime ensured that it has never been repeated or released in any format until now. With all four episodes now transferred from the original film elements, Wolcott includes early roles for Christopher Ellison, Hugh Quarshie, Warren Clarke and Rik Mayall – cast against type as a racist policeman. Fresh out of uniform, supremely confident and keen to make waves, Wolcott is a man in the middle, facing hostility both from the community he polices and his colleagues in the Force. His investigations into the fatal stabbing of an old woman soon uncover a brutal drug war being fought between rival criminal gangs... SPECIAL FEATURES: Clean titles (at end of episode four) Image gallery
A groundbreaking, high-calibre police drama, Wolcott was the first British production purposefully broadcast in the mini-series format – and also the first British police drama to feature a black actor in a leading role. Displaying the same rough, streetwise vibe as The Sweeney, Wolcott stars the charismatic George William Harris as a tough, loner detective with a gift for rubbing people up the wrong way. Winning massive viewing figures, its controversially unflinching depiction of racism and crime ensured that it has never been repeated or released in any format until now. With all four episodes now transferred in High Definition from the original film elements, Wolcott includes early roles for Christopher Ellison, Hugh Quarshie, Warren Clarke and Rik Mayall – cast against type as a racist policeman. Fresh out of uniform, supremely confident and keen to make waves, Wolcott is a man in the middle, facing hostility both from the community he polices and his colleagues in the Force. His investigations into the fatal stabbing of an old woman soon uncover a brutal drug war being fought between rival criminal gangs... SPECIAL FEATURES: Clean titles (at end of episode four) Image gallery
After allowing herself to be taken captive in order to save her friends, Morgana awakens to find herself naked, bound, and at the mercy of a handsome doctor named Kade. She cannot hide her helpless arousal as her captor takes his time thoroughly examining her bare body, but when she disobeys him she quickly discovers that defiance will earn her a sound spanking. His stern chastisement and bold dominance awaken desires within her that she never knew existed, but Morgana is shocked when she learns the truth about Kade. As a powerful shifter and the alpha of his pack, he has been ordered by the evil lord who took Morgana prisoner to claim her and sire children with her in order to combine the strength of their two bloodlines. Kade's true loyalties lie with the rebels seeking to overthrow the tyrant, however, and he has his own reasons for desiring Morgana as his mate. Though submitting to a dominant alpha does not come easily to a woman who was once her kingdom's most powerful sorceress, Kade's masterful lovemaking is unlike anything she has experienced before, and soon enough she is aching for his touch. But with civil war on the verge of engulfing the capital, will Morgana be torn from the arms of the man she loves or will she stand and fight at his side no matter the cost? Publisher's Note: A Gift for the Doctor is the sequel to A Gift for the King. It is an erotic romance novel that contains spankings, sexual scenes, medical play, elements of BDSM, and more. If such material offends you, please don't buy this book. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Logan McAllister. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/067423/bk_acx0_067423_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A New York Times Notable Book of 2017The 25 Most Anticipated Books by Women for 2017, Elle MagazineThe 32 Most Exciting Books Coming Out in 2017, BuzzFeed50 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2017, Nylon Magazine33 New Books to Read in 2017, The Huffington PostMost Anticipated, The Great 2017 Book Preview, The MillionsNew York Times Book Review Editor's ChoiceNational Bestseller"Brilliant and incendiary. . . . Radically new, full of maniacal invention and page-turning momentum. . . .Yuknavitch has exhibited a rare gift for writing that concedes little in its quest to be authentic, meaningful and relevant. By adding speculative elements to The Book of Joan, she reaches new heights with even higher stakes: the death or life of our planet."- Jeff VanderMeer, New York Times Book Review (cover review)"Stunning. . . . Yuknavitch understands that our collective narrative can either destroy or redeem us, and the outcome depends not just on who's telling it, but also on who's listening."- O, The Oprah Magazine"[A] searing fusion of literary fiction and reimagined history and science-fiction thriller and eco-fantasy. . . Yuknavitch is a bold and ecstatic writer."- NPR Books"[The Book of Joan] offers a wealth of pathos, with plenty of resonant excruciations and some disturbing meditations on humanity's place in creation . . . [It] concludes in a bold and satisfying apotheosis like some legend out of The Golden Bough and reaffirms that even amid utter devastation and ruin, hope can still blossom."