Books

beneath the poppy fields

Author: Christopher Chance

ISBN: 9781907340253

Published 11 Nov 2020

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 170

Description:

Chance’s pen takes us to the trenches and tunnels where the horrors of subterranean warfare see brave men die valiantly. Back home in England their wives gallivant with one another and other men. Chance takes us to their sensationally intimate moments and to their husbands’ unimaginable last minutes.

In the blood and gore of World War I the whims of the officer class threatens the tunnellers’ very existence – but it is that sound that imperils the lives of them all, the sound of a baby crying out there in no man’s land.

Revealing inconceivable circumstances underground and the erotically exciting moments of unbridled passion, displays much about the human spirit during the dark days of the war.

Rest in peace Johnny, in the stillness of Etaples cemetery. This novel is fiction based on actual events during The Great War 1914 – 1918

The Curse of Beckett's Wood

Author: R. E. Witham

ISBN: 9781907340246

Published 25 May 2020

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 630

Description:

Beckett’s Wood is sinister and secret, the kind of place where the curse of past events spread quietly like the brambles in the undergrowth.

In the first part of this gripping, three-part, bestselling novel the unsettling tale of a cyclist’s arrival in a village bordering an eerie wood sets in motion consequences that have far reaching effects on one particular person’s life and, like an anaesthetic, the village devours his will so that the curse can become all consuming.

Seemingly disconnected, part two depicts the life of David Harper as he dares to confront the abuse he receives as a boy at the hand of his mother, the kind of abuse that develops as he reaches puberty. Terrifying dreams misshape his mental health yet more, dreams that have a strange echo of a village far away.

The Deceit Syndrome

Author: Dr Paul Hobday

ISBN: 9781907340222

Published 31 Mar 2019

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 900

Description:

An ideology has been dictating all our lives for decades, but few have even heard of it. Even fewer could explain it. Most have been brainwashed that it is the only way. Neo-liberalism has taken over the world. Imposed dishonestly, undemocratically and by stealth it affects every part of our lives from cradle to grave. Where and how we are born, educated, work, play, consume and die. Even the afterlife has been privatised.

Rob Baigent is an experienced GP. He is getting increasing despairing about the extra pathology he sees on a daily basis, which he believes is a direct result of Government policy. He has seen his beloved NHS almost destroyed by political zealots. Rob understands the long-term clandestine plan to commercialise healthcare so that a small group make their fortunes. Why can’t others see it? Friends and colleagues ridicule his protests. Even his new wife thinks he is paranoid. But the more he looks into it the more he grasps it goes far beyond his NHS

Rhubarb and Aliens

Author: Paul Hutchens

ISBN: 9781907340215

Published 2 Jul 2018

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 114

Description:

The appearance of a huge alien spacecraft in the sky above Earth sends humanity into a state of panic and confusion – have they come to destroy or enslave us, or do they come in peace? A bemused teenager, David,is suddenly whisked into space by the aliens and finds out exactly what they are after, and what they offer in return. But will humanity agree to their terms or fight them?

Rhubarb and Aliens is a fast-moving and gently humorous novella that deals with some of the big issues of our time, such as global warming. With Earth’s future hanging in the balance it may only take the actions of a few individuals to determine whether Earth survives or dies; and David alone is left holding the key to humanity’s fate beyond Earth’s deteriorating ecology.

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Storm Over Kabul

Author: Imran Hanif

ISBN: 9781907340208

Published 31 Mar 2015

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 180

Description:

Afghanistan – a country that has been invaded many times in recorded history. Some of these invaders include Indians (Maurya dynasty from 322–185 BCE), Alexander The Great, Genghis Khan, Timur, Mughal Empire, various Persian Empires, British Empire, Sikh Empire, the Soviet Union and currently by the United States-led invasion with NATO. This country has been in turmoil for a very long time and is known as the ‘graveyard of empires’. Afghanistan has a reputation for undoing ambitious military ventures and humiliating would-be conquerors. According to the words of Babur, founder of the Mughal dynasty that ruled much of central Asia in the 1500s: “Afghanistan has not been and never will be conquered and will never surrender to anyone”.

