- A House Called Helen: A Story of the First Hospice for Children
In August 1978, at the age of two-and-a-half, Helen was admitted to hospital with a brain tumour. Although it was removed, Helen lay in a coma for most of the six months she remained in hospital before her parents were able to take her home. To this day she remains in a severely impaired state, and requires constant attention. Helen's parents, Jacqueline and Richard, had become aware of the inability of large hospitals to cope with severely ill and dying children. They were also aware of the pressure on parents when they had a sick child at home. As a result, they set about planning the small children's hospice, Helen House, which was funded entirely by the public and is now a charity. The hospice opened in November 1992. The book tells the family's story and that of the hospice which bears Helen's name, and which has housed many thousands of children.
- The Complete Merde
A saucy guide to survival in everyday French. With chapters on insults, sex, drink and those expressive Gallic gestures, this book reveals the necessary vocabulary, explains its proper use and gives examples and exercises for the eager student.
- Last Stop Sunnyside
This is Pat Capponi's world. No tourist on the mean streets ofToronto's once prosperous Parkdale neighbourhood, Capponi-a psychiatricsurvivor who has chronicled her experiences in several bestselling non-fictiontitles-has lived there. Now, in this compelling debut novel, Capponi turns herauthentic voice and imagination to a gripping murder mystery.
Dana Leoni is Capponi's heroine, a traumatized woman who hasretreated from life to a rough rooming house. Surrounded by the marginalized andthe mad, she is devastated when one of her housemates turns up dead. When,despite the disappearance of another neighbourhood woman, the police reach adead end, Dana and her rag-tag posse of housemates-inspired by the novels ofJanet Evanovich-decide to go detective and take matters into their own hands.The result is a terrific mystery read, peopled with authentic characters andevocative in its gritty portrayal of a world few of us know. Infused withcompassion and wit, Last Stop Sunnyside marks the beginning of abound-for-bestseller series.
- Peril's Gate
Where there is light, there must always be shadow... The fourth volume in Janny Wurts's spectacular epic fantasy, now re-released with a striking new cover design along with the rest of the series.
The curse that hangs over the Master of Shadow, Arithon, and Lord of Light, Lysaer, is drawing the two half-brothers ever closer towards direct conflict. For the Natural Balance to be maintained, the two must never fight. If they do, one is sure to perish and the Mistwraith will regain its evil power over their world.
Even now, Lysaer - convinced of his own godhead and aided by the treacherous Koriani Sisterhood - is tracking Arithon the Masterbard through the snows and wastes of the winter-locked mountains and the Barrens of Daon Ramon. Arithon is tortured by the knowledge that for the sake of future generations he must not be killed, no matter the cost of others' lives now. Fighting valiantly to prevent unnecessary suffering, he strikes out on his own; but he is injured and failing fast.
Meanwhile, the ancient Paravians are stirring, summoned by trespassers on their sacred domain; and the Fellowship of Seven are battling on many other fronts, as the Mistwraith's wards begin to break, and khadrim and free wraiths roam the land...
Steve Hislop was one of the most famous motorcycle racers in the world. He had always been a controversial and outspoken character having had many famous clashes and splits with teams and riders over the years, not always to his advantage. Season 2003 was no different. Steve's life was incredible, funny and ultimately tragic.
Hislop made his debut in 1979 on a bike paid for by his father, but when the latter died of a heart-attack, he embarked on a self-destructive quest that resulted in more crashed bikes and cars than he can remember. Three years later his brother Garry was killed racing at Silloth.
It looked as if he would never race again but while on holiday at the Isle of Man TT races in 1983, he was mesmerised by the sight of Joey Dunlop and he knew he had to try it.
He took to the roads immediately, amassing an amazing career record of 11 wins and was the first rider in history to lap the course at an average speed of over 120mph. Hizzy's TT victories over big name rivals like Joey Dunlop and Carl Fogarty made him a living legend beyond the confines of just the UK. He turned his back on the Isle of Man in 1994, claiming it was too fast and dangerous for modern superbikes.
However, he had already proved he was just as fast on purpose-built short circuits having won the British 250cc championship in 1990 and then went on to win the British Superbike (BSB) title in 1995 and 2002.
Defending a title is always difficult and made even harder when your current team doesn't give you a new contract. However, season 2003 started positively for Steve, inasmuch as he found a new team, but he was sacked half way through the season after a string of poor results on an uncompetitive bike. These events, however, paled into insignificance when Steve was killed in July 2003 when the helicopter he was flying crashed in a remote Scottish border region. His book is a fitting tribute to a motor racing legend.