‘She was greetin’ again. But there’s no need for Lorraine to be feart, since the first day of primary school, Angela has always been there to mop up her tears and snotters.’ An uplifting black comedy of love, family life and friendship, Talk of the Toun is a bittersweet coming-of-age tale set in the summer of 1985, in working class, central belt Scotland. Lifelong friends Angela and Lorraine are two very different girls, with a growing divide in their aspirations and ambitions putting their friendship under increasing strain. Artistically gifted Angela has her sights set on art school, but lassies like Angela, from a small town council scheme, are expected to settle for a nice wee secretarial job at the local factory. Her only ally is her gallus gran, Senga, the pet psychic, who firmly believes that her granddaughter can be whatever she wants. Though Lorraine’s ambitions are focused closer to home Angela has plans for her too, and a caravan holiday to Filey with Angela’s family tests the dynamics of their relationship and has lifelong consequences for them both. Effortly capturing the religious and social intricacies of 1980s Scotland, Talk of the Toun is the perfect mix of pathos and humour as the two girls wrestle with the complications of growing up and exploring who they really are. ‘Fresh, fierce and funny... a sharp and poignant study of growing up in 1980s Scotland. You'll laugh, you'll cry... you'll cringe.’ - Karen Campbell
At a recent conference in Saskatchewan, indigenous and non-indigenous delegates from North and South America, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe addressed cultural restoration and the issues and challenges confronting Aboriginal peoples as a result of decolonization. Their aim was to determine how Aboriginal cultural rights in postcolonial societies can be restored and how to find new approaches for protecting, healing, and restoring cultures and languages of long-oppressed peoples.
“Sick City is fun, twisted and brutal….O’Neill could be our generation’s Jim Thompson.” — James Frey, author of Bright Shiny Morning “Tony O’Neill works his L.A. people the way Dutch Leonard had his hand down the pants of every degenerate in his great Detroit novels.” — Barry Gifford, author of Wild at Heart From Tony O’Neill, the author of Down and Out on Murder Mile and coauthor of the Neon Angel and the New York Times bestselling Hero of the Underground, comes Sick City—a wild adventure of two junkies, Hollywood, and the Sharon Tate sex tape. Readers of Elmore Leonard (Get Shorty) and Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) will take great delight in Sick City, “a disturbingly twisted ride through Hollywood’s underbelly with a degenerate cast of colorfully interwoven characters” (Slash).
In this second book in the 'Sally' series of Romance / Drama stories; Sally has returned to Scotland from her home in Wisconsin USA, to marry Robert - a handsome Forester from the beautiful location of Aviemore, in the Highlands of Scotland.. All does not begin well however, and after a horrific incident in Milwaukee, where she is the subject of a date-rape attempt by a work colleague, and bad news regarding Roberts mother and an accident at home; she finally arrives at Edinburgh to find that Agnes has taken a turn for the worst - and may not survive. Will all go well with Agnes; and will Sally's plans to get married in the summer be scuppered by events? Read on....
For over 220 years, my family and I have done everything in our power to let truth come out: the son of Louis XVI co-founder of the United-States, Louis XVII, didn't die in the Temple prison, contrary to what all successive Governments, and Bourbon and Orleans ruling families, have been trying to make you believe, going as far as attempted murders on the person of Louis XVII, and poisoning or slaughtering people, doctors and nobles faithful to our cause, who were willing and able to act as witnesses in favor of the child's survival and of his legal ties with the royal family. Even nowadays, still using insidious means, although with brutality, some of our cousins keep pursuing their undermining job. In times and countries where monarchy still exists, we could see that they might have some interest in doing so. Aside for the multitude of proofs accumulated over the centuries, even though a number of documents have purposefully -disappeared-, progress in DNA research allows us beyond any doubt to prove that we are the great-grand-sons of Louis XVII. Everything is laid down in writing in this book.