Monday, 29 April 2013

ELIZABETH AND HER GERMAN GARDEN by Elizabeth von Arnim

http://www.amazon.co.uk/ELIZABETH-GERMAN-GARDEN-illustrated-ebook/dp/B00CJJ2HTC/
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ELIZABETH AND HER GERMAN GARDEN (illustrated)

ELIZABETH AND HER GERMAN GARDEN
-illustrated with beautiful period photos of gardens
-formatted for kindle to improve your reading experience
-linked table of contents to reach your chapter quickly

“If you haven’t read this yet, please do; it’s one of the finest novels I’ve read in a very long time, and I know it’s one I’m going to come back to time and time again.” Book Snob

'An extraordinary work . . . idyllic' Elizabeth Jane Howard

“I had never heard of Elizabeth von Arnim before. Just when you think you’re starting to get a hold of a certain period of literature, some gem like this pops up and send you reeling down some new pathway of literary wonder “ B. Cook

“Elizabeth is a charming, honest narrator who I love more and more on each rereading. If you have not read it yet, please do, preferably before the planting season as it’s quite impossible not to be inspired by Elizabeth’s horticultural passions” The Captive Reader

'She has a wild sense of comedy and a vision continually thwarted though it was of potential happiness' Penelope Mortimer

ELIZABETH AND HER GERMAN GARDEN is the best-selling novel of Elizabeth who marries a German aristocrat and goes to live on his country estate where she falls in love with the garden she creates. Inspired by von Arnim’s real life marriage, it is a unique and witty picture of a magical place and time.

Elizabeth von Arnim was called ‘the smartest woman of her century’ by H. G. Wells, and her books have been referred to on ‘Downtown Abbey’. She was voted the most neglected female author in a poll by Radio 4 listeners. She is the author of “The Enchanted April” and “Vera” among other novels.

Friday, 26 April 2013

CHRISTOPHER AND COLUMBUS by Elizabeth von Arnim

http://www.amazon.co.uk/CHRISTOPHER-AND-COLUMBUS-illustrated-ebook/dp/B00CJ0UQKI/


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CHRISTOPHER AND COLUMBUS (illustrated)

CHRISTOPHER AND COLUMBUS
-illustrated with beautiful period photos
-formatted for kindle to improve your reading experience
-linked table of contents to reach your chapter quickly

“As I began to write this, having just finished the book, I realized that if this story were a movie it would be a screwball comedy. There is sorrow, fear and laughter all lovingly written. The three main characters are delightful as they strive to find acceptance and finally love in the face of rejection and prejudice.” Nawed

“The book has comic charm and romance and a wonderful story - all elements making it an extremely good read.” veritysviragoventure.blogspot.co.uk

“I promise you'll be enchanted by Anna-Rose and Anna-Felicitas, and probably repeat fragments of their dialogue aloud to anyone who will listen.” stuck-in-a-book.blogspot.co.uk

"A revelation in their wit and... dry, unsentimental treatment of the relationship between men and women." Barbara Pym

CHRISTOPHER AND COLUMBUS is the story of twins Anna Rose and Anna Felicitas who set out on a journey of self-discovery across the ocean from England to America.

Elizabeth von Arnim was called ‘the smartest woman of her century’ by H. G. Wells, and her books have been referred to on ‘Downtown Abbey’. She was voted the most neglected female author in a poll by Radio 4 listeners.

An interview with Alan Cornes, author of Moral Me


Moral Me: Making good decisions in an intercultural world (Empathy, prejudice and practical ethics in an age of neuroscience)

Q. Why did you write your latest book Moral Me?
A. I wanted to write a practical and useful book that wasn’t like anything else already out there.

Q. What’s it about (in tweetable length?)
A. It’s about what neuroscience and moral philosophy can tell us about empathy, prejudice, moral ethics, and making good decisions abroad and at home.
Q. Who has most inspired your thinking on these questions?
A. I have had an interest in different cultures, moral philosophy and neuroscience for many years and try to keep abreast of current developments. Those who work at the cutting edge of those fields inspire me.

Q. Your book is partly about making the right choices, but also avoiding embarrassing misunderstandings. Have you any experiences of these you’d dare to share?
A. Too many to mention and many too embarrassing to share.

Q. Can you say a little about what intercultural communication?
A.Intercultural communication in its most basic form refers to an academic field of study and research that seeks to understand how people from different countries and cultures behave, communicate and perceive the world around them. As an academic field it also includes contributions from anthropology, social and cultural studies, psychology and communication.

