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As Right as Rain

By Caroline Taggart
  • ISBN Code: : 1782430938
  • Publisher : Michael O'Mara Books
  • Pages : 302
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Would you be down in the dumps if, when asked the definition of certain phrases, it was all Greek to you? Let's not beat about the bush: the English language is littered with linguistic quirks, which, out of context, seem completely peculiar. If you can't quite cut the mustard, this book will explain how on earth 'off the cuff' came to express improvisation, why a 'gut feeling' is more intuitive than a brainwave, and who the heck is 'happy' Larry. These expressions and countless more become a piece of cake once you've read As Right as Rain - perfect for any Tom, Dick or Harry with a love of language.

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In recent years, there has been a continuing and persistent world-wide interest in the interaction between the two disciplines of law and literature. Although there have been many collections of primary texts that combined these two areas, this volume presents literary analyses and criticism in an attempt to assess the varied relationships between law and justice, between lawyers and clients, and between readers' perceptions and authors' intent, hopefully suggesting why they have continually been yoked together. One similarity between the two is that lawyers, like writers, must catch their audience's attention by novelty of scene, distinctiveness of voice, and ingenuity of design. Furthermore, legal advocates must recreate a concrete sense of reality, developing vivid and valid pictures of a specific time and place. In short, both lawyers and writers attempt to provide a basis for juries / readers to judge defendants / characters by their motivations and their actions and to decide whether a favorable ruling / assessment is justified. Collectively, the essays in this book are designed to deal with themes of guilt and innocence, right and wrong, morality and legality. The essays also suggest that the world as it is delineated by lawyers is indeed a text that like its literary counterparts sometimes blurs the distinction between fact and fiction as it attempts to define “truth” and to establish criteria for “impartial” justice. By exploring interdisciplinary contexts, readers will surely be made more aware, more sensitive to the roles that stories play in the legal profession and to the dilemmas faced by legal systems that often succeed in maintaining the rights and privileges of a dominant societal group at the expense of a less powerful one.

Holy Cow!

By Boze Hadleigh
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1632209527
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Reference
  • Members : 128
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We love animals but insult humans by calling them everything from weasels or pigs to sheep, mice, chickens, sharks, snakes, and bird-brains. Animal epithets, words, and phrases are so widespread we often take them for granted or remain ignorant of the fascinating stories and facts behind them. Spanning the entire animal kingdom, Holy Cow! explains: Why hot dogs are named after canines. Why people talk turkey or go cold turkey. Why curiosity killed the cat, although dogs are more curious about us. Why letting the cat out of the bag originally referred to a duped shopper. What a horse of another color is, what horsefeathers politely alludes to, why a mule is a lady’s slipper, and what horseradish has to do with horses. Why the combination of humans and cows probably led to capitalism—its name from Latin for head, as in heads of cows. Why holy cow and sacred cow have almost opposite meanings. Whether people actually chewed the fat or ate crow (and why it’s a crowbar). How a hog became a motorcycle and a chick a young woman. What happens to freeze the balls off a brass monkey. What buck has to do with being naked. Why the birds and the bees. Why a piggy bank and why one feeds the kitty. What lame ducks have to do with U.S. presidents. How red herring came about via activists opposed to fox hunting. Where snake oil, popular in the 1800s and rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, came from. That the proverbial fly in the ointment goes back to the Bible’s Ecclesiastes (10:1). How Swiss watchmakers created teensy-weensy coaches for fleas to pull in flea circuses. And much—much!—more. Don't be a lame duck and get this book!

Drivin’ Daughters and Parkinson’s

By Marco Preshevski
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  • Publisher : Austin Macauley Publishers
  • Book Code : 1398443816
  • Total of Pages : 226
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 752
  • Pdf File: drivin-daughters-and-parkinson-s.pdf

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“I have Parkinson’s Disease...” The words kept hitting me like a hammer on my forehead. Parkinson’s Disease... PARKINSON’S DISEASE... PARKINSON’S DISEASE. When Marco Preshevski was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, his life fell to pieces. He had just turned 30 years old. Drivin’ Daughters and Parkinson’s is the remarkable story of Marco’s rollercoaster journey through life before, during and after his diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. Beginning on that fateful day in March 2001, Marco tells the fascinating story of how Parkinson’s Disease slipped into his life, how it made its presence known and the unending battle he has fought balancing symptom relief with side effect control, using various medications and cutting-edge surgery. Marco explains in detail the destructive psychological consequences he experienced at the hands of Parkinson’s and the devastating effect this had on his personal relationships. Often going into deep, intimate detail, Marco tells us how Parkinson’s Disease drove him to the edge of his life, until he discovered the reason for his existence on earth. Told through the eyes of an ‘ordinary’ man, Drivin’ Daughters and Parkinson’s is a fresh look at personal experience of this difficult-to-handle medical condition. Hilarious, wholly inspirational and at times difficult to believe, this book should be read by anyone whose life has been touched by Parkinson’s, by those who want to understand the disease better and by those who want to appreciate the patient’s point of view.

