Fiercely suspicious of being lumped together as an advertiser's target market, they have quit dreary careers and cut themselves adrift in the Californian desert. Unsure of their futures, they immerse themselves in a regime of heavy drinking and working at
Jackson Brown originally wrote Life's Little Instruction book as a gift for his son who was leaving home to begin his freshman year in college. Brown says, "I read years ago that it was not the responsibility of parents to pave the road for their children but to provide a road map, and I wanted to provide him with what I had learned about living a happy and rewarding life." Life's Little Instruction Book is a guidebook that gently points the way to happiness and fulfillment.The observations are direct, simple, and as practical as an umbrella.
'When people ask me what i do for a crust and i tell them that i'm a novelist, they immediately assume that my life is a non-stop carousel of limos, television appearances, hair-dos, devoted fans, stalkers and the glitzy paraphernalia of being a public figure. it's time to set the record straight. i write alone, in a darkened bedroom, wearing my PJs, eating bananas, my laptop on a pillow in front of me . . .' Her novels are adored by millions around the world - now read Marian Keyes's collected journalism and exclusive, previously unpublished material in Under the Duvet. Bursting with her hilarious observations - on life, in-laws, weight loss and parties; her love of shoes and her LTFs (Long-Term Friends); the horrors of estate agents and lost luggage; and how she once had an office Christmas party that involved roasting two sheep on a spit, Moroccan style - it's the perfect bedtime companion, and will have you wincing with recognition or roaring with laughter.
Hoo-hahs and Passing Frenzies: Collected Journalism, 1991 - 2001
'I'll read anything by Francis Wheen' Nick Hornby, Guardian. Francis Wheen has established himself as one of the most brilliant and admired journalists writing in Britain today with his massively acclaimed biography of Karl Marx, his contributions to radio and TV and his outstanding commentary and analysis. This book brings together the best of his collected journalism from the Guardian, Observer and magazines such as Esquire and The Modern Review. Ranging from the follies of think-tanks to the future of swearing, the hypocrisy of New Labour to the madness of retired prime ministers, all via shady business deals and scabrous gossip, this is a book that none of Wheen's legion of admirers will want to miss.
SUSAN SLOAN OMNIBUS: "GUILT BY ASSOCIATION", "AN ISOLATED INCIDENT"
GUILT BY ASSOCIATION Date-rape didn't exist in 1962. But thirty years after Karen Kern's life fell apart on a cold New York night, her nemesis returns, hogging the limelight on prime time TV. Bob, the ex-Harvard man with the fatal charm, is now Senator Willmont, riding high in the polls and running for President. But this is no longer 1962, and times have changed ...AN ISOLATED INCIDENT The motto of Seward Island is 'a good place to visit - a great place to raise a family', but when a fifteen-year-old girl is found brutally slain tranquil surface of the quiet community begins to crumble revealing deep-rooted prejudices and a web of corruption which threatens to ensnare the most innocent of the island's inhabitants.
In his own inimitable style, Boris Johnson, the new Mayor of London, turns his attention to the culture, manners and morals of British society, giving us a humorous, at times furious, but always entertaining read. A witty anthology of pieces comprising Boris Johnsonas thoughts on everything from Tony Blair to the idiosyncrasies of modern British culture. With new artilces on subjects as varied as Iraq, football, population control and bike theft, Johnson takes us on a rollercoaster ride through contemporary Britain. He has also interviewed many of the key figures in the political and cultural worlds over the last sixteen years and addresses what these personalities tell of our age. Boris Johnson is one of the great political characters of our time and his writings have appeared in a variety of British and American magazines and newspapers. Vigorous, idiosyncratic, always intelligent and informed, with a very interesting perspective on our times, aHave I Got Views For Youa is a pleasure to read.
