Born in London in , Tanya was educated at Bedales, a coeducational boarding school in Hampshire, where craft and academic subjects were taught with equal emphasis. There she spent a lot of time in the wood and metal workshop, gaining her silversmithing hallmark at 13 years old.
Her most recognizable work being Albatross, the 3. In a narrative that brims with larger than life characters - among them, Richard Lionheart, Nur al-Din, Saladin, Baybars and Ghengiz Khan - he describes the fiercely fought struggles to control the sacred places of the Middle East between the seventh and thirteenth centuries. Crusade and jihad are often reckoned two sides of the same coin but this simple opposition, the author shows, conceals crucial differences and similarities.
From the outset jihad reflected tensions within as much as outside Islam. Jihad also described the struggle between good and evil in the souls of believers. Calls for crusade and jihad disguised ambitions for power and plunder, but they also equally inspired acts of chivalry and heroism. Malcolm Lambert then moves to the more recent history of jihad and crusade.
In nineteenth-century France he finds imperialism configured as a crusade to enlighten the barbarians. Meanwhile in Britain one of the crusading orders transformed itself into the St John Ambulance Brigade. More recently in the USA crusade has been evoked in the war on terror while jihad is now the rallying cry for Islamic extremists round the world. Yet, Dr Lambert notes, it still retains its peaceful spiritual dimension. Crusade and Jihad is a vivid, balanced account of two of the most powerful forces of history.
He claimed this was because it was the only part of the Third World whose two principal languages, Spanish and Portuguese, were within his reach. But he was also, of course, attracted by the potential for social revolution in Latin America. After the triumph of Fidel Castro in Cuba in January , and even more after the defeat of the American attempt to overthrow him at the Bay of Pigs in April , 'there was not an intellectual in Europe or the USA', he wrote, 'who was not under the spell of Latin America, a continent apparently bubbling with the lava of social revolutions'.
The Third World 'brought the hope of revolution back to the First in the s'. The two great international inspirations were Cuba and Vietnam, 'triumphs not only of revolution, but of Davids against Goliaths, of the weak against the all-powerful'. From the team behind the popular online community Over60 comes a cookbook featuring a collection of tried-and-true favourites that have been passed down from mother to daughter for generations.
With dishes to suit people living on their own as well as larger families, there are chapters on breakfasts and brunches, sweet treats for morning or afternoon tea, simple recipes that can be made with the kids, easy lunches, delicious dinners, special recipes for celebrations, as well as sauces, preserves and jams. The perfect cookbook for anyone who appreciates gathering around the table with loved ones to share great food, with minimal effort. Soon to be a major motion picture, directed by James Schamus! In , the second year of the Korean War, a studious, law-abiding, and intense youngster from Newark, New Jersey, Marcus Messner, begins his sophomore year on the pastoral, conservative campus of Ohio's Winesburg College.
And why is he there and not at a local college in Newark where he originally enrolled? Because his father, the sturdy, hardworking neighborhood butcher, seems to have gone mad- mad with fear and apprehension of the dangers of adult life, the dangers of the world, the dangers he sees in every corner for his beloved boy. Far from Newark, Marcus has to find his way amid the customs and constrictions of another American world.
Indignation , Philip Roth's twenty-ninth book, is a startling departure from the haunted narratives of old age and experience in Roth's recent books and a powerful exploration of a remarkable moment in American history. Le Guin started out as a poet, and since has never ceased to publish poems. The fruit of over a half century of writing, the seventy selected and seventy-seven new poems consider war and creativity, motherhood and the natural world, and glint with humor and vivid beauty. These moving works of art are a reckoning with a whole life.
A careful line of 36 questions and self-analysis techniques designed to get to the heart of relationship and marriage problems. This straightforward and practical advice is designed for newer and older relationships, and presents a plethora of information and experience in a clear, concise manner.
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At the edge of the hunter's territory, a naturalist struggles to build a life for his charge, a young woman with Down syndrome whom he had rescued from a shipwreck years before. Winner of the Nordic Council Literature Prize-the Nordic world's highest literary honor- The Blue Fox is part mystery, part fairy tale, and the perfect introduction to a mind-bending, world-class literary talent.
