January / February 2013 (26)

Passport to Hell

ISBN: 9781849533447

Author: Terry Daniels    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

‘Qué es esto? Qué es esto? Es cocaína!’

I couldn’t speak a word of Spanish but I understood the word ‘cocaína’ and knew that I was in...


‘Qué es esto? Qué es esto? Es cocaína!’

I couldn’t speak a word of Spanish but I understood the word ‘cocaína’ and knew that I was in a lot of trouble. I should have been paralysed with fear but it didn’t seem real. I was only twenty-three.

In 1997, English holidaymaker Terry Daniels found herself unwittingly in the middle of a drug bust involving thousands of pounds’ worth of cocaine being smuggled from Brazil to Spain by her companion. After eventually being cleared of any charges she returned home shaken, assuming the nightmare was over – but her troubles had just begun…

Five years after her ordeal, Terry awoke one morning to the antiterrorist police breaking down her door. She was arrested and soon after found herself being extradited to Spain to be tried by abroad. In an inexplicably cruel twist of fate, Terry was sentenced to ten years in a maximum-security Spanish prison.

Passport to Hell is the hard-hitting account of Terry’s fight for justice, a page-turning memoir of an ordinary woman who survived and eventually triumphed over remarkable misfortune.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 320


Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 07-01-2013


$24.99 $6.00
How To Be A Writer

ISBN: 9781849533454

Author: Stewart Ferris    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

Stewart Ferris uses his industry know-how to give you all the tips, tricks and inside knowledge you will need to become a successful writer, covering all types ...


Stewart Ferris uses his industry know-how to give you all the tips, tricks and inside knowledge you will need to become a successful writer, covering all types of writing from books to scripts and beyond. This accessible and informative guide is packed with advice to equip you with the skills you need to launch a writing career:

• Find the time and place to write

• Make the most of new technologies

• Maximise your chances of selling your work

So what are you waiting for? Pick up your pen, open your laptop and fire up your imagination. Whichever tools you choose, the time to start is now.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 07-01-2013


$29.99
Brief Lives: Evelyn Waugh

ISBN: 9781843919278

Author: Michael Barber    Publisher: Hesperus Press

Evelyn Waugh was the finest novelist of his generation in England, the ‘Commanding Officer’ mourned by Graham Greene. He also lived a life less ordinary tha...


Evelyn Waugh was the finest novelist of his generation in England, the ‘Commanding Officer’ mourned by Graham Greene. He also lived a life less ordinary than most, which, like his alter ego Pinfold’s, became increasingly stylised and anachronistic as the class he had gate-crashed lost its pre-eminence in the Age of the Common Man. By the time he died, halfway through the ‘swinging sixties’, he was regarded as, at best, a museum piece. Then, following the posthumous publication of his riveting Diaries and Letters, he and his work experienced a renaissance that continues to this day, and not just in the English-speaking world. Rather like Hemingway, another writer imprisoned within his own fantasy, Waugh has now achieved mythical status.

Michael Barber examines the man behind the myth, his writings and their significance then and now.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 120


Publication Date: 22-02-2013


$29.99
Brief Lives: John Milton

ISBN: 9781843919261

Author: Richard Bradford    Publisher: Hesperus Press

William Shakespeare and John Milton are the two most important poets in English. Shakespeare’s achievements are unchallengeable and secure. Milton can make a ...


William Shakespeare and John Milton are the two most important poets in English. Shakespeare’s achievements are unchallengeable and secure. Milton can make a far more controversial claim to eminence. He wrote the only poem in English recognized as an epic, Paradise Lost, a poem which challenged the beliefs and presuppositions of all of its readers. As a literary writer, his political and historical significance is unique; he was at the centre of the most traumatic period of modern British history, and this left an imprint on his writings.
Richard Bradford addresses two key topics in this short account of Milton’s life and work: the parallels between Paradise Lost and the events in England of the mid-to-late-seventeenth century; and the question of whether Milton’s writings reflect his sense of despair at man’s apparent failure to make the best of our world after the Fall and is thus the first testimony of his religious doubt.

Fascinating for both the general reader and for academics, Richard Bradford brings new understanding to the life, times and works of one of Britain’s most significant writers.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 120


Publication Date: 22-02-2013


$29.99
Animal Trials

ISBN: 9781843913825

Author: Edward Payson Evans    Publisher: Hesperus Press

Can an animal commit a crime? For hundreds of years until the mid-nineteenth century, trying an animal in a court of law and sentencing it to imprisonment or de...