Q. Did you, whilst researching empathy and prejudice in neuroscience and moral philosophy, or whilst writing the book, change your mind about any of the issues?
A. Neuroscience has tended to confirm what I already thought about empathy and prejudice, moral philosophy however, has really helped to expand and clarify my thinking on the options open to you when you face a difficult moral dilemma.

Q. Do we need to, or can we ‘learn’ common-sense. How is it acquired and is it universal?
A. To use a sports analogy, many people can learn to run longer and faster with a bit of training but only a few have the innate capability to be an Olympian. We can all make improvements in the areas of empathy, in our awareness of our biases, and in how we meet the moral dilemmas that confront us, but some people are more empathetic than others, some are more open to the idea that they may harbour implicit bias and have the desire to over ride it and, not everyone has the courage to stand up for what they believe is right.

Q. If you weren’t an intercultural trainer and author, what would you do?
A. If I had no other commitments I’d like to do volunteer work again, probably with a development agency like Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) or Oxfam.

Q. Name a favourite book.
A. I feel I should name a heavyweight, something like Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment but actually, I like adventure, thillers, and pure escapism.

Q. What’s your next book going to be about?
A. I do have an idea for another book that would focus on language and empathy with again links to neuroscience but I’m keeping it under my hat for the moment. In the meantime I fancy a change. Perhaps I’ll revisit a novel, a thriller, I wrote a year or so ago but never got published. I need to decide how to rework it, more plot, sunshine and character development or more bullets and mayhem.

Read Moral Me here:


For a review copy please write to Erik Empson notsonoblebooks@gmail.com.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce

http://www.amazon.co.uk/PORTRAIT-ARTIST-YOUNG-illustrated-ebook/dp/B00CFRGKE6/

http://www.amazon.com/PORTRAIT-ARTIST-YOUNG-illustrated-ebook/dp/B00CFRGKE6/





The Definitive Edition of A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN
-illustrated with beautiful period images
-complete and unabridged version of the original text
-formatted for kindle to improve your reading experience
-linked table of contents to reach your chapter quickly

“The third greatest novel of the 20th century” Modern Library

“Joyce's depiction of the early Dublin life of Stephen Dedalus towers over modern literature, providing a stylistic blueprint and creative touchstone for artists young and old“ Guardian

“There is nothing more vivid or beautiful in all Joyce's writing. It has the searing clarity of truth . . . but is rich with myth and symbol” Sunday Times

‘”This race and this country and this life produced me," declares Stephen Dedalus--artistic image of James Joyce himself--in "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man." "A Portrait" is the story of how Stephen was produced, how he rejected that which produced him, how he discovered that his destiny was to become a lonely one of artistic creation.’ The New York Times

A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN is Joyce’s brilliantly written semi-autobiographical coming of age novel set in Ireland. James Joyce is considered one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. He transformed literature forever with ‘Ulysses’ and ‘Finnegans Wake.’

Sunday, 21 April 2013

THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald


http://www.amazon.com/THE-GREAT-GATSBY-illustrated-ebook/dp/B00CG8F6GC/


http://www.amazon.co.uk/THE-GREAT-GATSBY-illustrated-ebook/dp/B00CG8F6GC/

THE GREAT GATSBY (illustrated)


THE GREAT GATSBY
-illustrated with beautiful period pictures
-formatted for kindle to improve your reading experience
-linked table of contents to reach your chapter quickly

“It is definitely one novel which deserves a seat in the list of top 10 novels everyone should read.” Paperships.com

“One of the hundred best novels” Modern Library

“On the page, by contrast, in astonishingly beautiful, layered prose, what Scott Fitzgerald manages to do is to replicate some of the mystery of what it is to be human.” Alan Gynn, The Independent

“Young, handsome and fabulously rich, Jay Gatsby is the bright star of the Jazz Age, but as writer Nick Carraway is drawn into the decadent orbit of his Long Island mansion, where the party never seems to end, he finds himself faced by the mystery of Gatsby's origins and desires” The Guardian

Read the book which inspired the movie ‘Gatsby’
THE GREAT GATSBY is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece and one of the greatest books of the twentieth century. This is a beautiful edition filled with vintage images of the 1920s specially formatted to make reading it a real pleasure on your kindle.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Moral Me: Making good decisions in an intercultural world (Empathy, prejudice and practical ethics in an age of neuroscience) by Alan Cornes

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00CD1YYA6/

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CD1YYA6/

Moral Me: Making good decisions in an intercultural world (Empathy, prejudice and practical ethics in an age of neuroscience)

“As someone who travels extensively in the Far East, this book really gave me confidence about sticking up for my own values whilst respecting those of my hosts.” Geoff Clarke

“An important new work in the interculturalist field.” Maggie Stones

What are the origins of our moral sense, and what do neuroscience and moral philosophy tell us about them? What role might prejudice and empathy have had in human evolution, and how does this knowledge help us make practical decisions in our everyday lives?
In this new book by Alan Cornes, the author takes us on a journey that starts out from an intercultural perspective and leads to an improved understanding of how we navigate the moral maze in a world of widely different cultural norms. It provides practical methods of how we can make good decisions in tune with our own values, whilst being respectful of others’.
Written in a clear, engaging and witty way, this book will help readers faced with a moral dilemma, those unsure of how to behave in foreign lands and a general audience looking to explore their own moral sense.