Knopf with her husband in With her finger on the pulse of a rapidly changing culture, Blanche quickly became a driving force behind the firm. A conduit to the literature of Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance, Blanche also legitimised the hard-boiled detective fiction of writers such as Dashiell Hammett, James M. As Knopf celebrates its centennial, Laura Claridge looks back at the firm's beginnings and the dynamic woman who helped to define American letters for the twentieth century. Drawing on a vast cache of papers, Claridge also captures Blanche's "witty, loyal, and amusing" personality, and her charged yet oddly loving relationship with her husband.
An intimate and often surprising biography, The Lady with the Borzoi is the story of an ambitious, seductive, and impossibly hardworking woman who was determined not to be overlooked or easily categorised. His name is Radar Radmanovic. Radar grows up in suburban New Jersey, but his story rapidly becomes entangled with terrible events in Yugoslavia, Norway, Cambodia, the Congo, and beyond.
Falling in with a secretive group of puppeteers and scientists who stage experimental performances in war zones around the world, he is soon forced to confront the true nature of his identity. Today, Billie Holiday is an icon u an artist whose voice has weathered countless shifts in public taste, and whose impact on contemporary music is unquestionable. Most of the writing on Holiday has focused on the tragic details of her life u her prostitution at the age of fourteen, a her heroin addiction and alcoholism, her series of abusive relationships, the ravages of her voice by the time she was forty-four u or tried to correct the many fabrications of her autobiography.
John Szwed's Billie Holiday is a different book, one that stays close to her music, to her performance style, to the self she created and put on record and on stage. A remarkable book. Miller In the spring of , Thomas Harding travelled to Berlin with his grandmother to visit a small house by a lake.
It was her 'soul place', she said, a sanctuary she had been forced to leave when the Nazis swept to power. The trip was a chance to see the house one last time, to remember it as it was. But the house had changed. Twenty years later Thomas returned to Berlin. The house now stood empty, derelict, soon to be demolished.
A concrete footpath cut through the garden, marking where the Berlin Wall had stood for nearly three decades.
Elsewhere were signs of what the house had once been u blue tiles showing behind wallpaper, photographs fallen between floorboards, flagstones covered in dirt. The new gig came with the Big Book of the Dead and a host of other oddities: creatures under the streets, an evil trinity of ravenlike Celtic death goddesses, and one very bad Underworld dude attempting to conquer humanity. Along with a cohort of other oddballs, Charlie faced off against these denizens of darkness-and met his own end. But thanks to Audrey, his Buddhist-nun boo, his soul is still alive.
Waiting for Audrey to find him a suitable new body to play host, Charlie has squirreled himself away from everyone, including his adorable seven-year-old daughter, Sophie, who enjoys dressing up like a princess, playing with her glitter ponies, and-being the Luminatus-spouting off about her power over the Underworld and her dominion over Death. Just when Charlie and company thought the world was safe, some really freaky stuff hits San Francisco.
People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone-or something-is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Then there's the Taser-wielding banshee keening about doom who's suddenly appeared while Sophie's guardian hellhounds, Alvin and Mohammed, have mysteriously vanished. Charlie is just as flummoxed as everyone else. To get to the bottom of this abomination, he and a motley crew of heroes will band together: the seven-foot-tall, two-hundred-and-seventy-five-pounds-of-lean-heartache Death Merchant Minty Fresh; the retired policeman-turned-bookseller Alphonse Rivera; the lunatic Emperor of San Francisco and his dogs, Bummer and Lazarus; Mike Sullivan, a bridge painter in love with a ghost; a gentle French-speaking janitor named Jean-Pierre Baptiste; and former Goth girl Lily Darquewillow Elventhing Severo , now a part-time suicide hotline counselor.
With little Sophie babbling about the coming battle for the very soul of humankind, time is definitely not on their side. Irresistibly zany, rich in humor, heart, and spirit, Secondhand Souls is vintage Christopher Moore. First her young son was dragged out to sea on a riptide. Then Tony, Jake's father, dived in to save him, but drowned in the process.
All at Sea is a beautifully written, breathtakingly honest, unsentimental and profound memoir of love and loss. In May , on a hot still morning on a beautiful beach in Jamaica, Decca Aikenhead's life changed irrevocably. First her four year old son Jake, pootling by the water's edge in his pyjamas, was dragged out to sea on a riptide. Then Tony, her partner and Jake's father, dived in to save him, but drowned in the process. Tony - a Northern, mixed race former prisoner, drug dealer and crack addict - "Black" and "Decca" - a prize-winning Guardian journalist from the West Country - had always made an improbable couple.