Marie Antoinette, Diana & Alexandra: The Third I

Author: Alexandra Levin

ISBN: 9781907340161

Published: 31 January 2012

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 292

Description:

In a recorded interview, the famed Zulu medicine man, psychic, artist and writer Credo Mutwa told author Alexandra Levin how Diana, the late Princess of Wales, had urgently been trying to contact him shortly before her death as she knew plans were afoot to have her murdered. Following this a strange series of synchronistic events occurred which served to convince Alexandra that Diana herself was behind the scenes orchestrating the writing of the book. But why should Diana choose Alexandra, a relatively unknown South African author, for this mammoth task? Was it because as the wife of a prominent couturier Alexandra and her ex-husband had enjoyed a high social profile? In fact, Alexandra was once voted South Africa’s best dressed woman and had socialised with the top echelons of society – as a couple they had stood proudly on the podium at Nelson Mandela’s Inauguration. In a reading with a well-known English psychic who was able to channel the late Princess, Alexandra asked Diana: “Beloved Princess, did we know each other in Versailles?” A few moments silence. Then a gentle laugh. “Yes, of course we did, dear sister. And the irony of it is that I don’t know who chose the better life this time.”

Marie Antoinette, Diana & Alexandra: The Third I is a fascinating story intertwining the hopes and ideals of a girl from a Jewish family living in South Africa with that of Diana, Princess Of Wales. After Nelson Mandela’s Inauguration as President, life in South Africa was turned upside-down and her world with it. Alexandra Levin’s book, whilst easy to read, produces great sympathy and empathy for her life and with life as a whole. A remarkable story which leaves the reader thinking!

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The Box

Author: Clive Parker – Sharp

ISBN: 9781907340154

Published 28 Feb 2012

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 258

Description:

The Box is beautiful, bound in leather with raised designs of jungle scenes, elephants’ eyes bejewelled with precious stones, hand-crafted in a far away African village.

Brought to England it becomes a legacy passed through three generations. To open The Box is to unleash an ‘un-put-down-able‘ bumpy ride of sex, betrayal, zealotry, larceny, and fanaticism. Were Thomas Brem-Wilson and his family blighted, never able to regain the status and glory of their ancestors? Is The Box cursed?

A revealing portrait of an African businessman arriving in England, thrown into Victorian high-society. Controversy surrounds this black man’s marriage to white Jewish music-hall starlet Ettie Cinders, but behind his ‘dandy’ persona lies religious and erotic obsessions.

The Misunderstood Ally

Author: Faraz Inam

ISBN: 9781907340147

Published: 15 Aug 2011

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 376

Description:

Year 2010-11 and the world is in the grip of a “War on Terror”. Reprisal threats from indigenous forces resisting foreign presence in Afghanistan have made the developed countries wary of extremism in the Muslim world; creating a clash between Islam and the West. The USA, the sole super power and leader of the free world, and Pakistan, the sole Muslim nuclear power and teetering citadel of Islam, are two countries on different sides of this conundrum; but their intertwined interests have brought them into an uneasy alliance against the radical forces rising from Afghanistan.

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Tragedy Of Deception

Author: Humayun Niaz

ISBN: 9781907340130

Published 12 Jul 2011

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 206

Description:

‘Tragedy Of Deception’ is a true and first hand account of the last days of Taliban rule in Afghanistan as seen through the eyes of a neutral, ordinary and non-political person who went to Kandahar to set up a flour and general mills in September 2000. This honest account brings out the true nature of things as they occurred not withstanding what was reported in the press.The writer makes one revelation after another recalling a series of credible events and makes use of contemporary photographic images in support of his claims.

The irony of the story will be evident to most people after reading this account, although separating fact from fiction is never easy, and in the case of Afghanistan this is even more so. Indeed Aghanistan is never far from the limelight, acting as a playground for another Great Game that has already started and has a long way to go. The last one was played out in the 19th century between the British and Russian Empires vying for supremacy in Central Asia – this time the players may be different but the ground is the same.

