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The Shining Girls

Author : Lauren Beukes
ISBN : 9780007464630
Genre : Fiction
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The jaw-dropping, page-turning, critically-acclaimed book of the year: a serial-killer thriller unlike any other from the award-winning Lauren Beukes. ‘GONE GIRL has not exactly gone. But THE SHINING GIRLS have arrived’ (The Times).
Category: Fiction

Shining Girls

Author : Lauren Beukes
ISBN : 1415205051
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Contemporary African Mediations Of Affect And Access

Author : Helene Strauss
ISBN : 9781351794848
Genre : Political Science
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Across Africa, new collectivities are shifting the terms within which access to economic opportunity, social belonging, and political agency have historically been understood. Recent years have seen powerful waves of civic mobilization sweep across the continent. Less prominent articulations of contemporary political desire have also been percolating through the diffuse experiences of the African everyday. As differential access to global capitalism and its promises folds into modes of subjection—and escape—that are hard to predict, those who exercise power find ever more ways of guarding the borders and memberships of privileged groups. This book turns to the critically entangled terms of affect and access as a basis for exploring emergent orientations in the field of African cultural theorizing. It pays especial attention to scholarship engaging with the multifaceted coordinates of political and social participation, where complex assemblages of affective attachment, exchange, and realignment work in concert with demands for socio-political and economic forms of access. This book was originally published as a special issue of Safundi.
Category: Political Science

Afterland

Author : Lauren Beukes
ISBN : 9781405923712
Genre : Fiction
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The compulsive and long-awaited new thriller from the author of Richard and Judy bestseller The Shining Girls and the prize-winning Zoo City 'A major, major talent' George R. R. Martin ________ Three years after a virus wiped out 99% of the men on earth, a mother and son are on the run . . . All Cole has left in the world is her boy, Miles. With men now a prized commodity, keeping him safe means breaking hastily written new rules - and leaving her own sister for dead. All Miles has left in the world is his mother. But is one person enough to save him from the many who would kill to get their hands on a living boy? Together, Cole and Miles embark on a journey across a changed, hostile country, towards a freedom they may never reach. And when Cole's sister tracks them down, they'll need to decide who to trust - and what loyalty really means in this unimaginable new world. Praise for Lauren Beukes: 'Beukes is very *very* good. It feels effortless, utterly accomplished' William Gibson 'Beukes brings a secret tenderness and humanity to her off-kilter portrait of the here and now' Guardian 'Exquisitely paced and impeccably controlled. An enormously satisfying novel' New York Times Book Review 'Beukes deals with slightly surreal things in very real ways. I'm all over it' Gillian Flynn
Category: Fiction

Broken Monsters

Author : Lauren Beukes
ISBN : 9781415205068
Genre : Fiction
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IN A BROKEN CITY, A DISTURBED KILLER IS TRYING TO REMAKE THE WORLD IN HIS IMAGE. Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit’s standards: half-boy, half-deer, somehow fused together. And it’s only the first. As winter closes in on Detroit, strange and disturbing corpses start turning up in unusual places, pulling several lives into the killer’s orbit. Gabi has to juggle the most harrowing case of her career with being a single mom to her troubled teen daughter Layla. Layla, egged on by her best friend Cas, is playing a dangerous game with an online predator. Broken Monsters is a dark and gripping thriller about the death of the American Dream, online fame, creativity, compromise and the undercurrents of the world we live in right now.
Category: Fiction