The Grand Fleet 1914-1916: Its Creation, Development And Work by John Jellicoe

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00C6BFG3W/

The Grand Fleet 1914-1916: Its Creation, Development And Work (Strategy Classics Series)

*An account of the Battle of Jutland by the man who held Britain's fate in his hands*

This is a blow by blow account of the naval war 1914-1916 written by the Admiral of the Grand Fleet John Jellicoe. It includes his detailed account of the battles of Heligoland Bight, Dogger Bank and Jutland, the sinking of the HMS Hampshire and the death of Lord Kitchener. Jellicoe gives an extensive account of the makeup of the fleet, the disposition of its vessels, and the challenges faced by one of the largest navies the world was ever to see and a mighty foe apparently bent on its destruction.

With an extensive introduction, commentary and annotations by Erik Empson relating to ship classes and armaments, historical context, disputes concerning Jellicoe’s accounts, and the contemporary discussion about this central episode in the first world war. The book includes topics such as early torpedo warfare, range finding, the navy’s early use of planes in combat and submarine warfare. As a reference work it is a essential guide to the ships of the Great War from the might super-dreadnought to the humble patrol boat as well as the commanders and men that fought and died in them.

The book is jam-packed with rare and unique period illustrations, and throughout period photographs of important vessels are supplied, including rare explanatory designs of vessel classes. It will be of great use to archivists, genealogists, family historians because the book is packed with details about the disposition and movements of many craft at different points, as well as many names of captains and the fates of their crew.  

THE PLUMED SERPENT by D. H. Lawrence

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THE PLUMED SERPENT
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“It interests me, means more to me than any other novel of mine. This is my real novel of America...” D. H. Lawrence

‘All of Lawrence is in that book. Two years he spent writing it, one winter in Chapala and the next winter in Oaxaca’ Frieda Lawrence

THE PLUMED SERPENT is Lawrence’s great book about Mexico, a stunning story of personal and social revolution. Kate Leslie, an Irish widow visiting the country becomes caught up with the charismatic leader of a cult reviving the bloody rituals of the Aztecs.

D. H. Lawrence


“The greatest imaginative novelist of our generation” E. M. Forster

David Herbert Lawrence was born in 1885 in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire. His father was a coal miner, but his mother was determined that her children should not end up in the mines. He won a scholarship to Nottingham High School, although he left without qualifications. After studying at Nottingham University, Lawrence received his teaching certificate at 22.

His first novel, ‘The White Peacock was published in 1911, when he was 25. In 1912 he fell in love with Frieda von Richthofen, who was married to Professor Ernest Weekly. Frieda left her husband and three children, and eloped with Lawrence to Bavaria and then to Austria, Germany and Italy.

Lawrence's radical views on sex, life, and art earned him many enemies and he endured official persecution, censorship, and misrepresentation of his creative work throughout the second half of his life.

D. H. Lawrence died at Villa Robermond, in Vence, France on March 2, 1930.
A prolific novelist, story writer, critic, poet and painter, he was one of the greatest figures in 20th-century English literature.

D. H. Lawrence’s novels include: The White Peacock (1911),The Trespasser (1912), Sons and Lovers (1913), The Rainbow (1915), Women in Love (1920), The Lost Girl (1920), Aaron's Rod (1922), Kangaroo (1923), The Boy in the Bush (1924), The Plumed Serpent (1926), Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928), The Escaped Cock (1929), The Virgin and the Gypsy (1930).

