Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Out of print? Back in print??

Yes, it's back in print!  "A Higher Call" has just arrived.  Copies are selling fast with most of the current delivery being reserved for those who have been exceptionally patient.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

A very hot day in the bookshop

The layers of thick hot air hit you as you left home to travel anywhere.  The greatest solace was to be found through the portals of 'bookmark' and calm, and those were just the staff!  The aircon was at its most appealing, particularly in the travel and self-help sections which happen to lie below the aircon unit.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

BACK IN PRINT!!! A truly remarkable story which is guaranteed to give you goosebumps at some stage

Four days before Christmas 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly, a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail—a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber in the squeeze of a trigger. What happened next would defy imagination and later be called the most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II.

This is the true story of the two pilots whose lives collided in the skies that day—the American—2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown, a former farm boy from West Virginia who came to captain a B-17—and the German—2nd Lieutenant Franz Stigler, a former airline pilot from Bavaria who sought to avoid fighting in World War II.

A Higher Call follows both Charlie and Franz’s harrowing missions. Charlie would face takeoffs in English fog over the flaming wreckage of his buddies’ planes, flak bursts so close they would light his cockpit, and packs of enemy fighters that would circle his plane like sharks. Franz would face sandstorms in the desert, a crash alone at sea, and the spectacle of 1,000 bombers each with eleven guns, waiting for his attack. Ultimately, Charlie and Franz would stare across the frozen skies at one another. What happened between them, the American 8th Air Force would later classify as “top secret.” It was an act that Franz could never mention or else face a firing squad. It was the encounter that would haunt both Charlie and Franz for forty years until, as old men, they would search for one another, a last mission that could change their lives forever.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Twice on one day

Big titles.  Wilbur Smith and "Vicious Circle", Frederick Forsyth and "Kill List", William Boyd and "Solo" to name but three.

Does absence make the heart grow fonder?

Miaow, miaow and has been a long time since anything was written.  We, the cats-in-residence,  have been on vaCATion, and our owner has been distracted by many other things. 
Now we are all back and raring to go.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Adam Johnson has made just one trip to North Korea, but the American academic's novel The Orphan Master's Son has won him the Pulitzer prize for fiction for carrying his readers "on an adventuresome journey into the depths" of the totalitarian country, according to the judges.
The story of a young man, Jun Do – a homonym for John Doe – and his passage through the prison camps and dictatorship of North Korea, Johnson's novel beat Nathan Englander's acclaimed What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank and Eowyn Ivey's The Snow Child to win the $10,000 (£6,500) Pulitzer for fiction on Monday. The award is America's most prestigious for fiction, and has been won by some of the country's greatest novelists, from William Faulkner to Toni Morrison.
Last year, Pulitzer judges declined to award a fiction prize, with finalists Karen Russell, David Foster Wallace and Denis Johnson all missing out on a place in literary history. But this year Johnson, who teaches creative writing at Stanford University, was said by judges including the Pulitzer-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks to have written "an exquisitely crafted novel" which journeys "into the most intimate spaces of the human heart", and was named winner of the prize.
Having written the book following years of research into North Korea, including one tightly-controlled state-sponsored trip to the country,Johnson told the Stanford News that he had come "to care very deeply about the people of North Korea", and that he hoped his novel – and his win – would shed light on the country's situation.
"People thought I was crazy to be writing on North Korea. They said, 'You're just some dude in California!' But one of the things I discovered through my research is that most North Koreans can't tell their story. It's important for others to hear it, though. So I had a sense of mission to speak about the topic," Johnson said.  "It's an unverifiable place," the author said of North Korea. "But to the fiction writer, the myth, the legend, the fables are all powerful tools to create a psychological