Cooking Alone by Kathleen Le Riche Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 649KB | Retail Overview:Supper for one? Whether you’re a career girl, eccentric bedsitter or wild bachelor, this vintage 1950s cookery gem is the essential guide to dining in solitude (with a new foreword by Bee Wilson).
The Career Woman (who buys a chicken as a treat) The Bedsitter (who experiments with newfangled gadgets) The Old Lady (who feeds her menagerie of pets) The Schoolboy Moocher (who makes toffee and wallows in grapes) The Bachelor (who learns to stockpile food) Meet the experts in cooking alone . . .
‘Every servantless man and woman should read her.’ Truth
Supper for one? Cooking Alone (1954) is a delicious miniature compendium of tales inspired by a cast of eccentric solitary characters. Brimming with entertaining anecdotes, recipes (rabbit with aubergine and prunes, anyone?) and top tips (ever wondered how to store ice cream in a bedsit?), Kathleen Le Riche is a witty, charming guide to the single life. Reissued with a new foreword by Bee Wilson, this vintage delight is a hymn to the pleasures of dining solo. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
The Tool & the Butterflies by Dmitry Lipskerov Requirements: .ePUB reader, 918KB | Retail Overview: Dmitry Lipskerov, an award-winning Russian writer compared throughout his career to Mikhail Bulgakov and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, focuses his unbridled imagination on the story of wealthy, satisfied Mr. Iratov, whose virile world is flipped upside-down. Taking a page from Gogol’s satirical story "The Nose," wherein the protagonist loses his aforementioned facial feature, Lipskerov’s novel transposes such a loss onto a more delicate organ. The protagonist awakens one morning bereft of his tool; and the tool, which re-appears, sentient and in a small village far away, without his man. Thus begins a novel both funny and absurd, in which characters come together across disparate social strata and with differing goals to weave the fate of a universe familiar yet fantastical, a perfect satire of the madness of Russian society today.
The Tool and the Butterflies, Lipskerov’s eagerly anticipated English language debut, is not just a darkly comedic exploration of post-Soviet attitudes towards gender and sexuality, but also a historically and socially grounded narrative rich in naturalistic dialogue and everyday detail, and an engaging story of family and what matters most in life, in the grandest tradition of Russian literature. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
Simon’s Choice by Charlotte Castle Requirements: .ePUB reader, 206 KB Overview: : “But Daddy, who will live with me in heaven?” Doctor Simon Bailey has everything a man could ever want. Then his beautiful daughter is diagnosed with Leukemia. He can almost accept her impending death. He can almost accept the fact that he will have to live without her. But he cannot stand the thought of his little girl having to face death alone. He answers her innocent question in a moment of desperation, testing his marriage, his professional judgment and his sanity to the limit. As cracks form in Simon’s previously perfect family, we wonder, as do his loved ones … will he really make the ultimate sacrifice? Combining poignant moments of both humour and pain, ‘Simon’s Choice’ is a penetrating account of parenthood at the sharp end. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
The Walls of Rome: ‘… not only have we scaled the mighty Alps, I believe we have climbed the very walls of Rome by Robert M. Kidd Requirements: .ePUB reader, 434 KB Overview: 218 BC. Sphax is seventeen and haunted by the brutal murder of his parents at the hands of Rome. After ten years of miserable slavery he will make his last bid for freedom and go in search of Hannibal’s army and his birthright. He will have his revenge on the stinking cesspit that is Rome!
Destiny will see him taken under the wing of Maharbal, Hannibal’s brilliant general, and groomed to lead the finest horsemen in the world – the feared
Numidian cavalry that would become the scourge of Rome.
From the crossing of the great Rhodanus River, Sphax’s epic journey takes him through the lands of the Gaul to the highest pass in the Alps. This is the story of the most famous march in history. A march against impossible odds, against savage mountain Gauls, a brutal winter and Sphax’s own demons.
