An Observer, Guardian, Financial Times, Irish Times, Irish Independent, Big Issue and Strong Words Pick of the Year 'This is a book that tilts the world' STYLIST 'A gripping, heartbreaking tale of uncomfortable histories and the resilience of love' GRAHAM NORTON 'I want you to read this ... I enjoy a lot of books but few stay with me like this has' PHILIPPA PERRY 'Completely gripping and profoundly moving' MAGGIE O'FARRELL 'Very beautiful. Only a truly wise and kind person could write such a book' MAX PORTER 'Heart-wrenching ... redemptive and full of love' JOJO MOYES A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK AT BEDTIME The book that will change the way you see the world. 2010. Sixteen-year-old outsider Willem just wants to be left alone with his books and his dog. Worried he's not turning out right, his ma and her boyfriend send him to New Dawn Safari Training Camp. Here they 'make men out of boys'. Guaranteed. 1901. The height of the second Boer War in South Africa. Sarah van der Watt and her son are taken from their farm by force to Bloemfontein Concentration Camp where, the English promise: they will be safe.
Colin Wilson was a popular author and philosopher who wrote well over a hundred books on subjects as diverse as mysticism, crime and serial killers, existentialism, the occult and the paranormal, history, art, and literature. His first book The Outsider (1956), which made him famous overnight, was an examination of the social "outsider" found in the works of Sartre, Camus, Dosteyevsky, William James, T.E. Lawrence, Hesse, Van Gogh, Nijinsky, and others. In both his nonfiction and the many novels that followed this success, he continued to expand and develop a philosophy of the inner powers that human beings possess. This study by Tim Dalgleish of Wilson's New Existentialism uses Sartre and Freud as a lens through which to examine Wilson's ideas. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Dalgleish. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/092371/bk_acx0_092371_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With 150 books to his name and decades of being in the spotlight, Colin Wilson is a legend of the literary world. His books have explored everything from the infamous Moors Murders and Jack the Ripper to Nostradamus, the occult, and life after death. His science-fiction novels have inspired Hollywood films and his circle of friends included such people as Marilyn Monroe, Sir Laurence Olivier, and Roald Dahl. Many have said that this incredibly prolific author, who shot to overnight fame with his book, The Outsider, is the last of the greats. In this unique and exclusive interview, we go inside the home and mind of Colin Wilson to discover what makes him tick and get his insider story on time spent amongst the rich and famous. We hear about his amazing research and conclusions on the peak experience and life after death. This audio program also includes a special interview with the woman behind the man: Colin's wife, Joy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Wilson, Joy Wilson, Philip Gardiner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/real/000191/rt_real_000191_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When a French professor visiting the quiet Dutch coastal town of Delfzjil is accused of murder, Maigret is sent to investigate. The community seem happy to blame an unknown outsider, but there are people much closer to home who seem to know much more than they're letting on: Beetje, the dissatisfied daughter of a local farmer; Any van Elst, sister-in-law of the deceased; and, of course, a notorious local crook. Georges Simenon was born in Liège, Belgium, in 1903. Best known in Britain as the author of the Maigret books, his prolific output of over 400 novels and short stories have made him a household name in continental Europe. He died in 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he had lived for the latter part of his life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gareth Armstrong. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/016166/bk_adbl_016166_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
She plays for Team Spirit. High school senior Tara Luna's got all the usual teen problems: a new school, her attraction to a hunky guy, feuds with the Mean Girls, being regarded as an oddball outsider - PLUS she has psychic powers, a duo of protective, meddlesome ghosts, AND an angry, threatening teen-girl ghost who wants Tara to solve her murder - or else. Now you know why she calls this "my lunatic life". Sharon Sala's books repeatedly make the big lists, including The New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly lists. She's been nominated for a RITA seven times, which is the romance writer's equivalent of having an Oscar or an Emmy nomination. My Lunatic Life is the first book in her Lunatic Life series for teen readers. Coming soon: The Lunatic Detective. Visit her at http://sharonsalabooks.com and on Facebook. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jaicie Kirkpatrick. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/002861/bk_acx0_002861_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It’s an unseasonably hot April night in 1965. The social revolutions rocking America have mostly bypassed Burr, a tiny rural community in Western Oklahoma. Like much of the state, Burr remains as it’s always been: religious. Conservative. And 100 percent white. When an unknown young African American woman is found murdered on the railroad tracks outside town, most of Burr would rather look the other way. The town’s police chief, troubled local hero and ex-Marine Emmett Hardy, doesn’t have that luxury. A lover of books and jazz in the land of football and country and Western, Emmett is an outsider in a place he knows like the back of his hand. In his search for the killer, he’s forced to slice through layers of hate and hypocrisy to confront the ethical rot at the town’s core while being haunted by the vision of a life and love that might have been. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Doug Greene. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/123833/bk_acx0_123833_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Katie Gillian’s mother is a dedicated investigative reporter. Her articles have helped innocent men on death row and have halted the illegal dumping of toxic wastes. Now the Gillians have moved from their home in Dallas to a small, quiet Texas town, where Katie’s mother is taking six months off to write a novel. In the local high school, Katie feels like an outsider. But as she meets the townspeople, she begins to feel fear as well. Someone prowls around outside her house at night. A homely girl who befriends Katie suddenly disappears. Now the Gillians are determined to discover what evil is lurking in the shadows of this seemingly ordinary town. Joan Lowery Nixon has written more than 90 books for young readers. A four-time winner of the Edgar Award and recipient of numerous other honors, she creates mysteries that immediately grab the attention of young adults. The psychological suspense of Shadowmaker is heightened by Stina Nielsen’s dramatic narration. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stina Nielsen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/006526/bk_reco_006526_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Kabloona is a true story of a journey into the North. This extraordinary classic has been variously acclaimed as one of the great books of adventure, travel, anthropology, and spiritual awakening. In the summer of 1938, the Frenchman Gontran de Poncins traveled beyond the "Barren Lands" north of the Arctic Circle to Kind William Island, an island of 10,000 square miles. The entire population of the island consisted of 25 Eskimos, their primitive lives untouched by the civilization of the white man. For 15 months Gontran de Poncins lived among the Inuit people of the Arctic. He is at first appalled by their way of life: eating rotten raw fish, sleeping with each others' wives, ignoring schedules, and helping themselves to his possessions. But as de Poncins' odyssey continues, he is transformed from Kabloona, The White Man, an uncomprehending outsider, to someone who finds himself living, for a few short months, as Inuk: a man, preeminently. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Grover Gardner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001048/bk_blak_001048_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Big, burly CEO Abe Behr is dismayed to discover someone - possibly a family member - is stealing from Behr Construction, which primarily employs Behr relatives. Abe takes the unprecedented step of hiring an outsider, likeable CPA Jeff Mason, to go over the books and help find the culprit. They are drawn to each other as they talk to workers, including Abe's two younger brothers and their shifty cousin. Since he has sacrificed romance all his life to build the business, Abe's surprised by his feelings for the handsome Jeff. He's even more shocked when they are confronted by bigotry in the Sierra Nevada foothills community, which is being inundated by gays moving from the San Francisco area. As he and Jeff get closer, Abe must come to grips with coming out to a family and community that aren't very tolerant. Fortunately, being the head Behr helps him find his footing and grab onto love when it bites him. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Ross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/077078/bk_acx0_077078_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.