Not many of us live a Jack Reacher type of life, but Lee Child’s famous hero can still teach us some useful lessons. Who could quarrel with time – honoured army maxim : always be prepared (and perhaps the other : never volunteer for anything!). Many men will wish that they had adhered to Reacher’s rule of having only one woman at a time and everyone knows the value of travelling light. Some other dictums are perhaps more personal to him – such as the advantage of showing opponents what they’re up against with hand-to hand combat, advice on cracking codes and handling weapons,and an injunction against the breaking of furnture.
“Reacher’s Rules” below has been described as the ultimate guide to all seventeen Jack Reacher novels, which have a tremendous following. It is an excellent foil for the more serious works featured here, which include many how-to books, a new study of P.G. Wodehouse based on his letters, and another volume on Jane Austen’s ” Pride and Prejudice” to mark its centenary year.
Good prose : the art of nonfiction / Tracy Kidder & Richard Todd.
“Pulitzer Prize-winning author Kidder (Strength in What Remains) teams with his longtime editor Todd (formerly at the Atlantic Monthly) to write a comprehensive, practical look at the best practices of professional nonfiction writers and editors. While Kidder and Todd’s goal is to provide guidance for writing excellent “essays, memoirs, and factual narratives,” anecdotes and close readings throughout the text are an excellent resource for would-be writers of any prose genre. In an unusual move, the authors maintain their individual voices; some short sections are signed TK or RT, while other longer sections are written in an authoritative third person. Chapters offer advice from the field regarding “beginnings,” narrative, memoir, essays, factual reporting”. (Publisher Weekly)
Love in the afternoon : and other delights / Penny Vincenzi.
From her sweeping novels to her searing journalism, Penny Vincenzi has been writing all her life, and this is a collection of her work brought together in a single edition for the first time. As well as ten stunning short stories, Penny also shares some of her thoughts on a range of subjects from love and relationships to work and families, making this collection a must-read for any Vincenzi fan.(Syndetics summary).
The complete idiot’s guide to writing nonfiction / by Christina Boufis.
“Get all the tools you need to craft compelling creative nonfiction prose. This helpful guide gives you everything you need to write real-life characters, compelling plots, natural dialogue, and captivating details.”(Syndetics summary).
Reacher’s rules : life lessons from Jack Reacher / with a foreword by Lee Child.<br /”This irresistible guide to the world of the Reacher novels features timeless advice from Jack Reacher, the maverick former army cop, hero of Lee Child’s blockbuster thrillers, and now the star of a major motion picture. The brainchild of #1New York Times bestselling author Lee Child, Reacher is a freelance troubleshooter with a mysterious past—and a serious passion for justice. Now the hard-won knowledge and hard-hitting strategies of fiction’s toughest tough guy are within every thriller reader’s reach;—in a rapid-fire rundown of the trade secrets, tried-and-true tricks, and time-honored tactics that separate the man in the street from the man to beat.’ (adapted from book description on www.globalbooks.com).
Living, thinking, looking / Siri Hustvedt.
“A dazzling collection of essays by the bestselling author of What I Loved and The Summer Without Men. This is wrtten with Siri Hustvedt’s customary intelligence, wit and ability to convey complex ideas in a clear and lively way.”(Syndetics summary).
The storytelling animal : how stories make us human / Jonathan Gottschall.The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human
“Humans live in landscapes of make-believe. We spin fantasies. We devour novels, films, and plays. Even sporting events and criminal trials unfold as narratives. Yet the world of story has long remained an undiscovered and unmapped country. It?s easy to say that humans are “wired” for story, but why? In this delightful and original book, Jonathan Gottschall offers the first unified theory of storytelling. He argues that stories help us navigate life’s complex social problemsj̄ust as flight simulators prepare pilots for difficult situations. Storytelling has evolved, like other behaviors, to ensure our survival.”(Wellington City Libraries catalogue note).
“A life in letters / P. G. Wodehouse ; edited by Sophie Ratcliffe.
“This first comprehensive collection of correspondence by the creator of the irrepressible Jeeves and Bertie Wooster reveals Wodehouse (1881-1975) to be an indefatigably cheerful chap whose “voice” might easily be mistaken for that of one of his comic characters. Weaving biographical information around skillfully edited and annotated letters from 1899 to 1975, Ratcliffe creates a portrait of Wodehouse as a tireless worker, devoted family man, and loyal friend.”(Summary from www.globalbooksinprint.com).
Shakespeare’s common prayers : the Book of common prayer and the Elizabethan age / Daniel Swift.
“Swift (Skidmore) examines intersections between Shakespeare’s plays and the Book of Common Prayer, revisiting issues related to marriage, death, and remembrance familiar from the New Historicist and cultural materialist criticism of the 1980s and 1990s. His document-based approach, however, consciously departs from prior criticism in that it starts with a document that was central to Elizabethan culture, not one that simply “appears relevant now.” In the opening chapters (and thereafter), Swift makes clear that he has not arbitrarily selected the Book of Common Prayer as a Shakespearean source; he consistently justifies (CHOICE)
Happily ever after : celebrating Jane Austen’s Pride and prejudice / Susannah Fullerton.
In 2013 Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice turns 200. Again and again in polls conducted around the world, it is regularly chosen as the favourite novel of all time. Read and studied from Cheltenham to China, there are Jane Austen Societies from Boston to Buenos Aires, dedicated to sharing the delights of Jane Austen’s masterpiece. Here is the tale of how Pride and Prejudice came to be written, its first reception in a world that didn’t take much notice of it and then its growing popularity. (Wellington City Libraries catalogue note).
Shakespeare’s lost kingdom : the true history of Shakespeare and Elizabeth / Charles Beauclerk ; [foreword by Prof. James Norwood].
“It is perhaps the greatest story never told: the truth behind the most enduring works of literature in the English language. Who was the man behind Hamlet, Romeo, and Falstaff? What passion inspired words so potent that “not marble, nor the gilded monuments / Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme?”In Shakespeare’s Lost Kingdom, critically acclaimed historian Charles Beauclerk humanizes the bard who for centuries has remained beyond our grasp. If the plays and poems of Shakespeare were written today, he argues, we would see them for what they are-shocking political Works written by a court insider, someone shielded by the monarch in an unstable time of armada and reformation. But the author’s unique status and identity were quickly swept under the rug after his death. The official history-of an uneducated merchant writing in near obscurity, and of a virginal queen married to her country-dominated for centuries.Shakespeare’s Lost Kingdom delves deep into the conflicts and personalities of Elizabethan England, as well as the plays themselves, to die true story of the “Soul of the Age. ” This is a compelling, convincing history. You’ll never look at Shakespeare the. same way again. Book jacket.” (Syndetics summary)