Bones in High Places

By Suzette Hill
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  • Publisher : C & R Crime
  • Book Code : 1849017964
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 747
  • Pdf File: bones-in-high-places.pdf

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More from Maurice and Bouncer, and the hapless Rev. Oughterard. Foreign parts and fresh imbroglios! This time the Rev Francis Oughterard, persuaded by blackmailing Nicholas Ingaza, journeys to the French Auvergne engaged on yet another project of dubious kind and painful embarrassment. Pursued by murderous thugs and ensnared in the posturings of a cranky religious sect, Francis and his new companions - plus stowaways Maurice and Bouncer - blunder their way through a network of absurd and perilous escapades which temporarily, at any rate, distract the vicar from his own dark secret... Praise for the series: 'I think this is tremendous - amusing and professional' Dame Beryl Bainbridge 'E F Benson crossed with Jerome K. Jerome' The Times audiobook review 'Perfect one-sitting summer read' Laura Wilson 'An intriguingly quirky read!' Leslie Phillips, OBE

Age of Aztec

By James Lovegrove
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  • Publisher : Solaris
  • Book Code : 1849973458
  • Total of Pages : 512
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 447
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The date is 4 Jaguar 1 Monkey 1 House; November 25th 2012, by the old reckoning. The Aztec Empire rules the world, in the name of Quetzalcoatl – the Feathered Serpent – and his brother gods. The Aztec reign is one of cruel and ruthless oppression, fuelled by regular human sacrifice. In the jungle-infested city of London, one man defies them: the masked vigilante known as the Conquistador. Then the Conquistador is recruited to spearhead an uprising, and discovers the terrible truth about the Aztecs and their gods. The clock is ticking. Apocalypse looms, unless the Conquistador can help assassinate the mysterious, immortal Aztec emperor, the Great Speaker. But his mission is complicated by Mal Vaughn, a police detective who is on his trail, determined to bring him to justice.

Something of Myself and Others

By Mary Kenny
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  • Publisher : Liberties Press
  • Book Code : 1909718246
  • Total of Pages : 217
  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Members : 336
  • Pdf File: something-of-myself-and-others.pdf

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We are all witnesses of our time, and this is something of a witness to mine.' Something of Myself and Others is a fascinating collection of articles and reflections on the public and private life of one of Ireland's best known journalists. Detailing memorable events in her life, as well as those she has witnessed in Ireland's recent history, Mary Kenny recalls her experiences with humour and charm. In this collection of articles, some of which have appeared previously in a number of newspapers and magazines, Kenny reflects on the people she has known, the places she has been and the experiences that have shaped her. Something of Myself and Others is a wonderfully varied and entertaining read. In it, Mary chronicles her adventures as a young ambitious journalist through to her current personal challenges with illness and loss. She recalls bringing down a Cabinet minister aboard the Queen Mary, introducing Irish president Michael D. Higgins to his wife, interviewing Grace of Monaco and Marlene Dietrich and being complimented by the Queen. She talks with great heart about the absent friends that have influenced her, such as Terry Keane, June Levine and Maeve Binchey. She gives her account of the now infamous trip to Belfast aboard the contraception train, as well as some reflections on culture, religion and Irish society. Alongside stories of the famous faces she has encountered, Mary also writes candidly on the loss of her sister, Ursula and her recent experience as primary carer for her husband, Richard. Something of Myself and Others is not an autobiography. Instead, Mary Kenny has assembled a refreshing collection of articles that are sometimes funny, often poignant and always sharply perceptive, giving a wonderful insight into the life of one of Ireland's most prolific journalists.

The Russian's Pleasure Proposition

By Joanne Walsh
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  • Publisher : Tule Publishing
  • Book Code : 195051062X
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  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 422
  • Pdf File: the-russian-s-pleasure-proposition.pdf

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Hannah’s excited to be working for Frankie Kontarinis’s property company in the Greek island resort of Agia Kalamaros. And determined to impress her first client. Even if he’s millionaire music mogul, Sergei Alkaev, who’s well known as the Russian Rake, is a heartless playboy who changes girlfriends as often as his socks. Tired of dating greedy, fickle women, Sergei’s not looking for another relationship—until Hannah has him thinking again. But her opinion of him is that he’s heartless, so how can he change her mind and persuade her to be his lover? When Hannah lets slip she’s inexperienced, Sergei makes her a proposition: let him teach her about love-making until she’s ready to find a man who will give her the happy-ever-after she deserves…

U2: The Definitive Biography

By John Jobling
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  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Book Code : 125002790X
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 803
  • Pdf File: u2.pdf

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John Jobling takes readers beyond the myth in this unauthorized biography to present the first comprehensive account of the illustrious Irish rockers in 25 years. Drawing on extensive interviews with insiders including record label scouts, studio presidents, politicians, music critics, and childhood friends, Jobling investigates the U2's most personal relationships and controversial business practices, delivering a vivid portrait that traces the rock phenomenon from its conception to post-punk champions to political crusaders. Filled with captivating revelations, reader will learn: - How Bono, the Edge, and Larry Mullen, Jr. worshiped with a Charismatic Christian church that practiced speaking in tongues during the band's early days - Insider stories of the genesis and recording of classic albums such as The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby - Creative tensions within the band and power struggles among management - How the disappointments of the Rattle and Hum film and PopMart Tour spurred the band to greater creative heights - Both the successes and controversies of Bono's wide-sweeping philanthropic and political ventures - The disconnect between the band's personal lives and public personas Sure to inspire debate with every music lover, U2: The Definitive Biography humanizes the band and paints an honest picture of a band's rise to the top, plunging into the heart and underlying soul of this iconic rock and roll band.