The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy
Author: J. K. Rowling
Publsiher: Little, Brown
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2012-09-27
ISBN 10: 0316228559
ISBN 13: 9780316228558
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Casual Vacancy Book Review:

A big novel about a small town... When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils...Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity, and unexpected revelations? A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.

No Disrespect

No Disrespect
Author: Sister Souljah
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 361
Release: 1996
ISBN 10: 0679767088
ISBN 13: 9780679767084
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

No Disrespect Book Review:

An honest look at growing up as an African-American female in the inner city offers an account of the tense relationship that exists between African-American women and men, the Black church, guns and drugs, and Black nationalism. Reprint. 35,000 first printing. Tour.

Very Good Lives

Very Good Lives
Author: J. K. Rowling
Publsiher: Little, Brown
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2015-04-14
ISBN 10: 0316369144
ISBN 13: 9780316369145
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Very Good Lives Book Review:

J.K. Rowling, one of the world's most inspiring writers, shares her wisdom and advice. In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, VERY GOOD LIVES presents J.K. Rowling's words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life. How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others? Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world famous author addresses some of life's most important questions with acuity and emotional force.

Troubled Blood

Troubled Blood
Author: Robert Galbraith
Publsiher: Mulholland Books
Total Pages: 944
Release: 2020-09-15
ISBN 10: 0316498963
ISBN 13: 9780316498968
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Troubled Blood Book Review:

A breathtaking, labyrinthine epic, Troubled Blood is the fifth Strike and Robin novel and the most gripping and satisfying yet. Private Detective Cormoran Strike is visiting his family in Cornwall when he is approached by a woman asking for help finding her mother, Margot Bamborough – who went missing in mysterious circumstances in 1974. Strike has never tackled a cold case before, let alone one forty years old. But despite the slim chance of success, he is intrigued and takes it on; adding to the long list of cases that he and his partner in the agency, Robin Ellacott, are currently working on. And Robin herself is also juggling a messy divorce and unwanted male attention, as well as battling her own feelings about Strike. As Strike and Robin investigate Margot’s disappearance, they come up against a fiendishly complex case with leads that include tarot cards, a psychopathic serial killer and witnesses who cannot all be trusted. And they learn that even cases decades old can prove to be deadly . . .

Seduced by a Pirate

Seduced by a Pirate
Author: Eloisa James
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 100
Release: 2012-10-30
ISBN 10: 0062259911
ISBN 13: 9780062259912
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Seduced by a Pirate Book Review:

Seduced by a Pirate is an original, RITA-award winning e-novella from New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James. Sir Griffin Barry is one of the most feared pirates on the high seas, piloting the Flying Poppy, a ship he named after the wife whom he fondly (if vaguely) remembers, since they were together only a matter of hours. What happens when a pirate decides to come home to his wife…if she is his wife, given that the marriage was never consummated? And what happens when that pirate strolls through his front door and is met by… Well, that's a surprise! Seduced by a Pirate and a long novella, With This Kiss, can be found in print in Eloisa's collection, As You Wish. Seduced by a Pirate includes three chapters of a companion novel, The Ugly Duchess.

Local Council Administration

Local Council Administration
Author: Charles Arnold-Baker,Paul Clayden
Publsiher: Butterworth-Heinemann
Total Pages: 1048
Release: 2009
ISBN 10: 9781405736886
ISBN 13: 1405736887
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Local Council Administration Book Review:

Arnold-Baker: Local Council Administration is a complete statement of the law relating to parish and community councils, in the form of an extensive though succinct narrative accompanied by comprehensive statutory materials.Now in its Eighth edition, this work has been thoroughly revised and updated to take into account recent legislation since the previous edition, including the Planning Act 2008, the Commons Act 2006 and the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.

The Strawberry Thief

The Strawberry Thief
Author: Joanne Harris
Publsiher: Orion
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2019-04-04
ISBN 10: 1409170780
ISBN 13: 9781409170785
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Strawberry Thief Book Review:

