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Joe Maloney is out of place in this world. His once-loving mother has fallen under the influence of her boyfriend, whose presence overshadows Joe's every move. His friend Stanny thinks that Joe should toughen up with a weekend in the wilderness
Title:Staying Alive ; Real Poems for Unreal Times
Staying Alive includes many of the great modern love poems and elegies, but it also shows the power of poetry in celebrating the ordinary miracle, taking you on a journey around many of the different aspects of everyday life explored in poems.
For anyone who enjoys beautifully crafted stories and poems to make you laugh and make you think, this collection is from one of Britain's best-loved poets and entertainers, Pam Ayres.
Title:The Poetry Cure
This volume contains poems to help people recovering from physical and mental illness.
Three women, an ex-Communist, a Welsh radical, and a mother on the run from domesticity, meet and their stories unfold as they make their new home at The Eyrie.
Title:Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
It is 1968. Paddy Clarke is ten years old, breathless with discovery. He reads with a child's voraciousness, collecting facts the way adults collect grey hairs and parking tickets.
Title:The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime
The narrator of this remarkable novel is Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old boy who has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism, that means he is unable to understand human emotions. He is, however, highly intelligent and can rattle off all kinds of facts and figures, particularly those pertaining to his speciality - maths.
Title:The Blackwater Lightship
The Blackwater Lightship is a novel about morals and manners, about culture clashes and clashes of personalities, but it is also a novel full of stories, as the characters give an account of themselves, and the others listen.