Talking to Owls
Matty Lonnin & Joan Wainright, His Lordship and Mr Franks, Gidley Jones, His Excellency, The Three Billy Groughs, Logan Carr and Willie Nobbutt, Cullen McKee and the Piper, Charlie Foley, Geoffrey and Peters, Bladon and the Science Desk editor, Marcie, Jimmy Mack and Chillworth, and two men in badly fitting suits are all, along with Maurice, amongst the characters in Talking to Owls, the short stories, flash fictions and monologues, of Brindley Hallam Dennis.
by Vivien Jones
How do women cope with war? Whether they are wives, daughters, lovers, mothers or mistresses they suffer and celebrate, but often on the sidelines. These stories explore the experience of women among warriors in a wide range of settings – from myth to Roman and Renaissance history, from World War II to the present day.
A novel by Terri Armstrong
When Dom Connor returns to the Western Australian Wheatbelt for his mother's funeral after eight years away, he is shocked to find a region on the verge of collapse, devastated by drought and salinity. The family farm his brother Neal has run since he was seventeen is close to ruin. For Neal's wife, Hester, the farm has been a sanctuary, a haven from her troubled past. Leaving is unthinkable, even as Neal's behaviour becomes frighteningly unpredictable. Dom, drawn to Hester, wants to help. But when Andy turns up — a link with the past for both Hester and Dom, his arrival threatens to explode an already highly-charged situation.
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Amelia and the Virgin
Set in Liverpool in 1981, on the eve of the Pope's visit, this is a fast-paced and wickedly funny tale of religious hysteria, human duplicity and corrupted innocence.
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A twentieth century academic rivalry over more than just prestige is cleverly juxtaposed against a poignant seventeenth century tale of doomed love and the true identity of Shakespeare.
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It is October 1947 in an industrial town, and people are grappling with the changes that war and history have forced upon them.
Derek Fitton is a mechanic, and a good one, but people do not fit together as easily as engines. Across the road, at the Odd Dog pub, Burma Sammy drinks away his demob money while Charles Bury, younger son of a local business man, dreams of a new, fairer world. Meanwhile Clive Dandridge entangles a troop of misfit children, including the introspective Paul and the runaway Jack, in his perverted schemes, from a hidden den deep within the rubble of a bombsite.
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