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A Ladder To The Sky

Author : John Boyne
ISBN : 9781473526310
Genre : Fiction
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'A deliciously dark tale of ambition, seduction and literary theft... an ingeniously conceived novel that confirms Boyne as one of the most assured writers of his generation.' - Hannah Beckerman, Observer You’ve heard the old proverb about ambition, that it’s like setting a ladder to the sky. It can lead to a long and painful fall. If you look hard enough, you will find stories pretty much anywhere. They don’t even have to be your own. Or so would-be-novelist Maurice Swift decides early on in his career. A chance encounter in a Berlin hotel with celebrated author Erich Ackerman gives Maurice an opportunity. For Erich is lonely, and he has a story to tell; whether or not he should is another matter. Once Maurice has made his name, he finds himself in need of a fresh idea. He doesn’t care where he finds it, as long as it helps him rise to the top. Stories will make him famous, but they will also make him beg, borrow and steal. They may even make him do worse. This is a novel about ambition. 'Maurice Swift, the novelist protagonist of John Boyne’s A Ladder to the Sky, is a bookish version of Patricia Highsmith’s psychopathic antihero Tom Ripley.' - The Times 'A dark morality tale in the mould of Patricia Highsmith... consistently intriguing.' - Daily Mail

Ladder To The Sky

Author : Louis Rogers
ISBN : 9781583487570
Genre : Fiction
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Ladder To The Sky is an adventure/romance novel of new age spiritual fiction that links the contemporary world of spiritual thought and energy healing with the ancient world of Taoist energy teachings. The novel offers a true understanding of the potential for physical, mental and spiritual growth. Dr. W. W. Wang, called Uncle Chi in New York's Chinatown, is actually a member of the High Council of the Immortals of Peng-Lai. The Taoist immortals live in the Islands Of The Blessed, three islands hidden in the Eastern China Sea which have preserved the high secrets of Taoist practices for thousands of years. The Islands are the Chinese equivalent of Shangri-La, and represent an authentic Taoist legend. Uncle Chi has been sent to the west to introduce Taoist healing practices and to develop the link between the High Council and the Hsien Brotherhood, a world-wide humanistic but secret organization of men and women devoted to the practices and ideals of Taoist philosophy. Trouble ensues when a local Tong master tries to steal the book containing Uncle Chi's secrets. With the help of his student Dr. Andrea Drake and his publisher, Richard Harrington, Uncle Chi must outwit the deadly threat from the Tong warlord, as well as face the danger to the Islands Of The Blessed and the Hsien Brotherhood from a proposed nuclear test. Synopsis Andrea Drake, a psychologist, and her mentor, a Taoist master and Chinese medical Qi Cong healer commonly-called Uncle Chi write a book teaching people how to access the universal energy called Qi. Richard Harrington, an American publisher wants to publish it and a love story develops between Andrea and Rick. Complications arise when a Tong master in Chinatown, ancient adversary of the Taoist master, misunderstands the nature of the book and thinks it contains the hidden secrets of immortal life. His efforts to steal the manuscript fill the story with a full gamut of exciting encounters, pitting the ruthless tactics and manpower of the Tong against the ingenuity and luck of Rick and Andrea, and the skill of Uncle Chi. But a greater danger than the Tong lurks in the wings. Uncle Chi is actually a member of the High Council of the Immortals of Peng-Lai. In Chinese history and largely unknown in the west, the Taoist immortals live in the Islands Of The Blessed, three islands hidden in the Eastern China Sea which have preserved the high secrets of Taoist practices for thousands of years. The Islands are the Chinese equivalent of Shangri-La, and represent an authentic Taoist legend. Uncle Chi has been sent to the west to introduce Taoist healing practices, and more importantly, to develop the link between the High Council and the Hsien Brotherhood, a world-wide humanistic but secret organization of men and women devoted to the practices and ideals of Taoist philosophy. As well as facing the threat from the Tong master in New York, Uncle Chi is forced to tell Rick and Andrea about the Hsien Brotherhood and the imminent threat to the Islands Of The Blessed from a proposed nuclear blast by the Chinese government. As the story becomes more complicated, the momentum alternates between the plot line and the gradual explication of Taoist philosophy and Qi Cong healing practices. The story shifts between the contemporary world of New York City and the legends and lores of Chinese history and the Hsien Brotherhood. Ladder To The Sky concentrates on outwitting the threat from the Tong Master, and prepares the reader for the sequel, Islands Of The Blessed, which continues the action in the Eastern China Sea with a new set of adversaries, and a new level of teaching, introducing the reader to energy practices involving human energy fields. Both novels link the contemporary world of new age thought and healing with the ancient world of Taoist energy teachings, pointing towards the potential for physical, mental and spiritual growth. Each book offers a s

The Canadian Regime

Author : Patrick Malcolmson
ISBN : 1487507801
Genre : Political Science
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This book provides a concise explanation of the fundamental principles and primary institutions of the Canadian political regime.

