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
Review "Beautifully written, deeply perceptive." -- Los Angeles Times "An absolutely fascinating book." --The Washington Post
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 CAPE COLONY, 19TH CENTURY SOUTH AFRICA. Jamie Fyvie and Iain McColl sail for Cape Town to wage war on the ELOS, a dark force which has taken control of the armed forces in the Cape Colony. The boys must crush a plot to wipe out the Xhosa clans of the Eastern Cape, the survivors to be sold into slavery in America. The voyage sees them battle with mutineers to save their own lives and two young ladies who will become part of their future in the Cape An ELOS executioner pursues Jamie and Iain, hell-bent on murdering them for the clues to a treasure buried by the Knights Templar five hundred years in the past. The Xhosa fight a bloody war against the British Army on the frontier, dying to win back their lands and freedom against a general who takes no prisoners.
An excellent refresher volume as well as a classic introductory text, this book features hundreds of applications and design problems that illuminate fundamentals of trusses, loaded beams and cables, and related areas. Includes 334 answered problems.