- Washington PostThe bestselling author of The Small Backs of Children offers a vision of our near-extinction and a heroine-a reimagined Joan of Arc-poised to save a world ravaged by war, violence, and greed, and forever change history, in this provocative new novel.In the near future, world wars have transformed the earth into a battleground. Fleeing the unending violence and the planet's now-radioactive surface, humans have regrouped to a mysterious platform known as CIEL, hovering over their erstwhile home. The changed world has turned evolution on its head: the surviving humans have become sexless, hairless, pale-white creatures floating in isolation, inscribing stories upon their skin.Out of the ranks of the endless wars rises Jean de Men, a charismatic and bloodthirsty cult leader who turns CIEL into a quasi-corporate police state. A group of rebels unite to dismantle his iron rule-galvanized by the heroic song of Joan, a child-warrior who possesses a mysterious force that lives within her and communes with the earth. When de Men and his armies turn Joan into a martyr, the consequences are astonishing. And no one-not the rebels, Jean de Men, or even Joan herself-can foresee the way her story and unique gift will forge the destiny of an entire world for generations.A riveting tale of destruction and love found in the direst of places-even at the extreme end of post-human experience-Lidia Yuknavitch's The Book of Joan raises questions about what it means to be human, the fluidity of sex and gender, and the role of art as a means for survival.
American-style democracy and capitalism come to the sleepy village of Tobiki in this uplifting comedy of cultural conflict set on Okinawa at the end of World War II. The hapless Captain Fisby, with the help of his local interpreter, Sakini, is implementing the U.S. Army's Plan B, which includes establishing a Women's League for Democratic Action and building a pentagon-shaped schoolhouse where the children will learn English. When Fisby mistakenly accepts a gift of souvenirs in the form of two geishas, life in the village and his plans for it spin out of control. The vainglorious area commander, Colonel Wainwright Purdy III, sends a spy to Tobiki to discover what is going on. This immensely likeable satire of the American civilizing mission was a phenomenon when it was published in 1951. An award-winning play and hit movie of the same name soon followed. The many-layered novel retains its charm and power today; beneath the comical mayhem that engulfs Tobiki we see the pitfalls and possibilities of cultural exchange. Author Vern Sneider drew directly on his personal experiences as the military administrator in charge of the Okinawan village of Tobaru. This new Camphor Press edition features an introduction revealing the autobiographical elements in Sneider's masterpiece and its important place in post-war American literature.
'The time not to become a father is eighteen years before a world war.'-E. B. White on fatherhood 'I was lucky to be born abnormal. It ran in the family.'-on luck 'I would really rather feel bad in Maine than feel good anywhere else.' -on Maine 'The English language is always sticking a foot out to trip a man.'-on language The author of Charlotte's Web and One Man's Meat, coauthor of The Elements of Style, and columnist for The New Yorker for almost half a century, E. B. White (1899-1985) is an American literary icon. Over the course of his career, White inspired generations of writers and readers with his essays (both serious and humorous), children's literature, and stylistic guidance. In the Words of E. B. White offers readers a delightful selection of quotations, selected and annotated by his granddaughter and literary executor, Martha White. The quotations cover a wide range of subjects and situations, from Automobiles, Babies, Bees, City Life, and College to Spiders, Taxes, Weather, Work, and Worry. E. B. White comments on writing for children, how to tell a major poet from a minor one, and what to do when one becomes hopelessly mired in a sentence. White was apt to address the subject of security by speaking first about a Ferris wheel at the local county fair, or the subject of democracy from the perspective of roofing his barn and looking out across the bay-he had a gift for bringing the abstract firmly into the realm of the everyday. Included here are gems from White's books and essay collections, as well as bits from both published and unpublished letters and journals. This is a book for readers and writers, for those who know E. B. White from his 'Notes and Comment' column in The New Yorker, have turned to The Elements of Style for help in crafting a polished sentence, or have loved a spider's assessment of Wilbur as 'Some Pig.' This distillation of the wit, style, and humanity of one of America's most distinguished essayists of the twentieth century will be a welcome addition to any reader's bookshelf. WhiteE. B.: Martha White is manager of White Literary LLC, the literary estate of E. B. White, and the editor of Letters of E. B. White. A freelance writer herself, she lives on the coast of Maine.WhiteMartha: Martha White is manager of White Literary LLC, the literary estate of E. B. White, and the editor of Letters of E. B. White. A freelance writer herself, she lives on the coast of Maine.