For years they tried to find a way to come together from very different starting places. Tony reformed himself, got an education, and then a job. It really does have something for everyone! The book thinks practically about what parents aunts, uncles, and grandparents , and, more specifically, children up to the age of 12 really need. Each careful selection is described and evaluated, in order to learn in advance what to expect upon arrival and at which age children might best appreciate the experience.
The colourful illustrations and simple information-at-a-glance format makes choosing a venue fun, quick and easy. Athens 4 Kids is on sale in bookshops, selected stores, and in outlets at many of the venues that appear in the book. You can also order it directly from the author by e-mailing info athens4kids. People who have used Matt Barrett's web site and have read this book have one question: Why is this book unpublished?
It is funny, informative, and gives a perspective on traveling that reminds one more of a neurotic David Sederis than an actual travel writer. The main reason it remained unpublished is because the author never really tried to get it published. He wrote it. Put it on the web and moved on to something else, as is his nature.
But with on-line publishing being so easy these days, a couple clicks and you are a published writer , Matt's book is now available for all to read. Destined to be a classic this book is to serious travel writing as Stephen Cobert is to Conservatism.
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His first book is a journal of a summer spent in a Greek village by the sea with his wife, daughter and mother-in-law as well as a cast of colorful characters in a series of misadventures that are laugh-out-loud funny. Theodore Bent. Wexford and Essex. Mabel was 31, Theodore 25, and within a few months they had embarked on their pattern of annual travels that continued until his early death in Their trips began fairly close to home, visiting northern Italy, but by they were in the Eastern Mediterranean in modern Greece and Turkey , searching out the antiquities, landscapes and lifestyles of a region that was to captivate them for the next fifteen years.
Specifically, we follow Mabel and Theodore to the Greek mainland and the islands known now as the Cyclades and the Dodecanese, as well as the northern Aegean islands; their journeys along the Turkish littoral lead them from bustling Istanbul to provincial Mersin in the far south-west. English language. Paper back edition, pages. Price 15 euro. In this guide, in addition to the beautiful photos, the artistic design, the extensive information about the place and its inhabitants, nature, culture and traditions, women will find the links between the present and historical memory.
Click Here for Ordering Information. There is. Now you can prepare your children for their trip to the Acropolis of Athens, before you get there. Here the kids can read all they need to know about the myths and history of the Acropolis. We used this guide as a textbook for our fieldtrip to the Acropolis for many years.
Our students learned the basic facts, and enjoyed the activities. Bitter Lemons by Lawrence Durrell is one of the best of his travel books. It tells the story of Durrell's effort to write on the divided island of Cyprus.
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Intending to settle down and purchase a house events do not proceed as he might have hoped. The book begins as a whimsical story of life on the island,and becomes a document of the Greek enosis or 'freedom' movement on the island. Highly recommended even if you don't plan to visit Cyprus. Essential reading for anyone who loves the author of The Alexandria Quartet.
Reflections on a Marine Venus contains generous measures of landscape and atmosphere and a number of chapters on history of the island. Greece: A Traveler's Literary Companion is a collection of stories and articles about Greece, similar to some of the other collections listed here with a major difference.
These are all Greek writers who have lived and breathed Greece all their lives. Good stories reveal as much or more about a place as a guidebook and this is a great collection. It is simply written and laid out in an effort to make the reader feel comfortable about their journey to Greece.
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It features color photos, practical and historical information and a huge language section. Matina Psychogeos is a woman who is passionate about Greece and this comes across in her books or when you meet her. See her other books in the language section. One of the only guidebooks to Greece that is actually written by a Greek.
You can contact her by e-mail at matpsy otenet. Exactly the kind of guy I would want to travel around Greece with, or would any Greek-American who has seen the movie Sideways and would like to try it in Greece. This book is the next best thing, a medly of wit and insight about Greece with local wine and food as the backdrop. She is pretty much on the mark throughout the book and besides the people who were jealous of her like me nobody who has bought this book has been disappointed, myself included.
