Novelist and former karate champion Ralph Robb recounts his experiences at one of Europe’s toughest dojos and provides an insight into the philosophy and training methods of a club which produced national, European and world titleholders. In a hard-hitting story, Ralph tells of the fights on and off the mat; his experiences as one of a very few black residents in an area in which racist members of the National Front were very active; and the tragic descent into mental illness and premature death of the training partner who was also his best friend.
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Former TV star Brandi Tyler’s big screen debut crashed and burned amid rumors of an affair with her married co-star… Now, she wants nothing more than to quietly slink away from Hollywood. When she’s offered an opportunity to get out of town and work on a project involving the photographer that launched her career, it seems like the perfect escape! Unfortunately for Brandi, her famous face makes hiding out even a huge city like Houston a little tricky.
When the celebrated photographer’s son offers to let her use his home for privacy, it seems like everything is falling into place. Little does she know that Michael Ames a gorgeous best selling author, and he comes with the package! As Brandi makes her way through old photographs and new scandals, Michael struggles with his next project, and they both fight the growing attraction between them.
Maybe a posse of new girlfriends, some Texas-sized boozy brunches, and a little private time in the writer’s room will help this leading lady find her path back onscreen. And, if she can just picture it, maybe this time she’ll even find love?
Born in Montreal but raised in New England, author Michelle L. E. Price has been writing as long as anyone can remember. An avid reader who was on the verge of losing her mind as a mom to two small children, Michelle began writing her first book, Hidden in the Writer’s Room, as an escape… at least her characters would do exactly what she told them to do and she could always count on a happily ever after ending. She also enjoys wine, re-watching 90’s sitcoms and occasionally running, but heavily relies on writing to stay sane. Michelle is a firm believer that laughter and love are the best parts of life.
With enough rooms to fill a Cluedo board several times over, Montague House has often been the subject of rumour and gossip. Tales of strange goings on, an owner who disappeared one day and was never seen again, not to mention the treasure that rumour has it lies at its heart… But now the present owner has died and the house is to be sold. It looks as if the opportunity has come to finally settle the stories once and for all.
Clodagh Wynter doesn’t believe in ghostly goings on and tall tales of secrets. She has her feet very firmly on the ground and, tasked with the job of valuing and cataloguing the house and all its contents, she’s simply looking forward to working in such a glorious setting. And if she happens across a priceless painting, well, that’s just icing on the cake.
Andie Summer is a Finder of Things and desperately needs this job; she’s down to her last few tins of baked beans. So looking for hidden treasure sounds right up her street, even if there was something very fishy about the mysterious Mr Mayfair who hired her. Because it’s just like she said to her faithful Basset Hound, Hamish; I saw something out of the corner of my eye as I was leaving, and you know what that means. It’s never good news when I see something out of the corner of my eye…
As the unlikely pair are thrown together, it soon becomes very clear however that they are not the only ones searching for the treasure. And they’re going to need all their ingenuity, resourcefulness, not to mention chocolate biscuits, if they’re ever going to untangle the web of secrets that surrounds Montague House. One that reaches even further than they ever thought possible…
SBC shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near autistic people again until he has crawled on his knees from the research institute he heads to the Channel and back again, begging forgiveness from every autistic person as he does. I wasn’t aware of any particular issues with Attwood, only that he gives me the creeps. I’m glad my instincts were good on this point. There’s no place for misogyny or transmisia in science.
Image Description: photographs of Tony Attwood and Simon Baron Cohen behind gold text reading “nothing about us without us”.
There are many professionals in the field of autism whose work is actively harmful to autistic people. This includes ABA therapists and those researching a cure, but thankfully most of these people never make it into the media or the public sphere of influence. Unfortunately, a few rare autism researchers have gained fame on the backs of harmful, inaccurate theories around autism, its causes and whether it should be “cured”.
In this, I will focus on two men whose theories on autism have caused untold damage to autistic people across the globe. These are: Simon Baron-Cohen and Tony Attwood. The damage each of these men has done has been different, but they have both caused harm to my community, and are still respected figures in the field of psychology. In light…
Because I’ve seen the red poppy shredded to mulch at the hands of racists and fascists, pinning the tattered pieces of pretend pride over their bigotry.
Because I’ve seen politicians lay a wreath of red poppies, their faces a mask of pain and solemnity, only for them to hang up their jacket coat when they’re back in the warm, pinned poppy surveying the scene, as they order another bomb dropped in a country that they know we won’t look at.
Because when people attack a decades old TV comedy for portraying the First World War as a ‘farce’ – we should be more ‘proud ‘ of a conflict that slaughtered millions – then we have ignored the poets who lie rotting in France in favour of a narrative that makes us feel ‘better’.
