Slade House

Author: David Mitchell

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1473616670

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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Turn down Slade Alley - narrow, dank and easy to miss, even when you're looking for it. Find the small black iron door set into the right-hand wall. No handle, no keyhole, but at your touch it swings open. Enter the sunlit garden of an old house that doesn't quite make sense; too grand for the shabby neighbourhood, too large for the space it occupies. A stranger greets you and invites you inside. At first, you won't want to leave. Later, you'll find that you can't. This unnerving, taut and intricately woven tale by one of our most original and bewitching writers begins in 1979 and comes to its turbulent conclusion around Hallowe'en, 2015. Because every nine years, on the last Saturday of October, a 'guest' is summoned to Slade House. But why has that person been chosen, by whom and for what purpose? The answers lie waiting in the long attic, at the top of the stairs . . .

David Mitchell's Post-Secular World

Buddhism, Belief and the Urgency of Compassion

Author: Rose Harris-Birtill

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350078603

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 2651


Since the publication of Ghostwritten (1999), David Mitchell has rapidly established himself as one of the most inventive and important British novelists of the 21st century. In this landmark study, Rose Harris-Birtill reveals the extent to which Mitchell has created an interconnected fictional world across the full run of his writing. Covering Mitchell's complete fictions, from bestselling novels such as Cloud Atlas (2004), The Bone Clocks (2014) and number9dream (2001), to his short stories and his libretti for the operas Sunken Garden and Wake, this book examines how Buddhist influences inform the ethical worldview that permeates his writing. Using a comparative theoretical model drawn from the Tibetan mandala to map Mitchell's fictional world, Harris-Birtill positions Mitchell as central to a new generation of post-secular writers who re-examine the vital role of belief in galvanizing action amidst contemporary ecological, political and humanitarian crises. David Mitchell's Post-Secular World features two substantial new interviews with the author, a chronology of his fictions and a selected bibliography of important critical writings on his work.


Montaup to Poppasquash

Author: Richard V. Simpson

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1439613907

Category: Photography

Page: 160

View: 8103


The picturesque images and steadfast spirit of small-town America thrive within Bristol. One need only to look along its tree-lined streets and centuries-old waterfront and into its historic homes and buildings to see the romance of Rhode Island's past mingling with its present. Heritage and tradition, especially its long-running celebrations of the Fourth of July, are essential in understanding the character and identity of this little town on the bay. Bristol: Montaup to Poppasquash takes readers on a unique journey through the community's past, beginning with the voyages of early Norse explorers and detailing major events that shaped the town's history, including the King Philip's War, the Revolutionary War, and a variety of other military conflicts that took local men and women away from their homes. Not only evoking memories of yesteryear, this compelling illustrated history explores the evolving personality of Bristol over the passing decades, from its days as a small fishing village and a haven for privateers to its present status as a premier boat-building center.

Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities

Nursing Complex Needs

Author: Jillian Pawlyn,Steven Carnaby

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444301535

Category: Medical

Page: 376

View: 2395


Children and adults with profound and multiple learningdisabilities (PMLD) are among the most marginalised people insociety. They have some of the highest support needs and are mostreliant on services. This accessible text presents and promotescurrent best practice regarding interventions to meet the complexhealth needs of a person with profound & multiple learningdisabilities. Practical in focus, this text provides evidence-basedguidance on meeting the complex needs of a person with PMLD. The text presents a range of complex health needs that apractitioner may face, such as communication, nutrition, epilepsy,vision and mobility. Each practice-focused chapter provides cleardefinitions of the condition, with current evidence-basedbest-practice supporting the intervention. Written by a team of professionals who have wide experience andinterest in this subject area, this text will be invaluable for allthose working with, and caring for those with profound and multiplelearning disabilities.

Insiders' Guide® to Louisville

Author: David Domine

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0762763396

Category: Travel

Page: 240

View: 6527


Insiders' Guide to Louisville is the essential source for in-depth travel and relocation information to this storied Kentucky city. Written by a local (and true insider), this guide offers a personal and practical perspective of Louisville and its surrounding environs.

Roxanna Slade

A Novel

Author: Reynolds Price

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684853736

Category: Fiction

Page: 301

View: 5588


Born in 1900, Roxanna Slade recounts how the events of two World Wars, the racial division of the South, and her own private tragedies combine to change her life forever

Gramercy Park

A Novel of New York's Gilded Age

Author: Paula Cohen

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429972289

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 1677


New York City, 1894. To Gramercy Park, bordered by elegant town houses, cloistered behind its high iron fence, comes Mario Alfieri, the world's greatest tenor. Poised for his premier at the Metropolitan Opera, the summit of society, the handsome Alfieri needs a refuge from the clamor of New York's elite . . . and from the eager women who rule it. He finds it, he thinks, at Gramercy Park, in the elegant mansion of the recently deceased Henry Ogden Slade. The house is available . . . but not quite empty. Clara Adler, Slade's former ward, lives there still, friendless and alone. Who is this bewitching orphan? Why did Slade take her into his home, only to leave her penniless at his death? And what tragedies and terrors have left Clara little more than a pale and frightened ghost, haunting the deserted mansion? Mystified, then enchanted, Alfieri is soon involved in an intrigue that spans two decades and pits him against a vicious enemy who swears to destroy both him and the woman he loves . . . and whose weapon is a scandal that has already come close to killing Clara Adler.


Author: The Derby Historical Society

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1439610258

Category: Photography

Page: 128

View: 5806


The town of Ansonia is situated at the foot of Connecticut’s Berkshire Hills, above the confluence of the Housatonic and Naugatuck Rivers. This manufacturing village was named for its founder, Anson Phelps, a businessman who played a prominent role in the community. Ansonia shares its earliest history with the neighboring town of Derby, of which it was a part until 1889. Ansonia has been called the Industrial Heart of the Naugatuck Valley. Yet, as you will see inside, its history is rich beyond its industry. Ansonia highlights the town’s wonderful old homes and churches. This one town had 25 churches at one time. The book follows the town through good times as well as hard times, such as the Blizzard of 1888 and the Flood of 1955 and the redevelopment days that followed.

Hot Lights, Cold Steel

Author: D P

Publisher: Medallion Media Group

ISBN: 1605421804

Category: Pets

Page: 214

View: 3651


Head held high, I walked out of the shelter with the dog others had deemed hopeless. Minutes later, I was banished from my own car by bared teeth and bristled fur, caught in the rain and dripping wet, foiled by the very creature whose cause I had just championed. Never in my life had I asked so many times, “What was I thinking?” When I rescued Buji, little did I know he would teach me some of life’s most valuable lessons—and all he had to do to get my attention was save my life. In Buji and Me, psychological therapist and animal behaviorist Wendy Kelly shares the principles of a dynamic, life-changing force that occurs when we allow our pets to become our teachers. If we are open and aware, they will guide us to being, well, better beings—present, honest, aware, focused, joyful, kind, and loving. Unleash the seven secrets of living the “pawsitive” life . . . starting today.