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Along the Enchanted Way by William Blacker

Title Along the Enchanted Way
Author William Blacker
Publisher Hachette UK
Release 2010-10-28
Category Travel
Total Pages 300
ISBN 1848544480
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

When William Blacker first crossed the snow-bound passes of northern Romania, he stumbled upon an almost medieval world. There, for many years he lived side by side with the country people, a life ruled by the slow cycle of the seasons, far away from the frantic rush of the modern world. In spring as the pear trees blossomed he ploughed with horses, in summer he scythed the hay meadows and in the freezing winters gathered wood by sleigh from the forest. From sheepfolds harried by wolves, to courting expeditions in the snow, he experienced the traditional way of life to the full, and became accepted into a community who treated him as one of their own. But Blacker was also intrigued by the Gypsies, those dark, foot-loose strangers of spell-binding allure who he saw passing through the village. Locals warned him to stay clear but he fell in love and there followed a bitter struggle. Change is now coming to rural Romania, and William Blacker's adventures will soon be part of its history. From his early carefree days tramping the hills of Transylvania, to the book's poignant ending, Along the Enchanted Way transports us back to a magical country world most of us thought had vanished long ago.

Patrick Kavanagh by Antoinette Quinn

Title Patrick Kavanagh
Author Antoinette Quinn
Publisher Gill
Release 2001
Category Dublin (Ireland)
Total Pages 524
Language English, Spanish, and French

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Callsign Hades by Patrick Bury

Title Callsign Hades
Author Patrick Bury
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release 2010-09-02
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 320
ISBN 1847378617
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

In summer 2006 Helmand Province erupted into violence as NATO forces struggled to crush Taliban strongholds. For six weeks the Royal Irish Regiment and the Paras defended Sangin in the face of ever-mounting attacks. At this point young officer Patrick Bury was learning the trade of the infantry in the Brecon Beacons. Paddy had always wanted to be a soldier - a desire fraught with the contradictions of a complex history overridden by a 'warrior calling'. When he arrived in Afghanistan with 1stRoyal Irish, he was surrounded by men oozing bloody combat experience. This was not Sandhurst. It was extreme violence and killing. Hades Four One was his callsign and the infantry mantra rang in his ears: 'To close and kill the enemy, in all weather conditions, in all terrain, by day or night.' Over six months, Paddy and his company dealt with over a hundred IEDs, of which 60 exploded on them, killing his comrades in the most vicious of ways and fuelling a sense of ever-growing dissatisfaction in the young captain. This powerful and thoughful first-hand account about the 'eternal truths of military life' places the reader in Paddy's boots, sharing every thought, ache, smell and taste of life on the frontline in Afghanistan. He describes modern warfare in a way that creates an understanding of the myriad complexities soldiers are faced with, the conditions in which they operate and the moral and emotional challenges they endure.

A Single Swallow by Horatio Clare

Title A Single Swallow
Author Horatio Clare
Publisher Random House
Release 2009-04-02
Category Nature
Total Pages 336
ISBN 1409076245
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

From the slums of Cape Town to the palaces of Algiers, through Pygmy villages where pineapples grow wild, to the Gulf of Guinea where the sea blazes with oil flares, across two continents and fourteen countries - this epic journey is nothing to swallows, they do it twice a year. But for Horatio Clare, writer and birdwatcher, it is the expedition of a lifetime. Along the way he discovers old empires and modern tribes, a witch-doctor's recipe for stewed swallow, explains how to travel without money or a passport, and describes a terrifying incident involving three Spanish soldiers and a tiny orange dog. By trains, motorbikes, canoes, one camel and three ships, Clare follows the swallows from reed beds in South Africa, where millions roost in February, to a barn in Wales, where a pair nest in May.

Title Going Places A Reader s Guide to Travel Narrative
Author Robert Burgin
Publisher ABC-CLIO
Release 2013-01-08
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 572
ISBN 161069385X
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Successfully navigate the rich world of travel narratives and identify fiction and nonfiction read-alikes with this detailed and expertly constructed guide.

MAC THE DOG by William M. Connolly

Author William M. Connolly
Publisher Xlibris Corporation
Release 2013-04-10
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 282
ISBN 1479748293
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Mac the Dog is a historical and futuristic novel. It follows Andy Callahan from his birth in 1944 to his death in 2024. It follows Madeline Jones from her childhood in 1990 to her mid-thirties. It’s a simple story of a once great, proud and heroic nation that was turned upside down by domestic enemies. It tracks that nation’s descent into greed, corruption, violence, drugs, profligate profiteering and imperialism. It documents the bravery of the few, the herd mentality of too many, and the nation’s fall from grace.

Touched by Thunder by Waylon Gary White Deer

Title Touched by Thunder
Author Waylon Gary White Deer
Publisher Routledge
Release 2016-06-16
Category Social Science
Total Pages 224
ISBN 1315416646
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Touched by Thunder is an extraordinary journey of remembering that deeply explores Indigenous experience through autobiography, story, song, poetry, and art. An honored artist and scholar, White Deer weaves an multilayered world of childhood and family, tribal communities, Indian boarding schools, celebrities and presidents, tribal elders and priests, robbers and rioters, Irish and Muslim immigrants and even the prophet Bubba. The swirling text is illuminated with 16 of his original paintings printed in full color, as well as black and white sketches. White Deer’s ingenious and visionary book traverses the fields of history, Indigenous and First Nations studies, memoir, and the arts, and is an engrossing read for a broad audience.

Title Location and Dislocation in Contemporary Irish Society
Author Jim Mac Laughlin
Release 1997
Category History
Total Pages 354
ISBN 9781859180556
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

The contributors to this volume suggest that emigration is not simply a cultural tradition or behavioural trait of the Irish, but a social class and gendered response to structures operating in Irish society and the global economy.

Title 500 Walks with Writers Artists and Musicians
Author Katherine Stathers
Publisher Frances Lincoln
Release 2021-03-16
Category Travel
Total Pages 400
ISBN 0711259771
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Explore the diverse cultural and historical legacy of the world's greatest writers, artists and composers on foot. This unique trans-continental culture trip around the world presents a series of inspiring walks, treks, and hikes that vary between easy one-hour strolls, half day trails, and multi-day expeditions for people who love a walking holiday and are looking for a more immersive experience. The book includes walks in easy to reach countryside areas, national parks, the wild, and the great cities of the world. From an urban Street Art Walking Tour of East London to a traverse through the Georgian melting pot city of Tbilisi to a literary-themed Millennium Tour of Stieg Larsson’s Stockholm, Discover the World in 500 Walks with Writers, Artists & Musicians has all the inspiration and information you need to plan your next walking adventure.

Title A Poem for Every Winter Day
Author Allie Esiri
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Release 2020-10-29
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages
ISBN 1529061075
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Within the pages of Allie Esiri's gorgeous collection, A Poem for Every Winter Day, you will find verse that will transport you to sparkling winter scenes, taking you from Christmas, to New Years Eve and the joys of Valentines Day. The poems are selected from Allie Esiri’s bestselling poetry anthologies A Poem for Every Day of the Year and A Poem for Every Night of the Year. Perfect for reading aloud and sharing with all the family, this book dazzles with an array of familiar favourites and remarkable new discoveries. These seasonal poems – together with introductory paragraphs – have a link to the date on which they appear. Includes poems by Mary Oliver, Edgar Allan Poe, Thomas Hardy, E. E. Cummings and Robert Burns who sit alongside Joseph Coelho, George the Poet, Benjamin Zephaniah and Jackie Kay. This soul-enhancing book will keep you company for every day of winter.