Atkinson, Kate Case Histories The scene is set in Cambridge, with three case histories from the past: A young child who mysteriously disappeared from a tent in her back garden; An unidentified man in a yellow jumper who marched into an office and slashed a young girl through the throat; and a young woman found by the police sitting in her kitchen next to the body of her husband. Jackson Brodie, a private investigator and former police detective, is flung into the midst of these resurrected old crimes. In digging into the past Jackson seems to have unwittingly threatened his own future. Atkinson, Kate One Good Turn It is summer, it is the Edinburgh Festival. People queuing for a lunchtime show witness a roadrage incident - an incident which changes the lives of everyone involved. In "One Good Turn", Kate takes her masterful plotting one step further. Like a set of Russian dolls, each thread of the narrative reveals itself to be related to the last. This is a sharply intelligent read that is also percipient, funny, and totally satisfying. Atwood, Margaret Oryx and Crake Pigs might not fly but they are strangely altered. So, for that matter, are wolves and racoons. A man, once named Jimmy, now calls himself snowman and lives in a tree, wrapped in old bed sheets. The voice of Oryx, the woman he loved, teasingly haunts him. And the green- eyed children of Crake are, for some reason, his responsibility. Barnes, Julian Arthur & George Arthur and George grow up worlds and miles apart in late 19th-century Britain. But as the new century begins, they are brought together by a sequence of events, which made sensational headlines at the time of The Great Wyrley Outrages. This is a novel in which the events of a hundred years ago constantly set off contemporary echoes, a novel about low crime and high spirituality, guilt and innocence, identity, nationality and race; about what we think, what we believe, and what we know.
Benn, Tony Dare to be a Daniel : Then and Now Tony Benn was born in a house on the Embankment which, ironically, later became the site of the Millbank Tower, centre of Labour spin. Next door lived Sidney and Beatrice Webb, and politics were Tony's life-blood from the very beginning. This warm, affectionate, brilliantly funny account reveals how he developed his ideas and ideals from the extraordinary late Victorian/Edwardian world of his parents, and how his conviction that the world should be changed has its origins in early experiences. Bennett, Alan The Complete Talking Heads Alan Bennett's award-winning series of six television monologues, Talking Heads, may have been first aired in 1988, but over a decade later it is still impossible to read these deeply moving and affectionate scripts without hearing the voices of the actors who played them. Maggie Smith as the alcoholic vicar's wife finding a semblance of happiness in an affair with an Indian shop owner, Patricia Routledge as the poisonous neighbour, Julie Walters as the overthe-hill dolly bird auditioning for a porn film and of course Thora Hird as Doris, the old lady alone in her home having fallen and broken her hip. Bennett, Ronan Zugzwang On a blustery April day, a respected St. Petersburg newspaper editor is murdered in front of a shocked crowd. Dr.Otto Spethmann, the celebrated psychoanalyst, receives a visit from the police. There has been another murder in the city and somehow he is implicated. Meanwhile, he finds himself preoccupied by two new patients: Anna Petrovna, a society beauty with whom he is falling in love, and the troubled genius Rozental, a brilliant chess master on the verge of a complete breakdown. As Dr. Spethmann is drawn deeper into the murderous intrigue, he finds that he, his patients, and his daughter may all be pawns in a game larger in scope than anything he could have imagined.