A Girl in Winter by Philip Larkin Requirements: .ePUB reader, 274 KB Overview: Philip Larkin’s second novel was first published in 1947. This story of Katherine Lind and Robin Fennel, of winter and summer, of war and peace, of exile and holidays, is memorable for its compassionate precision and for the uncommon and unmistakable distinction of its writing.
‘A Girl in Winter is a beautifully constructed, funny and profoundly sad book.’ Andrew Motion
‘One of the finest and most sustained prose poems in the language.’ John Bayley Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
Life of the Party by Olivia Gatwood Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.5MB Overview: A dazzling debut collection of raw and explosive poems about growing up in a sexist, sensationalized world, from a thrilling new feminist voice.
Lauded for the power of her writing and having attracted an online fan base of millions for her extraordinary spoken-word performances, Olivia Gatwood now weaves together her own coming-of-age with an investigation into our culture’s romanticization of violence against women. At times blistering and riotous, at times soulful and exuberant, Life of the Party explores the boundary between what is real and what is imagined in a life saturated with fear. Gatwood asks, How does a girl grow into a woman in a world racked by violence? Where is the line between perpetrator and victim? In precise, searing language, she illustrates how what happens to our bodies can make us who we are. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics > Poetry
2 Books by Mary Ellen Bramwell Requirements: .ePUB reader, 986KB Overview: Mary Ellen Bramwell, an award-winning author, has been writing stories since she was ten years old. After working in other fields and raising five children as a stay-at-home mom, Mary Ellen returned to her first love, writing. She resides in the Mountain West with her husband of over 35 years and her youngest son. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
The Apple of My Eye: When Brea Cass, a young mother, is awakened in the night by the news that her loving husband, Paul, has been shot during a robbery, she is stunned. When she finally emerges from the fog of her life, it dawns on her that something is amiss in the way her husband died. As Brea searches for answers, she discovers things she never knew… and things she’s not sure she wants to know. Delving into unsolved mysteries brings several questions to the forefront of Brea’s thoughts, and she must decide if moving forward can erase the heartache and mistakes.
Dandelion Summer: With the unique perspective of adolescence comes a story exploring the bonds between fathers and daughters, mother and child and how families manage their secrets, big and small. When Madelyn learns her father will be gone for the summer, she thinks it’s the worst thing that can happen. But missing him is soon replaced with the challenges and surprises right in front of her. What is her mother hiding? Why has her grandfather disappeared from their lives? Unraveling the mysteries brings about unexpected discoveries and connections, ultimately leading her to know herself and understand what matters most.
Complete Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell by Delphi Classics Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 6.90 MB Overview: The Romantic poet James Russell Lowell was associated with the Fireside Poets, a group of New England writers that were among the first American poets to rival the popularity of British poets. Their poetry usually employed conventional forms and metres, making their works suitable for families while entertaining ‘at the fireside’. Lowell was the archetypal New England man of letters, remarkable for his cultivation and charm, his deep learning and his diverse literary talents. The Delphi Poets Series offers readers the works of literature’s finest poets, with superior formatting. This volume presents Lowell’s complete poetical works, with beautiful illustrations and the usual Delphi bonus material. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics > Poetry > Poems
* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Lowell’s life and works * Concise introductions to the life and poetry of Lowell * Excellent formatting of the poems * Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry * Easily locate the poems you want to read * Includes a wide selection of Lowell’s prose * Features a bonus biography – discover Lowell’s literary life * Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
The Life and Poetry of James Russell Lowell
BRIEF INTRODUCTION: JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL; COMPLETE POETICAL WORKS OF JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL;
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER; LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER;
AMONG MY BOOKS; THE FUNCTION OF THE POET AND OTHER ESSAYS; MY GARDEN ACQUAINTANCE; POLITICAL ESSAYS
Leonidas of Sparta Trilogy (#1-3) by Helena P. Schrader Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 6.14 MB Overview: Helena Schrader was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of a professor, and travelled abroad for the first time at the age of two, when her father went to teach at the University of Wasada in Tokyo, Japan.
