The Cockroach by Ian McEwan [Advanced Reader’s Copy] Requirements: .ePUB reader, 0.1mb Overview: The Cockroach is a novella in which the main character, Jim Sams, undergo a metamorphosis from an average nobody to the most powerful man in Britain when he wakes up to find himself the Prime Minister. Sams’ mission? To carry out the will of the people, no matter what – or whom – gets in his way. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
Bloomland by John Englehardt Requirements: .ePUB reader, 3.0MB | Retail Overview: Bloomland opens during finals week at a fictional southern university, when a student walks into the library with his roommate’s semi-automatic rifle and opens fire. When he stops shooting, twelve people are dead.
In this richly textured debut, John Englehardt explores how the origin and aftermath of the shooting impacts the lives of three characters: a disillusioned student, a grieving professor, and a young man whose valuation of fear and disconnection funnels him into the role of the aggressor. As the community wrestles with the fallout, Bloomland interrogates social and cultural dysfunction in a nation where mass violence has become all too familiar. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
Girls on the Home Front (Factory Girls Book 1) by Annie Clarke Requirements: .ePUB reader, 4.7MB | Retail Overview: August 1941: As war sweeps across Britain and millions of men enlist to serve their country, it’s up to the women to fight the battle on the home front.
Fran always thought she would marry her childhood sweetheart and lead a simple life in Massingham, the beloved pit village she has always called home.
But with war taking so many men to the front line, the opening of a new factory in the north-east of England presents an opportunity for Fran to forge a new path.
Against her father’s wishes and with best friends Sarah and Beth by her side, Fran signs up to join the ranks of women at the factory. It’s dangerous work but as the three friends risk life and limb for their country, they will discover that their lives are only just beginning… Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
Mrs Harris Adventures series (3-4) by Paul Gallico Requirements: epub Reader, 4.2MB Overview: Paul William Gallico was born in New York City, on 26th July, 1897. His father was an Italian, and his mother came from Austria; they emigrated to New York in 1895. He had always wanted to be a fiction writer, and was writing short stories and sports articles for magazines like Vanity Fair and the Saturday Evening Post. In 1936, he sold a short story to the movies for $5000, which gave him a stake. So he retired from sports writing, and went to live in Europe, to devote himself to writing. Genre: General Fiction > Classics
03. Mrs Harris MP: Mrs Harris is a salt-of-the-earth charlady, content with her lot, cleaning the homes of the rich. However, her knack of setting things straight often has the tendency to stray beyond keeping things neat and tidy…
In Mrs Harris MP, the honest as-ever old char impresses her employer with her no-nonsense political views to such an extent that he – an MP, no less – encourages her to become a voice for the people of Battersea and stand for election herself. The world of local politics, however, soon proves a test for a lady as straight-laced as Mrs Harris; political skulduggery, the glare of the media and the apparent betrayal of a trusted friend all becoming issues she just hadn’t bargained on…
04. Mrs Harris Goes to Moscow: Responsible for cleaning the homes of the rich, Mrs Harris is a humble charlady with a knack for putting things in order wherever she goes. When, much to her surprise, she wins a trip for two beyond the Iron Curtain, she has no idea of the adventure that lies ahead of her. Ever the loyal servant, however, Mrs Harris (accompanied by her loyal friend Mrs Butterfield) believes it only right that others benefit from her good fortune as well. With a mink coat in mind for Mrs Butterfield, she also hopes to use their ‘oliday to reignite a lost romance between her lovelorn employer and a Russian woman he had loved years ago. Unfortunately, the discreet passing of documents is an activity which can land even the most well-intentioned charlady in hot water with the KGB…
The New Woman by Charity Norman Requirements: .ePUB reader, 463 KB Overview: Luke Livingstone is a lucky man. He’s a respected solicitor, a father and grandfather, a pillar of the community. He has a loving wife and an idyllic home in the Oxfordshire countryside. Yet Luke is struggling with an unbearable secret, and it’s threatening to destroy him.
