Written in 1957, but only recently rediscovered in manuscript form in a New Jersey warehouse, Beat Generation bears the hallmarks of vintage Kerouac: flowing, stream-of-consciousness language, orchestrated with a jazz-like sense of adventure and rhythm.
Under the pressure of his boss, the intransigent Riviere, the airmail pilot Fabien attempts a perilous flight during a heavy night-time thunderstorm in Argentina. As conditions get worse and the radio communication with Fabien becomes increasingly difficult, Riviere begins to question his uncompromising methods, and his distress turns to guilt when the pilot''s wife comes to find him in search of answers.
Based on Saint-Exupery''s own experiences as a commercial pilot, Night Flight is a haunting and lyrical examination of duty, destiny and the individual, as well as an authentic and tragic portrayal of the intrepid early days of human air travel.>
Offers a contemporary satire on the world of marketing, in which memory, race and history are subsumed into the cover-up of corporate branding. Here, a 'nomenclature consultant' - an expert on naming the most disparate things, from antidepressants to cars, and spoons to plasters - is summoned by the city authorities of Winthrop.
Phaedrus is sailing down the Hudson River when he meets Lila Blewitt. He is drawn to her physically and interested in her intellectually. Lila prompts Phaedrus to explore conflicts of values, and finally, he formulates his 'Metaphysics of Quality', which offer a system of understanding actions according to a hierarchy of four evolutionary realms.
As a woman, Emily Dickinson is most known as a recluse; as a poet, she is known for producing some of the most daring and original verse of the nineteenth century. This work probes into this world, revealing her tense relationship with her parents, her hidden passions and aspirations, and her secret views on religion and love.
Heart-warming, funny and poignant, Skid - the second volume in Roland Watson-Grant's Trilogy of the Swamp after the critically acclaimed Sketcher - continues the exploration of a young man's coming of age in today's broken world.
A mysterious portrait ignites an antiquarian bookseller's search for his lost love. Guaranteed to capture the hearts of everyone who truly loves books and literature - in particular the golden age of Shakespeare, Jonson and Marlowe - The Bookman's Tale is a sparkling novel and an exploration of one of literature's most tantalizing mysteries.
Gripped by mounting horror at the discovery of secrets harboured by the isolated school community, Barney Holland personifies the struggle of a young peace-time generation finding its way out of the shadow of war.
Arthur Baptiste knows little of Rwanda's past and is unaware of its emerging troubles. He lives with his parents on a flower plantation where he talks to no one, not even the butterflies he collects, until one day Beni appears.
The Skinning Tree centres on the nine-year-old Sabby, who lives in a Calcutta family where sophisticated British habits such as bridge and dinner parties co-exist with Indian values and nationalism. When he is sent to a boarding school in northern India, he witnesses a strict regime in which the schoolboys are beaten and brutalized by the teachers.
Longlisted for the Orange Fiction Prize 2012, The Pink Hotel is a tale about finding love in the most unlikely of places, and how sometimes you can only know who you are by discovering who you are not.
At turns poignant and funny, Sweet Dreams, Little One - the most successful book to come out of Italy last year with over 1.2 million copies sold, and an international sensation - is the story of a secret which has been kept hidden for forty years and a lifelong search for happiness.
Set in 1936 in Belgium and Ceylon, Smoke Portrait traces the development of an unlikely friendship between a young Belgian teenager, Marten Kuypers, and Glen Phayre, an Englishwoman in her twenties. Glen has left England to live on her aunt's tea plantation in Ceylon, where she embarks on the task of writing charitable letters to a Belgian prisoner. But the letters go astray, and are received instead by Marten, eager to discover the wide world outside his small village, and desperately missing his older brother Krelis, who has vanished and is presumed dead.
Marten decides to reply to Glen in the guise of the grown-up prisoner she is expecting to hear from, and as their correspondence evolves, they both assume identities that, while false in many respects, remain true to their own selves in other ways. Gradually they come to depend on each other, and their pen friendship proves to be crucial when events in their real lives take on a darker, more threatening turn in the shadow of the impending world war.
A concubine rediscovers her love for life, a girl is able to conquer the heart of her lover, a surly man is transformed into a loveable gentleman - all this happens at the Katatsumuri, the magic restaurant whose delicate food can heal any heartache and help its customers.
Stones for my Father follows Coraline Roux through the darkest days of the Anglo-Boer War: from the sacking of her family's farm, to a trek across the battle-scarred Transvaal, to internment in a British concentration camp. Scattered throughout are moments of quiet beauty, including a figure of hope who emerges in the form of a Canadian soldier.
Jane Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has barely started her new job at an antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customers request a copy of the same obscure publication. Their enquiry draws Sophie into a web of mystery surrounding the true authorship of Pride and Prejudice, with ultimately dangerous consequences.
Written as a long confession to Jo's ex-girlfriend Susie, alternating with Elizabeth's account of nursing Indian soldiers at the Brighton Pavilion in 1915, The Repercussions is a sweeping narrative dealing with the psychological and emotional reality of war, as well as race, guilt, love and loss.