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

DUBLINERS by James Joyce


http://www.amazon.co.uk/DUBLINERS-illustrated-ebook/dp/B00CD94WAK

http://www.amazon.com/DUBLINERS-illustrated-ebook/dp/B00CD94WAK



DUBLINERS (illustrated)

The Definitive Edition of DUBLINERS
-illustrated with beautiful period images of Dublin
-complete and unabridged version of the original text
-formatted for kindle to improve your reading experience
-linked table of contents to reach your chapter quickly

“Dubliners is truly an amazing collection of short stories . . . When I read and reread Joyce, I feel like I can come back to it a million times plus one and still find something new and enriching in it.” Read A Book Review

'Joyce's early short stories remain undimmed in their brilliance' Sunday Times

“Each of the 15 stories is perfection, culminating in probably the finest short story in English, "The Dead".” Brenda Maddox

“Joyce's Dublin is a village filled with dreamers and chancers whom he placed in a kind of cage” Colm Tóibín The Guardian

DUBLINERS is a book of 15 stunning short stories set in turn of the century Dublin. It includes "The Dead", described by Graham Greene as the finest short story in the English language. James Joyce is considered one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. He transformed literature forever with ‘Ulysses’ and ‘Finnegans Wake’ and ‘Dubliners’ is his first masterpiece.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

VERA by Elizabeth von Arnim

http://www.amazon.co.uk/VERA-illustrated-ebook/dp/B00CB24W4U

http://www.amazon.com/VERA-illustrated-ebook/dp/B00CB24W4U

VERA (illustrated)



VERA
-illustrated with beautiful period photos
-formatted for kindle to improve your reading experience
-linked table of contents to reach your chapter quickly

“Elizabeth von Arnim keeps you in a state of powerless anxiety to the point where you almost want to write the final chapter yourself.” Dove Grey Reader

'She has a wild sense of comedy and a vision continually thwarted though it was of potential happiness' Penelope Mortimer

“Vera by Elizabeth von Arnim is a tale of death, love, and marriage (in that order)” dragonflyy419.wordpress.com

VERA is the book many believe Daphne du Maurier based ‘Rebecca’ on. It is perhaps the greatest book written by the best-selling author Elizabeth von Arnim. Inspired by her disastrous marriage to Earl Russell, it is a uniquely funny and unusual picture of love and marriage. On the day Lucy Entwhistle loses her father, she is found by the controlling Everard Wemsyss . . .

Elizabeth von Arnim was called ‘the smartest woman of her century’ by H. G. Wells, and her books have been referred to on ‘Downtown Abbey’. She was voted the most neglected female author in a poll by Radio 4 listeners.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

THE ENCHANTED APRIL by Elizabeth von Arnim

http://www.amazon.co.uk/THE-ENCHANTED-APRIL-illustrated-ebook/dp/B00C9L5T2C
http://www.amazon.com/THE-ENCHANTED-APRIL-illustrated-ebook/dp/B00C9L5T2C

THE ENCHANTED APRIL (illustrated)

THE ENCHANTED APRIL
-illustrated with beautiful period photos
-formatted for kindle to improve your reading experience
-linked table of contents to reach your chapter quickly

“Elizabeth von Armin's most charming novel in every sense: it casts a spell” The Guardian

“A restful, funny, sumptuous, and invigorating vacation for the mind and soul” 500 Great Books By Women

“Beautiful, funny and very smart” Madeline Miller

“The characters are so warm and real, the whole premise so dream-like. Set in the 1920s when two strangers meet in a woman's club on a rainy afternoon and decide to rent a medieval castle in Italy.” My Book Affair

THE ENCHANTED APRIL is Elizabeth von Arnim’s best-selling masterpiece presented here in a beautiful edition with period photos. It tells the story of four very different women who decide to rent a castle in Italy, and how their relationships develop in this idyllic setting.

Elizabeth von Arnim's books were referred to in Downtown Abbey and she was voted the most neglected female author by Radio 4 listeners.

Monday, 8 April 2013

A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce

http://www.amazon.com/PORTRAIT-illustrated-complete-unabridged-ebook/dp/B00C448930/
http://www.amazon.co.uk/PORTRAIT-illustrated-complete-unabridged-ebook/dp/B00C448930/

A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN (illustrated, complete and unabridged)

The Definitive Edition of A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN
-illustrated with beautiful period images
-complete and unabridged version of the original text
-formatted for kindle to improve your reading experience
-linked table of contents to reach your chapter quickly

“The third greatest novel of the 20th century” Modern Library

“Joyce's depiction of the early Dublin life of Stephen Dedalus towers over modern literature, providing a stylistic blueprint and creative touchstone for artists young and old“ Guardian

“There is nothing more vivid or beautiful in all Joyce's writing. It has the searing clarity of truth . . . but is rich with myth and symbol” Sunday Times

‘”This race and this country and this life produced me," declares Stephen Dedalus--artistic image of James Joyce himself--in "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man." "A Portrait" is the story of how Stephen was produced, how he rejected that which produced him, how he discovered that his destiny was to become a lonely one of artistic creation.’ The New York Times

A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN is Joyce’s brilliantly written semi-autobiographical coming of age novel set in Ireland. James Joyce is considered one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. He transformed literature forever with ‘Ulysses’ and ‘Finnegans Wake.’