- QuickviewFictionA merry Christmas, uncle! God save you!” cried a cheerful voice. “Bah!” said Scrooge, “Humbug!” In the city of London, on the night of Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge—a bitter, cold-hearted old miser—refuses his nephew’s invitation for Christmas dinner and rudely turns away the gentlemen seeking donation for the poor. And as he comes to sit down alone in his cold, dark apartment, he is visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley, his dead partner. Haggard and double-ironed, Marley is cursed to wander the earth. as Marley relates his unfortunate story, Scrooge is warned. and before Marley leaves, Scrooge is told that he would be haunted by Three Spirits. As the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come take Scrooge on respective journeys, will he learn the true meaning of the season? Will Ebenezer Scrooge be redeemed? One of the best-loved Yuletide tales by Dickens, a Christmas Carol is filled with compassion and humor. with larger than life characters, who continue to live outside the pages, this Ghost story of Christmas will make you laugh and cry in the same breath. Published more than two centuries ago, it continues to be adapted into films, stage operas and other media.
- QuickviewFiction'The sun is shining through the bars of my window on what must be a glorious summer day. I've been incarcerated in a cell five paces by three for twelve and a half hours, and will not be let out again until midday; eighteen and a half hours of solitary confinement. There is a child of seventeen in the cell below me who has been charged with shoplifting - his first offence, not even convicted - and he is being locked up for eighteen and a half hours, unable to speak to anyone. This is Great Britain in the twenty-first century, not Turkey, not Nigeria, not Kosovo, but Britain.'On Thursday 19 July 2001, after a perjury trial lasting seven weeks, Jeffrey Archer was sentenced to four years in jail. He was to spend the first twenty-two days and fourteen hours in HMP Belmarsh, a double A-Category high-security prison in South London, which houses some of Britain's most violent criminals.Hell, the first volume in Archer's The Prison Diaries, is the author's daily record of the time he spent there.
- QuickviewFictionA Time To Kill is available in paperback. The book has 672 pages. The language of the book is English, and the author of the book is John Grisham.A ten-year old African American girl is brutally raped and beaten by two white racist drunken men. Inspite of committing such a heinous crime, the perpetrators remain unrepentant. This horrendous act unleashes mayhem in the town of Clayton, Mississippi where the story is set.Carl Lee, the father of the wronged girl, is driven into a mad rage and decides to take the law in his hands in order to bring justice to his daughter. Armed with an assault rifle, he sets out to avenge the gruesome crime committed on his daughter and kills the culprits. He is arrested and is to be tried for capital murder.This is a moving tale about a young defence lawyer, Jake Brigance, who decides to defend the black Vietnam war hero. The people of the town are divided in their opinion about the the crime committed by Carl. The book takes you through a journey of the lawyer’s struggle to save his client. Also at stake is the young attorney’s life. The novel was published in the year 1992 by RHUK.Key Features:The book sensitively explores the relationship between black and whites. It is a legal suspense thriller and keeps you on an edge at all times.
- QuickviewFictionEvery New Yorker's worst nightmare is about to become a reality. New York has seen more than its fair share of horrific attacks but the city is about to be shaken in a way it never has before. After two devastating catastrophes in quick succession, everyone is on edge. Detective Michael Bennett is assigned to the case and given the near impossible task of hunting down the shadowy terror group responsible. With troubles at home to contend with, Bennett has never been more at risk or more alone, fighting the chaos all around him. Then a shocking assassination makes it clear that these inexplicable events are just the prelude to the biggest threat of all. Now Bennett is racing against the clock to save his beloved city - before the most destructive force he has ever faced tears it apart.
- QuickviewFictionFor anyone who has ever wondered about the mysteries that lie beyond everyday experience, or doubted the reality of the afterlife, Angels in My Hair is a moving and deeply inspirational journey into the unseen world.For as long as she can remember, Lorna Byrne has seen angels. As a young child, she assumed everyone could see the otherworldly beings who always accompanied her. Yet in the eyes of adults, her abnormal behavior was a symptom of mental deficiency. Today, sick and troubled people from around the world are drawn to her for comfort and healing, and even theologians of different faiths seek her guidance. Lorna is trusted for her ability to communicate with spirits and angels—and by sharing her intimate knowledge of the spiritual world she offers a message of hope and love to us all.Angels in My Hair is an engrossing chronicle of Lorna’s incredible life story. Invoking a wonderful sense of place, she describes growing up poor in Ireland, finding work in Dublin, and marrying the man of her dreams—only to have the marriage cut short by tragedy. Already a bestseller in Ireland, her story gives readers a unique insight into the angelic help that is around us and available to us all the time. As Lorna says, "All you have to do is ask."
- QuickviewFictionBrilliant, brave, controversial, combative, intellectual - just how do you become Janet Street-Porter? In this mesmerising account of growing up in post-war London there is poignancy, mystery - and a trademark black humour. BAGGAGE will touch readers at many levels; it is as edgy and fearless as Janet Street-Porter herself.
