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Jamrach S Menagerie

Author : Carol Birch
ISBN : 0385534418
Genre : Fiction
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SHORTLISTED for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction A thrilling and powerful novel about a young boy lured to sea by the promise of adventure and reward, with echoes of Great Expectations, Moby-Dick, and The Voyage of the Narwhal. Jamrach’s Menagerie tells the story of a nineteenth-century street urchin named Jaffy Brown. Following an incident with an escaped tiger, Jaffy goes to work for Mr. Charles Jamrach, the famed importer of exotic animals, alongside Tim, a good but sometimes spitefully competitive boy. Thus begins a long, close friendship fraught with ambiguity and rivalry. Mr. Jamrach recruits the two boys to capture a fabled dragon during the course of a three-year whaling expedi­tion. Onboard, Jaffy and Tim enjoy the rough brotherhood of sailors and the brutal art of whale hunting. They even succeed in catching the reptilian beast. But when the ship’s whaling venture falls short of expecta­tions, the crew begins to regard the dragon—seething with feral power in its cage—as bad luck, a feeling that is cruelly reinforced when a violent storm sinks the ship. Drifting across an increasingly hallucinatory ocean, the sur­vivors, including Jaffy and Tim, are forced to confront their own place in the animal kingdom. Masterfully told, wildly atmospheric, and thundering with tension, Jamrach’s Mena­gerie is a truly haunting novel about friendship, sacrifice, and survival. From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Fiction

The Herald

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ISBN : UCLA:L0104346887
Genre : Pakistan
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Orphans Of The Carnival

Author : Carol Birch
ISBN : 9780385541534
Genre : Fiction
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In this stunning work of historical fiction, the Booker Prize-nominated author of Jamrach’s Menagerie reimagines the incredible true story of Julia Pastrana, a woman branded a freak at birth. Although she was pronounced by the most eminent physician of the day to be “a true hybrid wherein the nature of woman presides over that of the brute,” Julia was fluent in English, French, and Spanish, and an accomplished musician with an exquisite singing voice. Alternately vilified and celebrated, all she wanted was for people to see beyond her hairy visage—and perhaps, the chance for love. When Julia meets a charming showman who catapults her onto the global stage, she believes that she has found true happiness at last. But the question of whether her lover truly cares for her—or if his management is just a new form of exploitation—lingers heavily. A deeply moving novel, in Orphans of the Carnival Carol Birch has crafted a haunting examination of how we define ourselves and, ultimately, of what it means to be human.
Category: Fiction

The Cardinal S Man

Author : M.G. Sinclair
ISBN : 9781785301186
Genre : Fiction
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'Gritty and lively... a colourful depiction of 17th century France' – CAROL BIRCH, author of Jamrach's Menagerie A SPELLBINDING TALE SET IN CARDINAL RICHELIEU'S FRANCE With enemies advancing on all sides and Cardinal Richelieu's health failing, France is at breaking point. Yet salvation may arrive in the most unlikely form... Born into poverty and with terrible deformities, Sebastian Morra is a dwarf with the wit of Tyrion Lannister and three foot, four inches of brazen pluck. Through a mixture of brains and luck, he has travelled far from his village to become a jester at the royal court. And with a talent for making enemies, he is soon drawn into the twilight world of Cardinal Richelieu, where he discovers he might just be the only man with the talents to save France from her deadliest foes. 'Intelligent, cunning and occasionally reckless, Sebastian Morra lights up The Cardinal's Man with his zest for survival. The excesses and squalor of 17th century France are brought viscerally and vividly to life in this engaging, beautifully researched novel' VICTORIA BLAKE, author of The Return of the Courtesan
Category: Fiction

A Polaroid Of Peggy

Author : Phillips Richard
ISBN : 0993091067
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'Funny. Revealing. Wonderful.' Maureen Lipman ___________________________________________ Andrew Williams. Mavis and Syd's boy. Hasn't he done well? Blooming business, lovely wife, beautiful kids, bloody great house. What more could he possible want? And then, an old photo turns up and Andrew's whole world is turned upside down. A story of lost love and lost bearings, 'A Poloroid of Peggy' is 'Bonfire of the Vanities' meets 'Love Story', with a dash of 'Mad Men' thrown in. Funny and poignant by turns, it asks the most fundamental of questions: what really matters in life? And finds the answer is distinctly - muddled. ____________________________________________ 'Richard Phillips is good on nostalgia, guilt, the emotional messes people make, and the play-acting involved in both the building up or breaking down of a relationship, but the main strength of the book lies in the portrayal of the central character, a superficially shallow man desperately trying to paper over the black holes appearing through the old wallpaper of his life. Cynic and romantic, confident and adman, bag of nerves, he is believably ambiguous and skilfully realised, as is the slow build of his obsession with the eponymous Peggy, whose twenty-year-old photo, randomly found in the pocket of an old jacket, triggers a crisis on levels both existential and material.' Carol Birch, author of 'Jamrach's Menagerie', shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012

Circus And Allied Arts

Author : Raymond Toole-Stott
ISBN : UCSC:32106018334083
Genre : Circus
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The Spectator

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105007428498
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A Book Of Man Eaters

Author : Reginald George Burton
ISBN : CORNELL:31924003294000
Genre : Animal behavior
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Habits and behaviour of carnivorous animals, with reference to man-eaters.
Category: Animal behavior

Rossetti S Wombat

Author : John Simons
ISBN : 1904750605
Genre : Exotic animal owners
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A light-hearted account of an improbable side of Victorian England, this history tells of the pet wombat owned by Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the late-19th century fad of owning Australian animals as pets. This examination also looks at the way a wombat participated in the delicate relationships between the men and women in the Pre-Raphaelite circle--particularly Rossetti’s emotional affair with Jane Morris, wife of his friend and colleague William. Fully illustrated with drawings and etchings of the period, this work will appeal to those with an interest in Victorian England, the Pre-Raphaelites, as well as wombat lovers the world over.
Category: Exotic animal owners