The Ladder In The Sky

Author : John Brunner
ISBN : 9781497617759
Genre : Fiction
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A young man must deal with the consequences of a demonic possession—from the science fiction author whose “best writing is turbo-charged with ideas” (BBC). In The Ladder in the Sky, a starving youth, trapped in poverty and with no hope of escape, is taken prisoner and offered up in an actual “deal with the devil,”—servitude for a year and a day in return for helping a resistance group free their imprisoned planetary leader. When he returns to consciousness, he is told that the devil has taken up residence inside him. At first, he thinks nothing is changed and he can take advantage of the situation but some upsetting surprises are in store for him. With an SF setting and a fantasy premise, this is one of Brunner’s best hybrids of action, magic, technology and suspense. “One of the most important science fiction authors. Brunner held a mirror up to reflect our foibles because he wanted to save us from ourselves.” —SF Site

A History Of Loneliness

Author : John Boyne
ISBN : 9781448111817
Genre : Fiction
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Odran Yates enters Clonliffe Seminary in 1972 after his mother informs him that he has a vocation to the priesthood. He goes in full of ambition and hope, dedicated to his studies and keen to make friends. Forty years later, Odran’s devotion has been challenged by the revelations that have shattered the Irish people’s faith in the church. He has seen friends stand trial, colleagues jailed, the lives of young parishioners destroyed and has become nervous of venturing out in public for fear of disapproving stares and insulting remarks. But when a family tragedy opens wounds from his past, he is forced to confront the demons that have raged within a once respected institution and recognise his own complicity in their propagation. It has taken John Boyne fifteen years and twelve novels to write about his home country of Ireland but he has done so now in his most powerful novel to date, a novel about blind dogma and moral courage, and about the dark places where the two can meet. At once courageous and intensely personal, A History of Loneliness confirms Boyne as one of the most searching chroniclers of his generation.

Multicultural Fables And Fairy Tales

Author : Tara McCarthy
ISBN : 0590492314
Genre : Social Science
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Recounts 24 fairy tales with accompanying teaching suggestions and activity sheets.

The Boy At The Top Of The Mountain

Author : John Boyne
ISBN : 9781448196821
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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When Pierrot becomes an orphan, he must leave his home in Paris for a new life with his Aunt Beatrix, a servant in a wealthy household at the top of the German mountains. But this is no ordinary time, for it is 1935 and the Second World War is fast approaching; and this is no ordinary house, for this is the Berghof, the home of Adolf Hitler. Quickly, Pierrot is taken under Hitler's wing, and is thrown into an increasingly dangerous new world: a world of terror, secrets and betrayal, from which he may never be able to escape.

The Dare

Author : John Boyne
ISBN : 9781446497487
Genre : Fiction
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At the start of his school holidays, Danny Delaney is looking forward to a trouble-free summer. But when his mother returns home one afternoon, flanked by two policemen, he knows that something terrible has happened. Mrs Delaney has accidentally hit a small boy with her car. The boy is in a coma at the local hospital and nobody knows if he will ever wake up. Consumed by guilt, Danny's mother closes herself off, while Danny and his father are left to pick up the pieces of their fractured family. Told in John Boyne's unique style from the point of view of a twelve-year-old boy, The Dare is a brilliantly compelling story about how one moment can change a family forever.

A Traveller At The Gates Of Wisdom

Author : John Boyne
ISBN : 9781473563315
Genre : Fiction
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Some stories are universal. They play out across human history. And time is the river which will flow through them. It starts with a family, a family which will mutate. For now, it is a father, mother and two sons. One with his father’s violence in his blood. One who lives his mother’s artistry. One leaves. One stays. They will be joined by others whose deeds will change their fate. It is a beginning. Their stories will intertwine and evolve over the course of two thousand years – they will meet again and again at different times and in different places. From distant Palestine at the dawn of the first millennium to a life amongst the stars in the third. While the world will change around them, their destinies will remain the same. It must play out as foretold. It is written. A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom is the extraordinary new novel from acclaimed writer John Boyne. Ambitious, far-reaching and mythic, it introduces a group of characters whose lives we will come to know and will follow through time and space until they reach their natural conclusion.

The Congress Of Rough Riders

Author : John Boyne
ISBN : 9781409030966
Genre : Fiction
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William Cody grows up surrounded by his father's tales of Buffalo Bill, to whom he is distantly related, and his fantasies of the Wild West. Though he escapes his heritage by fleeing abroad and starting a new life for himself, he finds that he is always drawn back to England and to his ancestry. When his father proposes that together they should recreate Buffalo Bill's stage show, "The Congress of Rough Riders of the World" for a contemporary audience, William refuses to have any part of it. When tragedy strikes, however, it is to his father that he must eventually return.

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