- QuickviewFictionDev, a young British-Asian writer in London, is suddenly informed by his live-in girlfriend, Jo, that she's pregnant. His reaction is to take off for Munich, leaving a note for Jo on the telephone table. What he tells her is that he urgently needs to recover a couple of old manuscripts from his ex-girlfriend, Heidi. What he doesn't say is that although Heidi left him years ago, he has never stopped hoping for a second chance with her. This is Dev's now-or-never opportunity to bare his heart, and get a definite answer. But shortly after their meeting, Heidi disappears without a trace, and her furious mother places the blame entirely on Dev. It now falls on him to try and find her. Unfortunately, the only man who can help him is the one person he would never wish to see again, the infuriating Rodrigo, the man Heidi left him for! Two men thrown together, who could not be more different, but want the same woman equally badly. They will risk everything to reach her. This is their story.
- QuickviewFictionBetween March 2011 and March 2012, Manish Tiwari and Rajan Pandey travelled across Uttar Pradesh, by bike, jeep, bus and train, covering more than 15,000 kilometres and 350 constituencies in over 60 districts in an effort to witness the prelude to the 2012 assembly elections, and capture the grassroots reality of Indias most politically significant state.The authors narrate untold stories and anecdotes of UP politics and give a ringside view of these watershed elections, which saw the end of Mayawatis rule, the drubbing of the Congress, which had pinned its hopes on the Gandhi charisma, and the rise of a new star in the form of Akhilesh Yadav. They are witness to events as they unfold in the remotest corners of UP. At the same time, they also investigate the specifics of the socio-political climate in Uttar Pradesh at what is, arguably, a turning point in the states history, caught as it is between the politics of caste and the politics of class, the politics of goonda-gardi and corruption and the voting publics increasingly vocal refusal to put up with it, the need for development and its almost unbearable human costs.Coming up to the present, the book takes an objective look at Akhilesh Yadavs first six months in power and whether it has really been a change for the better. Part gonzo-journalism, part ethnography, Battleground UP: Politics in the Land of Ram is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand Uttar Pradesh and its politics.
- QuickviewFictionBanned in China for its candid exploration of a young girl's sexual awakening yet widely acclaimed as being "the first novel of 'tough youth' in China" (Beijing Today), Beijing Doll cuts a daring path through China's rock-and-roll subculture. This cutting edge novel -- drawn from the diaries the author kept throughout her teenage years -- takes readers to the streets of Beijing where a disaffected generation spurns tradition for lives of self-expression, passion, and rock-and-roll. Chun Sue's explicit sensuality, unflinching attitude towards sex, and raw, lyrical style break new ground in contemporary Chinese literature.
- QuickviewFictionBlack and Blue was written in 1997 by Scottish writer Ian Rankin. This book is a part of his Inspector Rebus series. in this book, Inspector Rebus has four cases to deal with. Set in the late 90's, Black and Blue circles around many events at once. These include a serial killer whose crime scenes bear a striking resemblance to the Bible John case, an investigation on Rebus himself and a bribery stint.Rebus is seen traversing through the cities of Scotland in the hopes of uncovering the secrets behind a murder investigation. During this, he becomes obsessed with the Johnny Bible killings and starts digging for answers. One case he involves himself with is the Alan Mitchison death. He travels to Aberdeen in search of some evidence or information regarding the same, which would lead him closer to the killer. Meanwhile, an old case is reopened which puts Rebus under scrutiny.Black and Blue is the eighth book of the Inspector Rebus series. With so many events happening at once, John Rebus has to find the identity of the killer quickly. Black and Blue was published by Orion in 2008 and is available in paperback.Key Features:This book won an award from the Crime Writers' Association and the Gold Dagger award as well. This book was the first to be adapted into a television series with Rebus as the central character in 2000.
- QuickviewFictionWith the bravura storytelling and pungent authenticity of detail she brought to her acclaimed Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnett, grande dame of the historical novel, presents The House of Niccolò series. The time is the 15th century, when intrepid merchants became the new knighthood of Europe. Among them, none is bolder or more cunning than Nicholas vander Poele of Bruges, the good-natured dyer's apprentice who schemes and swashbuckles his way to the helm of a mercantile empire. Winter 1474 finds Nicholas exiled in the frozen port of Danzig, Poland. His Machiavellian exploits in Scotland have cost him friends and family--not to mention countless riches. As the ice melts, temptations arise. Will he assist the Muslim Prince Uzum Hasan against the Turks? Will he lose himself among the secret, scented gardens of the Crimea in the arms of a close friend's bride? As Nicholas pursues his future, his estranged wife, Gelis, seeks the truth about his past, only to discover the secret identity of his latest comrade in arms--a tantalizing ghost from the past poised to deal him the crowning death blow. Shimmering with detail, alive with intrigue, Caprice and Rondo is Dorothy Dunnett's quicksilver evocation of a world where joy is fleeting, love is unexpected, and truth the rarest commodity of all.
- QuickviewFictionRetired sportswriter, w.g. karunasena is dying. He will spend his final months drinking arrack, upsetting his wife, ignoring his son, and tracking down pradeep s. Mathew, an elusive spinbowler he considers ‘the greatest cricketer to walk the earth’.On his quest to find this unsung genius, w.g. uncovers a coach with six fingers, a secret bunker belowa famous stadium, an ltte war lord, and startling truths about sri lanka, cricket and himself. Ambitious, playful, and strikingly original, chinaman is a novel about cricket and sri lanka — and of sri lanka through its cricket. Hailed by the gratiaen prize judges as ‘one of the most imaginativeworks of contemporary sri lankan fiction’, it is an astounding book.