- MAN ABOUT TOWN
A poignant and satirical tale of one man's struggle to overcome the ghosts of his past and make sense of the present. In this, his third novel, acclaimed author Mark Merlis artfully intertwines the pathos of loneliness with a subtle critique of the American political machine. Joel Lingeman has it all: an overpaid sinecure advising Congress, a fifteen-year partnership with a perfectly adequate lover, a cosy circle of drinking buddies. Until one day his world implodes. His lover runs off, working for Congress starts to seem like a felony instead of a privilege, and Joel is hurled back into the dating game he couldn't manage twenty years earlier. Amid the rubble he finds himself clinging to an image from his boyhood: a model in a swimsuit ad, who had beckoned to young Joel to step through the page and into another life. Aided by a detective who is more elusive than his quarry, Joel sets out to discover the real person he knows only from a fading photograph. Joel's journey - touching, comic, and deftly observed - overlays a whip-smart critique of the cynicism and buffoonery of Capitol Hill and a gently acerbic account of how people break up and how they get together. Clever, wry, and knowing, Mark Merlis's third novel contains an unforgettable new twist on the idea that the personal is political.
- Wizard of the Pigeons
The fifth book in the Megan Lindholm (Robin Hobb) backlist. Seattle: a place as magical as the Emerald City. Subtle magic seeps through the cracks in the paving stones of the sprawling metropolis. But only the inhabitants who possess special gifts are open to the city's consciousness; finding portents in the graffiti, reading messages in the rubbish or listening to warnings in the skipping-rope chants of children. Wizard is bound to Seattle and her magic. His gift is the Knowing - a powerful enchantment allowing him to know the truth of things; to hear the life-stories of ancient mummies locked behind glass cabinets, to receive true fortunes from the carnival machines, to reveal to ordinary people the answers to their troubles and to safeguard the city's equilibrium. The magic has its price; Wizard must never have more than a dollar in his pocket, must remain celibate, and he must feed and protect the pigeons. But a threat to Seattle has begun to emerge in the portents. A malevolent force born of Wizard's forgotten past has returned to prey upon his power and taunt him with images of his obscure history; and he is the only wizard in Seattle who can face the evil and save the city, his friends and himself.
What are angels? William Blake maintains he saw one in Peckham, but few people have been blessed with such a revelation. This book looks at 28 paintings from medieval times onwards in the search for answers. The angels depicted include the glowing beings painted by Fra Angelico, as well as the innocent creatures depicted by Rossetti. Works by Leonardo, Botticelli, Grunewald and Bellini are also included. The accompanying narrative explains the paintings, and what each angel is doing, as well as providing biographical information on the painter. Some of the pictures are shown in their entirety, others in detail only.
- Business for Intermediate GNVQ Teacher Support Pack
A flexible, fully photocopiable teacher's pack designed to offer additional support to all users of our Intermediate text book. It covers the planning, teaching and assessment of GNVQ 2000 to make the book work harder so you don't have to! Contents: * Introduction * A guide to the Intermediate GNVQ Business 2000 award * Unit resources and guidance * Textbook Notes and Suggested Answers * Extra Activites * Copymasters * Useful Contacts * Developing work-relatedness
- Introduction to Business (Outline)
This text offers a working knowledge of today's business world, providing an introduction to business for both students and practitioners. The text takes an international, and in particular a European perspective on business and contains examples of business practices and institutions. Its key features include: setions on UK government regulation and taxation, the UK banking system and securities market; coverage of EU and UK laws and regulations; and detailed explanations of the accounting process with illustrations and working examples.