The author retraces the hippie trail of the sixties and seventies,
visiting such infamous places as the Pudding Shop in Istanbul and
Chicken Street in Afghanistan. The book reveals a cultural and social
history, and is fascinating for those who trod the silk road and
also for those of us who are too young to have enjoyed the hedonistic
The world has sadly changed and the shangri-la of then, is now the
war zone of today. This book is well written and is a gripping read.
We will never experience the excitement that the 'Intrepids' enjoyed
as they discovered a new and secret destination - the world has
now been mapped. 3.99
This is a heart-wrenching but very uplifting story of friendship,
betrayal, loyalty and redemption, set in the war-torn location of
Afghanistan. The author grew up near Kabul and his descriptions
conjure up a vivid picture of his homeland, as his epic tale covers
lives across two continents. The narrator is Amir and the story
begins with his memories of 1975 when he was 12 years old. The novel
covers the war and destruction, but focuses on Amir's relationship
with his best friend, Hassan, and his undemonstrative father. We
read of love, betrayal, fear, guilt and atonement. Amir is tormented
by guilt and we follow his journey to redemption and the day he
flies his kite once more.
This a beautifully written and exciting first novel that starts
gently and builds to a gripping read. Set in Edwardian times,
the prim and stifling society is sharply contrasted to the wild,
uncontrolled Brazilian jungle, which Thomas Edgar visits as part
of a scientific expedition. His speciality is butterfly collecting
and he seeks a legendary rare specimen, which he hopes will bring
him fame and fortune. Unfortunately he returns home a ruined man,
made mute by some traumatic experience. The story is related by
Thomas and his wife, Sophie, giving their view and emotions on
the past months from their exchanged letters, journals and memories.
The descriptions of the steamy, dangerous jungle are vividly described
and this book is best read with a cool drink at hand!
If you enjoyed the cult 1973 film 'The Wicker Man' you'll find the
book really interesting, and if not you'll be dashing off for the
video as soon as you've finished. The 2006 re-make film doesn't
come close to being as good.
The Wicker Man story is of a Highlands' policeman searching for
a missing girl on the remote Hebridean island of Summerisle. We
gain much more insight into Sergeant Howie's character and life
in the novel, and the book really captures the island atmosphere
and the horror that lies ahead. The devoutly religious policeman
from the mainland finds the older Pagan beliefs of the locals unacceptable
but sensual at the same time. It's fascinating too to be able to
read the words of all the songs.
If you like to spend dreamy times gazing upwards at fluffy clouds,
this is a book for you. The Cloudspotter's Guide is the inaugural
publication of The
Cloud Appreciation Society and is a fun and informative tour of
the sky. The book tells you which clouds foretell good/ bad weather
and even earthquakes; explains the derivation of the various cloud
names, such as cumulus and mackerel; illustrated with loads of wonderful
cloud pictures and photos.