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My Life As A Goldfish
Eagerly awaited new collection from a poet with a fast-growing fanbase.
A monster's lunch, a wolf boy, Monday mornings, monkeys, headlice, Christmas, making friends, goldfish - and lots more. Full of jokes, surprises and puzzles, but also sensitive and thought-provoking, this is a spellbinding new collection from the winner of the CLPE Poetry Award.
About the Author
Rachel Rooney trained as a special needs teacher and currently works with children with autism. She also teaches poetry workshops for West Sussex's Gifted and Talented Programme, and leads workshops in schools as a visiting poet. She has been shortlisted for the Belmont Poetry Prize and 60 of her poems have been published in children's poetry anthologies. The Language of Cat was her first book of collected poems.
A Quiet Life
Eighteen-year-old Laura Leverett arrives from America for a new life in England. At the side-lines of her cousinâ€™s glamorous gatherings, Laura hungers for someone with whom she can discuss the new political ideas sweeping through London. Edward Last is the kindred spirit Laura has been waiting for. But the secret he is carrying will test Lauraâ€™s ideals to their limits and take them across oceans before tearing them apartâ€¦
About the Author
Natasha Walter is the author of two non-fiction books, The New Feminism and Living Dolls: the Return of Sexism. She has worked as a journalist, columnist and reviewer for the Guardian, the Observer and the Independent, and is the founder of the charity Women for Refugee Women. She lives in London with her partner and their two children. A Quiet Life is her first novel.
Man Vs Life
Very Basic Coping Skills for Very Basic Men
Over 30? Married? Children? Desk job? Unfit? Stressed? Time poor? Jaded? Is this you? If so, here are some random things you might learn from Man vs Life. That whether we like it or not, our function in life is to facilitate family life (often grudgingly, i.e. â€˜Iâ€™m not a taxi you knowâ€™ or â€˜youâ€™re only nice to me when you want moneyâ€™).
That our children tell us we â€˜need to take a chill pillâ€™. That we all like pork belly and duck. And we will happily pick something off the floor to eat it if we feel it was only dropped in the last 48 hours.
That love, sex and friendship are all possible at once, but itâ€™s a big ask over a long period of time.
That two daysâ€™ sick leave is more believable than one.
Written in the style of a spoof PowerPoint business report, Man vs Life is a humorous look at the psyche of the married man in his 30s and 40s, who works in an office and is overrun by children and financial stress, and gently mocks his domestic situation and the crises he faces on a daily basis.
About the Author
Rob Pegley was a carefree freelance writer in the UK almost two decades ago, and thought he was pretty good at it. His money went on beer, books, CDs (plus the odd cassette), and more beer. Life was fairly one-dimensional, but it was a dimension he was very comfortable with. Then he became a full-time sub-editor on a magazine, then a deputy editor, then an editor â€“ each time he took a step up he could afford more books, more CDs and more beer, but a tiny part of his soul died.
He won an award as the British Society of Magazine Editors Specialist Editor of the Year in the late nineties, and that was enough to swing him a job in Australia. He keeps the award near his desk to let people know that he was once quite talented. These days Rob works in TV and his money is spent on books, iTunes, and three gorgeous, but surprisingly brand-savvy young children.
A Question Of Sex?
Gender differences between men and women are not just a matter of sexual differentiation; the roles that men and women play are also socially and culturally determined, in ancient Israel and post-biblical Judaism as in every other context. That is the theme of these ten studies. The first part of the volume examines the gender definitions and roles that can be identified in the Hebrew Bible's legal and ritual texts. The second part uses archaeological and anthropological perspectives to interrogate the biblical text and the society that formed it on issues of gender. The third part explores similar gender issues in a range of material outside the Hebrew Bible, from the Apocrypha through Josephus and Philo down to mediaeval Jewish marriage contracts (ketubbot). Among the questions here discussed are: Why are men, but not women, required to bathe in order to achieve ritual purity after incurring certain types of defilement? What understandings of masculinity and femininity underlie the regulations about incest? Was ancient Israel simply a patriarchal society, or were there more complex dynamics of power in which women as well as men were involved?What do post-biblical re-interpretations of the female figures of Wisdom and Folly in Proverbs 1-9 suggest about heterosexual masculinity?
And what kind of rights did mediaeval Middle-Eastern Jewish women have within their marriage relationships?
Life In The Old Dogs Yet
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