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# EIPA – CONFRONTATIONS / Live Show, Drink Included

Posted by AT on Vendredi 12 octobre 2018

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Author : Vicky Grut

Publisher : Holland Park Press

For the stories in this collection Vicky Grut takes inspiration from a range of often ordinary situations and explores how easily things can go awry or take an unexpected turn. The stories veer from the realistic to the surreal, and nothing is quite what it seems.

Be prepared to be not only entertained but also taken by surprise when reading the fourteen mini-novels in this collection.

‘Here comes a bold collection of compelling stories from a prize-winning author. Her locations and landscapes range across work and domestic settings, friendships and marriages erupt in quarrels that are resolved in startling denouements. Her readers are in for a treat - and a rollercoaster ride of emotions, thrills and surprises.’ - Patricia Duncker

‘Some are dark and disturbing tales of lives viewed from under the mad end of a m More …

# EIPA – CONFRONTATIONS / The Houses Along the Wall

Posted by AT on Jeudi 11 octobre 2018

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Author :  Karen Hayes

Publisher : Holland Park Press

The poems in The Houses Along the Wall create a fictional history for sixteen of the houses along the Parrog near Newport, Pembrokeshire.

From a man who quits drinking to marry his love, the life of ferryman Jack Price, Belgian immigrants, the disappearance of Suzy Lamplugh and Ondara House to a poem about a final resting place outside St Mary’s Church, Newport.

Together these poems celebrate a disappearing Welsh community through wonde More …

# EIPA – CONFRONTATIONS / Bruce Springsteen - The Day I Was There

Posted by AT on Dimanche 16 septembre 2018

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Author:  Neil Cossar

Publisher: This Day in Music Books

Bruce Springsteen has sold more than 120 million records worldwide, and has earned numerous awards for his work, including 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award, as well as being inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This book features over 250 accounts from fans that have witnessed a Bruce Springsteen live show. From late Sixties concerts in New Jersey right through to his marathon shows from recent times, fans from the USA, UK, Australia and Europe share fascinating anecdotes, stories, photographs and memorabilia that have never been published before and tell us about their experiences of seeing one of the world’s greatest live acts.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Neil Cossar a former musician was the guitarist in the late 70’s - 80’s group The Cheaters, (who signed to Parlophone Records, but never troubled the charts). Continually giging in 1982, were awarded ‘Hardest working band of the year’ by BBC Rad More …

# EIPA – CONFRONTATIONS / LALA

Posted by AT on Vendredi 7 septembre 2018

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Author :  Jacek Dehnel

Publisher : One World

A lyrical and moving Polish family saga set against the turbulent backdrop of twentieth-century Europe

Lala has lived a dazzling life. Born in Poland just after the First World War and brought up to be a perfect example of her class and generation - tolerant, selfless and brave - Lala is an independent woman who has survived some of the most turbulent events of her times. As she senses the first signs of dementia, she battles to keep her memories alive through her stories, telling her grandson tales of a life filled with love, faithlessness and extraordinary acts of courage.

Sweeping from nineteenth-century Kiev to modern-day Poland, Lala is the enthralling celebration of a beautiful life.

THE AUTHOR:

Jacek Dehnel (born 1980 in Gdansk) is well established as a po More …

# EIPA – CONFRONTATIONS / Fugitive from the Grave

Posted by AT on Mardi 28 août 2018

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Author : Edward Marston

Publisher : Allison & Busby

1817. Celemency van Emden receives an anonymous terse message informing her that her estranged father is dead and buried. Confounded by this news and desperate to visit her father’s final resting place, she returns from Holland determined to seek answers. A chance encounter on a busy London street leads her to twin detectives Peter and Paul Skillen, who agree to help her unravel the mystery of her father’s last days. However, Paul’s attention is diverted away from London to Bath, as he seeks to thwart a daring band of highwaymen, one of whom appears to have more than just jewels on his mind.