This is more than a struggle for empire. This is the last great war to save the beauty of the old world, the civilized world of Carthage, Greece and Gaul. The world of art and philosophy – before it is ground into dust by the upstart barbarity of Rome. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
The Heaven Tree Trilogy by Edith Pargeter (Heaven Tree #1-3) Requirements: ePUB reader | 838 KB Overview: A trilogy of novels set in thirteenth-century England and Wales–The Heaven Tree, The Green Branch, and The Scarlet Seed–chronicles the adventures of master stone carver Harry Talvace; Ralf Isambard, Lord of Parfois; and their two sons. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
#1 – The Heaven Tree England in the reign of King John – a time of beauty and squalor, of swift treachery and unswerving loyalty. Against this violent background, the story of Harry Talvace, master mason, unfolds.
#2 – The Green Branch Young Harry Talvace, the son of Ralf Isambard’s master-builder who raised the great church of Parfois and was put to death by his jealous patron, has grown up at the court of Llewelyn, Prince of North Wales. Deep in his heart he nurses a desire for vengence, and when Harry become innocently involved in the tragedy which strikes Llewelyn’s marriage he sets out to avenge his father’s death. Alone he makes his way to Parfois to challenge Isambard. But enmity can prove as complex as love, Harry discovers, as in his turn he falls under the spell of the old warrior
#3 – The Scarlet Seed In the castle of Parfois, flaring down over the debated lands of the Welsh border, young Harry Talvace is held prisoner by his father’s sometime patron and late destroyer, Ralf Isambard. Captive and captor, bound by implacable hatred and reluctant affection, seemed doomed to stalemate.
Travel By Night by Sophie Morton-Thomas Requirements: epub/azw3/mobi reader, 303 KB Overview: A nebulous memory. Caught in a dangerous trap. A life-changing discovery. When Yalina wakes in hospital following surgery, she doesn’t recognise her own parents. Following her release, she makes the decision to meet her estranged brother, Ali, in Sheffield, but the man who picks her up is not her brother. He takes Yalina to a house where girls are held against their will and forced into sex slavery. Too late, she realises she has fallen into a trap. Over time, Yalina discovers a love of playing the old piano that lives in the house. It keeps her sane. As friendships blossom between the women, Yalina finds herself taking a young girl, Rebecca, under her wing, which makes it harder for her to try to escape. Using a stolen laptop, Yalina searches for her brother online, but soon discovers that all is not as it seems. As the women are threatened with violence, Yalina reluctantly accepts help from a stranger she met in the house. But he carries a secret that could impact on her whole life. But will it be enough for Yalina to escape her captors? And how will she cope with the unexpected revelation? Genre: General Fiction
Furnace Flat: A Western Duo by Frank Bonham Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 1.09 MB Overview: Frank Bonham (February 25, 1914 – 1988) was an author of Westerns and young adult novels. Bonham wrote 48 novels, as well as TV scripts. Bonham was born in Los Angeles. He was a UCLA graduate. Bonham was known for his works for young adults written in the 1960s, with tough, realistic urban settings, including The Nitty Gritty and Durango Street, as well as for his westerns. Several of his works have been published posthumously, many of which were drawn from his pulp magazine stories, originally published between 1941 and 1952. Durango Street was an ALA Notable Book. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics > Cowboys > Western
“Sergeant Forson’s Dirty-Shirt Army” is set in eastern Oregon, at a forgotten outpost left behind by the regular Army during the War between the States. Fort Haney is now home to a troop of fifty-seven men, raw recruits in the Oregon Volunteer Cavalry, who care little about fighting except among themselves, in spite of the fact that they are surrounded by hostile Snake and Cayuse Indians, just waiting for opportune moments to strike at farmers, ranchers, and stagecoaches. Their commanding officer plots strategy by retiring to his quarters, building model ships, and drinking whiskey. What alone can make a difference perhaps is Sergeant Ward Forson, previously trained in the regular Army. When word comes that the daughter of the commanding officer is on her way by stagecoach, coming to Fort Haney, both Major King and Sergeant Forson know that an Indian attack is likely. It is up to Forson to insure that these undisciplined recruits, who have been living almost like animals, will now pull together and meet their adversaries like true soldiers.