Can an animal commit a crime? For hundreds of years until the mid-nineteenth century, trying an animal in a court of law and sentencing it to imprisonment or death was a common practice in Europe.
This became the subject of a pioneering work called The Criminal Prosecution and Capital Punishment of Animals, published in 1906 by Edward Payson Evans. It detailed an amazing assemblage of court cases in which animals were named as defendants. Animal Trials is an edited version of Evans’ book, selecting the most extraordinary and controversial cases. They include:
• An eight-month trial of a flock of weevils, for damaging vines. Although the insects were found guilty, the sentence is unknown because the foot of the relevant parchment was eaten by insects.
• A pig tried and found guilty of strangling and killing a baby in its cradle. The sentence was death and the pig was hanged.
• A group of rats who were summoned to court for eating the local barley, but failed to turn up. Their defence counsel successfully argued that they had probably not received the summons and should be let off.
• There were even trials of inanimate objects, such as a Russian bell put on trial for abetting insurrection. It was found guilty and exiled to Siberia.
Animal Trials provides fascinating insight into a bygone era, addressing important social issues just as relevant today such as animal rights and capital punishment.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 200


Publication Date: 22-02-2013


$29.99
For a Brilliant Brother

ISBN: 9781849533393

Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

Say thank you to someone special with these fun and stylish little books, packed full of lovingly selected quotations and retro illustrations for a special pers...


Say thank you to someone special with these fun and stylish little books, packed full of lovingly selected quotations and retro illustrations for a special person in your life.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 96


Dimensions: 101 x 136 mm


Publication Date: 07-01-2013


$14.99
For A Smashing Sister

ISBN: 9781849533409

Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

Say thank you to someone special with these fun and stylish little books, packed full of lovingly selected quotations and retro illustrations for a special pers...


Say thank you to someone special with these fun and stylish little books, packed full of lovingly selected quotations and retro illustrations for a special person in your life.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 96


Dimensions: 101 x 136 mm


Publication Date: 07-01-2013


$14.99
For A Marvellous Mum

ISBN: 9781849533522

Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease. Lisa Alther Say thank you to someone special with this fun and stylish book pack...


Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease. Lisa Alther Say thank you to someone special with this fun and stylish book packed full of lovingly selected quotations and grateful words for a MARVELLOUS MUM


Bind: hardback


Pages: 96


Publication Date: 07-01-2013


$14.99
Good Luck

ISBN: 9781849533386

Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

These attractive little books, with their on-trend modern classic styling are the perfect way to show how much you care.

We all need a little bit o...


These attractive little books, with their on-trend modern classic styling are the perfect way to show how much you care.

We all need a little bit of luck now and then; full of advice, good-luck traditions and inspiring quotations, this book is the perfect gift for anyone who needs Lady Luck on their side.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 96


Dimensions: 101 x 136 mm


Publication Date: 20-01-2013


$14.99
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

ISBN: 9781843913900

Author: L. Frank Baum    Publisher: Hesperus Press

‘“The road to the City of Emeralds is paved with yellow brick," said the Witch, "so you cannot miss it. When you get to Oz do not be afraid of him, but tell...


‘“The road to the City of Emeralds is paved with yellow brick," said the Witch, "so you cannot miss it. When you get to Oz do not be afraid of him, but tell your story and ask him to help you”’

One of the best-known stories of all time, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (often shortened to The Wizard of Oz) is a timeless classic. Written as a children’s book it has captured the hearts and minds of generations and can be read and enjoyed at any age.
The story chronicles the adventures of a young girl named Dorothy Gale in the Land of Oz, after being swept away from her Kansas farm home in a tornado. She makes her way to the Emerald City, along the way meeting the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and Cowardly Lion, all desperate to meet the infamous Wizard whom they believe has the power to grant their most desired wishes. All Dorothy wants is to go home – but there are no ruby slippers here – they were an embellishment added by the 1939 MGM movie.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has been translated widely and has been the inspiration behind numerous films, plays, musicals and books. Its huge success led to Baum writing a further thirteen books based in the Land of Oz.
This timely publication ties in with the international release of the film Oz: The Great and Powerful.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 160


Publication Date: 23-01-2013


$19.99
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