The Crown of Thorns


Publisher:Troubador Publishing Ltd


Total Pages:200



Books Description:

Alfie Jolly is 59 and unhappy with his life. More specifically, with his birthdays. You see, none of them have been any good and with his sixtieth on its way, Alfie can’t help but think he’s been wronged. Spur of the moment, Alfie decides he wants to return/recycle all of his old birthdays. The only trick now is to find out how. A trip the North Pole, a chat with Father Christmas, and a flight to Egypt later, Alfie meets Father Birthday who, eventually, agrees to help turn back the clock. Literally. Suddenly Alfie is a child again, reliving each birthday and making new and better memories. Like in 1966 when he and his family travel to Disney World, or go to the fair in 1967 or when he relives the moon landing where the love his life, pretty Suzy Gentry, sits next to him on the sofa. His life is great with dancing again in classes and racing around with his twin, but it isn’t long before shadows start creeping in to this dream childhood of never-ending birthdays. Is it a case of be careful what you wish for or be grateful for every moment you have – before it ends?

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Fifty Years of Relational, and Other Database Writings

Author:C.J. Date

Publisher:Technics Publications


Total Pages:402



Books Description:

Fifty years of relational. It’s hard to believe the relational model has been around now for over half a century! But it has—it was born on August 19th, 1969, when Codd’s first database paper was published. And Chris Date has been involved with it for almost the whole of that time, working closely with Codd for many years and publishing the very first, and definitive, book on the subject in 1975. In this book’s title essay, Chris offers his own unique perspective (two chapters) on those fifty years. No database professional can afford to miss this one of a kind history. But there’s more to this book than just a little personal history. Another unique feature is an extensive and in depth discussion (nine chapters) of a variety of frequently asked questions on relational matters, covering such topics as mathematics and the relational model; relational algebra; predicates; relation valued attributes; keys and normalization; missing information; and the SQL language. Another part of the book offers detailed responses to critics (four chapters). Finally, the book also contains the text of several recent interviews with Chris Date, covering such matters as RM/V2, XML, NoSQL, The Third Manifesto, and how SQL came to dominate the database landscape.

Leaving Woodstock by Walking Backwards

Author:C. J. Krieger



Total Pages:348



Books Description:

In C.J.s poetry (as with his other books) you will find music, along with sadness, healing, joy, comedy, erotica, melancholy, pain, love and inspiration. His poems embrace all those facets of human life that we share. C.J.s poems also have a way of drawing the reader in, a way in which the reader can identify with the author. So settle down comfortably, put your feet up and read but dont stop there. In a few weeks time, or next year, read those poems again. You will find that they grow with each reading. Eventually, over time, sooner or later, in the long run, you will see them blossom and become even more beautiful and more meaningful. I am sure they will move you as much as they do me. Pauline Roberts Nom de plume: Francesca Johnson Milton Keynes, England.

Sing Backwards and Weep

Author:Mark Lanegan

Publisher:Hachette Books


Total Pages:352



Books Description:

This gritty bestselling memoir by the singer Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, and Soulsavers documents his years as a singer and drug addict in Seattle in the '80s and '90s. When Mark Lanegan first arrived in Seattle in the mid-1980s, he was just "an arrogant, self-loathing redneck waster seeking transformation through rock 'n' roll." Little did he know that within less than a decade he would rise to fame as the frontman of the Screaming Trees and then fall from grace as a low-level crack dealer and a homeless heroin addict, all the while watching some of his closest friends rocket to the forefront of popular music. In Sing Backwards and Weep, Lanegan takes readers back to the sinister, needle-ridden streets of Seattle, to an alternative music scene that was simultaneously bursting with creativity and dripping with drugs. He tracks the tumultuous rise and fall of the Screaming Trees, from a brawling, acid-rock bar band to world-famous festival favorites that scored a hit number five single on Billboard's alternative charts and landed a notorious performance on Late Night with David Letterman, where Lanegan appeared sporting a fresh black eye from a brawl the night before. This book also dives into Lanegan's personal struggles with addiction, culminating in homelessness, petty crime, and the tragic deaths of his closest friends. From the back of the van to the front of the bar, from the hotel room to the emergency room, onstage, backstage, and everywhere in between, Sing Backwards and Weep reveals the abrasive underlining beneath one of the most romanticized decades in rock history-from a survivor who lived to tell the tale. Gritty, gripping, and unflinchingly raw, Sing Backwards and Weep is a book about more thanjust an extraordinary singer who watched hisdreams catch fire and incinerate the groundbeneath his feet. It's about a man who learnedhow to drag himself from the wreckage, dust offthe ashes, and keep living and creating. "Mark Lanegan—primitive, brutal, and apocalyptic. What's not to love?" —Nick Cave, author of The Sick Bag Song and The Death of Bunny Munro