“Furnace Flat” is set in Death Valley. For twelve years now, Grady Ryan has worked in Borax mines, always with the idea to get a stake and strike off on his own to find a rich lode. He has done this several times in the past, but this time he has reason to expect to find a true bonanza. He is partnered with the elderly Mysterious Smith. Ryan is certain that Smith knows the location of a fabulous lode. And Ryan is right. But Smith knows they will be followed into the desert by ruthless claim-jumpers. His reason for wanting Ryan along is to fight off the claim-jumpers, not to share in a fortune with him. Maggie Conway, who operates a successful hash house in Furnace Flat, from which Grady and Smith are set to depart, is highly intuitive, and she tells Ryan that she is as sure as she has ever been that this time he will make his strike and find success at last. Intuitive she may be, but no fortune-teller.
Popular Music from Vittula by Mikael Niemi Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 3.95 MB Overview: Popular Music from Vittula tells the fantastical story of a young boy’s unordinary existence, peopled by a visiting African priest, a witch in the heart of the forest, cousins from Missouri, an old Nazi, a beautiful girl with a black Volvo, silent men and tough women, a champion-bicyclist music teacher with a thumb in the middle of his hand—and, not least, on a shiny vinyl disk, the Beatles.
The story unfolds in sweltering wood saunas, amidst chain thrashings and gang warfare, learning to play the guitar in the garage, over a traditional wedding meal, on the way to China, during drinking competitions, while learning secret languages, playing ice hockey surrounded by snow drifts, outsmarting mice, discovering girls, staging a first rock concert, peeing in the snow, skiing under a sparkling midnight sky. In the manner of David Mitchell’s Black Swan Green, Mikael Niemi tells a story of a rural Sweden at once foreign and familiar, as a magical childhood slowly fades with the seasons into adult reality. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics > Cultural > Humour > Music > Sweden > Magical Realism
Things in Glocca Morra by Peter Collier Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.0MB | Retail Overview: "What’s the point of being Irish anyway if you don’t think the world will break your heart?" asks Jack Kennedy. He is spellbound by a song about Ireland’s neverland of dreams: "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?"
No one better knew the real JFK’s dreams and passions than Lem Billings, a prep-school roommate who made himself "sidekick everlasting." The late Peter Collier had the great fortune to obtain oral histories from Billings himself, and they became the basis for a vivid biographical novel in Lem’s voice. On assignment with the Hearst newspapers, Jack goes with Lem to Hollywood, that neverland of dreams he loves for "the feeling that something might happen." Things do. Communists and gangsters vie for control of the unions. There are labor strikes, blackmail, assassinations. And there are glamorous actresses. Joseph Kennedy Sr. hovers oppressively over his son and aims to derail his romance with Valentina, survivor of an Italian prison camp and daughter of a mobster.
The world breaks Jack’s heart, and he dives into politics with steely purpose. But the interlude in Hollywood sends ripples through the Kennedys’ lives. When Lem gets the news of JFK’s assassination, he instantly thinks of Val’s father—a man whose middle name is vendetta. Billings never got the answers he sought about Jack’s death. As for his intimate knowledge of the Kennedys, he remained ever discreet, but left a trove of recollections to be opened by a later generation. Conveyed through Collier’s lively and imaginative prose, they illuminate shadowy corners of an extraordinary American saga. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
Who by Nanette L. Avery Requirements: .ePUB reader, 563KB | Retail Overview: Familiarity breeds contempt, or even murder, as portrayed in this mystery parody, Who.
If the characters seem familiar, they are, and in the case of some readers, they just might be old friends. Nanette L. Avery reunites a notorious but forgotten group of legendary personalities. Having been misjudged and victimized for most of their lives, they share a common trait, the need for justice. As the book opens, an invitation to an all-expense paid weekend to a secluded island home by a mysterious fan lures each character with promises of restitution.
The catalyst for the novel’s strange gathering is an offer by the Babbit Publishing Company, where a cocktail of greed, deception, and secrecy leads the way to murder. Intriguing and often humorous, the novel lampoons just the right amount of Agatha Christie and the Brothers Grimm to keep you wanting to know, "whodunit"! Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics > Humour