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  • Lost on Treasure Islandby Steve Friedman

    Arcade Publishing 2011; US$ 24.95

    When Midwesterner Steve Friedman arrived in Manhattan, the land of the quick and the mean, raring to go and ready to conquer, he soon found pitfalls and pratfalls more numerous and perilous than he had ever imagined. Here is his utterly honest, often hilarious, self-deprecating account of those fateful years, starting with his first job at GQ and... more...

  • Love Giftsby Tanure Ojaide

    African Heritage Press 2013; US$ 19.95

    Love Gifts is a love sequence: the poetic rendering of the relationship between the minstrel and his muse over a long period. The poet uses the relationship of the two personages to investigate the human condition; hence the poems deal with dreams, desires, frustrations, hopes, contentment, and seeking meaning in life. The poetic canvas links the two... more...

  • Tigress at Full Moonby Obiwu

    African Heritage Press 2012; US$ 19.95

    OBIWU received his Ph.D. (with distinction) in English with emphasis on Critical Theory from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York and wrote his dissertation on In the Name of the Father: Lacanian Reading of Four White South African Writers. Tigress at Full Moon is his second volume of poetry since Rituals of the Sun (1992). Obiwuís other publications... more...

  • A Smile For My Parentsby Heather Henderson

    Allen & Unwin 2013; US$ 20.90

    A delightful, surprising and warm collection of stories about Sir Robert and Dame Pattie Menzies, from their only daughter, Heather Henderson more...

  • Tonight the Summer's Overby Rory Waterman

    Carcanet 2013; US$ 7.26

    The poems in Rory Waterman's debut collection Tonight the Summer's Over explore belonging and estrangement with precise resonance. Born in Belfast and brought up in rural Lincolnshire, Waterman turns an unblurred eye on his own childhood, caught between two countries, two cultures, two parents. Yet his poems are never mere autobiography: they are rooted... more...

  • After Independenceby Gerry Hassan; James Mitchell

    Luath Press Ltd 2013; US$ 14.57

    At the height of the Scottish Independence debate, After Independence offers an in-depth and varied exploration of the possibilities for Scotland, from both pro and anti-independence standpoints. Drawing together over two dozen leading minds on the subject, After Independence offers a comprehensive and balanced analysis of Scotland's current and prospective... more...

  • The Rhino and the Ratby Mike Hardwich

    Jonathan Ball Publishers 2013; US$ 14.58

    Following on from the success of his first book, The Lion and the Lamb - Memoirs of a Vet, this second collection of stories, The Rhino and the Rat - Further Memoirs of a Vet, from Mike Hardwich is every bit as captivating as the first. As a country vet his clients range from cattle farmers to owners of domestic pets, from game ranchers to circus owners.... more...

  • A Toi, Maman Camerounby Tikum Mbah Azonga

    Langaa RPCIG 2013; US$ 19.95

    In this collection Tikum Mbah Azonga attempts to capture the complex intricacies in the life of the Cameroonian woman in particular, and the woman in general, from different perspectives and with delicate nuance and depth. It is an effort to take a snapshot of her as she goes about her daily chores and lives her fair share of life in a world dominated... more...

  • Wedding the Wild Particularby Robert Benson

    Texas Review Press 2012; US$ 2.95

    "I taught undergraduates for forty-five years (the last thirty at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee), and for most of those years I spent as much time as possible outside.  I hunted as much as I could, and I fished some.  I also spent time in the woods of Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi just walking around looking at things... more...

  • The Claims Officeby Dai George

    Seren 2013; US$ 10.99

    The Claims Office is a startlingly good debut. Dai George's method is deeply engaged with narrative traditions, but the textures and imagery are often elaborate and strange.This rich surface is undercut by a mixture of rebellious energy and unflinching satire. His 'nature' poems are often anti-nature poems, and darkly funny. Lively pieces about London... more...