Walking Backwards

Author:Mark Frutkin



Total Pages:208



Books Description:

From Istanbul to New Delhi to Boulder, Colorado, through Venice, Paris, Rome, and points between. As travellers, we are always walking backwards, forever on the verge of stepping into the unknown, never knowing what waits around the next corner. You could be lost, forget your passport, fall ill. You could be served a bowl of food and not know whether it’s animal, vegetable, or mineral. Even flushing the toilet can be an adventure. You are a child again, innocent and hoping for the best, forced to trust strangers. Quite often this works out. Not always. Walking Backwards is a return to 10 cities and what happened there. Whether inadvertently smuggling cloth into Istanbul, reading poetry in New Delhi to a crowd expecting a world-famous pianist, or wandering endlessly through Mantua searching for a non-existent hotel on a street that’s fallen off the map, Mark Frutkin is a master at rediscovering the magic at the heart of all travel.

A Fairy Tale for Christmas: a funny, feel-good, glorious Christmas romp

Author:Chrissie Manby

Publisher:Hodder & Stoughton


Total Pages:432



Books Description:

'Fabulously funny and festive. An absolute treat full of warmth and romance' - Alex Brown, author of The Secret of Orchard Cottage A wonderful, heart-warming Christmas novel from Chrissie Manby, perfect for curling up with in front of the fire. What could be more magical at Christmas than a fairy tale come true? It's the festive season and the members of the Newbay Theatre Society, more commonly known as the NEWTS, are preparing to put on a show. Being cast as Cinderella is the realization of a dream for newcomer Kirsty, not least because she hopes starring in a panto under the direction of her boyfriend Jon will bring them closer together. But Kirsty soon learns that it's not all glitter and good cheer behind the scenes at the amateur theatre as bitter rivalries nurtured through decades, wardrobe mishaps and suspicious near-fatal accidents threaten to derail the production. And then there's Prince Charming himself. Will working together with Jon bring Kirsty her happy ever after... or reveal their love to be nothing but a 'showmance'? With Christmas just around the corner, it's going to take more than a Fairy Godmother to get Kirsty and her cast-mates to the ball. What readers are saying about A Fairy Tale for Christmas: 'Filled with Christmas cheer...a captivating story!' 'A lovely, warm read...highly, highly recommended!' 'A beautiful sparkly warm festive book that will have you feeling ready for the Christmas season!' 'A warm, funny, festive read... an unmissable festive treat' 'A gorgeous, funny, touching story... I was hooked from the first page!'

Christmas Eve

Author:James Fox



Total Pages:220



Books Description:

Speculation abounds in regards to the premise that each of us has an identical twin; somewhere on earth a carbon copy living and breathing. If that being the case then why not the devil as well? Join us now as we follow once again Fathers Luke and Roy along with Numomo as a new enigma unfolds. As The Map of the Carpenter concluded with Levis al Natas trapped beneath the icy lake in Maine, Christmas Eve brings a new twist: the demon has a brother – a twin brother who is out to avenge his death. But there is a new journey to follow a new map that will surface and identify a Bible unlike any read before. This is the demon’s brother’s Black Bible written in his own words! So come now if you are curious or perhaps tempted to believe that all which are facts are mere fabrications conjured by the demon’s twin brother.

An Irish Christmas Feast

Author:John B. Keane

Publisher:Simon and Schuster


Total Pages:416



Books Description:

This bountiful collection of more than fifty tales by one of Ireland’s liveliest and most popular writers offers holiday charm and Gaelic humor by the Christmas stockingful. Drawing on the rich folk culture of County Kerry, John B. Keane brings new life to old customs in his portrayals of not-so-ordinary country people during the Christmas season. Keane revisits the Christmases celebrated by characters like Dotie Tupper and Johnny Naile, the doughty Canon Doyle and deaf Canon Cornelius Coodle, the amiable spendthrift Aenias Mackson, and Hiccups O’Reilly, who disappears one Christmas Eve for seven years. Keane bears delightful witness to the trials and triumphs of the inhabitants of County Kerry, Ireland.

