A Bus Pass Named Desire
By Christopher Matthew
'It's never too late to have a fling, for autumn is just as nice as spring . . .'Christopher Matthew's latest collection of canny comic verse negotiates the perils and pitfalls of romance in later years. Love is revealed in the most unlikely places, with the most improbable people seeking it. Whether in Dorking, Diss, Clapham Junction or West Wittering, there are amorous opportunities waiting to be seized at the bridge table, on the tennis court, in the herbaceous border, on a bicycle made for two, or simply in warm companionship. Often hilarious and always touching, these delightful and stirring tales of late-flowering love (and even mild debauchery in a retirement home) are a celebration of life for the young at heart.And never again will you take the 49 bus without a sideways glance at the driver.
By John Palfrey
Libraries today are more important than ever. More than just book repositories, libraries can become bulwarks against some of the most crucial challenges of our age: unequal access to education, jobs, and information. In BiblioTech , educator and technology expert John Palfrey argues that anyone seeking to participate in the 21st century needs to understand how to find and use the vast stores of information available online. And libraries, which play a crucial role in making these skills and information available, are at risk. In order to survive our rapidly modernizing world and dwindling government funding, libraries must make the transition to a digital future as soon as possible,by digitizing print material and ensuring that born-digital material is publicly available online. Not all of these changes will be easy for libraries to implement. But as Palfrey boldly argues, these modifications are vital if we hope to save libraries and, through them, the American democratic ideal.
Best-Loved Fairy Tales
By Isabelle Brent, Neil Philip, Isabelle Brent
A beautifully designed collection of well-loved fairy tales, including such favourites as Rumpelstiltskin, Little Snow-White, Rapunzel, The Emperor's New Clothes and many more.The book is illustrated throughout by Isabelle Brent's magical watercolours, lavishly embellished with gold leaf and her mastery of decorative style, making this a book the whole family will treasure.
By Sally Emerson
Following the wonderfully moving In Loving Memory, this anthology offers a delightful and provocative collection of readings and poems, comic and profound. The perfect partner for weddings and valentines, wedding anniversaries and vow renewals, for ceremonies civil or religious, above all it should be enjoyed by anyone who wants to try to understand the great mysteries of love. BE MINE charts and celebrates all stages of romance from first loves to lasting loves, from proposals to weddings to wrong turnings. With readings suitable for all ages, containing pieces well-known and well-loved, and forgotten and unknown, this collection is a journey through the epic and domestic, the patience and passions of love.
Best Tales Yukon Pb
By Service R
In 1904, the Canadian Bank of Commerce transferred teller Robert W. Service to the Yukon Territory. Soon, he was famous as the poet who chronicled the Klondike gold rush and the savage beauty of the frozen north. His tales of hard-bitten propectors and sourdoughs in "The Land God Forgot" make vivid, exciting reading. Here are all the brawling, colourful characters that Service immortalized, including One-Eyed Mike, Dangerous Dan McGrew, Pious Pete, Blasphemous Bill - and, of course, the lady known as Lou.
By Ali Smith
A seminal fiction collection that stretches from Gertrude Stein to Grace Paley, from Edith Wharton to Angela Carter, from Mae West to Margaret Atwood, from Zora Neale Hurston to Joyce Carol Oates. Add to this another ninety-two brilliant writers a reader can relish the thought of careering between - and all collected together in the one anthology. An international celebration of extracts that chart our time: stories of poverty and wealth, work and play, tales of changing environments - both urban and rural, in peace and wartime. A book of Virago authors with every year of the twentieth century represented by groundbreaker after literary groundbreaker. Brilliant Careers gathers all the energies and circumstances of twentieth-century women writers into the one book, covering ten decades from the century closest to all our hearts, swinging from one end to the other of a hundred years of history and change via the very best of twentieth century fiction.