All his life, Luke has hidden the truth about himself and his identity. It’s a truth so fundamental that it will shatter his family, rock his community and leave him outcast. But Luke has nowhere left to run, and to continue living, he must become the person – the woman – he knows himself to be, whatever the cost. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan Requirements: ePUB Reader | 1.5 MB Overview: Dit is het duizelingwekkende avontuur van de elfjarige Washington Black, die weet te ontsnappen aan zijn slavenbestaan en aan een ongekend avontuur begint, op zoek naar vrijheid. Wanneer Washington Black, een elfjarige slaaf op een suikerplantage in Barbados, de persoonlijke bediende van de excentrieke Titch Wilde wordt, krijgt hij de kans op een nieuw leven. Titch is bioloog, ontdekkingsreiziger en uitvinder, geobsedeerd door zijn creatie: de heteluchtballon. Maar de dood van een familielid vermorzelt zijn idealistische plannen en Washington komt in gevaar. Ze besluiten te vluchten, maar dan verdwijnt Titch. Washington moet zijn weg alleen zien te vinden, op zoek naar echte vrijheid. Genre: General Fiction/Classics
Schilderslief by Simone van der Vlugt Requirements: ePUB Reader | 5.0 MB Overview: Op een juli dag in 1650 wordt Geertje Dircx door het vroedschap van Amsterdam aangehouden, in een koets getrokken en voor twaalf jaar opgesloten in het spinhuis van Gouda. Van een proces is geen sprake: ze wordt monddood gemaakt. Haar geliefde Rembrandt van Rijn heeft daartoe opdracht gegeven. Vanuit het spinhuis blikt Geertje Dircx terug op haar leven. Ze is van eenvoudige komaf, wordt jong weduwe, maar weet zich te redden door als kindermeisje voor een welgestelde familie in Hoorn te werken. Als die betrekking eindigt, gaat ze naar Amsterdam en treedt ze in dienst bij Rembrandt van Rijn. Hij zoekt een kindermeisje voor zijn zoon Titus, omdat zijn vrouw Saskia ernstig ziek is. Na Saskia’s dood bestiert Geertje al snel het hele huishouden, zorgt voor Titus en voor de eenzame Rembrandt. Jarenlang leven ze als een getrouwd paar, en Rembrandt geeft haar de sieraden uit Saskia’s erfenis. Maar op een gegeven moment blijkt zijn liefde voor Geertje niets meer waard. Geertje laat het er niet bij zitten en klaagt de beroemde schilder aan. Genre: General Fiction/Classics
Rama and the Dragon by Edwar al-Kharrat Requirements: .ePUB, .PDF, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 2.5 Mb Overview: Rama and the Dragon, a multi-layered novel about the depths of human experience and the struggle between polarities, on the surface presents a love story of unrequited passion between Rama — the symbol of multiplicity and creativity — and Mikhail — the symbol of unity and constancy. Their story reflects the relationship not only between man and woman, Copt and Muslim, but also between Upper and Lower Egypt. Through a delicate grid of intertextual references and juxtaposed narratives, the dreams and hopes, fears and defeats of Rama and Mikhail move from the local to the global, corresponding to human dreams and anxieties everywhere. In this novel, Edwar al-Kharrat has created a unique form of narrative discourse in which he presents Egyptian realities and actualities of the 1960s and 1970s, with flashbacks to as early as the 1940s, in an aesthetic form that highlights historical moments while blending philosophical, mythical, and psychological perspectives in a literary parallel to the cinematic technique of montage. In their citation awarding al-Kharrat the Mahfouz Medal, the judges stated: ”Rama and the Dragon is considered a breakthrough in the literary history of modern Arabic fiction.” Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
6 Books by Terry Southern Requirements: .ePUB reader, 5 Mb Overview: Terry Southern (1924–1995) was an American author, essayist, screenwriter, and university lecturer, noted for his distinctive satirical style. Part of the Paris postwar literary movement in the 1950s and a companion to Beat writers in Greenwich Village, Southern was also at the center of Swinging London in the 1960s and helped to change the style and substance of American films in the 1970s. In the 1980s he wrote for Saturday Night Live and lectured on screenwriting at several universities in New York. Southern’s dark and often absurdist style of satire helped to define the sensibilities of several generations of writers, readers, directors and film goers. He is credited by journalist Tom Wolfe as having invented New Journalism with the publication of "Twirling at Ole Miss" in Esquire in 1962, and his gift for writing memorable film dialogue was evident in Dr. Strangelove, The Loved One, The Cincinnati Kid, Easy Rider, and The Magic Christian. His work on Easy Rider helped create the independent film movement of the 1970s. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
