Description : 'Gulp it down; it beats getting drunk.' - Salman Rushdie on WATER MUSIC 'If Dickens were alive today he would be writing this sort of book.' - Rosie Boycott, Books of the Year, The Times, on TORTILLA CURTAIN'establishes Boyle as the equal of Robertson Davies and John Irving. You only hope the Coen Brothers get the film rights, so that this most thrillingly visual of American storytellers is given the movie he deserves' Guardian on RIVEN ROCK 'surreal, daring and compassionate. Easily one of the best books of this year' Daily Mail on A FRIEND OF THE EARTH Maverick, unpredictable and accomplished, T.C. Boyle has been called the 'trickster of American letters'. AFTER THE PLAGUE is his latest collection of short stories - here are tales that superbly veer from the psychological to the slapstick, from surrealism to satire, once again proving him to be one of America's most formidable writers
Description : A corroded biological weapon releases its deadly load into the atmosphere and wipes out the human population of the Network. If not for the leadership of Valda, a sophisticated and self-improved android, the other androids would cease to function. She rallies them to improve the Nubs that form the Network and she pushes the Livestock Specialists into cloning humans from the samples on hand. Despite having advanced technology and expertise, the androids need human wombs. Militia patrols extend their search areas. A surveillance aircraft is deployed. The first human found is a male loner, not what Valda wants but he has his uses. Women are found and brought out of their miserable existences into the pampered luxury of the Nubs. They are convinced, either by acceptance of what they were told or by hypnosis, to be party to the cloning experiment. Valda’s ambition is to repopulate the Nubs with people worthy of the heritage of the Few. The newly acquired women are given an education and coached to serve as the future mothers and teachers of the new generation of the Few. Driven by the desire to learn and improve herself, Valda continues to ring in changes. Even the plans of meticulous androids can fail. Valda has to cope with disgruntled women as well as her experiments...
Description : "Thousands and thousands of people will love this book!" THE BOSTON GLOBE A lyrical, engrossing tale, by the author of WATERSHIP DOWN, Richard Adams creates a lyrical and engrossing tale, a remarkable journey into the hearts and minds of two canine heroes, Snitter and Rowf, fugitives from the horrors of an animal research center who escape into the isolation--and terror--of the wilderness.
Description : In this era of pandemic fears, the gripping tale of the Great Plague that brought Europe to its knees in the mid-1600s is a surprisingly timely read. Defoe's fictionalized account of life in plague-stricken 1665 London is a harrowing and suspenseful page-turner.