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The Assassins Code 1

Author: Christopher Chance

ISBN: 9781907340123

Published: 10 Jun 2011

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 246

Description:

Christopher ‘Arrow’ Arrowsmith joined Special Forces to see action. Unfortunately, he had picked one of the worst moments of the Twentieth Century in which to see it. Middle East tensions are on the rise, and Ireland is a time bomb waiting to explode. Through his wits as much as his training in weapons and martial arts, ‘Arrow’ must survive in a world where nothing is as it seems, where strangers could always be the enemy and only the slightest scratch reveals the terrible violence lurking below the surface; a violence that knows no borders, no compassion and no mercy. Now as he is sucked into the secret world of undercover intelligence, a terrible violence is preparing to rip the country he loves apart, feeding a frenzy of bloodlust that threatens the very survival of his nation’s way of life as unholy alliances are forged. With only his lethal skills to guide and protect him, he must cultivate friends in the strangest of places as he travels across continents and oceans in his quest to remove the enemies of his Motherland.

Everyone who dies in this amazing book is real!

The Strand Book Of International Poets 2010

Author: Edited by Imran Hanif and Jane Lee

ISBN: 9781907340062

Published: 30 Apr 2010

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 216

Description:

Launched in 2010 yet quirky and vibrant and relevant today, this anthology showcases the literary biographies of sixty-two poets from around the world and one or two examples of each writer’s work. These are predominantly seasoned poets and artisans of their craft, but for some this is the first time their poetry has been seen in print; and their bios each describe a myriad of worldly and literary experiences for the reader to enjoy.

The Path Of The Gods

Author: Joseph Geraci

ISBN: 9781907340055

Published: 1 Nov 2009

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 460

Description:

Joseph Geraci’s new novel is set in 5th century Athens. The tale is told by Amyntas, an heir to the throne of Macedonia. He attempts to trace the role that fate and the gods have played in his life. As a young man in Athens, Amyntas is befriended by Socrates and becomes involved in many aspects of Athenian life. He knows the playwright Aristophanes, Simonides the poet and many others. Amyntas is attractive to both male and female alike. He has several affairs, not least with Mania an attractive slave girl. Joseph Geraci writes with grace and style, his narrative is energetic and the story never palls.

The Challenge Of Reality

Author: Sultan Bashir Mahmoud

ISBN: 9781907340048

Published: 1 Nov 2009

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 152

Description:

Dr Sultan Bashir-ud-Din Mahmood is a distinguished nuclear engineer and Islamic scholar with an international reputation. Renowned as the pioneer of Pakistan’s nuclear programme, he studied for his Masters in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Manchester, UK, and has been Director General of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission. In August 2001 he and one of his colleagues met with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. He has denied that they discussed nuclear weapons. Nevertheless, as a result of this meeting, and having declared a sympathy for the Taliban, this led to his dismissal from Pakistan’s nuclear operations. Even though he was considered innocent and released on 22 December 2001, and despite clear indications from the CIA that he is not involved with any terrorist organisation, Dr Sultan Bashir-ud-Din Mahmood was declared a terrorist by the US president in his televised address on 23 December 2001. Recently the Pakistan Government has placed him on an exit control list and he is not allowed to travel anywhere.

The First Casualty

Author: John Adam & M A Akbar

ISBN: 9781907340031

Published: 10 Dec 2009

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 116

Description:

Essential reading for anyone interested in the current debate about the West and Afghanistan. Why have the United States and many other countries from around the world committed troops to the war in Afghanistan, a country that over the centuries has never been completely defeated? What is the Taliban? How are they connected, if at all, to Al Qaeda? What is the West fighting for in this cockpit of Asia? Here are the facts, from 2001 to the present day. This short, concise book tells what you need to know. The truth is not always what we are told. The authors get behind the falsehoods to the essential truth.

The Strand Book Of Memorable Maxims

Author: John Adam & M A Akbar

ISBN: 9781907340000

Published: 1 Oct 2009

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 172

Description:

THE STRAND BOOK OF……. MEMORABLE MAXIMS is the first collection in our MEMORABLE series and is intended for the general reader who enjoys the wit and wisdom of the ages. It is the perfect bedside or fireside book. The maxims chosen represent all that is most memorable from early times to the present. Read, enjoy, disagree, be gently stimulated and wonder at the memorable insights into the human condition. Coming soon is THE STRAND BOOK OF……. MEMORABLE LAST WORDS.