Flash and Filigree: Terry Southern is an acclaimed satirist of American culture, the writer responsible for Candy and the screenplay of Dr. Strangelove. In Flash and Filigree, his first novel, he delivers yet another outrageously funny commentary on the dark side of our national life. Frederick Eichner, world-renowned dermatologist, is visited by the entrancingly irritating Mr. Felix Treevly, who comes to him as a patient and stays as an obsession. Mr. Treevly leads the doctor into a series of hilarious and increasingly weird situations, which, with the assistance of a drunken private detective, a mad judge, a car crash, and a hashish party, finally drive him to mayhem. A wild whirlwind of a novel, Flash and Filigree is a work of comic genius from one of the wittiest writers of our time.
Candy: (with Mason Hoffenberg) Banned upon its initial publication, the now-classic Candy is a romp of a story about the impossibly sweet Candy Christian, a wide-eyed, luscious, all-American girl. Candy –– a satire of Voltaire’s Candide –– chronicles her adventures with mystics, sexual analysts, and everyone she meets when she sets out to experience the world.
The Magic Christian: One of the funniest, cruelest, and most savagely revealing books about American life ever written, The Magic Christian has been called Terry Southern’s masterpiece. Guy Grand is an eccentric billionaire — the last of the big spenders — determined to create disorder in the material world and willing to spare no expense to do it. Leading a life full of practical jokes and madcap schemes, his ultimate goal is to prove his theory that there is nothing so degrading or so distasteful that someone won’t do it for money. In Guy Grand’s world, everyone has a price, and he is all too willing to pay it. A satire of America’s obsession with bigness, toughness, money, TV, guns, and sex, The Magic Christian is a hilarious and wickedly original novel from a true comic genius.
Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes: This collection of Southern’s short pieces — two dozen hilarious, well-observed, and devastating sketches that expose the hypocrisy of American social mores — is widely recognized as an underground classic
Blue Movie: A hilarious, wildly erotic, and biting satire of Hollywood, Blue Movie tells the story of King B., an Oscar-winning director who’s determined to shoot the dirtiest and most expensive X-rated movie ever made; Sid Krassman, a producer who’s made a fortune catering to the tastes of the American public, and Angela Sterling, a misunderstood sex symbol who’d give anything (and everything) for a chance to do something "serious." The set is fraught with monstrous egos and enormous libidos — the kind of situation that could only come from the imagination of the irrepressible Terry Southern.
Texas Summer: An evocative, poignant coming-of-age novel set in rural Texas in the 1930s. Through events small and large, thirteen-year-old Harold Stevens grows up during a pivotal summer in the red-dirt backcountry of West Texas. With his friend C.K. Crow, the black field hand who works for Harold’s father, he shoots deer and quail, fishes for catfish, mends fences, grows and learns about marijuana, and tests his emerging manhood against bullies, bulls, and the irresistible charms of his horse-riding older cousin. During a hysterical trip to a circus sideshow, Harold and a buddy sneak backstage to see “The Great Hermaphrodite” and the “funny little old Monkey Man,” whom they try to buy a beer. But danger waits on the fringe of this innocent time. When C.K.’s brother, Big Nail, appears after escaping from a chain gang, an inevitable and violent confrontation between the brothers is set in motion—a confrontation that will mark the end of Harold’s childhood. This inside view of Southern’s roots in Alvarado, Texas, where pastoral innocence belied an undercurrent of racism and violence, brings this novel of a boy’s transition to maturity vividly alive.
