Calum MacLeod had lived on the northern point of Raasay since his birth in 1911. ‘So what he decided to do was to build a road out of Arnish in his months off. With a road he hoped generations of people would return to Arnish and all the north end of Raasay’. This book recounts the story of this man’s devotion to his visionary project.
This book draws on the author’s column in The Guardian, ‘Elements of Fiction’. Using examples from well-known recent novels, it examines the techniques by which fiction works. It will widen the vocabulary of anyone interested in contemporary fiction, not least by showing where it has elements in common with classic novels of the past.
They called him the ‘angriest black man in America’ …Malcolm X inspired many people in the United States. This autobiography, tells of a young, disenfranchised man whose descent into drug addition, robbery and prison was only reversed by his belief in the rights struggle for black America, and his conversion to the Nation of Islam.
Stark is a secret consortium with more money than God & the social conscience of a dog on a lawn. What’s more, it knows the Earth is dying. Deep in Western Australia where the Aboriginals used to milk the trees, a planet-sized plot is taking shape.
Whether Kathleen Jamie is following the call of a peregrine in the hills above her home in Fife, sailing into a dark winter solstice on the Orkney islands, or pacing around the carcass of a whale on a rain-swept Hebridean beach she creates a subtle and modern narrative.
Gibbon’s subversive and iconoclastic description of the rise of Christianity inspired outrage upon publication, and remains one of the most eloquent and damning indictments of the delusory nature of faith.
William Trevor is one of the most renowned figures in contemporary literature, described as ‘the greatest living writer of short stories in the English language’ by the New Yorker and acclaimed for his haunting and profound insights into the human heart. This title offers a collection of his short fiction.
When a brutally tortured body is discovered in Edinburgh during the Festival, Rebus suspects sectarian activists. The idea of a terrorist atrocity in a city full of tourists is unthinkable. Then the victim turns out to be the son of a notorious gangster.
Iron John, based on the classic Grimm brothers’ tale, casts a backwards look to a time, before the Industrial Revolution, when men experienced different feelings about being male. The author believes that quality is now missing & needs to be found again.
This volume includes all of Yeats’s published poetry, from the hauntingly beautiful early lyrics by which he is still best remembered, to the later work which some argue put beyond question his status as one of the foremost poets of his age.
This text is part of a three part series of Durrell’s writings on Greece. This volume explores the Greek island of Cyprus, evoking the sun-drenched landscapes, dazzling light and vivid blue skies of the Aegean