Modern Girls Shining Stars The Skies Of Tokyo

Author : Phyllis Birnbaum
ISBN : 0231500025
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The stunning biographical portraits in Modern Girls, Shining Stars, the Skies of Tokyo, some adapted from essays that first appeared in The New Yorker, explore the lives of five women who did their best to stand up and cause more trouble than was considered proper in Japanese society. Their lives stretch across a century and a half of explosive cultural and political transformations in Japan. These five artists-two actresses, two writers, and a painter-were noted for their talents, their beauty, and their love affairs rather than for any association with politics. But through the fearlessness of their art and their private lives, they influenced the attitudes of their times and challenged the status quo. Phyllis Birnbaum presents her subjects from various perspectives, allowing them to shine forth in all of their contradictory brilliance: generous and petulant, daring and timid, prudent and foolish. There is Matsui Sumako, the actress who introduced Ibsen's Nora and Wilde's Salome to Japanese audiences but is best remembered for her ambition, obstreperous temperament and turbulent love life. We also meet Takamura Chieko, a promising but ultimately disappointed modernist painter whose descent into mental illness was immortalized in poetry by a husband who may well have been the source of her troubles. In a startling act of rebellion, the sensitive, aristocratic poet Yanagiwara Byakuren left her crude and powerful husband, eloped with her revolutionary lover, and published her request for a divorce in the newspapers. Uno Chiyo was a popular novelist who preferred to be remembered for the romantic wars she fought. Willful, shrewd, and ambitious, Uno struggled for sexual liberation and literary merit. Birnbaum concludes by exploring the life and career of Takamine Hideko, a Japanese film star who portrayed wholesome working-class heroines in hundreds of films, working with such directors as Naruse, Kinoshita, Ozu, and Kurosawa. Angry about a childhood spent working to provide for greedy relatives, Takamine nevertheless made peace with her troubled past and was rewarded for years of hard work with a brilliant career. Drawing on fictional accounts, interviews, memoirs, newspaper reports, and the creative works of her subjects, Birnbaum has created vivid, seamless narrative portraits of these five remarkable women.
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Lily And The Shining Dragons

Author : Holly Webb
ISBN : 9781408316412
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Lily and her sister, Georgie, are on the run. But in a world where magic is forbidden, two young magicians can't hide forever. Betrayed by someone they thought they could trust, Lily and Georgie find themselves trapped in a school where magical children are hidden away. But magic will always find a way - and in the darkness, the shining dragons are stirring...
Category: Juvenile Fiction

Unspeakable Things

Author : Laurie Penny
ISBN : 9781620406908
Genre : Social Science
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Shortlisted for the Green Carnation Prize 2014 Laurie Penny, one of our most prominent young voices of feminism and dissent, presents a trenchant report on our society today--and our society tomorrow, as she is willing to fight to see it. Smart, clear-eyed, and irreverent, Unspeakable Things is a fresh look at gender and power in the twenty-first century, which asks difficult questions about dissent and desire, money and masculinity, sexual violence, menial work, mental health, queer politics, and the Internet. Celebrated journalist and activist Laurie Penny draws on a broad history of feminist thought and her own experience in radical subcultures in America and Britain to take on cultural phenomena from the Occupy movement to online dating, give her unique spin on economic justice and freedom of speech, and provide candid personal insight to rally the defensive against eating disorders, sexual assault, and internet trolls. Unspeakable Things is a book that is eye-opening not only in the critique it provides, but also in the revolutionary alternatives it imagines.
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How To Write A Chiller Thriller

Author : Sally Spedding
ISBN : 9781782791737
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Have you dreamt of becoming a thriller writer but not dared to do so because of lack of self-belief, or the necessary time, or both? Are you also a thriller reader who has been disappointed by the sameness and lack of ambition in what you've read? If so, this book will help you create chiller thrillers with a difference, with memorable characters and truly chilling plots, drawing not only from the past and present, but the future too. From horror and the paranormal, to equally disturbing scientific and hi-tech developments. Bravery is the key. So, come on board!
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Writing Sci Fi And Fantasy

Author : Liesel Schwarz
ISBN : 9781783560462
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Science fiction and fantasy – or speculative fiction – is the literary success story of the 21st century. The genre has never been so popular and the worlds of film and TV are dominated by adaptations of SF masterworks, from the epic fantasy ‘Game Of Thrones’ through to the dramatic dystopia of ‘The Hunger Games’. ‘Writing Sci-fi and Fantasy’ by award-winning steampunk novelist Liesel Schwarz, is a masterclass on the vital components of writing great speculative fiction. From building credible worlds and engaging characters to devising compelling plots, it will give you the confidence to unleash your stories. With additional, practical advice on how to pitch and present to agents, publishers and readers, it will lead you into the limitless world of SFF. All in an hour. ‘Writing Sci-fi and Fantasy’ covers: + Research: The devil lies in the details + World building + The ingredients of SFF: plot, character and narrative + Manuscript wrangling for beginners + Publication pitfalls + The writer’s life 60-Minute Masterclasses are expert ebooks that help you do more with your creative writing, journalism and entrepreneurship. Locking on to the stuff that you actually need to know, each title is a precise, practical pointer on the matters that matter most.
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