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The Midnight Swimmer

The Midnight Swimmer

Author: Edward Wilson

Publisher: William Catesby

ISBN: 1908129417

Category: Fiction

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October, 1962. If the Cuban gamble goes wrong and war breaks out, Britain will no longer exist. London dispatches a secret envoy to defuse the confrontation. Catesby is sent to Havana and Washington to make clandestine contacts. London has authorised Catesby to offer Moscow a secret deal to break the deadlock. But before that can happen, Catesby meets the Midnight Swimmer, who has a chilling message for Washington.

The Midnight Swimmer

The Midnight Swimmer

Author: Edward Wilson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781908129840

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

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A brilliant Cuban Missile Crisis spy thriller by a former special forces officer and 'the thinking person's John le Carré' 'The thinking person's John le Carré' Tribune 'Edward Wilson seems poised to inherit the mantle of John le Carré' Irish Independent 'More George Smiley than James Bond, Catesby will delight those readers looking for less blood and more intelligence in their spy thrillers' Publishers Weekly October, 1962. If the Cuban gamble goes wrong and war breaks out, Britain will no longer exist. London dispatches a secret envoy to defuse the confrontation. Spawned in the bleak poverty of an East Anglian fishing port, Catesby is a spy with a big anti-establishment chip on his shoulder. He loves his country, but despises the class who run it. Loathed by the Americans and trusted by the Russians, Catesby is sent to Havana and Washington to make clandestine contacts. London has authorised Catesby to offer Moscow a secret deal to break the Cuban Missile Crisis deadlock. But before that can happen, Catesby meets the Midnight Swimmer who has a chilling message for Washington. A triangle of love and death that began in Berlin ends in Cuba. On one corner is a war disabled KGB general, on another corner is his unfulfilled wife . . . This sophisticated novel is full of twists and turns that merge historical fact with fiction. Sleaze and high politics literally share the same beds. A white-knuckle superpower standoff is played out against a backdrop of honey trap blackmail, Mafia contracts, assassinations and Vatican scandal. 'An intellectually commanding thriller' Independent 'An excellent spy novel . . . belongs on the bookshelf alongside similarly unsettling works by le Carré, Alan Furst and Eric Ambler' Huffington Post Praise for Edward Wilson: 'Stylistically sophisticated . . . Wilson knows how to hold the reader's attention' W.G. Sebald 'A reader is really privileged to come across something like this' Alan Sillitoe 'All too often, amid the glitzy gadgetry of the spy thriller, all the fast cars and sexual adventures, we lose sight of the essential seriousness of what is at stake. John le Carré reminds us, often, and so does Edward Wilson' Independent

After Midnight

After Midnight

Author: Richard Laymon

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780755391745

Category: Fiction

Page: 348

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A night of terror awaits... After Midnight is a thrilling horror novel from Richard Laymon, in which a plucky heroine must use every ounce of her ingenuity to survive. Perfect for fans of Dean Koontz and Clive Barker. Alice enjoys house-sitting for her friend; she has the place to herself, a huge TV, a swimming pool. But one night, just after midnight, a man walks out of the woods and throws himself into the pool. Alice knows about men, so she fetches the Civil War relic that hangs on the wall: an old cavalry sabre... What readers are saying about After Midnight: 'Laymon's books are either brilliantly original, or twisted journeys to a very dark place...or perhaps both....' 'I loved this book from the get-go, it had me gripped and I had it finished in two days flat. It has turns and twists that will blow your mind' 'After Midnight is undoubtedly [Laymon's] best'

ABA Journal

ABA Journal

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The ABA Journal serves the legal profession. Qualified recipients are lawyers and judges, law students, law librarians and associate members of the American Bar Association.

Delphi Collected Works of Baroness Emma Orczy (Illustrated)

Delphi Collected Works of Baroness Emma Orczy (Illustrated)