Walking Backwards

Author:John Koethe

Publisher:Farrar, Straus and Giroux


Total Pages:384



Books Description:

Collected poems from America’s searching and thoughtful philosopher-poet . . . There’s something Comforting about rituals renewed, even adolescents’ pipe dreams: They’ll find out soon enough, and meanwhile find their places In the eternal scenery, less auguries or cautionary tales Than parts of an unchanging whole, as ripe for contemplation As a planisphere or the clouds: the vexed destinies, the shared life, The sempiternal spectacle of someone preaching to the choir While walking backwards in the moment on a warm spring afternoon. John Koethe’s poems—always dynamic and in process, never static or complete—luxuriate in the questions that punctuate the most humdrum of routines, rendering a robust portrait of an individual: complicated, quotidian, and resounding with truth. Gathering for the first time his impressive and award-winning body of work, published between 1966 and 2016, Walking Backwards introduces this gifted poet to a new, wider readership.

Stella's Christmas Wish

Author:Kate Blackadder

Publisher:Black & White Publishing Ltd


Total Pages:300



Books Description:

Six days before Christmas, Stella must rush home to Scotland when her grandmother is taken to hospital. As she reconnects with her past, old flames are rekindled, and as Christmas fast approaches, Stella begins to wonder if her most heartfelt wish can come true? Uprooted from her life in London and back in her childhood home of the Scottish borders, Stella is soon faced with relationships which have lain dormant for years. New opportunities present themselves, but will Stella dare to take them... Fans of Christie Barlow, Jenny Hale, Holly Martin and the festive glow of Christmas lights will fall in love with this romantic Christmas treat. What readers have been saying about Stella's Christmas Wish: "A delightful, warm-hearted Christmas read which I thoroughly enjoyed." – Portobello Book Blog "This book feels like you should be snowed in somewhere, preferably in the country, with a nice armchair, warm blanket, hot chocolate and a sleeping cat ... a sweet story about family and friends." – Bookaholic Swede "Finally we discover what the Christmas Wish of the title is based on and sigh contentedly. Curl up and enjoy..." – Anne Stenhouse "A festive family drama with a liberal fairy-dust sprinkling of romance ... Kate Blackadder has created characters which are a delight to spend time with. Warm a glass of mulled wine, forget the Christmas to-do list... and enjoy!" – Rae Cowie

A Not So Quiet Christmas

Author:Suzie Tullett

Publisher:Open Road Media


Total Pages:248



Books Description:

A solo getaway at an English country cottage is a pleasant way to spend the holiday—but it takes two to really make things merry . . . Antonia prefers a quiet Christmas. She’s happy to spend it on her own, watching Hallmark holiday movies in her pyjamas, eating what she wants, when she wants. Antonia’s friend Jules, on the other hand, loves a big Christmas celebration and plans on travelling to the Yorkshire Dales for a festive break. But when Jules breaks her leg, she persuades Antonia to make the trip on her behalf. Arriving at the little cottage, Antonia meets the handsome property agent Oliver. But she can’t escape the weird locals—or avoid embarrassing situations like mistaking a cow for a burglar. As Christmas approaches, the attraction between Oliver and Antonia grows. She could choose to return to the bustling city and spend it alone. Or she could choose love and have a not so quiet Christmas . . .

Bah! Humbug!

Author:Michael Rosen

Publisher:Candlewick Press


Total Pages:192



Books Description:

A timely retelling of A Christmas Carol for the whole family about a smartphone-obsessed dad. This Christmas, join Michael Rosen and Tony Ross with their unforgettable retelling of Charles Dickens's beloved holiday classic. Harry Gruber plays the role of Scrooge in his school's production of "A Christmas Carol," and he is extra nervous about tonight's performance because his father is in the audience — not away for business, as usual. Will the story's message of Christmas cheer and the redemptive power of love reach his father's distracted Scrooge heart?

Girl Walking Backwards

Author:Bett Williams

Publisher:St. Martin\'s Griffin


Total Pages:264



Books Description:

In Girl Walking Backwards, Skye wants what all teenagers want--to survive high school. She lives in Southern California, though, which is making that difficult. Her mother has fallen victim to the pseudo-New Age culture and insists on dragging her to consciousness-raising workshops and hypnotists. As if this weren't difficult enough, Skye falls in love with Jessica, a troubled gothic punk girl who cuts herself regularly with sharp objects. When she finds her boyfriend having sex with Jessica in a bathroom stall at a rave, her romantic illusions collapse and she has to face the fact that she's been running away from her mother's insanity. Right when things look their worst though, Skye is helped by Mol, a pagan who becomes her true friend, and Lorri, a graceful volleyball player with whom she finds real love. From them she learns how to feel authentic emotions in a culture of poseurs and New Age charlatans. In this anti-coming-of-age novel by Bett Williams, where growing up is irrelevant, this is the best gift of all.

