From lavish palace for Elizabethan nobles to dreary jailhouse for 18th-century prisoners of war, from well-manicured country house for a string of landed families to weed-choked ruin, Sissinghurst, in Kent, has become one of the most illustrious estates in England - and its future may prove to be just as intriguing as its past. In the 1930s, English poet Vita Sackville-West and her husband, Harold Nicolson, acquired land that had once been owned by Vita's ancestors.
"A fascinating and profound work"
As you read these words, planet Earth teems with trillions of life-forms, all going about their own business: eating, reproducing, thriving.... Yet the life of almost every single organism draws nearer to certain death. On the other hand, "suicide" inside the mitochondria that live within us results in the death of millions of cells each second for our own good! Why is death such a universal companion to life on Earth? Why haven't animals evolved to break free of its shackles?
Written in a brilliantly engaging style by biologist Jules Howard, this fascinating and highly engaging work covers the how and why of sex on Earth, in all its diversity. From sperm wars to cuckoldry, hermaphrodites and virgin births, spent males, racy harems, clitoral births, hips, breasts and birdsong, penis-percussion, and those riskiest and most elusive of all traits, monogamy and true love, all this and more is discussed in Sex on Earth, as Jules takes us on a voyage of discovery of the ins and outs of animal reproduction.
"Gave me a direction for schooling!"
September 1989. Single mother Beth Roper is followed home and assaulted in her home while her four-year-old daughter, Lauren, sleeps. May 1993. Known offender Nathan Green is tried and sentenced for the brutal assault of two women and the murder of a third. November 2013. Lauren Roper hires Private Investigator Johnson Carmichael to prove that Nathan Green also assaulted her mother.
Detective Inspector Jack Dylan's list of things to do is getting out of control. He has two unconnected murders to solve. One victim is a small child and the other a young woman; plus a missing detective to find. Long hours are part of the job, but does he have the time to figure out the pieces to the crime jigsaws, and save his relationship?
"Started out strong, good characters"
The planet had fallen off the map. Lost on an unknown and forgotten planet, scientist Karl Allman discovers himself hunted by an ancient race. The descendants of earlier colonists have reverted to a savage tribal culture of sacrifice, pillage and violence. When Karl falls in love with an outcast girl, he has only one goal: Escape. But escape is a distant dream on this nightmare planet.
Recollected under the theme of magic, these three tales originally from volumes one and two of the Dreamwood Tales series were chosen to be the best platform for a consummate narrator to create an audiobook. That narrator's name is Jon Caruth. Each tale speaks of magic, exists in magical places, or turns on our heads our concepts of what is magic.
"Entertaining and imaginative"
In the quiet village of Meadcombe, three women are making wishes they don't for a moment believe will come true. By the next morning, Constance Law is dead, Melanie is missing and, in her manicured fingers, Sonia holds a cheque for a quarter of a million pounds. Coincidence of course. And so are the terrifying and macabre events that follow...or are they?
Harry Tyler is living an unhappy life as a "dead man" following a failed MI5 conspiracy to kill him in Ireland. A right wing journalist in a popular paper is saying all the things his readers want to hear, laying blame for the country's ills at the doors of immigration, the welfare state, scroungers, and spongers. But when the people he targets in his column wind up dead, a serial killer seems to be taking the law into his own hands.