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Phil Boast

During part I of 'Ordinary People', we have been introduced to the leading players who reside in the village of Middlewapping, and whom we meet again here, to see how their lives, loves and relationships are developing. During much of part II, however, centre stage is taken up by another young lady, who's name is Victoria Tillington, only daughter to the Lord and Lady of Middlewapping Manor. One morning she takes it upon herself to walk the family dogs into the village; the morning itself is of little significance, but her action eventually sets off a chain of events which nobody in this apparently sleepy backwater of England would have imagined. Victoria's life is about to crash; to be broken on the rocks of her loneliness, and she comes to see the village as perhaps her last hope of redemption; a way back to a happier life. And waiting in the wings is another person; somebody whom she has not seen or heard from for over ten years, and the only person that she has ever really loved. In the end it takes the death of two people to set in motion something which could be her only salvation, and dark forces are brought into play in order for this to become possible. For in part II of our tale we are introduced to another character whom we have yet to encounter; we are about to meet Rebecca.

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Judith Guest

One of the great bestseller of our time: the novel that inspired Robert Redford’s Oscar-winning film starring Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore In Ordinary People, Judith Guest’s remarkable first novel, the Jarrets are a typical American family. Calvin is a determined, successful provider and Beth an organized, efficient wife. They had two sons, Conrad and Buck, but now they have one. In this memorable, moving novel, Judith Guest takes the reader into their lives to share their misunderstandings, pain, and ultimate healing. Ordinary People is an extraordinary novel about an "ordinary" family divided by pain, yet bound by their struggle to heal. "Admirable...touching...full of the anxiety, despair, and joy that is common to every human experience of suffering and growth." -The New York Times "Rejoice! A novel for all ages and all seasons." -The Washington Post Book World

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In this, the fourth part of our unfolding drama, we witness the renewal of old and forgotten love, the beginning of new relationships, the reforging of old bonds of friendship, and the beginning of new life. Certain young dreams are fulfilled, certain truths are revealed, and a trip to Paris proves to be definitive for those who take it; a fact which in itself will have consequences which neither party can foresee. A discovery at the Manor House, a terrible secret which has lain buried and forgotten for centuries, will in the fullness of time have far - reaching implications, which are inexorably tied to events which unfold in this part of our tale. By sheer chance, Rebecca's parents happen upon news of their daughter, and their search for her which has lain cold for so long is rekindled. What they cannot know is that their unwitting and innocent intervention forces their beloved daughter to risk everything for her ultimate safety, and the safety of others who now share her fate. In doing so she must at last confront the demons which have haunted her for so long, but first she must betray those who are closest to her, in order to finally meet and confront her tormentor.

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Fatma Durmush

DescriptionComing soon About the AuthorFatma Durmush has had schizophrenia for thirty odd years and after living with that amount of mental health problems she when she reached forty decided she would begin studying in good earnest. So she did an GNVQ and then foundation in art and then a degree and this year she has finished her MA in fine art. When her father became seriously ill she had to make a choice was it to be giving up the BA or doing the BA? In the end her father decided for her and he was gone but Fatma always said it was a thing that she could not decide for she loved them both.

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Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne

So you think you know the Osbournes? Think again. Here is the real story of the real people. Sharon and Ozzy tell us about their early careers, their relationship and how they became one of rock and roll's most enduring and much-loved couples. Here you will find the music, the drugs, the booze, the domestic violence and the excesses of rock stardom. But you will also find an incredibly moving picture of a family surviving in the midst of a media maelstrom. Having grown up and become famous in their own right, Aimee, Kelly and Jack reflect upon their parents' relationship, their household of extremes and what is was like growing up with the Prince of Darkness. But through all of the family traumas - Ozzy's multiple addictions, Sharon's cancer, Aimee's despair, Kelly's tantrums and Jack's drug abuse - the family have stuck together. This is a book for Ozzy fans, but also for all those interested in the music industry and in the story of ordinary people living extraordinary lives.

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Phil Boast

Part V of our story takes us back in history to a time before the Tillington dynasty began. This is the 16th century, King Henry VIII is on the throne of England, and his chance meeting with a shepherd boy heralds the beginning of events which will change the young man’s life completely, and will shape the lives of all who come after him. Our story begins, however, a little further forward in time, and here we meet two young women, one of whom is bored and frustrated with her life, and goes in search of adventure, and fulfillment of her young desires, with ultimately devastating consequences. Out of this devastation, however, is born a dynasty, although as we will see as our story enters the present day, everything is by no means as it seems, or as history would have it. Percival struggles to come to terms with his recent past and with his immediate future, and is persuaded to go on a journey to face his tormentor one last time. Alice meanwhile considers undertaking a journey of a very different kind; should she risk the safety of her two infant children, Bronwyn and Elizabeth, in order to return to the rainforest which she so loves? Miles and Florence continue their desperate quest to find their daughter, Rebecca, who herself becomes privy to information which will make her see her life, her parents, her beloved Victoria, and her entire future in a quite new light. Keith is given the chance to express his musical ability in a way that he would never have imagined, and once again Victoria and her brother Michael are central to our story. Michael has a decision to make of the most fundamental nature, and Victoria is left to wonder how to reconcile her own future when so much uncertainty haunts her past. Here we encounter death and rebirth, love and bitter hatred, as these two most extreme emotions do battle within the lives and souls of our characters. Ultimately, underlying the day to day lives of the people who live near to and around the village Green is a search for a better life, and a search for truth. For all that certain people in our story can be sure of is that somebody is lying.