FAITH. SECRETS. MAGIC . . . MURDER? DISAPPEAR INTO THE WORLD OF THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING CHOCOLAT . . . 'So wise, so atmospheric, so beautifully written' Marian Keyes 'The most magical, stunningly beautiful novel' Joanna Cannon 'It will intrigue and charm readers every bit as much as Chocolat' Monica Ali --------------------------- Vianne Rocher has settled down. Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, the place that once rejected her, has finally become her home. With Rosette, her youngest child, she runs her chocolate shop in the square, talks to her friends on the river, is part of the community. Even Reynaud, the priest, has become a friend. But when old Narcisse, the florist, dies, leaving a parcel of land to Rosette and a written confession to Reynaud, the life of the sleepy village is once more thrown into disarray. Then the opening of a mysterious new shop in the place of the florist's across the square - one that mirrors the chocolaterie, and has a strange appeal of its own - seems to herald a change: a confrontation, a turbulence - even, perhaps, a murder . . . What will the wind blow in today? --------------------------- Return to the world of the multi-million-copy bestselling Chocolat.... 'A writer whose wit and sharp observation enhances her engaging story-telling' Salley Vickers 'The most magical, stunningly beautiful novel . . . I sobbed at the end because I couldn't bear to leave. Joanne is truly one of the world's finest storytellers' Joanna Cannon 'A place of magic and mysteries, and Harris excels in this delicate balance of realism and enchantment . . . It will intrigue and charm readers every bit as much as Chocolat' Monica Ali 'Sheer pleasure from start to finish. The Strawberry Thief is a delight' James Runcie 'I devoured it in one go' Christopher Fowler 'Compelling, captivating, incredibly moving, The Strawberry Thief whirls you into a thrilling world you will never forget . . . A perfect novel that shimmers with brilliance and truth' Kate Williams

The Digested Read

The Digested Read
Author: John Crace
Publsiher: RDR Books
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2005-12
ISBN 10: 9781571431592
ISBN 13: 1571431594
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Digested Read Book Review:

Literary ombudsman John Crace never met an important book he didnt like to deconstruct.From Salman Rushdie to John Grisham, Crace retells the big books in just 500 bitingly satirical words, pointing his pen at the clunky plots, stylistic tics and pretensions to Big Ideas, as he turns publishers golden dream books into dross. In the grand tradition of Tom Lehrer and Stan Freberg, Crace takes the books that produce the most media hype and retells each story in its authors inimitable style. Philip Roth, Don Delillo, Margaret Drabble, Paul Auster, Alice Sebold, John Updike, Tom Wolfe, Ruth Rendell, A.S. Byatt, John LeCarre, Michael Crichton and Ian McEwan all emerge delightfully scathed in this book that makes it easy to talk knowingly about books youve never bothered to read or, for that matter, should have.

Arnold Baker on Local Council Administration

Arnold Baker on Local Council Administration
Author: Paul Clayden
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 1048
Release: 2013-06-20
ISBN 10: 9781405774055
ISBN 13: 1405774053
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Arnold Baker on Local Council Administration Book Review:

Arnold-Baker on Local Council Administration has long been established as the guide to this specialist field of local government law. Amongst local councillors it is often called ‘The Bible’. It is a complete statement of the law relating to parish and community councils through an extensive, though succinct, narrative accompanied by comprehensive pertinent statutory materials.It covers everything from parish and manorial history to the new laws now governing local councils. All aspects are explored in a user-friendly style. It also includes appendices of relevant statutes, statutory instruments and an extensive list of useful contacts.The ninth edition of this popular book has been extensively updated to cover the many changes with direct application to local councils. New material covers recent legislation, including the Pensions Act 2008, the Bribery Act 2010, the Equality Act 2010, the Charities Act 2011, the Localism Act 2011, the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013, the Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations and the 2011 Code of Practice on Publicity. In addition, in relation to Wales, the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 and the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 are covered. This is a key text for parish and community councils, local authorities and solicitors practising in local government and public/administrative law.

The Cuckoo s Calling

The Cuckoo s Calling
Author: Robert Galbraith
Publsiher: Mulholland Books
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2013-04-30
ISBN 10: 0316206865
ISBN 13: 9780316206860
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cuckoo s Calling Book Review:

Published under a pseudonym, J. K. Rowling's brilliant debut mystery introduces Detective Cormoran Strike as he investigates a supermodel's suicide in "one of the best books of the year" (USA Today). After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, creditors are calling, and after a breakup with his longtime girlfriend, he's living in his office. Then John Bristow walks through his door with a shocking story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry -- known to her friends as the Cuckoo -- famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man. You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this. Fast-paced and sharply drawn, this dazzling detective novel inspired Strike, the BBC crime drama series that has captivated millions of viewers worldwide.

