The Light Garden Of The Angel King

Author: Peter Levi
Publisher: Eland Pub Limited
ISBN: 9781906011550
Size: 39.98 MB
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The Light Garden Of The Angel King. A resonant account in which Peter Levi seeks clues about why each migration to Afghanistan left, and an account of a journey through Afghanistan in the 1970's with the young Bruce Chatwin.

An Unexpected Light

Author: Jason Elliot
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 0330542052
Size: 56.65 MB
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An Unexpected Light. An Unexpected Light, Travels in Afghanistan was greeted on publication by universal critical acclaim and is now widely acknowledged as the most influential contemporary work of Afghanistan. Written on the eve of 9/11, at the height of Afghanistan’s isolation from the world, Jason Elliot’s uncannily prescient account of his winter journey through the country torn by civil war is as pertinent today as it was then. Winner of the Thomas Cook/Daily Telegraph Travel Book Award in the UK and a New York Times Bestseller in the USA, it recounts the author’s daring and passionate investigation into an extraordinary culture, first as a clandestine guest of the mujaheddin during the Soviet occupation, and ten years later during the Taleban advance on the besieged capital, Kabul. This new edition of An Unexpected Light is illustrated with the author’s photographs and celebrates a classic work of travel literature. ‘Jason Elliot is that rare traveller who surrenders himself to people and places and this tale is a many-layered reconstruction of his experience . . . I am sure this book will soon be among the classics of travel’ DORIS LESSING ‘An Unexpected Light is often unexpectedly funny and constantly perceptive, but it is also profound’ New York Times ‘What raises the book to the level of a classic is its intensely personal meditation on the magic of unplanned adventure, of the pain and pleasure of pushing into the unknown. The whole book, like Elliot’s travels themselves, operated on this heightened level’ The Times

Edward Lear

Author: Peter Levi
Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
ISBN: 178076569X
Size: 60.56 MB
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Edward Lear. Edward Lear - beloved nonsense poet, author of such adored poems as "The Owl and the Pussycat", inventor of otherworldly characters like Quangle-Wangles and of the modern limerick; lauded artist and illustrator - was a genius who defies classification. Gregarious and popular, Lear had a wide circle of friends, but was often lonely and subject to frequent bouts of depression and debilitating epilepsy, the shame of which he struggled with all his life. In this captivating biography, fellow poet Peter Levi renders descriptions of Lear's sketches and watercolours (of which he painted some 10,000 in the course of his career) and provides incisive portraits of his classic poems, such as "The Jumblies", "The Owl and the Pussycat" and "The Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo", setting them in the wider context of traditional nursery rhymes. Lear belonged to the great tradition of adventurous British travellers, undertaking extensive journeys in Italy and Greece, in Albania, Turkey, Egypt, Palestine and India and these always-eventful journeys are related here, alongside extracts and quotations from his letters and diaries - an essential biography for all lovers of this remarkable British literary figure and now recognised as one of the greatest 19th century landscape painters.

The Sword

Author: Daniel Easterman
Publisher: Allison & Busby
ISBN: 0749010800
Size: 16.43 MB
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The Sword. His heart was beating like a drum at dawn. Something clawed at his stomach, something with talons from his worst nightmares.' An invitation to visit one of Cairo's antiquarian booksellers sets in train a series of terrifying ordeals for Jack Goodrich. Having been shown a priceless sword claimed to have belonged to the Prophet Muhammad, Jack returns home brimming with excitement. But that's when the nightmare begins... A dangerous new movement within the ranks of fundamentalist Islam wish to put a new Caliph on the throne, to rule the Muslim world. To do this they require the Sword, and they will stop at nothing to get it. With the deadliest of weapons in his hands, if the new Caliph were to declare jihad, the consequences would be catastrophic. A tense and gripping thriller on a truly international scale that poses a chilling question: how can you stop a holy war before it starts?

