It is the mid-1960s and 17-year-old Sally is living in leafy suburbia. Having finished her convent education, Sally is shy and naïve, and totally unconscious of her budding beauty. Her only sex education has been an excruciating lesson on the procreation of rabbits from the nuns.
Then she meets Doug MacDonald and the urges that have lain dormant, anaesthetised by ignorance and Catholic angst, overpower her shyness and reserve. Almost overnight Sally blossoms…
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The third volume in the ‘Seven Bands of Gold’ quartet sees our heroine Sally struggling to reconcile her love for the charismatic only son of the ruler of Al Khaleej and her affection for ardent suitor Matthew, the handsome naval officer. To complicate matters further, who should turn up but Doug, the fiancé who jilted her some years before.
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First Love saw Sally’s sexuality awakened; in Seven Bands of Gold Book 2: Sensual Love, the seductive Sheikh Abdullah takes her sex education to a new level – and the convent-educated and ill-prepared schoolgirl proves a fast learner! Torn between the comfort and security of her affair with the gentle Matt and the deep passions aroused by the experienced Sheikh, Sally imagines life could not get more complicated. But when a figure from her past casts his shadow over this curious ménage à trois, she realises how wrong she was…
To coincide with the screening of the award winning documentary The Shore Break at the Encounters Documentary Film Festival in Cape Town and Durban, and the Sydney Film Festival, John GI Clarke together with Glenn Ashton has authored “Survivor: Wild Coast, Before and After The Shore Break”.
In the capital, Nineveh, resides a deep and complex man, the power behind the King of the World. Faced with unforeseen disaster that threatens his authority, he emerges as a psychopathic killer.
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What happens when a worldly, vigorous, successful married man discovers that his is dying, and immediately embarks on a new love affair of awesome depth and force?
It is in the central character that Tom Stacey has put the mechanism that elevates this novel to the master class’ – Irish Times
‘Tom Stacey’s second novel is uncommonly confident about love and death. Published 16 years after his first, its maturing has been worth waiting for: the orderly writing, robust intelligence and honesty are steadily enlivening’ – The Times
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This story concerning the properties of love – spiritual and carnal – is told in the context of the demonic forces of creation which perpetually threaten man but also inspire him.
‘This remarkable novel is a concentrated and beautifully written study of the nature of love, spiritual and carnal. Stacey’s approach is through wonderfully detailed minutiae, observation of the people and of this “half Norse world belonging to the sea”’ – Janice Elliott, Sunday Telegraph
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Published in Britain and the US under the nom-de-plume of Kendal J Peel (‘d’ye ken John Peel’), Tom Stacey tells the story of Daniel Schofield, an oddball Englishman heading a Saudi-Based landscape gardening team, who conceives a crime on an unheard-of scale, in the cause of a Dostoyevskian will for havoc and at fearful risk to its perpetrator. It is set at the end of the 1970s at the brink of an Arab assault upon Israel.
‘Topkapi-style suspense and sophisticated political intrigue … the strong narrative is memorable for more than just plot. Thrillers of this kind are really novels with a backbone.’ – Daily Telegraph
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This intriguing odyssey, set on the edges of time, encompasses biography, memoir, detective story, travelogue and history to tell a remarkable tale of East-West connections and a mysterious love.
The author’s quest begins when the word ‘indigo’ draws her to the illustrated journals, now in the British Library, of Victorian explorer Thomas Machell. She finds her life to have striking echoes of his, not least travels to and within India, a career in indigo, and a passion for journal writing. She is also intrigued by his aspiration to write ‘a novel in the form of an autobiography’ and by his quirky watercolour sketches.
One of the most remarkable books I have ever read… a deeply moving, totally enchanting account of a great metaphysical mystery.
A N Wilson
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