The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling Book Analysis

The Casual Vacancy by J K  Rowling  Book Analysis
Author: Bright Summaries
Publsiher: BrightSummaries.com
Total Pages: 54
Release: 2019-04-03
ISBN 10: 2808017340
ISBN 13: 9782808017343
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling Book Analysis Book Review:

Unlock the more straightforward side of The Casual Vacancy with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of The Casual Vacancy by J.K Rowling, which opens with the death of Barry Fairbrother, a beloved parish councillor in the town of Pagford. Before his death, he was working to keep the neglected council estate where he grew up part of Pagford, much to the chagrin of some of his more snobbish colleagues. His death brings previously unspoken tensions to the surface and reveals the dark underbelly lurking beneath the town’s placid exterior, with lives marred by sexual abuse, drug addiction and domestic violence. J.K Rowling is best-known for her Harry Potter books, which have sold hundreds of millions of copies around the world; The Casual Vacancy is her first novel written for an adult readership. Find out everything you need to know about The Casual Vacancy in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

In Praise of Difficult Women

In Praise of Difficult Women
Author: Karen Karbo
Publsiher: National Geographic Books
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2018-02-27
ISBN 10: 1426217951
ISBN 13: 9781426217951
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

In Praise of Difficult Women Book Review:

From Frida Kahlo and Elizabeth Taylor to Nora Ephron, Carrie Fisher, and Lena Dunham, this witty narrative explores what we can learn from the imperfect and extraordinary legacies of 29 iconic women who forged their own unique paths in the world. Smart, sassy, and unapologetically feminine, this elegantly illustrated book is an ode to the bold and charismatic women of modern history. Best-selling author Karen Karbo (The Gospel According to Coco Chanel) spotlights the spirited rule breakers who charted their way with little regard for expectations: Amelia Earhart, Helen Gurley Brown, Edie Sedgwick, Hillary Clinton, Amy Poehler, and Shonda Rhimes, among others. Their lives--imperfect, elegant, messy, glorious--provide inspiration and instruction for the new age of feminism we have entered. Karbo distills these lessons with wit and humor, examining the universal themes that connect us to each of these mesmerizing personalities today: success and style, love and authenticity, daring and courage. Being "difficult," Karbo reveals, might not make life easier. But it can make it more fulfilling--whatever that means for you. In the Reader's Guide included in the back of the book, Karbo asks thought-provoking questions about how we relate to each woman that will make for fascinating book club conversation.

The Silkworm

The Silkworm
Author: Robert Galbraith
Publsiher: Mulholland Books
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2014-06-19
ISBN 10: 0316206911
ISBN 13: 9780316206914
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Silkworm Book Review:

Private investigator Cormoran Strike must track down a missing writer -- and a sinister killer bent on destruction -- in this "wonderfully entertaining" mystery (Harlan Coben, New York Times Book Review) that inspired the acclaimed HBO Max series C.B. Strike. When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days -- as he has done before -- and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, he discovers that Quine's disappearance is no coincidence. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published, it would ruin lives -- meaning that almost everyone in his life would have motives to silence him. When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, Strike must race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before . . . A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in J. K. Rowling's highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant, Robin Ellacott.

Body in the Woods

Body in the Woods
Author: Behcet Kaya
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 387
Release: 2019-09-20
ISBN 10: 9781694592125
ISBN 13: 169459212X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Body in the Woods Book Review:

Award-winning author Behcet Kaya has once again brought his PI protagonist Jack Ludefance to life in a novel of suspense and mystery, filled with indelible characters, and laced with threads of credible circumstances, in his latest book titled Body in the Woods.Set in the hills in Malibu, California, Jack is asked by his friend, a wealthy businessman in the military defense industry, to come to his aid to help solve a murder; because it seems his business partner's body has turned up murdered and the police have pegged him as the prime suspect. Although not yet formally charged, he needs Jack's help to find the real killer and thus secure his freedom, while solving the crime of who actually killed his partner. Jack obliges and travels from his home in Florida to Los Angeles to pick up the case. What begins as a step-by-step private investigation into the evidence surrounding the death of the notoriously cunning, smart and cleverly manipulating business partner of Jack's client, turns into an international quagmire of intrigue, scientific secrets, and vast amounts of money. People with power, influence and fortunes are all jockeying for a once-in-a-lifetime business deal, while death surrounds the periphery of their involvement.Body in the Woods stands on its own merits as there is enough background to appease the fans of Kaya's books without bogging down the plot with historical events. This book is impossible to put down; at first due to the character development, then again when readers hit the critical mass plot point. It will surprise the savviest of readers with its twists and turns of logic, morality, integrity, and honesty. Gary Sorkin

The Pact

The Pact
Author: Linda Castillo
Publsiher: Minotaur Books
Total Pages: 60
Release: 2020-04-28
ISBN 10: 1250776457
ISBN 13: 9781250776457
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Pact Book Review:

In The Pact a gripping Kate Burkholder short mystery from New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo, a terrifying disappearance in Amish country reveals the power of friendship. Three days before Thanksgiving, two boys disappear without a trace. Eleven-year-old Aaron Kuhns is Amish. Kevin Dennison is twelve and “English.” They’re adventurers, explorers, and inseparable best friends. When they don’t return home from what was supposed to be a fun afternoon of fishing, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must find the missing boys before the first winter storm of the season bears down on Painters Mill.