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Will G. Merrill, Jr.

Technology has changed the way we see wars forever. Updates from our troops in the Middle East can be sent to the rest of the world within minutes. Even with all this innovation, the individual stories of many of those fighting still get left behind in the desert. Col. (Ret.) Will G. Merrill Jr., US Army, has collected a series of stories about the valor of the men and women who protect our country from all threats. He interviewed thirty-three individuals to accurately tell the stories of the soldiers of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Contemporary war history comes to life with chapters devoted to the evolution of Operation Anaconda, the capture of Saddam Hussein, the attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, and other important battles and moments of the wars. His heroes include firefighters turned soldiers who did more than their duty, women who defied gender expectations to become ferocious fighters, wounded warriors who sacrificed everything to keep us safe, and many more of the bravest individuals America has to offer. Their stories keep the wars alive in our collective consciousness and drive us to think about the future of our country's armed forces.

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David Wagner

David Wagner explores the lives of poor people during the three decades after the Civil War, using a unique treasure of biographies of people who were (at one point in time) inmates in a large almshouse, combined with genealogical and other official records to follow their later lives. Ordinary People develops a more fluid picture of "poverty" as people's lives change over the course of time.

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Family Osbourne

In their own words (and we all know how colorful those can be), the five members of the notorious Osbourne clan tell the amazing story of the first family of rock. OZZY talks about his first beer, his legendary career,and why he's the only sane member of the Osbourne family. SHARON explains the root of her shopaholic nature, the ups and downs of being married to Ozzy, and what it's like to battle cancer and host a talk show. AIMEE reveals why she opted out of MTV's The Osbournes, why she thinks her mother's in denial, and why her father destroyed himself with drugs. KELLY offers cutting thoughts on sibling relationships and growing up Osbourne as well as on life as a fledgling rock star. JACK shares stories about life without privacy ("What's privacy?") and his stint in rehab -- and claims he's the only sane one in the family. IF YOU THOUGHT YOU ALREADY KNEW THE OSBOURNES, THINK AGAIN!

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Diana Evans

'Diana Evans is a lyrical and glorious writer; a precise poet of the human heart' Naomi Alderman ‘You can take a leap, do something off the wall, something reckless. It’s your last chance, and most people miss it.’ South London, 2008. Two couples find themselves at a moment of reckoning, on the brink of acceptance or revolution. Melissa has a new baby and doesn’t want to let it change her but, in the crooked walls of a narrow Victorian terrace, she begins to disappear. Michael, growing daily more accustomed to his commute, still loves Melissa but can’t quite get close enough to her to stay faithful. Meanwhile out in the suburbs, Stephanie is happy with Damian and their three children, but the death of Damian’s father has thrown him into crisis – or is it something, or someone, else? Are they all just in the wrong place? Are any of them prepared to take the leap? Set against the backdrop of Barack Obama’s historic election victory, Ordinary People is an intimate, immersive study of identity and parenthood, sex and grief, friendship and aging, and the fragile architecture of love. With its distinctive prose and irresistible soundtrack, it is the story of our lives, and those moments that threaten to unravel us.

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Judith Guest

Seventeen-year-old Conrad returns home from a mental institution, where he was sent after his brother's accidental death and his own ensuing suicide attempt. To begin a new life he must learn to accept himself and those close to him.

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Diana Evans

Evoking the sharp insight of Little Fires Everywhere and the sweep of NW, an incisive portrait of the bliss and torment of domestic love. Hailed as "one of the most thrilling writers at work today" (Huffington Post), Diana Evans reaches new heights with her searing depiction of two couples struggling through a year of marital crisis. In a crooked house in South London, Melissa feels increasingly that she's defined solely by motherhood, while Michael mourns the former thrill of their romance. In the suburbs, Stephanie's aspirations for bliss on the commuter belt, coupled with her white middle-class upbringing, compound Damian's itch for a bigger life catalyzed by the death of his activist father. Longtime friends from the years when passion seemed permanent, the couples have stayed in touch, gathering for births and anniversaries, bonding over discussions of politics, race, and art. But as bonds fray, the lines once clearly marked by wedding bands aren't so simply defined. Ordinary People is a moving examination of identity and parenthood, sex and grief, and the fragile architecture of love.