Alex Engebretson offers the first comprehensive study of Marilynne Robinson's fiction and essays to date, providing an overview of the author's life, themes, and literary and religious influences. Understanding Marilynne Robinson examines this author of three highly acclaimed novels and recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction, the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the Orange Prize for fiction, and the National Humanities Medal. Through close readings of the novels and essay collections, Engebretson uncovers the unifying elements of Robinson's work: a dialogue with liberal Protestantism, an emphasis on regional settings, the marked influence of nineteenth-century American literature, and the theme of home. The study begins with Housekeeping, Robinson's haunting debut novel, which undertakes a feminist revision of the Western genre. Twenty-four years later Robinson began a literary project that would bring her national recognition, three novels set in a small, rural Iowa town. The first was Gilead, which took up the major American themes of race, the legacy of the Civil War, and the tensions between secular and religious lives. Two more Gilead novels followed, Home and Lila, both of which display Robinson's gift for capturing the mysterious dynamics of sin and grace. In Understanding Marilynne Robinson, Engebretson also reviews her substantial body of non-fiction, which demonstrates a dazzling intellectual range, from the contemporary science-religion debates, to Shakespeare, to the fate of liberal democracy. Throughout this study Engebretson makes the argument for Marilynne Robinson as an essential, deeply unfashionable, visionary presence within today's literary scene.
Praise for Deep River: &#8220;Marlantes conveys the elements, arcana and dangerous romance of logging superbly. His descriptions of logging itself&#8212;the ingenious mechanics of taking down trees and the skill of experienced loggers&#8212;are wonderfully detailed, dramatic and exhilarating&#8230;Mighty physical, social and economic forces operate the plot of this novel, buffeting its characters, raising them up, flinging them down, twisting their fates together. Deep River is a big American novel.&#8221; &#8212;Wall Street Journal &#8220;Deep River is an engrossing and commanding historical epic about one immigrant family&#8217;s shifting fortunes&#8230;a feat of lavish storytelling.&#8221; &#8212;Washington Post &#8220;Marlantes poignantly depicts the intimacies of personal dramas that echo the twentieth century&#8217;s unprecedented political storms and yet in surprising ways reprise Finland&#8217;s oldest mythologies&#8230;An unforgettable novel.&#8221; &#8212; Booklist, (starred review) &#8220;As a portrait of a complicated American era, and one family&#8217;s mighty struggle against it, the novel is both fascinating and fierce. And well worth the hours it asks of its reader.&#8221; &#8212;San Francisco Chronicle &#8220;Deep River seems a work born from Willa Cather by way of Upton Sinclair. But this new book is its own animal, and it&#8217;s something of a masterpiece&#8230;In Deep River, [Aino] takes her place beside Antonia Shimerda as one of the great heroines of literature.&#8221; &#8212;BookPage (starred review) &#8220;Inspired by family history, Marlantes (Matterhorn) offers a sprawling, painstakingly realistic novel about Finnish immigrants in the Pacific Northwest during the first half of the 20th century&#8230; Marlantes&#8217;s epic is packed with intriguing detail about Finnish culture, Northwest landscapes, and 20th-century American history, making for a vivid immigrant family chronicle.&#8221; &#8212;Publishers Weekly &#8220;A riveting read in the classic western literature tradition of Wallace Stegner&#8217;s The Big Rock Candy Mountain, delivering the rich pleasures of an epic story well told&#8230;The realism of Deep River comes with a magical tinge.&#8221; &#8212;Oregonian &#8220;An admirable work, this monomyth is dense&#8230;with Marlantes&#8217;s gift for lyricism and evocative language.&#8221; &#8212;Library Journal Praise for Karl Marlantes: &#8220;A raw, brilliant account of war that may well serve as a final exorcism for one of the most painful passages in American history . . . One of the most profound and devastating novels ever to come out of Vietnam&#8212;or any war.