Author: Baroness Emma "Emmuska" Orczy

Publisher: Delphi Classics

ISBN: 9781786560223

Category: Fiction

Page: 9834

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The Hungarian-born British novelist, Baroness Emma Orczy achieved immense fame as the author of ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’, one of the greatest successes of twentieth century literature, as well as numerous historical adventure novels and innovative detective fiction. This comprehensive eBook presents Orczy’s collected works, with the complete Scarlet Pimpernel adventures, numerous illustrations, rare texts, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1) * Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Orczy’s life and works * Concise introductions to the major novels and other texts * 35 novels, with individual contents tables * The complete Scarlet Pimpernel novels and short stories, featuring tales often missed out of collections * Special ‘Scarlet Pimpernel Series’ table of contents, allowing you to navigate the famous works quickly * Includes rare novels appearing for the first time in digital publishing, including BY THE GODS BELOVED, A SON OF THE PEOPLE and NICOLETTE * Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts * Excellent formatting of the texts * Famous works are fully illustrated with their original artwork * The complete short story collections, first time in digital print * Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the short stories * Easily locate the short stories you want to read * Includes Orczy’s rare OLD HUNGARIAN FAIRY TALES – available in no other collection * Includes Orczy’s autobiography - discover the author’s personal and literary life * Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles CONTENTS: The Scarlet Pimpernel Series The Novels THE EMPEROR’S CANDLESTICKS IN MARY’S REIGN THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL BY THE GODS BELOVED I WILL REPAY A SON OF THE PEOPLE BEAU BROCADE THE ELUSIVE PIMPERNEL THE NEST OF THE SPARROWHAWK PETTICOAT GOVERNMENT A TRUE WOMAN FIRE IN STUBBLE MEADOWSWEET EL DORADO UNTO CÆSAR THE LAUGHING CAVALIER A BRIDE OF THE PLAINS THE BRONZE EAGLE LEATHERFACE LORD TONY’S WIFE A SHEAF OF BLUEBELLS HIS MAJESTY’S WELL-BELOVED THE FIRST SIR PERCY THE TRIUMPH OF THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL NICOLETTE PIMPERNEL AND ROSEMARY SIR PERCY HITS BACK MARIVOSA A JOYOUS ADVENTURE A CHILD OF THE REVOLUTION THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL LOOKS AT THE WORLD THE WAY OF THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL SIR PERCY LEADS THE BAND MAM’ZELLE GUILLOTINE THE WILL-O’-THE-WISP The Short Story Collections OLD HUNGARIAN FAIRY TALES THE CASE OF MISS ELLIOTT THE OLD MAN IN THE CORNER LADY MOLLY OF SCOTLAND YARD THE LEAGUE OF THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL CASTLES IN THE AIR UNRAVELLED KNOTS SKIN O’ MY TOOT ADVENTURES OF THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL IN THE RUE MONGE The Short Stories LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER The Autobiography LINKS IN THE CHAIN OF LIFE Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles or to purchase this eBook as a Parts Edition of individual eBooks

The Gates of Kamt

The Gates of Kamt

Author: Baroness Orczy

Publisher: BEYOND BOOKS HUB

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Category: Fiction

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Baroness Emma Orczy (full name: Emma Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála Orczy de Orci) (23 September 1865 – 12 November 1947), usually known as Baroness Orczy (the name under which she was published) or to her family and friends as Emmuska Orczy, was a Hungarian-born British novelist and playwright. She is best known for her series of novels featuring the Scarlet Pimpernel, the alter ego of Sir Percy Blakeney, a wealthy English fop who turns into a quick-thinking escape artist in order to save French aristocrats from "Madame Guillotine" during the French Revolution, establishing the "hero with a secret identity" in popular culture.

By The Gods Beloved

By The Gods Beloved

Author: Baroness Orczy

Publisher: House of Stratus

ISBN: 9780755126477

Category: Fiction

Page: 308

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Mark and Hugh are school friends. Mark has visited Hugh’s house, whose father is an Egyptologist and where there is an odd museum. One day, Hugh discovers the descendants of ancient pharaohs are still living in the Libyan Desert. The two then experience incredible adventures, strange sights, a beautiful princess and great dangers.

"Trading Magic for Fact," Fact for Magic

Author: Marc Colavincenzo

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004487833

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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This study brings together three major areas of interest - history, postmodern fiction, and myth. Whereas neither history and postmodern fiction nor history and myth are strangers to one another, postmodernism and myth are odd bedfellows. For many critics, postmodern thought with its resistance to metanarratives stands in direct and deliberate contrast to myth with its apparent tendency to explain the world by means of neat, complete narratives. There is a strain of postmodern Canadian historical fiction in which myth actually forms a complement not only to postmodernism's suspicion of master-narratives but also to its privileging of those marginal and at times ignored areas of history. The fourteen works of Canadian fiction considered demonstrate a doubled impulse which at first glance seems contradictory. On the one hand, they go about demythologizing - in the Barthesian sense - various elements of historical discourse, exposing its authority as not simply a natural given but as a construct. This includes the fact that the view of history portrayed in the fiction has been either underrepresented or suppressed by official historiography. On the other hand, the history is then re-mythologized, in that it becomes part of a pre-existing myth, its mythic elements are foregrounded, myth and magic are woven into the narrative, or it is portrayed as extraordinary in some way. The result is an empowering of these histories for the future; they are made larger than life and unforgettable.

The Outdoor Swimmers' Handbook

The Outdoor Swimmers' Handbook

Author: Kate Rew

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781473599512

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

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'An important, inspiring book by someone that has encouraged million of people to experience the wonders and friendships of Britain's rivers, lakes and seas' ROBERT MACFARLANE 'A treasured guide for anyone who wants to venture into rivers, estuaries, lakes and seas for a dip, a moonlit swim or a great adventure. I loved this book!' LYNNE COX Capturing the freewheeling spirit, community and wisdom that defines The Outdoor Swimming Society movement, founder Kate Rew reveals everything you need to know to explore rivers, lakes, seas and estuaries. Sharing tales of her own inspiring swims, Kate explores the rich and varied life of outdoor swimmers, from the physiology of cold to planning lazy hazy downstream swims. An exquisite guide for beginners and enthusiasts alike, The Outdoor Swimmers' Handbook will lead you to the shore and become your trusted companion for the adventures ahead.