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Phil Boast

At the Manor House, Victoria is attempting to see Michael, through the first weeks after the death of his wife, Michael is waiting in anticipation for news of his son, and they take delivery of something which neither is expecting. Victoria has a sealed letter, which may have profound effect upon the future of her family, and she must decide whether or not to give the letter to its intended recipient. In the village, Isabella is planning her revenge against those who have so abused her, meanwhile a chance visit by Reginald to Jacobs Field sets him on course to see his domestic circumstances back on track, and unbeknownst to him he will meet somebody who will have a far more profound effect upon his life. Megan, the black witch, gains the confidence of those around her as she continues to quietly hatch her murderous plans, and Percival returns from his self - imposed exile, and must decide whether or not he will stay in the village. However, as with much in Percivals life, nothing on his return will be as he would have expected. Tarragon records her second album, and the band plays on, but will she be invited to join them on their world tour?

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Phil Boast

The ninth part of Ordinary People begins and ends with a journey, and whilst both journeys are taken by the same character, whose name is Percival, they are very different in nature and intent. For Percival is also on a voyage of discovery, in which he must lay the ghosts and anxieties of his recent past to rest once and for all, regardless of the consequences. Here we also meet again Rose, daughter in law to the Lord and Lady, who must make a decision which could affect her life in the most fundamental way possible, and not only her own life will be affected, however she decides. Rebecca, who is pregnant with the child of Michael Tillington, receives information which she must for now ignore in the interests of her unborn child. For Sophia also goes on a journey with her lover, Damien, in search of the source of the evil which has haunted the village for so long, and she is successful in her search. We also follow the fortunes of Tara in her quest to become a professional singer, and in this context we meet again Ashley Spears and the rest of the still recently re formed music ensemble that is Dead Mans Wealth. In this book we once again encounter death and new birth, and learn how events which occurred hundreds of years ago resonate into the lives of our modern day characters. And at times throughout this part of our tale we meet again Victoria Tillington, who becomes quite convinced that something which is quite taken for granted within her family is not at all as it seems. Victoria thus finds that she has yet more secrets to keep, lest the revealing of them should tear her already conflict wracked family still further apart.

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Phil Boast

In this, the eleventh part of our story, Isabella continues her inner struggle to come to terms with her trauma. And in this she receives help, which she would not have expected or looked for, if help it proves to be. The witchs coven at Farthings Well has been destroyed, and those who have survived the attack must look to themselves and one another if the ancient curse against the Tillington dynasty is to be fulfilled, and the cruel death of Jane Mary finally avenged. Within the Tillington family, Victoria learns news from Rebecca, which she must keep from her brother, Michael. Meanwhile, Michael has his own issues to resolve regarding his romantic future, and in this regard it is Keith of all people who provides unwitting inspiration and brings Michaels dilemma into sharp focus. Sandra Fox makes the ultimate statement regarding her frustration and unhappiness with her life, and only timely intervention by her sister Emma prevents a terrible tragedy. Percival at last seeks revenge for the wrongs done against him by the people from the temple, and Percival, who has been at pains to simplify his own romantic life, finds that in matters of love there are no simple answers. It is late winter in the small village of Middlewapping, and those who live around the village green must prepare themselves and their lives as best they can for the coming of spring and the birth of the new year.

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Caren Cooper

The engaging history of the people whose contributions to scientific pursuits make us rethink the meaning of the word "scientist." Think you need a degree in science to contribute to important scientific discoveries? Think again. All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. They are our neighbors, our in-laws, and people in the office down the hall. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now. Citizen scientists are challenging old notions about who can conduct research, where knowledge can be acquired, and even how solutions to some of our biggest societal problems might emerge. In telling their story, Cooper will inspire readers to rethink their own assumptions about the role that individuals can play in gaining scientific understanding and putting that understanding to use as stewards of our world. Citizen Science will be a rallying call-to-arms, and will also function as an authoritative resource for those inspired by the featured stories and message.

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Chris Guyon

Sometimes we all feel that we are just faces in a crowd. Ordinary people. We’ll never be celebrities or prodigies, nor rich and famous. But Chris Guyon teaches us that everyone is special, a spiritual being who can touch the extraordinary and develop psychic and healing gifts. This is her amazing life story.

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Paul Poulton

The book of Genesis is considered by some people to be inspired, truthful, and sacred. Others think of it as a fairy story and wonder why people still believe such an ancient book. Genesis for Ordinary People doesn't shy away from the questions that go through people's minds as they read the first book in the Bible. Are there reasons it is trustworthy? In addressing these questions, Paul Poulton follows the intriguing thread that runs through the entire book of Genesis. He takes a good look at the story's wonderful (and flawed) people and beings, inviting readers to gaze into the garden of Eden to witness the reality of what actually happened there. He follows the storyline of Genesis but often looks back, adding a fresh perspective to Adam and Eve's enthralling lives. A fascinating picture emerges as the layers of Genesis accumulate.