By Peter Cowie
Publication via Cowie, Peter
By Ernst Malmsten
The increase and fall of boo.com is an insider’s examine the eighteen months of euphoria that ushered within the dot.com period.
By Ben Falk
Professor Brian Cox is one of the best-known physicist on the planet at the present time. As presenter of the hit tv sequence 'Wonders of the sunlight method' and 'Wonders of The Universe', his affable allure and infectious enthusiasm have introduced technology to a complete new viewers. This booklet tells his tale.
Now in paperback—Donald Sturrock’s Storyteller is “a significant literary biography…packed with intimate information, sharply clever statement, and superb revelations” (The Washington Post) of 1 of the best writers within the 20th century, whose paintings nonetheless delights hundreds of thousands around the globe today.
A single-minded adventurer and an everlasting baby who gave us the enduring Willy Wonka and Matilda Wormwood, Roald Dahl lived a existence packed with incident, drama and experience: from his harrowing reports as an RAF fighter pilot and his paintings in British intelligence, to his many romances and turbulent marriage to the actress Patricia Neal, to the psychological soreness attributable to the demise of his younger daughter Olivia. In Storyteller, the first approved biography of Dahl, Donald Sturrock—granted unparalleled entry to the Dahl estate’s archives—draws on own correspondence, journals and interviews with family and well-known pals to convey a masterful, witty and incisive examine one of many maximum authors and whimsical characters of the fashionable age, whose paintings nonetheless delights thousands worldwide this day.
By David F. Dufty
The stranger-than-fiction tale of the creative construction and lack of an artificially clever android of science-fiction author Philip ok. Dick
In overdue January 2006, a tender robotocist for you to Google headquarters misplaced an in a single day bag on a flight someplace among Dallas and Las Vegas. In it was once a completely useful head of the android copy of Philip ok. Dick, cult science-fiction author and counterculture guru. It hasn't ever been recovered.
In a narrative that echoes the most paranoid fantasies of a Dick novel, readers get a desirable within examine the scientists and expertise that made this awesome android attainable. the writer, who was once a fellow researcher on the collage of Memphis Institute of clever platforms whereas the android was once being equipped, introduces readers to the state-of-the-art expertise in robotics, synthetic intelligence, and sculpture that got here jointly during this awesome computer and captured the mind's eye of scientists, artists, and science-fiction lovers alike. And there are nice tales approximately Dick himself―his encouraged but deeply pessimistic worldview, his weird and wonderful way of life, and his enduring artistic legacy. within the culture of well known technological know-how classics like Packing for Mars and The Disappearing Spoon, How to construct an Android is wonderful and informative―popular technological know-how at its best.
By Peter Robb
M is the identify of an enigma. In his brief and violent existence, Michaelangelo Merisi, from Caravaggio, replaced paintings for ever. within the procedure he laid naked his personal sexual longing and the brutal realities of his lifestyles with stunning frankness. Like no painter earlier than him and few on account that, M the guy looks in his paintings. As a ebook approximately artwork and existence and the way they attach, there hasn't ever been whatever fairly love it.
By Jerzy Kosinski
These texts deliver sharper concentration to the subjects in his works, making this strikingly erratic person extra obtainable. they supply an uncensored portrait of the author affected by scandal, whose authenticity used to be challenged through fierce accusations of plagiarism concerning his seminal novel, The Painted Bird—suspicion that shadowed his profession. Oral Pleasure finds Kosinski as a really real, talented guy of letters.
The fabric covers diversified elements of Kosinski’s eventful existence, from his suggestions on Poland and the Holocaust to his reviews with performing and tv. He expounds at the problems of writing less than a totalitarian executive and the significance of freedom of speech. He discusses the high quality line among fiction and autobiography, the fashionable function intercourse performed in his writing and lifestyles, the philosophical value of violence in his novels, and his debatable statements on Jewish identity.
This assortment deals new perception into Kosinski’s well known paintings, portraying an excellent storyteller at the back of the general public figure.
By Tim Hannigan
In 1811, a military of 10,000 British redcoats splashed ashore during the muddy shallows off Batavia (now Jakarta) to beat the Dutch colony of Java. they might stay there for 5 turbulent years. Drawing on either British and Javanese archival resources, this narrative history-cum-biography explores the bloody battles and livid controversies that marked British rule in Java, and divulges the longer term founding father of Singapore, Thomas Stamford Raffles in a surprising new light.
By Phil Sutcliffe
Jen Jewel Brown
In February 2009 it will likely be the three hundredth anniversary of the rescue of Alexander Selkirk, the Fife mariner who grew to become the foundation for Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe". the tale is advised not just through the writer but additionally during the phrases of these who knew Selkirk with 3 vibrant modern debts of Selkirk's island reports on Juan Fernandez - through the sailors who rescued him from the island, three hundred miles off the coast of Chile (Capt Edward Cooke and Capt Woodes Rogers) and one by way of Sir Richard Steele, who talked with Selkirk after his homecoming. Selkirk had spent 4 and a part years at the island. Wilson additionally delves into Defoe's building of Crusoe from Selkirk's stories and his early life in Fife. He additionally covers the dramatic situations of his abandonment at the island while he requested to be stranded instead of danger drowning within the unseaworthy Cinque Ports.Selkirk was once correct, the send sank and the workforce perished. Having been followed as grasp of the send that rescued him, Selkirk received his privateering profession instantly again on course and, due to the good fortune of this day trip, grew to become a wealthy guy. whilst he again as such to reduce Largo - coming into the church in all his new finery - his family members and the typical humans nearly fell at his toes. yet this effective second didn't final. He grew to become bored and mawkish for his island (often sitting at some degree overlooking the Forth to aim to conjure it up) and, after beginning a dating with an area lady, he - and she or he - went go into reverse to London.The tale doesn't have a very chuffed finishing. whereas his Fife lass felt uncomfortable in London society, Selkirk deserted her in methods - he took one other girl as a spouse and went off to sea back, as lieutenant aboard HMS Weymouth. whereas the send used to be crusing off the west coast of Africa in 1723, it was once struck by way of yellow fever and Alexander Selkirk used to be one of several workforce contributors who died. He was once elderly forty seven and the 'new' lady eventually received the lengthy and unsightly tussle over his last fortune.