Meanwhile, the Bow Street Runners are struggling to redeem themselves after losing, yet again, the slippery and infamous Harry Scattergood. With mounting pressure from the local magistrate to produce results, they are sent to investigate a spate of bodysnatching from local cemeteries.

When the body of Clemency’s father is discovered to be More …

# EIPA – CONFRONTATIONS / A Respectable Woman

Posted by AT on Mardi 28 août 2018

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Author : Susanna Bavin

Publisher : Allison & Busby

After losing her beloved family in the Great War, Nell is grateful to marry Stan Hibbert, believing that with him she can recapture the loving family feeling she has lost. Five years on, she is just another back-street housewife, making every penny do the work of tuppence and performing miracles with scrag-end. When she discovers that Stan is leading a double-life, she runs away to make a fresh start elsewhere.

Two years later, Nell has carved out a fulfilling new life for herself and her young children in Manchester, where her neighbours believe she is a respectable widow, as do her fellow workers in the garment factory where she is a talented machinist - even her children believe their father is dead.

But when a figure from the past turns up, Nell has to face a court case and answer for her actions. Will the life she has fought for be enough to allow her to keep her children or will her lies mean she will lose them for ever?

THE AUTHOR:

Susanna Bavin Susanna Bavin has variously been a librarian, an infant school teacher, a carer and a cook. She lives in Llandudno in North Wales with her husband and two rescue cats, but her writing is inspired by her Mancunian roots. Her debut novel, The Deserter’s Daughter, is also published by Allison & Busby.

Bibliographic Details

ISBN: 9780749021290

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# EIPA – CONFRONTATIONS / To Throw Away Unopened

Posted by AT on Samedi 25 août 2018

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Author :  Viv Albertine

Publisher : Faber & Faber

‘Fierce, direct, unashamed. She masks nothing … Scythes through the myths, the distortions, the adornments and finds the rich, distinctive stories underneath.’ The Sunday Times

‘A chronicle of outsiderness … Searingly honest … A painstaking and painful dissection of familial fallout.’ The Observer

What was I fighting for? Even now I’m not sure. Something so old and so deep, it has no words, no shape, no logic.

Every memoir is a battle between reality and invention - but in her follow up to Clothes, Music, Boys, Viv Albertine has reinvented the genre with her unflinching honesty.

To Throw Away Unopened is a fearless dissection of one woman’s obsession with the truth - the truth about family, power, and her identity as a rebel and outsider. It is a gaping wound of a book, both an exercise in blood-letting and psychological archaeology, excavating what lies beneath: the fear, the loneliness, the anger. It is a brutal expose of human dysfunctionality, the impossibility of true intimacy, and the damage wrought upon us by secrets and revelations, siblings and parents.

Yet it is also a testament to how we can rebuild ourselves and come to face the world again. It is a portrait of the love stories that constitute a life, often bringing as much pain as joy. With the inimitable blend of humour, vulnerability, and intelligence that makes Viv Albertine one of our finest authors working today, To Throw Away Unopened smashes through layers of propriety and leads us into a new place of savage self-discovery.

THE AUTHOR:

Songwriter and musician Viv Albertine was the guitarist in the hugely influential female punk band The Slits. A confidante of the Sex Pistols and the Clash, Viv was a key player in British punk culture. Alongside The Slits, she collaborated with numerous musicians, including Adrian Sherwood, before marking out a career in television and film production. After a hiatus of twenty-five years, Viv’s first solo album, The Vermillion Border, was released in 2012 to great critical acclaim.

Pages: 304

ISBN: 9780571326211

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# EIPA – CONFRONTATIONS / All the Beautiful Lies

Posted by AT on Samedi 25 août 2018

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Author : Peter Swanson

Publisher : Faber & Faber

‘He’s the real deal…’ JOE HILL

‘Another read in one sitting from the best-selling Swanson.’ METRO

‘A brilliantly original premise, delivered with panache.’ CLARE MACKINTOSH

On the eve of his college graduation, Harry is called home by his step-mother Alice, to their house on the Maine coast, following the unexpected death of his father.