‘These seven stories are remarkable for their unity. Stone’s lead characters are all junkies, obsessive and addicts; rage, alcohol and crystal meth galvanize these stories with a hard, bitter energy . . . At best, they have the driving rage of Stone’s characters’ The Times ‘Witty, compassionate, impeccably constructed and, for the most part, an astringent pleasure to read . . . these absorbing, meticulously crafted stories, with their grizzled humanity and uncomfortable humour, deserve to be read’ Times Literary Supplement ‘Again and again, casual elegance and perceptiveness combine to produce slight but powerful images . . . There is not a surplus sentence or clumsy metaphor anywhere’ Scotsman ‘Stone is notably sharp when describing vivid states of mind, be it the raised perception that comes during conflict, or the stoned paranoia of a poet’ Esquire ‘Relentlessly probes lives sacrificed on the altar of extreme living and unchecked inebriation . . . relentlessly sad, but often beautiful’ Sunday Times
God has retired to Florida, like everyone else. He can't sleep. He watches TV. In the long poem that opens Debora Greger's sixth book, God, he has retreated to the swamps, where, in the lush particulars of the subtropics, a singular moral world is discovered. Wherever Greger is, she has a traveler's eye; her poetry finds the past beneath the present-where the "Eden of Florida", as the last poem ironically calls it, is an Eden with alligators. This is the work of a powerful, meditative poet, whose God is deceptively quiet, perfectly timed, and seriously amused.
A dazzling collection of stories, The Prophet of Zongo Street takes readers to a world that seamlessly blends African folklore and myths with modernity. Set primarily on Zongo Street, a fictitious community in West Africa, the stories -- which are reminiscent of the works of Ben Okri and Amos Tutuola -- introduce us to wonderfully quirky characters and the most uproarious, poignant, and rawest moments of life. There's Kumi, the enigmatic title character who teaches a young boy to finally ask questions of his traditions. And as Ali moves his characters to America we meet Felix, who struggles with America's love of the exotic in "Rachmaninov." The Prophet of Zongo Street heralds a new voice and showcases Mohammed Naseehu Ali's extraordinary ability to craft stories that are both allegorical and unforgettable.
A collection of nonfiction essays and short fiction, many in print for teh first time ever. From tributes - such as an ode to redheads, kissing, Diane Keaton, Leonard Cohen, tomato sandwiches and The Doors - to musings, travel essays, art critiques, short stories, poems and country song lyrics, this is a real treat for Robbins' multitude of fans.
The biggest compilation ever of amusing trivia, astounding facts, diverting gossip, and inside stories, "Uncle John's Biggest Bathroom Reader" arrives just in time for the core of "regular" (pun intended) readers who eagerly await each new edition.
From zipless action in Fear of Flying to jolly romps with Jilly Cooper; from transgressions with a priest in The Thorn Birds to mischief with Mellors; from a gentle first encounter with Ralph in Forever to anything and everything but gentle in The Story of O. Even Keats, Chaucer, and Shakespeare are up to no good. These are the stories that taught us about sex, volumes pilfered from our parents’ bookshelves, favorites passed girl to girl, hidden in desks, whispered and wondered about.
In this dazzling collection, Susan Irvine takes the reader into the creative mind. From Concept I, in which an artist presents her son as a work of art for the Turner Prize, to a Hoxton novelist who outsources the production of 'his' prose to a fabulator, to a stylist whose attempt to subvert fashion's shallowness backfires, Irvine's characters find themselves caught between real life and the desire to create. Moving through the worlds of art, academia, fashion and fiction, these stories challenge received ideas, cast a wry look at those who take themselves too seriously and explore the betrayals art can entail.
This collection of slap shots, high sticks, and toothless grins offers fans everything they love about hockey: its colorful history, legendary players, and enough hard-hitting trivia to occupy even the most avid stat head. The latest title in the new Uncle Johns series dedicated to the wide (and weird!) world of sports, Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Shoots and Scores shares the origins of the "Coolest Game on Earth," the greatest teams in hockey history, the best (and worst) hockey movies of all time, the Incredible Exploding Zamboni (and those who lived to tell the tale), a rap sheet of hockey arrests, goalies' superstitions (Patrick Roy's conversations with goal posts; Glenn Hall's pre-game gastric cleansing), and much, much more.