From The Holy Mountain: A Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium by William Dalrymple is a highly acclaimed travel journal about a trip to Mount Athos as well as a journey to some visits to Israel and Egypt, all of which take place in a single summer. For those men planning to go to Mount Athos this is a great introduction and for women, this is as close as you will get to the Holy Mountain.
Travelers to an Antique Land: The History and Literature of Travel to Greece by Robert Eisner , a professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University is a travelogue of the author's journey through Greece mixed with quotations from other travelers from the near and distant past. Eisner has written one of the notable travel books and there is an immense amount of material crammed into it.
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A nice blend of history and travel this book could fit just as easily in my history section as in travel. It is packed with essays about different aspects of travel, food, culture and many other aspects of Greece. With articles by famous chefs and authors Aglaia Kremezi and Diane Kochilas plus lots of practical information including a whole page on George the Famous Taxi Driver this book is an excellent travelers companion and I am not just saying that because she loves my website and even thanked me in the acknowledgement page.
I am saying it because this book is the right balance of practical information and entertaining writing. If you want a guidebook full of prices, timetables and hours this is the wrong book. Don't Miss the Metro! Each walk includes color photographs, notes of interest, and details pertaining to the length of the walk and why to take it. Since the author, Karen Knapp, has planned and supervised study in Greece with her Greek Studies and Latin students.
Salonica: City of Ghosts by Mark Mazower is a very readable and informative history of the city of Thessaloniki which was one of the few places in the world where Jews, Muslims and Christians lived and worked together in relative harmony under the Ottomans. Covering 5 centuries from to the book follows the inhabitants of Greece's second city through plagues, war, famine and the arrival of thousands of refugees from Asia Minor and the exchange of population. Thessaloniki may be one of the most unique and interesting cities in the world and Mazower has captured it.
It should be in my history section but I did not have a space for it. Have you found it entertaining as well as useful? You can also book at Booking. Return to Books About Greece Index. Athens and Attica: Journal of a Residence There First published in , a revised edition with additional material by Christopher Wordsworth a nephew of William the poet. The account of his tour, Athens and Attica , is still the perfect scholarly companion to the history, topography, and myths of an area compact in dimension yet vast in terms of its contribution to Western civilization. Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponesse by Patrick Leigh Fermer is part travelogue, part inspired evocation of the past and a glorious fusion of scholarship, imagination and history by the greatest of Greece's philhellene writers.
This book is a masterpiece by one of the world's great travel writers. Fermer recalls his travels, delving into its history, creating an intriguing blend of past and present. Fermor travels among Sarakatsan shepherds, the monasteries of Meteora and the villages of Krakora, among itinerant pedlars and beggars, and even tracks down at Missolonghi a pair of Byron's slippers. Fermer is the travel writer that inspires all travel writers. The Unwritten Places by Tim Salmon is an account of the life and times of the people of the Pindos mountains of northern Greece during the ten year period that the author spend wandering the ancient roads.
It tells in particular the story of his friendship with a family of Vlach Shepherds. The title is the transalation of Ta Agrafa, called that because it is the least accessable and least developed area in Greece. Journey to the Morea by Nikos Kantzakis is an account of the author's search for his own art and being in the culture and life of modern Greece, or the modern Greece of when he took the trip that became this book. It is a deeply felt exploration of Greek history and the Greek genius combined with the rigorous self-examination of a man facing his personal and collective past.
Kazantzakis was the greatest of the modern Greek writers and at least 16 of his books have been published in English including Zorba the Greek and The Last Temptation of Christ. This book is out of print so if you find a copy buy it, and if you are a publisher, what are you waiting for? The Greek Islands by Lawrence Durrell was published in and is a very personal guide that weaves together evocative descriptions, history and myth, architectural and archaeological study and personal reminiscence.
The book takes us on a journey through the Peloponessos during a time of turmoil and provides one of the most vivid, candid and memorable pictures of modern Greek peasant life, while reading like a good novel. Kevin Andrews is one of my favorite writers. Great companion reading for a trip through the Peloponessos. Athens Alive is a book of writings about Athens collected and put together by the late Kevin Andrews. Cavafy, and many others. It is a remarkable tourist's companion to the city.
Finding a copy could be tough though. Published in Athens in by Hermes, this needs to republished either by a Greek company or better still a University press. If you love Athens you will want this book.