It's 1943 and Jack Devine, a farmer's son, is finally called up to the RAF. Jack dreams of becoming a pilot, breaking hearts, and returning home a hero. The realities of training are very different, with boredom, bullying, and casual violence the norm. Drawn together by a love of jazz music, Jack makes friends with Terry, a worldly Welshman dabbling in the black market; Joe, an active Communist, as well as Yorkshire poet Doug. Jack, Joe and Terry form a jazz band to surprising acclaim and for a while an alternative future to that preordained for each seems possible. But the initial camaraderie soon gives way to simmering resentment as age-old tensions resurface, ultimately resulting in tragedy. 'I was captivated by Jack's coming of age amid the personal and political dramas of the Second World War. Finely-crafted, hugely compassionate and often very funny, First Time Solo is an assured debut flight by an author to watch.' Zoe Strachan, author of Negative Space, Spin Cycle and Ever Fallen in Love. 'This is an assured debut in which Maloney uses a confident and authentic grasp of era and setting to create a compelling set of characters facing issues of friendship, loyalty, ambition and revenge. An engrossing read.' J David Simons, author of The Credit Draper, The Liberation of Celia Khan and An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful. Shortlisted for The Guardian Not The Booker prize 2014
Coaching Yourself on Marriage is the first book of the Seven Little Books on Coaching Yourself series.
It reminds us of who we really are and the power we possess to design the life we desire to live. In this evidence-based book, you will receive the tools to set your intention on quality, longevity and being your best self as a partner in a healthy marriage. In Coaching Yourself on Marriage, you will discover how to: Navigate the day-to-day challenges that threaten to destroy all that you have built; Unravel the myths and stereotypes that have never served you well; and Expand your mind to new ways and ideas to anchor a most fulfilling and wonderful marriage
The question of consciousness is perhaps the most significant problem still unsolved by science. In Inner Presence, Antti Revonsuo proposes a novel approach to the study of consciousness that integrates findings from philosophy, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience into a coherent theoretical framework. Arguing that any fruitful scientific approach to the problem must consider both the subjective psychological reality of consciousness and the objective neurobiological reality, Revonsuo proposes that the best strategy for discovering the connection between these two realities is one of "biological realism," using tools of the empirical biological sciences. This approach, which he calls the "biological research program," provides a theoretical and philosophical foundation that contemporary study of consciousness lacks. Revonsuo coins the term "world simulation metaphor" and uses this metaphor to develop a powerful way of thinking about consciousness as a biological system in the brain. This leads him to propose that the dreaming brain and visual consciousness are ideal model systems for empirical consciousness research. He offers a comprehensive overview and critical analysis of consciousness research and defends his approach against currently popular philosophical views, in particular against approaches that deny or externalize phenomenal consciousness, or claim that brain activity is not sufficient for consciousness. He systematically examines the principal issues in the science of consciousness -- the contents of consciousness, the unity of consciousness and the binding problem, the explanatory gap and the neural correlates of consciousness, and the causal powers and function of consciousness. Revonsuo draws together empirical data from a wide variety of sources, including dream research, brain imaging, neuropsychology, and evolutionary psychology, into the theoretical framework of the biological research program, thus pointing the way toward a unified biological science of consciousness. Applying imaginative thought experiments, Inner Presence reaches beyond the current state-of-the-art, revealing how the problem of consciousness may eventually be solved by future science.
'It's always hot in Australia. And you can ride your horses to school and tie them up under a gumtree, ' my mother told us with a knowing smile, as we stared at her in awe. Gathered on a cold, misty morning in their Georgian mansion on the shores of Lough Derg in depressed 1950s Ireland, with debts mounting, this seemed like a dream for the prominent Esmonde family, including the teller of this captivating memoir, then seven-year-old Rosemary. Hardship awaits down under, but Rosemary and her family bravely fight back, seizing every opportunity and experience with courage and humour. Rosemary's remarkable story has many twists and turns as she moves from Tipperary to remote New South Wales, post-war Canberra, as a young bride to Papua New Guinea, apple orcharding and setting up a successful business in Tasmania and sailing the Mediterranean (where she and her husband Rob are compiling their fifth photographic coffee table book on sailing, seafood and wine). Come with her as we meet her illustrious ancestors (including two Victoria Cross recipients), encounter exotic countries and fascinating people, always living her life to the brim.
WARNING: THIS BOOK CONTAINS DRUGS, DRUG USAGE DURING THE 1980s, SEXUAL CONTENT, & VIOLENCE. PLEASE DON'T READ IF THE TOPICS LISTED OFFEND YOU. It's 1983, a young mother-dancer is looking for a fresh start in life. Celebrating her new life she visits L.G.'s Magical Tattoo Studio. What she didn't count on was meeting Lucian, an older, alpha male tattoo artist. She has a history with bikers and is adamant she doesn't want another one.
However, Lucian is a devil, he likes what he sees and decides he wants her. He is taken in by Aries and convinces her to go for a ride with him. She has no idea he is Lucifer, president of the Devious Jokers MC. Lucifer puts Aries through her paces before becoming determined that she has the potential to be his ol' lady. Can he convince her that she's the one for him? Can he protect her from her past and build them into a family? This the beginning of their story together.
Līdz šim Latvijas lasītājiem ir pazīstams rakstnieka literārais tēls Prešesa Ramotsve – „Dāmu detektīvaģentūras Nr. 1” galvenā varone, kas autoram atnesa pasaules mēroga atzinību. Romāna „Svētdienas filozofu klubs” darbība risinās Skotijā. Edinburga ir izsmalcināta mājvieta dāmām, kas pusdieno, apmeklē koncertus, mākslas izstādes un – jo šī nav ārišķīga pilsēta – dara labu, nevienam nezinot. Dāmām, kuru dzīvē vienīgais atgādinājums par divdesmit pirmo gadsimtu ir gailenes omletē. Tādām dāmām kā Izabella Delhauzija.
Bet aiz Edinburgas disciplinētajām karaļa Džordža laika fasādēm ap morāles asi virpuļo alkatība, negodīgums, iekāre un slepkavīgi nodomi. Izabella to zina. Izabellu tas, patiesību sakot, valdzina. Būdama pazīstama filozofe un žurnāla „Praktiskās Ētikas Apskats” redaktore, viņa teicami pārzina atšķirību starp labo un slikto. Un laikam tieši tāpēc viņa instinktīvi, pati uz savu roku, ir kļuvusi par pēddzini. Intuīcija viņai saka: cilvēks, kas pēc Ašerholas koncerta tavu acu priekša aizkūleņoja nāvē, balkona malai nepārkrita nejauši... Romānu „Svētdienas filozofu klubs” (222 lpp.) no angļu valodas tulkojusi Zane Rozenberga.