Because if your stated (here quoted verbatim) reason for wearing a…
Sixteen-year-old Jasmine Barrington hates everything about living in Kenya and longs to return to the island of Penang in British colonial Malaya where she was born. Expulsion from her Nairobi convent school offers a welcome escape – the chance to stay with her parents’ friends, Mary and Reggie Hyde-Underwood on their Penang rubber estate.
But this is 1948 and communist insurgents are embarking on a reign of terror in what becomes the Malayan Emergency. Jasmine unearths a shocking secret as her own life is put in danger. Throughout the turmoil, her one constant is her passion for painting.
From the international best-selling and award-winning author of The Pearl of Penang, this is a dramatic coming of age story, set against the backdrop of a tropical paradise torn apart by civil war.
Historical novelist Clare Flynn is a former global marketing director and business owner. She now lives in Eastbourne on the south coast of England and most of her time these days is spent writing her novels – when she’s not gazing out of her windows at the sea.
Clare is the author of eleven novels and a short story collection. Her books deal with displacement – her characters are wrenched away from their comfortable existences and forced to face new challenges – often in outposts of an empire which largely disappeared after WW2.
Her latest novel, Prisoner From Penang, was published on 17th April 2020. It is set in South East Asia during the Japanese occupation in World War Two.
Clare’s novels often feature places she knows well and she does extensive research to build the period and geographic flavour of her books. A Greater World – 1920s Australia; Kurinji Flowers – pre-Independence India; Letters from a Patchwork Quilt – nineteenth century industrial England and the USA; The Green Ribbons – the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth century in rural England, The Chalky Sea – World War II England (and Canada) and its sequels The Alien Corn and The Frozen River – post WW2 Canada. She has also published a collection of short stories – both historical and contemporary, A Fine Pair of Shoes and Other Stories.
Fluent in Italian, she loves spending time in Italy. In her spare time she likes to quilt, paint and travel as often and as widely as possible. She is an active member of the Historical Novel Society, the Romantic Novelists Association, The Society of Authors, NINC and the Alliance of Independent Authors.
Get a free copy of Clare’s exclusive short story collection, A Fine Pair of Shoes, at www.clareflynn.co.uk.
Civil war looms in the Bobiverse in this brand-new, epic-length adventure by Audible number-one best seller Dennis E. Taylor.
More than a hundred years ago, Bender set out for the stars and was never heard from again. There has been no trace of him despite numerous searches by his clone-mates. Now Bob is determined to organize an expedition to learn Bender’s fate – whatever the cost.
But nothing is ever simple in the Bobiverse. Bob’s descendants are out to the 24th generation now, and replicative drift has produced individuals who can barely be considered Bobs anymore. Some of them oppose Bob’s plan; others have plans of their own. The out-of-control moots are the least of the Bobiverse’s problems.
Undaunted, Bob and his allies follow Bender’s trail. But what they discover out in deep space is so unexpected and so complex that it could either save the universe – or pose an existential threat the likes of which the Bobiverse has never faced.
I have been looking forward to this book ever since I heard that it was being released. I have listened to the first three books multiple times and really wanted to know what happened next.
Set some decades after Bob left Earth, he’s looking for Bender. A trail leads him to a star system with a missing planet and a large structure floating in space. Bender’s ship is there but Bender’s cube is missing. Bob gets together a team to infiltrate the structure and find Bender. The team is Bob, Bill, Garfield and Bridget, with Will as back-up and a group of Bobs lead by Hugh of the Skippys and Gandalf of the Gamers.
The Skippys and the Gamers are just two of the groups that the Bobiverse has developed. The Skippys want to develop a true A.I. and the Gamers just want to go on DnD campaigns, but they’re all really good with computers. Another group, Starfleet, have different interests – they want the Bobs to cease contact with all biological beings – humans and Pav at the moment but any other species they come across.
When the Bobs find the Quinlans living in the construct – Heaven’s River – Starfleet demand that the Bobs keep out of it. The humans are up in arms about something or other, because they always are, and Will is getting sick of it. Bob decides Starfleet can get knotted, and the Bobiverse goes to war while Bob and the expedition are in Heaven’s River.
But things are not what they seem and friends are not always who you think they are.
I enjoyed the development of the story from the third novel. I thought the description of Heaven’s River was very good. The society and culture of the Quinlans is well developed and Bob’s adventure through Heaven’s River as he searches for Bender was definitely my favourite part. I actually thought the ‘Administrator’ was Bender, but then the timing meant it couldn’t have been. Then I thought it must be one of the other probes, until I realised they’d all bee accounted for.
When Bob and Bridget visit Quin to test out the Quin-Mannies, it becomes obvious that the species must have created something themselves and then forgotten. I enjoyed the way the different characters Bob meets on his journey argue with each other and the world’s history and culture further develops from the discussions.
I enjoyed the way the Bobiverse had developed and the difference time had made to both Pav and Human society.
The war was a bit of a let down compared to the war with the Others, and I didn’t think the subplot of the exodus was fully developed. Maybe that’ll be for book five?