But who really is Alice, his father’s much younger second wife? In a brilliant split narrative, Peter Swanson teases out the stories and damage that lie in her past. And as her story entwines with Harry’s in the present, things grow increasingly dark and threatening - will Harry be able to see any of it clearly through his own confused feelings?

THE AUTHOR:

Peter Swanson’s debut novel, The Girl With a Clock for a Heart (2014), was described by Dennis Lehane as ‘a twisty, sexy, electric thrill ride’ and was nominated for the LA Times book award. His follow up The Kind Worth Killing (2015), a Richard and Judy pick, was shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Silver Dagger, was named the iBook stores Thriller of the Year and was a top ten paperback bestseller. He lives with his wife and cat in Somerville, Massachusetts. His third novel, Her Every Fear, will be published in early 2016.

Bibliographic Details

Pages: 304

ISBN: 9780571327171

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# EIPA – CONFRONTATIONS / A Soldier’s Kipling

Posted by AT on Vendredi 24 août 2018

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Author : Edward Erickson

Publisher : Pen & Sword Books

Rudyard Kipling was one of the most versatile writers of the Victorian age - a journalist, storyteller, historian and poet. One of the major subjects of his poetry was the British army and the way it waged its campaigns during Queen Victoria’s ‘little wars’, and it is this aspect of his writing that Edward Erickson explores in this absorbing and perceptive study.

Kipling’s military poems offer insights into the profession of arms and how soldiers were trained and fought in distant expeditionary campaigns - they bring to life the world of the Victorian soldier in the most evocative way. Although not a soldier himself, Kipling wrote about timeless themes of military and wartime service, the experience of combat, unit cohesion and individual courage.

A Soldier’s Kipling is an original contribution to the understanding of Kipling’s work and his times, and it should lead to a fresh appreciation of a facet of his writing that has not been focused on so closely before.

THE AUTHOR:

Edward J. Erickson was born in Norwich, New York, USA. He recently retired from a long distinguished US Army career which included service in senior positions in Europe and the Middle East, in particular in Turkey and Iraq. He is one of the foremost authorities on the Ottoman Army during the Great War.

Bibliographic Details

Pages: 204

ISBN: 9781526718532

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# EIPA – CONFRONTATIONS / Stone. Bread. Salt.

Posted by AT on Jeudi 23 août 2018

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Author : Norbert Hirschhorn

Publisher : Holland Park Press

In this very personal collection of poems Norbert Hirschhorn takes stock of his life and gives voice to his quest to pass on the experiences of the generations before him.

Norbert Hirschhorn experiments with rhyme and metre, free verse and prose poems, yet they all are in his inimitable voice, and together they tell a story.

This collection sweeps you along from London to New York and the Middle East and back again. At some points Hirschhorn almost literally stops readers in their tracks by using the + sign.

What makes this collection extra special is Norbert Hirschhorn’s work on translating four of Fouad M Fouad’s poems from the Arabic.

Each poem can be savoured on its own but together they paint a picture of a thoughtful poet  and American Health Hero (to quote Bill Clinton) trying to catch the essence of life to hand it down to the next generations.

‘As I approach my ninth decade of life J am aware of the need to share with my descendants the wisdom, texts and lessons handed down by oar ancestors of all religions. The poems in this collection reflect this aim and necessity. ‘ - Norbert Hirschhorn

Praise for his previous collection

‘A remarkable literary and cultural presentation.’ - Jewish Book Council

Ludie and learned, comic and tragic’ - Marilyn Hacker

THE AUTHOR:

Norbert Hirschhorn was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1938. His parents escaped the Nazi regime by moving to London, where the family spent the war years before they were able to immigrate to the United States.

Bibliographic Details

Pages: 80

ISBN: 9781907320767

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