On the Run with Fotikchand by Satyajit Ray is a light adventurous novel set in Kolkata and the cities around it. The novel opens with a scene in a forest at dawn with a boy lying unconscious off the road and an accident-damaged car careered off the road in which are two dead men. The boy when becomes conscious knows nothing about himself, he has lost his memory following a car accident.
While the majority of young writers are shortlisted for either their first or second books, Catherine Webb, writing under the pseudonym Claire North, is already a prolific novelist at the age of 31 and ‘The End of the Day’ is her fifth novel as North, having also written several other YA novels under her own name and fantasy novels under another pseudonym as Kate Griffin.
Another history pageturner from the authors of the #1 bestsellers George Washington’s Secret Six and Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates.
The War of 1812 saw America threatened on every side. Encouraged by the British, Indian tribes attacked settlers in the West, while the Royal Navy terrorized the coasts. By mid-1814, President James Madison’s generals had lost control of the war in the North, losing battles in Canada.
The basic recurrent theme in the novels of Paulo Coelho is to seek something or somebody (love, destiny, God, inner voice, etc.). The Fifth Mountain is based on the similar lines: it is a story of a prophet, Elijah, who seeks his destiny by challenging God and His wisdom. Elijah is a carpenter in his own small shop, and thinks that he is as normal as the other men of Israel.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a modern fable about seeking one’s own destiny in this world written by God and kept stored in the Soul of the World. The protagonist of the book is Santiago, a young boy who lives in Andalusia somewhere in Spain. His parents wanted him to be a priest but he has chosen to be a shepherd so that he can travel to the far off places and see the world.
A choral serenade to the building blocks of language starring Susan Sontag, Iris Murdoch, Ian McEwan, Joyce Carol Oates, Martin Amis, Doris Lessing, John Updike, and more titans of literature.
In the final years of his life, the English poet, novelist, essayist, and social justice advocate Sir Stephen Spender undertook a playful and poignant labor of love — he asked artist David Hockney to draw each letter of the alphabet, then invited twenty-nine of the greatest writers in the English language to each contribute a short original text for one of the letters.
“Sit. Feast on your life.”
“The alternations between love and its denial, suffering and denial of suffering … constitute the most essential and ubiquitous structural feature of the human heart,” philosopher Martha Nussbaum wrote in contemplating how we know we love somebody.
From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.
Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned.
I am very pleased to be on the official shadow panel for this year’s Young Writer of the Year Award (sponsored by the Sunday Times, Peters Fraser + Dunlop in association with Warwick University), along with four brilliant book bloggers: Rebecca at Bookish Beck, Annabel at annabookbel, Dane at Social Bookshelvesand Eleanor at Elle Thinks.
Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life
Jenna Bush Hager (Author), Barbara Pierce Bush (Author), Laura Bush (Foreword)
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“…nudging, always nudging a sluggish eternity to continue.”
I am thinking about time this morning — about how it expands and contracts in the open fist of memory, how the same duration can feel like a blink or incline toward the infinite. Eleven years ago today, Brain Pickings began — birthed by what feels like another self, one that was once myself but no longer is and never again will be, and yet tethered to my present self by some invisible thread of personal sensibility woven by and of time.
The pleasure of meeting the mind at the edge of its aptitude.
“Your true educators and cultivators will reveal to you the original sense and basic stuff of your being,” Nietzsche wrote in reflecting on the true value of education. Two generations earlier, another visionary thinker — the education reformer Elizabeth Peabody (May 16, 1804–January 3, 1894), who coined the term “Transcendentalism” — distilled the essence of how we liberate and elevate ourselves through studies properly pursued.
‘The Haunting of Hill House’ by Shirley Jackson is widely regarded as one of the best horror stories of the 20th century and makes for timely reading ahead of Halloween at the end of the month. It tells the story … Continue reading →
The short story ‘All You Need is Paper’ by Ruskin Bond is a part of the Rusty series book: Rusty Comes Home. Rusty left Dehra for England when he was twenty or so comes back to the city after publishing his first novel in England at the age of twenty four.This story contrasts the difference between the life he spent in England and now the life he is leading in Dehradun.
A labor of love four years in the making, celebrating a trailblazing woman who shattered multiple glass ceilings.
One late February afternoon in 2013, as my then-partner and I were cooking dinner at home in New York, my phone rang. It was my dear friend and frequent collaborator Wendy MacNaughton.
Photo credit: Richard Trenner
Margery Cuyler, editor extraordinaire, was the featured professional at a NJ-SCBWI first page session nine years ago. That evening I listened to everything this sharp kidlit veteran had to say and left with a notebook full of invaluable tips. Her comments about my writing gave me the confidence to keep working toward my dream of becoming published.
OVERALL RATING : 3.5/5
Genre : Young Adult, Fiction, Action and Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Age Recommended : 15 yrs and up
“My goal was bigger than revenge. My purpose greater than personal retribution.”
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees.