Gold Medal Winner 2012 eLit AwardsKirkus Recommended Review: ´´In seven short stories, residents of a London boardinghouse reach moments of clarity. On London Road, lined with scruffy shops, stands No. 17, a detached red-brick Victorian that´s been turned into a boardinghouse. Its residents tend toward hard luck and desperation: Janice is just out of prison; Mandy is on probation; Bitty has a good education, but is scarred by her mother´s frequent abandonments; and Isobel is mentally unstable. Nora, the landlady, writes romance novels but has experienced little romance herself, and her daughter, Anna, is disgusted by Isobel´s outbursts.Their interconnected stories take place on a day of unusually hot weather, and focus on one resident at a time, with Janice´s story told in two parts. In each, characters have a chance to make a leap of faith in other people, or in the future.... Though spare and fast-paced, McGovern´s (Cocktails for Book Lovers, 2014, etc.) tales evoke entire biographies. She focuses on illuminative details and subtle, turning-point moments, as when Mandy, a young woman on probation, reacts to her mandatory book group´s reading of Katherine Mansfield´s 1922 short story ´´The Garden Party.´´ It stokes her resentment, as she doesn´t even know if people still give garden parties. Mandy makes plans to shoplift again, but something about the book group leader´s hopefulness and the invitation to give her honest opinion sparks her determination to win - maybe a literary argument, or maybe more chocolate wafers. Tales with subtle, positive but never saccharine, transformations that feel fully earned.´´ ´´...reminiscent of the writer who appears in one of the stories: the great Katherine Mansfield.´´ - Cynthia Rogerson, winner, V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize for a Short Story, UK ´´I felt as if I personally knew each character, from Janice to Nora to Isobel to Bitty, and even Len down at the pub, and 1. Language: English. Narrator: Verity Burns. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/088512/bk_acx0_088512_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Random House presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Long Road from Jarrow by Stuart Maconie. In the autumn of 1936, some 200 men from the Tyneside town of Jarrow marched 300 miles to London in protest against the destruction of their towns and industries. Precisely 80 years on, Stuart Maconie walks from north to south, retracing the route of the emblematic Jarrow Crusade. Following history´s footsteps, Maconie is in search of what modern Britain is really like today. Travelling down the country´s spine, Maconie moves through a land that is, in some ways, very much the same as the England of the ´30s, with its political turbulence, austerity, north/south divide, food banks and, of course, football mania. Yet in other ways, it is completely unrecognisable: highstreets peppered with pound shops and e-cigarette vendors, smoothie bars and Costas on every corner. Maconie visits the great, established and yet evolving cities of Leeds, Sheffield and London as well as the sleepy hamlets, quiet lanes and roaring motorways. He meets those with stories to tell and whose voices build a funny, complex and entertaining tale of Britain, then and now. Written in Maconie´s signature style, this is a fascinating exploration of a modern nation that, though it looks and sounds strangely familiar, has been completely transformed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stuart Maconie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002870/bk_rhuk_002870_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This audiobook presents 14 routes to explore New England during the autumn, covering hidden side roads and hiking trails, shops, scenic areas, and historic sites. A listing is included of fairs, festivals, places of interest and accommodation, with telephone numbers and addresses. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lesley Keene. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/summ/000215/bk_summ_000215_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sydney is a good choice for Akashic´s first noir anthology set in Australia.... The 14 uniformly strong selections feature familiar subgenre figures: gangsters, ethically compromised cops, and people bent on revenge for the loss of a loved one.... Fans of dark crime fiction will want to seek out other works by these contributors, most of whom will be unfamiliar to American readers. (Publishers Weekly)´´The former British penal colony provides fertile ground for dark doings, as these 14 tales demonstrate.... The stories [Dale´s] assembled offer ample variety in this cavalcade of crime Down Under.´´ (Kirkus Reviews)Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city.Brand new stories by: Kirsten Tranter, Mandy Sayer, John Dale, Eleanor Limprecht, Mark Dapin, Leigh Redhead, Julie Koh, Peter Polites, Robert Drewe, Tom Gilling, Gabrielle Lord, Philip McLaren, P.M. Newton, and Peter Doyle.From John Dale´s introduction to the book:´´Nothing lasts in Sydney, especially good fortune: lives are upturned, shops are sold, roads dug up, trees and houses knocked down, premiers discarded, and entire communities relocated in the name of that economic mantra - growth and progress. Just when you think the traffic can´t get any worse and the screech of the 747s descending over your roof can´t get any louder, along comes a wild electrical storm that batters the buildings and shakes the power lines and washes the garbage off the streets and you stand, sheltered under your broken brolly in the center of Sydney, admiring this big beautiful city.What never changes, though, is the hustle on the street. My father was a detective in the vice squad shortly after the Second World War, and he told stories of busting SP bookies in Paddingto 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Corfield, Martin Moolman, Lee Cormie, Ivy Jones, Christopher Brown, Milan Perkins, Helen Doig, Les Horovitz, Mark Coles Smith, Eloise Mignon, Neil Pigot, John Voce, Stacy Gougoulis, Arisa Yura. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/050860/bk_adbl_050860_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Yellowgrass Hill was a busy little town with streets, houses, restaurants, cafes, and little animals that rode in old-fashioned automobiles. This beautiful town rested deep within a magical forest where animals walked, talked, and occasionally squawked. It was a peaceful place that ran down a long dirt road between stores, carrot crops, and yummy candy shops. There you could find a beaver playing a banjo or a weasel having a cup of tea with a rabbit or even a mouse and a cat who were the best of friends. Well, except for that one time. So sit back and listen to the first tale of what life was like in Yellowgrass Hill. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nick Afka Thomas. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/040919/bk_acx0_040919_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Yellowgrass Hill was a busy little town with streets, houses, restaurants, cafes, and little animals that rode in old-fashioned automobiles. This beautiful town rested deep within a magical forest where animals walked, talked, and occasionally squawked. It was a peaceful place that ran down a long dirt road between stores, carrot crops, and yummy candy shops. There you could find a beaver playing a banjo or a weasel having a cup of tea with a rabbit, or even a mouse and a cat who were the best of friends. Well, except for that one time. So sit back and listen to the first tale of what life was like in Yellowgrass Hill. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nick Afka Thomas. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/021537/bk_acx0_021537_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.