English From Afar is a light-hearted look at the ways to succeed in learning English as a second language. Laced with colourful tales from Bruce’s 25-year experience as an Englishman abroad it presents the reader with a witty and entertaining easy read.
Jack is a man with no memory, awakening in a dark and dangerous metropolis on the eve of its destruction. The only clue to his former life: a handwritten note in the pages of a book of faerie tales entitled Forevermore. Marked for death in a peacekeeping force sent to quell the riots, he finds sanctuary and survival with other renegades on the streets of Dead City. Battling to survive, they form the infamous A-Men, misfits who have a unifying dream: to be special. Yet that is until their paths cross with Dr Nathaniel Glass and his mysterious experiment locked deep beneath the Phoenix Tower.
Three friends befriend Ice, an alien life form who is on a dangerous mission to Earth. He must be reunited with his friends before he runs out of energy, but this is a perilous mission ...not least because there are armed agents hot on their trail who are determined to stop Ice from reaching his destination. This gripping contemporary adventure will appeal to children aged 10-14.
What is alien and what is normal? To Inan, she’s just a girl on her homeworld, yet she dreams of travelling to the stars and experiencing all the adventures they promise. Dream is all she can do, as her people’s customs forbid girls to face dangers - especially amongst the stars.
The story of the First World War is almost always told through the eyes of men in the trenches. But there was another war, just as cruel – the war at sea. And among the men who fought it few were more heroic than the officers and crews of the navy’s secret fleet of Mystery Ships. A Combat of Devils is a gripping tale of reckless courage, based on the real-life exploits of seamen who fought back against the marauding U-boats.Early summer 1915. Britain’s sea routes are a killing zone for the Kaiser’s submarines. The Royal Navy’s Special Service deploys a new weapon; cargo vessels carrying hidden guns, crewed by volunteers who offer themselves as bait to lure the enemy into a trap. Af...
During the 1960s Edinburgh became a hotbed for a forward-thinking group of biologists. These innovators saw that life's big mysteries were best tackled by studying its molecular foundations. This book tells their story.
Monisha Bastikar is twenty-seven years old and has just finished medical school in Vermont. She has three shining goals: to become a wife, a mother and a board-certified Physician. But time is running out, the men in her community are taken and residency at the prestigious St Anthony’s is just around the corner. Monisha’s over-ambitious mother Leela tells her all is not lost, for in India there are millions of men. Monisha opts for an arranged marriage, leaving her best friend Tina completely bewildered. Mrs Bastikar and her feisty younger sister Aunt Romila trawl through the Mumbai Matrimonials and shortlist Shailesh Kulkarni, a dashing surgeon, with glittering career prospects. On pape...
Perched Like Doves follows the experience of a student nurse as she takes on hospital life at St Bartholomew’s Hospital (Barts) in a bygone age when nurses still wore traditional uniforms and pretty caps; Matron was the matriarch, the Sisters (all single women) were the lynchpin of the hospital, the senior doctors were always addressed as ‘sir’ and the medical students were male. Only one out of every ten young women applicants to the hospital were accepted for training, the hours were long and arduous and the feet always painful. Nevertheless, the story is full of genuine laugh- out- loud moments and heart- rending tales of bravery as well as stories tinged with trauma and tragedy although there was still time for romance. Based on Greta Barnes’s diary kept throughout her training and fully illustrated, Perched Like Doves is an honest appreciation showing the camaraderie of hospital life and the sense of a close-knit community. It is a reminder of the gentler days before the turmoil of the National Health Service, the advent of modern technology and the introduction of the degree nurse of a time which has changed beyond measure.
A mouse who is small in size, but big in heart takes centre stage in John McEwan-Whyte’s debut children’s book. Frederick the mouse resides in the famous Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum along with his best friend, Jeremy the elephant. Using his quick wit, mischievous nature and cheeky grin, Frederick finds new adventures everywhere, all under the watchful eye of the museum janitor, Henry. In Davinci’s Desk, Frederick investigates the appearance of a new exhibit to the museum; the very desk that Leonardo Davinci used to create his artistic masterpieces. One priceless broken drawer later and Frederick finds himself transported to 15th century Florence, where he falls under the care of...
“What is an evacuee grandpa, what did they do in the war?” But For the Sake of a Tiny Wasp is a deeply emotional story of Ron, an East End evacuee who, along with his five year old brother, Len, and two elder sisters was unceremoniously plucked from a loving family and evacuated to West Sussex. The book is a simple, but honest, personal account of real life evacuee experiences revealing how the happy memories, traumas, moments of loneliness, unhappiness and fear all had a lifelong effect on his future development as an individual. As the complete circle of his life evolves, through childhood to present day, it becomes apparent that this true story has proved his life to be one of triumph over adversity. Although an incredibly poignant and raw account of war, including events such as the evacuation, rationing and Hitler’s invasion of Poland, the book also has light-hearted moments detailing Ron’s pre-war life and happier memories. But For the Sake of a Tiny Wasp will appeal to readers of all ages with an interest in the Second World War.