Later the family lived in Brazil, England and Kentucky, but home was always the coast of Maine. There, her father’s family had roots, and an old, white clapboard house perched above the boatyard in East Blue Hill. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics > Historical > Greece
A Boy of the Agoge (Leonidas of Sparta Trilogy #1)
The smaller of twins, born long after two elder brothers, Leonidas was considered an afterthought from birth — even by his mother. Lucky not to be killed for being undersized, he was not raised as a prince like his eldest brother, Cleomenes, who was heir to the throne, but instead had to endure the harsh upbringing of ordinary Spartan youth. Barefoot, always a little hungry, and subject to harsh discipline, Leonidas had to prove himself worthy of Spartan citizenship. Struggling to survive without disgrace, he never expected that one day he would be king or chosen to command the combined Greek forces fighting a Persian invasion. But these were formative years that would one day make him the most famous Spartan of them all: the hero of Thermopylae.
This is the first book in a trilogy of biographical novels about Leonidas of Sparta. This first book describes his childhood in the infamous Spartan agoge. The second will focus on his years as an ordinary citizen, and the third will describe his reign and death.
A Peerless Peer (Leonidas of Sparta Trilogy #2)
Sparta at the start of the fifth century BC is in crisis. The Argives are attacking Sparta’s vulnerable island of Kythera, but King Cleomenes is more interested in meddling in Athenian affairs. His co-monarch, King Demaratus, opposes Cleomenes’ ambitions, and soon the kings are at each other’s throats. Exploiting this internal conflict, Corinth launches a challenge to Spartan control of the Peloponnesian League, while across the Aegean Sea, the Greek cities of Ionia are in rebellion against Persia — and pleading for Spartan aid.
King Cleomenes’ youngest half-brother Leonidas has only just attained citizenship. He has no reason to expect that this revolt will shape his destiny. At twenty-one, Leonidas is just an ordinary ranker in the Spartan army, less interested in high politics than putting his private life in order. He needs to find reliable tenants to restore his ruined estate, and, most important, to find the right woman to be his bride.
Meanwhile, his niece Gorgo is growing up. Not particularly pretty, she is, nevertheless, precocious and courageous — qualities that get her into trouble more than once. This is the story of both Leonidas and Gorgo in the years before Leonidas becomes king of Sparta and before the first Persian invasion of Greece sets Leonidas on the road to Thermopylae.
This is the second book in a trilogy of biographical novels about Leonidas and Gorgo. The first book, "A Boy of the Agoge," described Leonidas’s childhood in Sparta’s infamous public school. This second book focuses on his years as an ordinary citizen, and the third will describe his reign and death.
A Heroic King (Leonidas of Sparta Trilogy #3)
Come and take them! Persia has crushed the Ionian revolt and is gathering a massive army to invade and punish mainland Greece, but in Sparta the dangers seem closer to home. The Eurypontid king Demaratus is accused of being a usurper, while the Agiad king Cleomenes is going dangerously mad. More and more Spartans turn to Leonidas, Cleomenes’s half-brother and son-in-law, to provide leadership. But Leonidas is the younger of twins, and his brother Brotus has no intention of letting Leonidas lay claim to the Agiad throne without a fight.
This novel follows Leonidas and Gorgo as they steer Sparta through the dangerous waters of domestic strife and external threat, working together as a team to make Sparta the best it can be. But the forces that will destroy not only Leonidas but his Sparta are already gathering — not just in Persepolis and Sardis, but in the hubris of a rising Athens and the bigotry and xenophobia of his fellow Spartans. The murder of two Persian ambassadors by an agitated Spartan Assembly sets in train the inevitable conflict between Sparta and Persia that will take Leonidas to Thermopylae — and into history.
This is the third book in a trilogy of biographical novels about Leonidas and Gorgo. The first book, A Boy of the Agoge, described Leonidas’s childhood in the Spartan public school. The second, A Peerless Peer, focused on his years as an ordinary citizen. This third book describes his rise to power, his reign, and his death.