J K Rowling

J K  Rowling
Author: Charles C. Lovett
Publsiher: Spark Notes
Total Pages: 173
Release: 2003
ISBN 10: 9781586638399
ISBN 13: 1586638394
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The End of the Story

The End of the Story
Author: Lydia Davis
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2015-03-26
ISBN 10: 0241205468
ISBN 13: 9780241205464
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The End of the Story Book Review:

The first and only novel by Lydia Davis, winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2013. 'It surprised me, over and over, to find that I was with such a young man. He was twenty-two when I met him. He turned twenty-three while I knew him, but by the time I turned thirty-five I did not know where he was anymore.' Mislabelled boxes, confusing notes, wrong turnings - such are the obstacles in the way of the unnamed narrator of The End of the Story as she organises her memories of a love affair into a novel. With compassion, wit and what seems to be candour, she seeks to determine what she actually knows about herself and her past, but we begin to suspect, along with her, that given the elusiveness of memory and understanding, any tale retrieved from the past must be fiction Back in print at last, this is Lydia Davis's first - and so far only - novel. 'Extraordinary' Newsday 'Brilliant' New Yorker 'Breathtakingly elegant' Details 'Beautifully written' Marie Claire 'Astonishing' Elle Lydia Davis is the author of Collected Stories, one novel and six short story collections, most recently Can't and Won't. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and was named an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government for her fiction and her translations of modern writers, including Gustave Flaubert and Marcel Proust. She won the Man Booker International Prize in 2013.

The Small Rain

The Small Rain
Author: Madeleine L'Engle
Publsiher: Open Road Media
Total Pages: 371
Release: 2017-02-07
ISBN 10: 1504041526
ISBN 13: 9781504041522
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Small Rain Book Review:

“An unusual and beautiful book,” the first novel by the bestselling author of A Wrinkle in Time explores the life of a young artist (Los Angeles Times). At only ten years old, Katherine Forrester has already experienced her fair share of upheaval. It has been three years since she last saw her mother, a concert pianist whose career was cut short by a terrible accident. After a brief reunion, tragedy strikes once more, forcing Katherine from the familiarity of New York City to a foreign Swiss boarding school. Far from home, she struggles with the challenges of growing up. Stifled by her daily routine and the pettiness of her classmates, Katherine’s piano lessons with a gifted young teacher provide an anchor in the storm. After graduation, she follows in her mother’s footsteps, pursuing a career as a pianist in Greenwich Village. There, she must learn to reconcile her blossoming relationship with her fiancé with the one consistent and dominant force in her life: music. Inspired by the author’s time living among artists, The Small Rain follows Katherine’s journey from a distraught girl to an exuberant and talented woman with the breadth and poignancy that defines Madeleine L’Engle’s signature style. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Madeleine L’Engle including rare images from the author’s estate.

The Dandelion s Tale

The Dandelion s Tale
Author: Kevin Sheehan
Publsiher: Schwartz & Wade
Total Pages: 40
Release: 2014-03-11
ISBN 10: 0375988904
ISBN 13: 9780375988905
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dandelion s Tale Book Review:

In this poignant story about the friendship between a dandelion and a sparrow, young readers are given a reassuring, yet emotionally powerful introduction to the natural cycle of life. One fine summer day, when Sparrow meets a dandelion with only 10 seed pods left, he asks how he can help. Dandelion laments that a short while ago, she was the brightest yellow, but now a strong wind could blow away her remaining pods and no one will remember her. Together, they decide to write Dandelion's story in the dirt, and so Dandelion tells Sparrow all the things she has seen and loved. Later that night, a storm changes everything. . . . But the tale of Dandelion lives on.

The Stranger Beside Me

The Stranger Beside Me
Author: Ann Rule
Publsiher: Planet Ann Rule
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2012-11-28
ISBN 10: 1622095847
ISBN 13: 9781622095841
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Stranger Beside Me Book Review: