In Marian Keyes' BESTSELLING Last Chance Saloon, three great friends discover that despite their best-laid plans, life can unravel in the most unexpected ways. 'Love is blind, there was no doubt about it. In Tara's case it was also deaf, dumb, dyslexic, had a bad hip and the beginnings of Alzheimer's . . .' Tara, Katherine and Fintan have been best friends since they were teenagers. Now in their early thirties, they've been living it up in London for ten years. But what have they to show for a decade of hedonism? Sure, Tara's got a boyfriend - but only because she's terrified of spending five minutes alone. Katherine, on the other hand, has a neatness fetish that won't let anyone too close to mess up her life. And Fintan? Well, he has everything. Until he learns that without your health, you've got nothing . . . All three are drinking in the last chance saloon and they're about to discover that if you don't change your life, life has a way of changing you . . . 'An outstanding writer and chronicler of our times' Independent on Sunday 'Her writing is of the highest order. Someone should give this woman a Booker' Sunday Tribune
Brett Cassidy, professional gunfighter, has hung up his guns for the peaceful life of a trapper, but one day he receives an urgent letter from a beautiful young widow. The settlers in Lonesome Valley need him. Cheyenne war smoke is rising, and a greedy saloon owner and his hired guns are making life hell for the widow and her friends. Strapping on his guns for one last time, Brett rides to help the homesteaders in their hour of need. But he's alone and faces a stacked deck in the final showdown in the Last Chance Saloon.
In 1972, Bunny LaRue was young and beautiful, spending her days on the beach and her nights in bars with the girls. Sex, drugs and fun were plentiful and Bunny embraced that life. After a photographer sees her on the beach, Bunny finds herself making big money modelling for a lingerie catalogue. She falls in love and life seems to be giving her everything she has ever wanted ... until, one day, she loses it all. As the years slip by, life doesn't stay easy and Bunny must find the strength to confront her past and create a new future.
Re-Locating the Sounds of the Western examines the use and function of musical tropes and gestures traditionally associated with the American Western in new and different contexts ranging from Elizabethan theater, contemporary drama, space opera and science fiction, Cold War era European filmmaking, and sampling in popular music. Each chapter focuses on a notable use of Western musical tropes, textures, instrumentation, form, and harmonic language, delving into the resonance of the music of the Western to cite bravura, machismo, colonisation, violence, gender roles and essentialism, exploration, and other concepts.
Idiomantics is a unique exploration of the world of idiomatic phrases. The very etymology of the word 'idiom' reveals what's so endlessly fascinating about the wide range of colourful phrases we use in everyday speech: their peculiarity. They're peculiar both in the sense of being particular or unique to the culture from which they originate, and in the sense of being downright odd. To cite three random examples - from American English, Dutch and Italian - what on Earth are a snow job, a monkey sandwich story, and Mr Punch's secret? Fascinating and illuminating, Idiomantics explains all... The ideal gift for word buffs and in fact, anyone who enjoys a good yarn, this playful book looks at 12 groups of idioms around the world, looking at subjects such as fun and games, gastronomic delights and the daily grind.
With candor and directness, the author takes you on a deeply personal, narrative journey through her life. From a sometimes abusive and disturbing childhood, to several moves between three provinces in Canada, she builds a life with her husband and children. Through a compelling tale of adversity and accomplishment, she becomes an enterprising and tenacious adult. Learning through it all, that she is empowered to decide what situations confine or define her, and asserts. "How truly blessed my life has been!"
I was lost—in more ways than I can count. I'd lost my way, lost my family, lost my friends. I was totally screwed up from all the acid trips, and the speed and the MDA binges, with strange-coloured animals flitting by me, seeing and hearing things that weren't there. I knew I had done something to myself, that I had crossed a line. I knew I was messed up in a bad way. I'd seen the end of Danny Brooks: in an alleyway with a needle sticking out of my arm. But God had another idea. He wouldn't let me forsake the life He'd given me. My spirit cried out for help from a place of black despair. I believe this book is one of the reasons He kept me alive. He wanted me to share my story of loss and redemption. No matter how badly strung out you are, there is always hope. There is always Him to call on. Faith can make you clean. Faith can keep you sober. Faith can give you your life back, and your dignity, family and friends. My story isn't pretty, but my hope is that it will be a light at the end of the tunnel for you or a loved one who has lost his way. May the way be found. Sincerely, Danny.