The Last Governor: Chris Patten and the Handover of Hong Kong
Using unrivalled access to Chris Patten, Britain's last governor of Hong Kong, Jonathan Dimbleby provides a compelling narrative of a great political and human drama: the final chapter in Britain's colonial history, the five years leading up to the handover of Hong Kong and its five million people to Communist China on July 1, 1997. Since 1992 Dimbleby had privileged access to Patten, and to key diplomats, politicians, and business leaders in Hong Kong, as he developed both this book and a five-part BBC TV series, which was shown on TVOntario. He sets the crisis--with its many consequences for Canada and the rest of the world--against 150 years of Anglo-Chinese relationships since the Opium Wars and the seizure of Hong Kong. He also provides a panoramic portrait of colonial rule and of the shining capitalist "jewel" itself, using the voices of its people--from the richest entrepreneur to the poorest refugee. The Last Governor is one of those rare and exciting books that captures history in the making.
Tells the story of Chris Lambrianou, one of the key figures in the Kray trial. This book reveals how in 1969, by sticking to the gangland code and refusing to implicate the Krays, he was jailed for life. In prison,he tried to kill himself, before a vision prompted him to become a Christian.
As the fortress lantern is extinguished forever, and the last of the Roman army have set sail, Britain is left to civil war and an ever increasing threat of Saxon invasion. Aquila travels through the country to be reunited with his family but finds that everything he loved has been destroyed. Now there is only one thing left in his—revenge!
Most couples experience difficulties and moments of doubt. For some, the only solution is to separate - but many others want to rediscover what once brought them together, and to recommit to a relationship they both value. Relate's 50 years of counselling form the foundation of this book, helping readers to confront problems and to decide on the path they wish to take. Based on the work of many counsellors and their clients, the book helps you to: decide whether the relationship is worth saving; understand why things have gone wrong; build an action plan to turn your relationship around; decide whether or not you need counselling support; and build on the love that drew you together in the first place. The case histories, plus quizzes and questionaires, show how, despite problems and doubts, it is possible to save a threatened partnership - and to make it stronger than ever.
In his own inimitable style, Boris Johnson 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 Johnson's thoughts on everything from the presidency of Tony Blair to the idiosyncracies of modern British culture.Focusing on Diana, the age of self-expression, the end of culture, the moment of the Yuppies, and liberty versus freedom, Johnson takes us on a rollercaoster 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's 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, Counterpunch is a pleasure to read.
A reissue of a novel originally published in 1990 which has been unavailable for over 12 months. Set in the 1960s, explores the reality of sin and the fantasy of sexual obsession as well as the human need for redemption, love and lasting happiness.
An examination of the political position of Tony Blair and the Labour Party in the 1990s, which discusses how the world has changed since Labour was last in power, and explores the practical differences to people's lives that a Labour government could possibly make.
Should Britain join the Euro? Is the "special relationship" between Britain and the United States a thing of the past? Will the British ever be culturally European? These are just some of the burning questions addressed in this completely up-to-date, powerful collection--a compilation of superb writing from Britain's most prominent politicians and commentators.
The Plan offers a bold vision of what America can be. It shows the way for both parties to move beyond the old political arguments and make progress for the American people. And it offers an innovative agenda for America - with ideas that address the nation’s most pressing challenges by doing more for Americans and asking Americans to do more for their country in return. Each of these ideas offers a clean break with the status quo, yet all are positive, practical, and can be put into action right away. Built on the authors’ firm beliefs that politicians owe the people real answers, that citizenship is a responsibility, not an entitlement program, and that the Democratic Party succeeds when America succeeds, the highly anticipated Plan delivers, challenges, and inspires.
In the 1950s, shortly after her father's death, Judith Kelly was left in the care of nuns at a Catholic orphanage while her mother searched for a place for them to live. She was eight years old. Far from being cared for, Judith found herself in a savage and terrifying institution where physical, emotional, and sexual abuse was the daily norm and the children's lives were reduced to stark survival. As the months became years and no word came from her mother, she sought comfort instead from the girls around her, and especially the bright, angel-voiced Frances, who seemed miraculously untouched by the nuns' persecution and the abject misery surrounding her. When a tragic accident robbed Judith of her dearest friend, the traumatic memories of the event were to trouble her deeply, long into her adult life. Years later, at a kibbutz in Israel, Judith met and befriended an elderly Holocaust survivor. It was a friendship that began with an instinctive recognition of the fear and suffering each had experienced, and one that would begin an emotional journey culminating in Judith's return to the Nazareth House orphanage to confront her memories and to achieve some measure of peace. Updated and revised by the author to confront her critics, this astonishing, moving, and deeply shocking memoir resonates in the mind long after the final page.
Hum the song while you strum your heartstrings with thisirresistible collection of love stories; inspired by the songsof some of the greatest musicians of the 50s and 60s.Heart-stopping romance, raw passion, desperate tragedyand swooningly dishy chaps, all packed into a handyhandbag-sized volume. Faithfully reproduced from the original Fleetway weekly story libraries, this throbbing compendium will have pulses racing and toes tapping. So, whether it?s brings back distant memories of the village hop with the local heart throb or gives you giggle at the innocence of times past, restore your faith in good old-fashioned romance and remember, the girl always gets the dreamboat in the end.
