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# 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 / In Praise of Blood

Posted by AT on Lundi 3 septembre 2018

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Author : Judi Rever

Publisher : Random House Canada

A stunning work of investigative reporting by a Canadian journalist who has risked her own life to bring us a deeply disturbing history of the Rwandan genocide that takes the true measure of Rwandan head of state Paul Kagame.

Through unparalleled interviews with RPF defectors, former soldiers and atrocity survivors, supported by documents leaked from a UN court, Judi Rever brings us the complete history of the Rwandan genocide. Considered by the international community to be the saviours who ended the Hutu slaughter of innocent Tutsis, Kagame and his rebel forces were also killing, in quiet and in the dark, as ruthlessly as the Hutu genocidaire were killing in daylight. The rea son why the larger world community hasn’t recognized this truth? Kagame and his top commanders effectively covered their tracks and, post-genocide, rallied world guilt and played the heroes in order to attract funds to rebuild Rwanda and to maintain and extend the Tutsi sphere of influence in the region.

Judi Rever, who has followed the story since 1997, has marshalled irrefutable evidence to show that Kagame’s own troops shot down the presidential plane on April 6, 1994–the act that put the match to the genocidal flame. And she proves, without a shadow of doubt, that as Kagame and his forces slowly advanced on the capital of Kigali, they were ethnically cleansing the country of Hutu men, women and children in order that returning Tutsi settlers, displaced since the early ’60s, would have homes and land. This book is heartbreaking, chilling and necessary.

THE AUTHOR:

JUDI REVER is a freelance print and broadcast journalist who started her career with Radio France Internationale before working for the wire service Agence France-Presse, reporting from Africa and the Middle East. Her reporting on Rwanda has been featured in seven front-page stories in the Globe and Mail over the past three years, and she has been named a country of origin information expert on Rwanda by the Rights in Exile Programme, which promotes the legal protection of refugees. Her work has also appeared in Foreign Policy Journal, Le Monde Diplomatique, Humanosphere, Digital Journal and the Africa Report.

Bibliographic Details

Pages: 288

ISBN: 9780345812094

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# 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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Author :  Jeremy Black

Publisher : Hurst

There is no English state within the UK-no English passport, Parliament or currency; nor is there any immediate prospect of one. But that does not mean that England lacks an identity.

The extent to which English nationalism has a deep history is a matter of controversy. Jeremy Black argues persuasively for its existence from ‘the Old English State’ onwards, predating the Norman invasion. By looking to the past, he seeks to understand England’s historical identity, and what it means for English nationalism today.

English Nationalism also probes how other nationalist movements within Britain have helped shape an English identity. Has hostility to ‘England’ and ‘Englishness’ been the principal driver of resurgent English nationalism?

The Brexit vote may appear to have cancelled out Scottish and other nationalisms as an issue-but in fact it has made what it is to be English a question of great urgency.

THE AUTHOR:

Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter, and one of Britain’s most published academics. His interests include military history, British politics, newspaper and cartographic history, and international relations. Among his many books are Maps and History, War and the World, and A Short History of Britain.

Bibliographic Details

Pages: 224

ISBN: 9781849049856

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Author :  Anshel Pfeffer

Publisher : Hurst

For many in Israel and elsewhere, Benjamin Netanyahu is anathema, an embarrassment; yet he continues to dominate Israeli public life. How can we explain his rise, his hold on Israeli politics, and his outsized role on the world’s stage?

In Bibi, Anshel Pfeffer reveals the formative influence of Netanyahu’s father and grandfather, who bequeathed to him a once-marginal brand of Zionism combining Jewish nationalism with religious traditionalism. In the Zionist enterprise, Netanyahu embodies the triumph of the underdogs over the secular liberals who founded the nation.

Netanyahu’s Israel is a hybrid of ancient phobia and high-tech hope; of tribalism and globalism - just like the man himself. We cannot understand Israel today without first understanding the man who leads it.

THE AUTHOR:

Anshel Pfeffer has covered Israeli politics and global affairs for two decades. He is a senior correspondent and columnist for Haaretz and the Israel correspondent for The Economist. He lives in Jerusalem.

Bibliographic Details

Pages: 432

ISBN: 9781849049887

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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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Author :  Jim Brigginshaw

Publisher : Pen & Sword Books

This is the remarkable and unique story of Jim Bodero. Having been captured by the Japanese after the fall of Singapore in 1942, Jim was first sent to work in Burma, to build what has become known as the Death Railway. Unlike many of his comrades, Jim survived this ordeal, only to be transferred to Nagasaki, Japan, where he was sent to work in the nearby mines.

Jim describes how the conditions in the ‘Hell pits of Sendryu’ were even worse than those experienced in Burma, but were ultimately the reason why he survived the war. On 9 August 1945, the Americans, dropped the second nuclear bomb on Nagaski. Fortunately, Jim was deep underground at the time, but through this book he re-lives the harrowing aftermath of the attack when the ground shook violently.

Badly debilitated by the daily privations of working in the mine, weakened by chronic starvation, as well as suffering from the tropical diseases he contracted during his time on the Death Railway and on nightmarish prisoner-transport ships, Jim might have survived the war, but his experiences were to leave a legacy of pain that was to last a lifetime.

Bibliographic Details

Pages: 147

ISBN: 9781526740106

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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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