Bruce Chatwin

Author: Nicholas Shakespeare
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1407074334
Size: 11.10 MB
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Bruce Chatwin. Bruce Chatwin's death in 1989 brought a meteoric career to an abrupt end, since he burst onto the literary scene in 1977 with his first book, In Patagonia. Chatwin himself was different things to different people: a journalist, a photographer, an art collector, a restless traveller and a bestselling author; he was also a married man, an active homosexual, a socialite who loved to mix with the rich and famous, and a single-minded loner who explored the limits of extreme solitude. From unrestricted access to Chatwin's private notebooks, diaries and letters, Nicholas Shakespeare has compiled the definitive biography of one of the most charismatic and elusive literary figures of our time. 'A magnificent work of empathy and detection' Colin Thubron, Sunday Times 'Utterly compelling' Philip Marsden, Mail on Sunday 'A fascinating account of the man behind the myth' Ian Thomson, Guardian

Digital Humanities And The Lost Drama Of Early Modern England

Author: Matthew Steggle
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317150783
Size: 76.29 MB
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Digital Humanities And The Lost Drama Of Early Modern England. This book establishes new information about the likely content of ten lost plays from the period 1580-1642. These plays’ authors include Nashe, Heywood, and Dekker; and the plays themselves connect in direct ways to some of the most canonical dramas of English literature, including Hamlet, King Lear, The Changeling, and The Duchess of Malfi. The lost plays in question are: Terminus & Non Terminus (1586-8); Richard the Confessor (1593); Cutlack (1594); Bellendon (1594); Truth's Supplication to Candlelight (1600); Albere Galles (1602); Henry the Una (c. 1619); The Angel King (1624); The Duchess of Fernandina (c. 1630-42); and The Cardinal's Conspiracy (bef. 1639). From this list of bare titles, it is argued, can be reconstructed comedies, tragedies, and histories, whose leading characters included a saint, a robber, a Medici duchess, an impotent king, at least one pope, and an angel. In each case, newly-available digital research resources make it possible to interrogate the title and to identify the play's subject-matter, analogues, and likely genre. But these concrete examples raise wider theoretical problems: What is a lost play? What can, and cannot, be said about objects in this problematic category? Known lost plays from the early modern commercial theatre outnumber extant plays from that theatre: but how, in practice, can one investigate them? This book offers an innovative theoretical and practical frame for such work, putting digital humanities into action in the emerging field of lost play studies.

Second Hand Stories

Author: Josh Spero
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1783521686
Size: 46.96 MB
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Second Hand Stories. Every second-hand book tells two stories: one within its pages and another of the life it lived before changing hands. Whether mundane or extraordinary, on a grand scale or intensely personal, every second-hand book conceals the story of its past life. Lives filled with love, loss, scandal and conflict, these are the intimate and incredible stories that author Josh Spero uncovered after tracking down the previous owners of twelve of his second-hand books... Tom Dunbabin, a Classics scholar who became a spy, leading the resistance against the Germans in Crete in the Second World War. Peter Levi, a priest who fell in love with his friend’s wife. Belinda Dennis, a contrary Latin teacher, and Emilie Vleminckx, an equally contrary Latin student. And James Naylor, a boy the author once loved. Combined with stories from the author's own life – from growing up in London as a poor boy at a public school to becoming a scholar Oxford and later a tutor in Hampstead – and his lifelong love and pursuit of classical education, Second-Hand Stories is a unique memoir that celebrates not just one life, but all the lives connected through second-hand books. It will make you reconsider your own second-hand books, the people who owned them and what stories they have to tell.

A Passage To Nuristan

Author: Nicholas Barrington
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 9781845111755
Size: 15.24 MB
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A Passage To Nuristan. This is the story of three young westerners--a Briton, an American and a German--who in 1960 set out to penetrate a land that few westerners had set eyes on. Unable to rely on maps and with little information on what would confront them, they were guided step by precarious step into the unknown world previously immortalized by Kipling's The Man Who Would be King. This is the contemporary record--now published for the first time--of an extraordinary journey.

The Story Of India

Author: Michael Wood
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 144814146X
Size: 65.44 MB
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The Story Of India. In The Story of India, Michael Wood weaves a spellbinding narrative out of the 10,000-year history of the subcontinent. Home today to more than a fifth of the world's population, India gave birth to the oldest and most influential civilization on Earth, to four world religions, and to the world's largest democracy. Now, as India bids to become a global economic giant, Michael sets out on an epic journey across this vibrant country to trace the roots of India's present in the incredible riches of her past. The Story of India is a magical mixture of history and travelogue, and an unforgettable portrait of India - past, present and future.