Granta Best Young British Novelist Naomi Alderman´s The Lessons reflects the truth that the lessons life teaches often come too late. Hidden away in an Oxford back street is a crumbling Georgian mansion, unknown to any but the few who possess a key to its unassuming front gate. Its owner is the mercurial, charismatic Mark Winters, whose rackety trust-fund upbringing has left him as troubled and unpredictable as he is wildly promiscuous. Mark gathers around him an impressionable group of students: glamorous Emmanuella, who always has a new boyfriend in tow; Franny and Simon, best friends and occasional lovers; musician Jess, whose calm exterior hides passionate depths. And James, already damaged by Oxford and looking for a group to belong to. For a time they live in a charmed world of learning and parties and love affairs. But university is no grounding for adult life, and when, years later, tragedy strikes they are entirely unprepared. ´Sharp, funny and poignant´ Hilary Mantel ´Funny, tender and insightful´ Maureen Lipman, Guardian Naomi Alderman grew up in the Orthodox Jewish community in northwest London. Her first novel, Disobedience, was published in 10 languages and won the Orange Award for New Writers and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year prize. Like her second novel, The Lessons, it was broadcast as Radio 4´s Book at Bedtime. She is a frequent radio broadcaster and she is a regular contributor to several publications including the Guardian and Prospect. She lives in London.
A concise survey of the culture and civilization of mankind, ´´The Lessons of History ´´is the result of a lifetime of research from Pulitzer Prize-winning historians Will and Ariel Durant. With their accessible compendium of philosophy and social progress, the Durants take us on a journey through history, exploring the possibilities and limitations of humanity over time. Juxtaposing the great lives, ideas, and accomplishments with cycles of war and conquest, the Durants reveal the towering themes of history and give meaning to our own.
Excerpt from Object Lessons: Short Chapters on Finance, Money, Legislation, and the General Situation at the Close of the Year 1895 The Silver Dollar Of Three Hundred Seventy-one and one quarter grains fine sil ver is the dollar of the Fathers, of the Con stitution and of the Law. It is the dollar of Washington, Madison and Iefferson. It is the dollar which supported the Patriots of American Liberty, and gave the American Nation a constitutional government. It is to-day, what it was before the adoption of the Constitution, the one coin above all others identified as the Money of the People, which has never been altered, changed or impaired. Patriotic memories are associated with it. It is the dollar of the American People. They love it. It is a part of their traditions; and they will no more surrender it, than they will surrender their National Existence, or their National Flag. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
When the two strangers turn up at Rowena Cooper´s isolated Colorado farmhouse, she knows instantly that it´s the end of everything. For the two haunted and driven men, on the other hand, it´s just another stop on a long and bloody journey. And they still have many miles to go, and victims to sacrifice, before their work is done. For San Francisco homicide detective Valerie Hart, their trail of corpses - women abducted, tortured and left with a seemingly random series of objects inside them - has brought her from obsession to the edge of physical and psychological destruction. And she´s losing hope of making a breakthrough before that happens. But the slaughter at the Cooper farmhouse didn´t quite go according to plan. There was a survivor, Rowena´s ten-year-old daughter Nell, who now holds the key to the killings. Injured, half-frozen, terrified, Nell has only one place to go. And that place could be even more terrifying than what she´s running from.
The new novel from the author of Our Endless Numbered Days. Ingrid writes letters to her husband Gil about their life together. She hides each in the thousands of books Gil has collected. Despite their two daughters, despite their beautiful house by the sea and Gil´s talent as a writer, their marriage has been troubled. When Ingrid has written her final letter she disappears from a Dorset beach.
Das Dämonenmädchen Yomi hat dieses Mal eine Schülerin im Blick, die nur noch ihr Äußeres im Kopf hat: Die zwölfjährige Karin träumt davon, einmal so hübsch zu werden wie Sui, ein junges und erfolgreiches Model, das auch für ihre Make-up-Trends bekannt ist. Wie es der Zufall will, landet Sui später ausgerechnet in Karins Klasse und ist direkt bei allen Mädels beliebt. Karin würde nur zu gern so werden wie ihr großes Vorbild, doch diesen Wunsch sollte sie besser nicht zu laut aussprechen ...
Diesmal ist Yomi denjenigen auf der Spur, die aus falscher Motivation heraus Spenden sammeln, in sozialen Netzwerken Unruhe stiften oder unüberlegte Wünsche äußern. Das dämonenhafte Mädchen ohne Unterleib hat für alle die passende Lektion parat.
Yomi wirft diesmal ihre gelb leuchtenden Augen auf zwei unschuldige junge Zwillingsschwestern: Durch ein dummes Missgeschick stürzt Alice vom Dach des Schulgebäudes. Ihre Schwester Seara wünscht sich, die Zeit zurückdrehen zu können, um den tragischen Unfall und den Tod von Alice zu verhindern. Ihr Hilferuf wird ausgerechnet von Yomi erhört, die ihr verspricht, dass sie ihr Glück wiederfinden wird. Doch kann Seara dem Dämonenmädchen wirklich vertrauen ...?