Veteran of Rome Series by William Kelso (books 6 & 7) Requirements: .ePUB, .PDF reader, 2.7 Mb Overview: Hello, my name is William Kelso. I was born in the Netherlands to British parents. My interest in history and in particular military history started at a very young age when I was lucky enough to hear my grandfather describing his experiences of serving in the RAF in North Africa and Italy during World War 2. Recently my family have discovered that one of my Scottish and Northern Irish ancestors fought under Wellington at the battle of Waterloo in 1815.
I love writing and bringing to life the ancient world of Rome, Carthage and the Germanic and Celtic tribes. After graduation I worked in financial publishing for 22 years as a salesman for some big brands but the desire to write never went away so since the 2nd March 2017 I am a full time professional writer. Stories as a form of entertainment are as old as cave man and telling them is what I want to do.
My books are all about ancient Rome, especially the early to mid-republic as this was the age of true Roman greatness. My books include, The Shield of Rome, The Fortune of Carthage, Caledonia (1), Hibernia (2), Britannia (3), Hyperborea (4), Germania (5), The Dacian War (6), Armenia Capta (7), Rome and the Conquest of Mesopotamia (8) and Devotio: The House of Mus. Go on, give them a go. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
#6 – The Dacian War Early autumn 105 AD. As the clouds of war gather on the Danube frontier, Marcus, retired veteran of the 2nd Batavian auxiliary cohort faces a renewed and catastrophic threat to his family and his farm on the isle of Vectis. Powerful, vengeful forces and a dangerous, resourceful opponent are stalking his family home, intent on taking it from him. Forced onto the run to protect a secret that his enemies wish to use against him, Marcus heads for Rome where he hopes to set matters right. But amongst the crime infested slums of the city and the magnificence and splendour of the Roman colosseum he will discover a different, unexpected path, one that will set him on the road to the very heart of absolute imperial power.Spring 106 AD. Upper Pannonia. As the winter snows finally recede, Fergus, Marcus’s son and Corbulo’s grandson, now a junior officer in the Twentieth Legion, prepares to take part in Emperor Trajan’s Dacian war. As the Legions are ordered across the Danube frontier and into Dacia, the vexillation from the Twentieth will find itself at the sharp end of the war. Faced with fierce and desperate resistance, Fergus and his comrades must fight for their lives and the honour of their legionary banners. And as the Roman army advances deeper into the Dacian heartlands, Fergus’s skill and courage, fighting in the wild Dacian forests and beneath the walls of the lofty, impregnable Dacian mountain fortresses, will not go unnoticed by powerful, ambitious parties back in the empire.
#7 – Armenia Capta July 113 AD. Seven peaceful years have passed since the successful conclusion of emperor Trajan’s Dacian war. Marcus, now a Roman senator and loyal if lukewarm supporter of the powerful senatorial faction committed to world conquest, finds meaning in his military charity work and seeing his family grow and prosper. But to the east in the Roman provinces bordering the mighty Parthian empire, trouble is brewing. The aging emperor Trajan has set his sights on the strategically important kingdom of Armenia and has resolved that nothing is going to stop him from waging a campaign of conquest on a scale not seen since Caesar’s Gallic wars. Meanwhile Fergus, Marcus’s son and now head of security for Hadrian, the rising star and leader of the faction committed to retrenchment, becomes embroiled in a major conspiracy who’s far reaching consequences will directly affect his family’s security and prosperity. Summoned to the east and promoted to Prefect of the Seventh Numidian Auxiliary Cavalry Ala, Fergus must turn his soldiers into the finest fighting force in the eastern armies and win back the favour of his patron if he wants to save his family from impending catastrophe.