STORIES A philandering art dealer tries to give up casual love affairs - seeking only passionate kisses as a substitute. A man recounts his personal history through the things he has stolen from others throughout his life. A couple chart the journey of their five year relationship backwards, from awkward reunion to lovelorn first encounter. And, at the heart of the book, a 24-year old young woman, Bethany Mellmoth, embarks on a year-long journey of wishful and tentative self-discovery.
The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth depicts the random encounters that bring the past bubbling to the surface; the impulsive decisions that irrevocably shape a life; and the endless hesitations and loss-of-nerve that wickedly complicate it. These funny, surprising and moving stories are a resounding confirmation of Boyd's powers as one of our most original and compelling storytellers.
Francis O'Neill is an IRA terrorist - and he will kill for the cause. Gentleman Joe is his boss - and he wants power. Liam is his brother - and he wants money. Richard is the British intelligence officer - and he wants to recruit him. Bridget is his wife - and she wants to get out. This is the story of a man who remains devoted to a cause, while everyone around him gives in to temptation.
SHORT STORIES (11) The 1st collection of short stories from the critically acclaimed, prize winning author of TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR(14) - shortlisted for ManBooker).
One of the MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2017 according to The Millions, Book Riot's "ALL THE BOOKS" PODCAST, and FUSE These are stories about the infinite possibilities of a person's life, from an AGONIZINGLY FUNNY and ORIGINAL WRITER.
The stories in The Dinner Party are about lives changed forever when the reckless gives way to possibility and the ordinary cedes ground to mystery.
Each one confirms Ferris's reputation as one of the most dazzlingly talented, deeply humane writers at work today.
Simon Schama brings Britain to life through its portraits, as seen in the five-part BBC series The Face of Britain and the major National Portrait Gallery exhibition Churchill and his painter locked in a struggle of stares and glares; Gainsborough watching his daughters run after a butterfly; a black Othello in the nineteenth century; the poet-artist Rossetti trying to capture on canvas what he couldn't possess in life; a surgeon-artist making studies of wounded faces brought in from the Battle of the Somme; a naked John Lennon five hours before his death. In the age of the hasty glance and the selfie, Simon Schama has written a tour de force about the long exchange of looks from which British portraits have been made over the centuries: images of the modest and the mighty; of friends and lovers; heroes and working people. Each of them - the image-maker, the subject, and the rest of us who get to look at them - are brought unforgettably to life. Together they build into a collective picture of Britain, our past and our present, a look into the mirror of our identity at a moment when we are wondering just who we are. Combining his two great passions, British history and art history, for the first time, Schama's extraordinary storytelling reveals the truth behind the nation's most famous portrayals of power, love, fame, the self, and the people. Mesmerising in its breadth and its panache, and beautifully illustrated, with more than 150 images from the National Portrait Gallery, The Face of Britain will change the way we see our past - and ourselves.
The curious thing about Jonathan De'Ath is that everyone who knows him - his old university lecturer father, his mother, his hippy-dippy brothers, his so-called friends and his lovers - they all call him 'The Butcher', each in ignorance of the others. They don't know the only real secret he maintains: Colonel Gawain Thomas, husband, father, highly-trained tank commander, is his longtime lover.