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The Judicial Imagination: Writing After Nuremberg
- Paperback - Edinburgh University Press
This volume tells the story of the struggle to imagine new forms of justice after Nuremberg. Returning to the work of Hannah Arendt as a theoretical starting point, Lyndsey Stonebridge traces a critical aesthetics of judgment in a generation of writers including Rebecca West, Elizabeth Bowen, Muriel Spark and Iris Murdoch.
John Buchan And The Thirty-Nine Steps: An Exploration
- Paperback - NMS
Set in the months before the outbreak of the Great War and in print for almost 100 years, 'The Thirty-Nine Steps' is John Buchan's most popular novel. This timely look at the book examines what inspired it, its themes and metaphors, as well as shedding light on just how much of John Buchan's own self and experiences are in it.
- Paperback - Freight
Who killed theatre director Max Quincey during a run of the play Jack-in-the-box in London's West End? Who killed the male prostitutes back in 1985, when the show was last performed and when Max was the star? What is the significance of the Jack-in-the-Box doll found with the body, the markings on its eyes matching mutilations to Max's face, and identical to the toys found with each of the original victims? Has the killer returned? Is it a copycat? Or a revenge slaying for the rent boy murders when Max was prime suspect? The questions are stacking up for DCI Yvonne Valenti, and her partner, DI Steve English, as she races against the clock to unravel a tangled web of clues, lies and half-truths, to catch a deranged killer before they strike again.
- Paperback - Polygon
One night. One motorway. One seemingly endless traffic jam. As darkness falls, the traffic jam lenghthens, and motorists turn off their engines. Then they get out of their cars. And so the story begins. People from all walks of life are thrown together on the M25. There are Max and Ursula, a bickering married couple with a friend's child in the back seat; hungover Shauna, on her way back from a wedding; dope-smoking students Dave, Stevie and Natalie; white-van men Chris and Rhys; Shahid, a charistmatic aspiring footballer; Harold, a Scottish academic and M25 historian; Hsia May, an insect expert; and Waitrose Tony, whose delivery van becomes the target of hungry motorists. As the minutes become hours and impatience turns to anger, the tension grows. Secrets are revealed. Friendships are made. Relationships are broken. And lives are changed.
Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files
- Paperback - 2000 AD
Mega-City One: the future metropolis bustling with life and every crime imaginable. Keeping order are the Judges, a stern polic force acting as judge, jury and executioner. Toughest of all is Judge Dredd. He is the law and these are his stories.
- Paperback - Canongate
In 18th-century Paris, Jacob is a peddler of knives, salt cellars and snuffboxes. Despite a disastrous teenage marriage, Jacob is determined to raise himself up in life, by whatever means he can. In 21st-century America, Jacob's life has twisted in ways he could never have imagined. But even the tiniest of flies can influence the turning of the world. Reliable, true Leslie Senzatimore, a volunteer fireman, and Masha, a gravely ill young woman, are about to have their lives transformed.
Jack Shian And The Mapa Mundi
- Paperback - Black & White Publishing
The Shian Quest continues. The Brashat may have been banished and the King's Chalice returned safely into the Congress's hands, but Jack and the other Shian are soon to have other worries to contend with. Trouble is brewing and the Kildashie have arrived on the scene. Jack and his grandfather go to seek the advice of the enchantress Tamlina, only to find her dying. Her last words are to seek the 'Mapa Mundi', the great Shian treasure that shows believers their true path.
- Paperback - DC Comics
The team is up against a new, deadly Injustice Gang led by Lex Luthor. With Prometheus, the man who almost single-handedly defeated the JLA, as well as the General and Queen Bee, it looks as if the Justice League may lose even if they win.
- Hardback - Tick Tock
Jake is a boy with an unusual hobby. He collects skeletons and bones, and from the age of seven, has been blogging about his finds. Now, in this book based on that world-famous blog, Jake shares his adventures in the incredible world of animal bones.
James Clerk Maxwell: Perspectives On His Life And Work
- Hardback - Oxford University Press
James Clerk Maxwell was one of the most important mathematical physicists of all time. In scientific terms his immortality is enshrined in electromagnetism and Maxwell's equations, but as this book shows, there was much more to Maxwell than electromagnetism, both in terms of his science and his wider life.