Winning Words: Inspiring Poems For Everyday Life by William Sieghart Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 1.20 MB Overview: Faster, higher, stronger: winning words are those that inspire you on to Olympian goals.
From falling in love to overcoming adversity, celebrating a new born or learning to live with dignity: here is a book to inspire and to thrill through life’s most magical moments. From William Shakespeare to Carol Ann Duffy, our most popular and best loved poets and poems are gathered in one essential collection, alongside many lesser known treasures that are waiting to be discovered. These are poems that help you to see the miraculous in the commonplace and turn the everyday into the exceptional – to discover, in Kipling’s words, that yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics > Poetry > Poems
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 1.35 MB Overview: After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, aged barely seventeen, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and, ultimately, the Civil War.
Having fled terrible hardships they find these days to be vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in. Their lives are further enriched and imperilled when a young Indian girl crosses their path, and the possibility of lasting happiness emerges, if only they can survive.
Moving from the plains of the West to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry’s latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. Both an intensely poignant story of two men and the lives they are dealt, and a fresh look at some of the most fateful years in America’s past, Days Without End is a novel never to be forgotten.
Winner of the 2016 Costa Book of the Year
Winner of the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017
Winner of the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award 2017
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics > Historical > Civil War
The Opposite of Fate by Alison McGhee Requirements: .ePUB reader, 2.5MB Overview: Twenty-one-year-old Mallie Williams—scrappy, headstrong, and wise beyond her years—has just landed on her feet following a tumultuous youth when the unthinkable happens: she is violently assaulted. The crime leaves her comatose, surrounded by friends and family who are hoping against hopes for a full recovery. But soon Mallie’s small community finds themselves divided. The rape has left Mallie pregnant, and while some friends are convinced that she would never keep the pregnancy, others are sure that a baby would be the only good thing to come out of all of this pain. Who gets to decide? How much power, in the end, do we have over our own bodies? Mallie, her family, and her town find themselves at the center of a media storm, confronting questions nobody should have to face. And when Mallie emerges from the fog, what will she think of the choices that were made on her behalf? The Opposite of Fate is an intense and moving exploration of the decisions we make—and don’t make—that forever change the course of our lives. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
Back to Delphi by Ioanna Karystiani Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 2.49 MB Overview: Linos has been granted a five-day furlough from prison where he is serving a life sentence for murder. His mother has decided to take him to Delphi. A few days spent in that magical place, she thinks, might distract him from his awful fate. She also hopes that this brief time together might be a chance for them to repair what has become a damaged relationship. To that end, she has a difficult revelation to share with her son: ten years earlier, it was she who led the police to him; she is responsible for his arrest and imprisonment.
Over the course of five days, as mother and son wander the magnificent ruins of Delphi, matters concerning Linos’s childhood that have been buried for decades resurface. This is a return to the origins of Greek tragedy, a story about guilt and innocence, about the monsters that lurk even in everyday life, and about the complex and fascinating relationship between mothers and their sons.
Ioanna Karystiani was born on the island of Crete, Greece, & now lives in Athens. Her literary debut came with the collection of short stories, I kyria Kataki (Ms. Kataki). She has since written three novels, all of which have been translated into several languages. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics > Family Life > Relationships
Snow on the Cobbles (Coronation Street, Book 3) by Maggie Sullivan Requirements: ePUB Reader | 412 KB Overview: The prefect seasonal gift full of nostalgia and charm, perfect for fans of Coronation Street and readers who love Fiction set in times past. When Lizzie moves with her mother and her brothers to No.9 Coronation Street at the end of the Second World War, it’s a new start for all of them after the loses and heartache they’ve endured. Their new neighbour, Elsie Tanner, tells them that the house is said to have bad luck, but things look up for Lizzie when she lands a job as a barmaid in a local pub, the Pride of Weatherfield. There she makes friends with the young and giddy Hilda Ogden, still waiting for her wayward husband, Stan, to come home from the war. It isn’t long before they realize that the place isn’t quite it seems, but Lizzie has been keeping secrets too and as winter draws in, there are a few surprises in store for Coronation Street … Genre: General Fiction/Classics