A Christmas Carol

Author:Charles Dickens,David Thompson

Publisher:Crossroad Press


Total Pages:128



Books Description:

Adapted for the stage by Tony-nominated playwright David Thompson, "A Christmas Carol" follows the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge as he discovers the true meaning of Christmas: charity, redemption, and compassion for his fellow human beings. Praised as "intelligent" and "literate" by the press, Thompson's adaptation creates a "perfect balance of Dickensian fidelity and modern theatricality." Original Christmas songs throughout the play infuse the beloved classic with an uplifting festivity that truly captures the joy and fellowship of the holiday season.

Christmas Key

Author:stephanie taylor

Publisher:Stephanie Taylor


Total Pages:N.A



Books Description:

*This box set includes the first two full-length novels of the series plus one of the novellas. There is no ending in this box set as the series is ongoing! When stagnation threatens the future of her beloved island, 30-year-old mayor Holly Baxter goes head-to-head with the community’s elderly retirees. With secrets swirling, family drama brewing, and an ex-boyfriend hanging around, can Holly find a way to save her slice of paradise? Her best bet is to allow a reality show to film on the island, but not everyone is thrilled to have cameras and prying eyes on Christmas Key. In fact, one of the locals is more than happy to let her know how he feels about the situation, and before she knows it, Holly is defending her choices in front of the whole island... The first two books of the Christmas Key series are filled with romance, possibility, and family drama. The accompanying novella brings Holly’s family history to life. What are you waiting for? Visit Christmas Key today: palm trees, sunshine, open waves, and a small town filled with eccentric islanders awaits you...

What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim

Author:Jane Christmas

Publisher:Greystone Books Ltd


Total Pages:288



Books Description:

To celebrate her 50th birthday and face the challenges of mid-life, Jane Christmas joins 14 women to hike the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Despite a psychic’s warning of catfights, death, and a sexy, fair-haired man, Christmas soldiers on. After a week of squabbles, the group splinters and the real adventure begins. In vivid, witty style, she recounts her battles with loneliness, hallucinations of being joined by Steve Martin, as well as picturesque villages and even the fair-haired man. What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim is one trip neither the author nor the reader will forget.

Once Upon a Christmas

Author:Kathryn Kaleigh

Publisher:KST Publishing Inc


Total Pages:N.A



Books Description:

BORN CENTURIES APART. WOULD LOVE BRING THEM TOGETHER? Vaughn Dupre woke disoriented. Nothing unusual. She woke disoriented every day. When Indians attacked her traveling party, only she survived. But today Vaughn wakes in 1969—a most perplexing world. With a handsome, charming man who used strange words. When a strange woman, confused and perplexing, appears in his house, Jonathan Becquerel falls in love at first sight. BUT WILL IT TAKE MORE THAN LOVE TO HOLD THEM TOGETHER? A sweet/clean enchanting time travel romance that defies the boundaries of time.

A Walk in the Woods

Author:Bill Bryson

Publisher:Anchor Canada


Total Pages:416



Books Description:

God only knows what possessed Bill Bryson, a reluctant adventurer if ever there was one, to undertake a gruelling hike along the world's longest continuous footpath—The Appalachian Trail. The 2,000-plus-mile trail winds through 14 states, stretching along the east coast of the United States, from Georgia to Maine. It snakes through some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in North America, as well as through some of its most poverty-stricken and primitive backwoods areas. With his offbeat sensibility, his eye for the absurd, and his laugh-out-loud sense of humour, Bryson recounts his confrontations with nature at its most uncompromising over his five-month journey. An instant classic, riotously funny, A Walk in the Woods will add a whole new audience to the legions of Bill Bryson fans.

Christmas Mountain Romance Collection (Morgan, Faith, Lacey)

Author:Susan Hatler

Publisher:Hatco Publishing


Total Pages:547



Books Description:

This book bundle includes three contemporary romance novels from the bestselling Christmas Mountain Clean Romance series. Experience the holiday magic of Christmas Mountain where warm homecomings, small town charm, and true love await. THE CHRISTMAS COMPROMISE (Morgan’s story) Morgan Reed is excited to open her beauty salon, but her goal gets complicated when she discovers her rented space is already occupied by hot furniture maker, Dallas Parker. ‘TWAS THE KISS BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Faith’s story) To keep her job, outdoorsy Faith Sterling must convince city-boy Adam Kline not to sell the luxury excursion business he inherited, but what she doesn’t count on is falling in love. A SUGAR PLUM CHRISTMAS (Lacey’s story) City girl Lacey Lane scopes out Christmas Mountain for a potential reality dating show location and gets more than she bargains for when feelings spark with small town guy Jacob Curtis who doesn’t want his hometown exploited for ratings.