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Lighting Candles: A Paramilitary's War With Death, Drugs And Demons
- Paperback - Black & White Publishing
When Manny McDonnell was 12 he awoke to discover British troops surrounding his home in the toughest area of trouble-torn Belfast. Encouraged by a fiercely Republican mother, he took to the streets with other school kids, throwing bricks, bottles and petrol bombs at soldiers. Jailed at 15 for having IRA links, he became a unit commander leading deadly missions for the INLA before joining the IPLO. But his decades of commitment to a free united Ireland turned to disillusion when bombs killed two little boys. By then he was a regular visitor to Scotland, where he befriended major gangland player Paul Ferris and then became the right-hand man of Tam 'The Licensee' McGraw. This is an account of one man's nightmare journey through blood, bombs, bullets and smuggling.
- Boards - Scholastic
This colourful board book is packed with noisy vehicles from the building site. Pre-school children will love turning the chunky shaped pages and discovering a big bulldozer, a busy digger, a tall crane, a spinning cement mixer and noisy dumper.
Linguethica Materialistica: Der Schritt Vom Sein Zum Sollen
- Hardback - Haralex
Taking into account the basic principles of linguistics and the philosophy of science, this book challenges the stubborn dualistic dogmatism of religious beliefs still dominating present day intellectual life by pointing the way from the materialistic foundation of human existence directly to the moral axioms of social behaviour.
Language Planning As A Sociolinguistic Experiment: The Case Of Modern Norwegian
- Hardback - Edinburgh University Press
2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Norwegian nation following centuries of Danish rule. This book gives a comprehensive account of that entire 200-year period, and analyses how Norwegians defined, fought over, and developed their own independent Scandinavian language, differentiating it from Danish and Swedish, through language planning. The almost two centuries of Norwegian language planning and conflict encompassed an extraordinary sociolinguistic experiment which led to decades of intense linguistic struggle and which has had no parallel anywhere else in the world. This book-length case study provides students and scholars in sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, language planning and language policy with a richly detailed insight into the uniqueness of the Norwegian language development.
Legend Of The Dead Men's Gold
- Hardback - Robert Hale
Trip Kincaid had always been fascinated by the legend of the dead men's gold: it was said that the last member of the Helliton gang had cursed the stash, claiming that if he couldn't have it, nobody would. So, with the gold still unclaimed, and the bones of a hundred men scattered around it, Trip Kincaid's disappearance is cause for alarm.
The Lewis Chessmen: New Perspectives
- Hardback - NMS
The 93 Lewis Chessmen, bought by the British Museum and by what is now the National Museum of Scotland in the mid-19th century, were made in 12th century Scandinavia, from ivory and whales' teeth. They continue to fascinate academics from various disciplines, as well as museum visitors. This book includes looking at who ruled the isles at the time the Chessmen were made and a history of the ivory trade in the north Atlantic.
- Paperback - Quercus
Phoebe Henderson may be single but she sure doesn't feel fabulous. It's been a year since she found her boyfriend Alex in bed with another woman, and multiple cases of wine and extensive relationship analysis with best friend Lucy have done nothing to help. Faced with a new year but no new love, Phoebe concocts a different kind of resolution. The List: ten things she's always wanted to do in bed but has never had the chance (or the courage!) to try. A bucket list for between the sheets. One year of pleasure, no strings attached. Simple, right? Factor in meddlesome colleagues, friends with benefits, getting frisky al fresco and maybe, possibly, true love and Phoebe's got her work cut out for her.
Little White Lies
- Paperback - Orion
In a beachfront mansion in Martha's Vineyard, Annick and Rebecca have left their young children in the care of their life-long friend Tash. Tash has made millions from her fashion business and treating her friends to a holiday makes all the hard work worthwhile. But by the end of the afternoon, one of the children will have vanished.
Look Up Glasgow
- Paperback - Freight
This is a pocket book of Glasgow's world-class architecture, hidden in plain sight at the tops of the city's iconic buildings. It includes stunning photography, informative captions and poems, inspired by the photographs, by six leading Scottish poets.
Let The Games Begin
- Paperback - Canongate
The world might be in the throes of a global recession but when an author on the brink of despair, an enigmatic musician, a supermodel, and a Satanic sect meet with the cream of Italian high society at the home of a Roman property tycoon, the world outside the mansion's walls is soon forgotten. There's going to be one hell of a party. And you've got a VIP ticket.