&#8221;&#8212;New York Times Book Review, on Matterhorn &#8220;Marlantes&#8217; story is so intense that there were times reading it when I thought I could not stand to turn the page . . . Vladimir Nabokov once said that the greatest books are those you read not just with your heart or your mind, but with your spine. This is one for the spine.&#8221;&#8212;Philadelphia Inquirer, on Matterhorn &#8220;Carefully constructed and beautifully realized . . . Filled with truth, wisdom, love, and a rich vein of dark gallows humor.&#8221;&#8212;Newsweek, on Matterhorn &#8220;Matterhorn will take your heart and sometimes even your breath away.&#8221;&#8212;NPR&#8217;s All Things Considered, on Matterhorn &#8220;Superb . . . A treasure . . . It&#8217;s a bloody Vietnam epic, to be sure. But it&#8217;s also a full-blooded inspection of the human spirit.&#8221;&#8212;Christian Science Monitor, on Matterhorn &#8220;Visceral . . . Evocative . . . [Marlantes] pitches us into a harrowing narrative we won&#8217;t soon forget.&#8221;&#8212;USA Today, on Matterhorn &#8220;A powerhouse: tense, brutal, honest.&#8221;&#8212;Time, on Matterhorn &#8220;Engrossing.&#8221;&#8212;Seattle Times, on Matterhorn &#8220;Vivid . . . Elegant . . . It tolls in the reader&#8217;s mind and leaves a long, haunting echo.&#8221;&#8212;Minneapolis Star
BENNY THE BIPLANE is a beginning reader for children ages 4-8 with decidedly educational and historical leanings. The text is that of a traditional children's picture book for very young readers, and it weighs in at just 308 words in 24 pages. It uses repetition of simple time elements and clauses, mostly monosyllabic words (monosyllabic being one of the most ironic words in the English language), and syntactically is short and easy to read. It covers concepts such as jobs, joblessness, sadness, hope, and success, with both a resolution and an ending that reinforce the concept that even when the outlook appears dim, the future may hold better opportunities than the one that was lost. BENNY THE BIPLANE is a beginning reader for children ages 3-8, with a bias toward education and American aviation history, particularly the history of the Boeing Stearman Kaydet trainer, a biplane that became ubiquitous in the training of US Army and Navy pilots during World War II. The text is that of a traditional children's picture book for very young readers and weighs in at just 304 words in 19 text pages (36 pages overall). Using repetition of simple time elements and clauses and mostly monosyllabic words, the text is syntactically short and easy to read. Its simplicity makes for an easy approach by young readers. BENNY THE BIPLANE covers such concepts as jobs, sadness, hope, and success, with a resolution and an ending that reinforce the concept that even when the outlook appears dim, the future may hold better opportunities than those that have been lost. BENNY THE BIPLANE is unlike other children's books because it incorporates historical photographs of actual biplanes, including a list of illustrations with approximate shooting dates and locations (where available). This additional detail widens the book's target age range, provides additional information for interested readers, and creates additional learning and discussion opportunities for children, their parents, librarians, and educators. For flying nuts (we're not sure that's the technically correct term, but we're running with it anyway), these photographs may bring back memories of the rich heritage of biplanes in the United States and Europe. The initial reaction, from readers raised on heavily saturated picture books with unchallenging underlying themes, may be, 'Huh?' We get it--this book is unlike most other children's books on the market. From an educational standpoint, the book provides excellent reading practice for children who are still mastering the fundamentals of simple sentence structure and common word forms. It should appeal to young boys who are only modestly interested in books and reading, though we have found that girls love the book as much as or more than boys do. Children as young as three years have enjoyed having BENNY THE BIPLANE read to them (they also enjoy hauling the book with them and inflicting as much 'personalization' as possible on the book--the tactile approach to reading, one that we fully endorse). As a picture book, BENNY THE BIPLANE is relatively short, so it's an easy read on those nights when a longer book won't quite fit the bill. We hope you love it! [As an aside, we've noticed that military veterans seem to love this book--just an idea for those searching for a unique gift.]