Dangerous Secrets at SPRING VALE MANOR

Dangerous Secrets at SPRING VALE MANOR

Author: Margaret J. Carr

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 9798733470740

Category: Fiction

Page: 167

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Dangerous Secrets at SPRING VALE MANOR by Margaret J Carr An overnight success makes one young rapper very rich. His single mother has spent her life scrimping and working long hours and exhausting days to stay in their rented tenement flat and bring up her child. Now he can afford it, he decides to give her the sort of place she has always dreamed of, a large, modern ‘pile’ in the country. With the help of his manager he buys a piece of land, on the edge of marchland, close to a rural village and commissions the building of his mother’s dream home with landscape gardens, a tennis court, a swimming pool and, at the centre of the elegant driveway, a large ornate fountain. Once completed he drives his mother to see her new home only to find she hates it, everything, the size, stuck out in the middle of nowhere and wouldn’t live there in a million years. However when fate steps in and the young rapper’s fortunes change overnight, he has to sell the ‘unwanted’ manor to pay his debts. Enter the new owners. They are two brothers and their wifes, with dubious businesses and contacts. They can use the place for their nefarious businesses and as storage for goods kept away from the eyes of at least two interested police forces. A woman reputed to be a witch forecasts a disaster and a little girl asks one of the brothers too many innocent questions, questions he is unable or unwilling to answer. It has rained for weeks and everywhere is flooding. The surrounding marshes and ground is overwhelmed by water unable to drain away. The manor, built on land close to a disused quarry with a catacomb of old mines beneath its foundations, starts to sink taking with it the lives of so many people.

The Whitehall Mandarin

The Whitehall Mandarin

Author: Edward Wilson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781909807716

Category: Fiction

Page: 222

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A captivating spy thriller taking the reader from 60s sex scandals to the Vietnam War, by a former special forces officer who is 'poised to inherit the mantle of John le Carre' 'The thinking person's John le Carré' Tribune 'Edward Wilson seems poised to inherit the mantle of John le Carré' Irish Independent 'More George Smiley than James Bond, Catesby will delight those readers looking for less blood and more intelligence in their spy thrillers' Publishers Weekly Lady Somers is rich, beautiful and powerful and the first woman to head up the Ministry of Defence. She also has something to hide. Catesby's job is to uncover her story and bury it forever. His quest leads him through the sex scandals of London in the Swinging Sixties and then on to Moscow where a shocking message changes everything. His next mission is a desperate hunt through the war-torn jungles of Southeast Asia, where he finally makes a heart-breaking discovery that is as personal as it is political. It is a secret that Catesby may not live to share. This captivating novel is set in a world of distorted reflections where nothing or no one is what they seem to be. Thrilling and deeply intelligent, The Whitehall Mandarin reveals the most guarded intelligence secret of modern times not only exploring the enigma of China's rise to head the superpowers, but plumbing the depths of sometimes unbelievable events that have changed our world. Edward Wilson's page-turning thriller is not just a chilling story of multi-national espionage, terror, greed and duplicity, but a frightening and eye-opening exposé of secrets, lies and false promises that may not, in fact, be fiction. 'We attempt to second-guess both Catesby and his crafty creator, and are soundly outfoxed at every turn' Barry Forshaw, Independent 'This cynically complex plot is laid over perfectly described settings, from London to Moscow to Vietnam. Wilson's characters and their consciences come alive to lend the book its power' Kirkus Reviews Praise for Edward Wilson: 'Stylistically sophisticated . . . Wilson knows how to hold the reader's attention' W.G. Sebald 'A reader is really privileged to come across something like this' Alan Sillitoe 'All too often, amid the glitzy gadgetry of the spy thriller, all the fast cars and sexual adventures, we lose sight of the essential seriousness of what is at stake. John le Carré reminds us, often, and so does Edward Wilson' Independent

Parallel Lines

Parallel Lines

Author: Peter Lantos

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781909807341

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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"I have read few autobiographies more extraordinary . . . Astonishing" OBSERVER "A classic. I preferred it to Primo Levi's If This is a Man" EDWARD WILSON "A child's clear-eyed journey to hell" ANNE SEBBA This is a story of a young boy's journey from a sleepy provincial town in Hungary during the Second World War to the concentration camp in Bergen-Belsen. After a winter in Bergen-Belsen where his father died, he and his mother were liberated by the Americans outside a small German village, and handed over to the Red Army. They escaped from the Russians, and travelled, hiding on a goods train, through Prague to Budapest. Unlike other books dealing with this period, this is not a Holocaust story, but a child's recollection of a journey full of surprise, excitement, bereavement and terror. Yet this remains a testimony of survival, overcoming obstacles which to adults may seem insurmountable but to a child were just part of an adventure and, ultimately, recovery. After having established a career in the West, the author decided to revisit the stages on his earlier journeys, reliving the past through the perspective of the present. Along the way, ghosts from the past are finally laid to rest by the kindness of new friends. With an introduction by Lisa Appignanesi