In The Blair Effect, Arthur Seldon has brought together a group of academics and journalists to produce the best book on the Blair government we are likely to get this side of the general election. In an unprecedented period of news management and spin doctoring, they knock the shine off the ball and tell it how it how it really has been. There is no disinformation to deal with here, but instead deft and analytical dealing with all the reverse swing--the 28 experts in their own fields cut through the political cackle and objectively lay down the effects of Blair's first four years. They are by no means hostile. The contributors coolly and conscientiously analyse what Blair and his ministerial colleagues have achieved. No Labour government in history, as Seldon points out, has come to power with so many initial advantages. Seldon is especially instructive in his overview, synthesising the arguments in two revealing tables on the net effects and the quality of the government work, but it is invidious to particularise on a book which is so full of astute observations and reflections. All of his contributors have important points to make across the whole spectrum of politics and the workings of Whitehall. Anyone seriously interested in politics, whatever their persuasion, should put it at the top of their reading list.-- Michael Hatfield
Top agony uncle Matt Whyman provides frank information on subjects of vital interest to teenage boys: puberty and private parts, sex and smoking, girls, mates and home life. He answers all the questions they're dying to ask, but daren't ndash; and tells it straight: 'Nowadays it can seem as if everyone is down on boys. XY doesn't go there. You won't find any kind of judgement about who you are, or any attempt to spin you some kind of agenda. It just serves up clear and balanced info about issues central to your life, and leaves the smart moves up to you.' For ages 12-15.
A Brother's Journey - Surviving A Childhood Of Abuse
Richard Pelzer saw firsthand the abuse the child they called 'It' endured. Richard himself was often Dave's tormentor in order to stay on the good side of their mother. But when Dave was taken away from home and put into foster care after his abuse was reported to the police, Richard became the new 'It'. He grew up not only suffering horrendous abuse himself but also wracked with guilt over his treatment of his brother. This is a harrowing tale, but also a story of courage, as Richard also escapes his tormentor and manages to rebuild his life. In later years the two brothers were reunited and are now on good terms.
York Notes on Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Scarlet Letter" (York Notes Advanced)
Key Features: Study methods Introduction to the text Summaries with critical notes Themes and techniques Textual analysis of key passages Author biography Historical and literary background Modern and historical critical approaches Chronology Glossary of literary terms
York Notes on William Shakespeare's "King Henry IV, Part 1" (Longman Literature Guides)
York Notes are ideal study guides for English literature A level and GCSE students, and also provide good background information for first year university level. Covering major works from medieval to modern English literature, and contemporary works from America, the Commonwealth and the Third World, York Notes offer a high standard of literary criticism, stimulating ideas and thought provoking questions. Each guide is written by an expert and will help the reader to think independently about the text being studied.
Following the massive success of his first book Is That My Child? - the groundbreaking guide to overcoming learning difficulties in children - Dr Robin Pauc turns his attention to adults and provides a revolutionary new way of understanding and treating conditions from dyslexia and dyspraxia to ADHD and Tourette's Syndrome. With sound advice, dietary tips and brain exercises, Dr Pauc explains the history of adult learning difficulties and provides a lifeline to those suffering from these conditions, including: * The impact of learning difficulties on adults * The history and symptoms of learning difficulties * Practical ways to treat Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADD/ADHD, OCD, Tourette's, Autism and Asperger's syndrome * How diet can help adults with learning difficulties * General and specific exercises to help
In boom and in bust, Ireland has been led by Fianna Fail. Showtime gets behind the party's remarkable dominance of the political landscape and leading political writer Pat Leahy, tells the gripping story of how it won, kept and has used power since the mid-1990s. Showtime explains how Fianna Fail operated during the boom years from November 1994, when Bertie Ahern assumed leadership of a battered party, expecting to become Taoiseach but instead finding himself cast into opposition, to the day he relinquished the party leadership on the brink of the bust. For the decade after going into power in 1997, Fianna Fail-led government enjoyed an unprecedented economic boom and riches beyond the wildest dreams of any previous administration. Showtime reveals how government really worked in these years: the favours, the grudges, the backroom deals, the political strokes, the policy compromises, and the choices that have led the country to where it is today. Showtime is politics in the raw: the exciting, enlightening and sometimes disturbing story of a remarkable era that changed the face of modern Ireland
Her destiny must be fulfilled . . . Branwen refuses to take orders from anyone-even the Shining Ones. The ancient gods have marked her as the one fated to save her country from the Saxons. But is she truly ready to be a leader? Then a messenger from the skies shows her a vision of a bleak and violent future, a future in which Branwen has abandoned her destiny, and those most dear to her suffer unspeakable horrors. There's a blurry line between good and evil, and those Branwen trusts the most are capable of the greatest betrayal. The Shining Ones have spoken. Will Branwen answer their call?