Narrated by Gary Furlong4 hr 1 min
Set in Dublin during the years of the Second World
War and in England during the post-war years of
the 1950s and 1960s Against the Wind is a lively
and compelling memoir.
It is the story of a young man of independent mind and feisty
spirit who refuses to accept the constraints and strictures of a
closed Irish society. And who through economic necessity, at a very
young age, is forced to live and work in ‘Pagan England’ the land
of ‘the enemy’. There he learns to ‘like the English’ and learns of
‘freedoms that he knew very little about’ in ‘holy Ireland’.
A wealth of varying and informative material and the ability to
anchor the personal securely within the public domain gives this
memoir a universal appeal.
The narrative has all the ingredients for a compelling read –vivid
and varied characters brought alive on the page, compelling setting
and historical relevance and interest. The prologue whets our
appetite for what is to come and the mixture of recollection, poetry
and historical information drawstrings the narrative together well.
Astute observation and character portrayal are the strengths of the
work, as is the accessible tone of the narrative voice in which the
author employs a light touch that has just the right amount of wit and sobriety.
Famed American actress Demi Moore at last tells her own story in a surprisingly intimate and emotionally charged memoir.
For decades, Demi Moore has been synonymous with celebrity. From iconic film roles to high-profile relationships, Moore has never been far from the spotlight—or the headlines.
Even as Demi was becoming the highest paid actress in Hollywood, however, she was always outrunning her past, just one step ahead of the doubts and insecurities that defined her childhood. Throughout her rise to fame and during some of the most pivotal moments of her life, Demi battled addiction, body image issues, and childhood trauma that would follow her for years—all while juggling a skyrocketing career and at times negative public perception. As her success grew, Demi found herself questioning if she belonged in Hollywood, if she was a good mother, a good actress—and, always, if she was simply good enough.
As much as her story is about adversity, it is also about tremendous resilience. In this deeply candid and reflective memoir, Demi pulls back the curtain and opens up about her career and personal life—laying bare her tumultuous relationship with her mother, her marriages, her struggles balancing stardom with raising a family, and her journey toward open heartedness. Inside Out is a story of survival, success, and surrender—a wrenchingly honest portrayal of one woman’s at once ordinary and iconic life.
Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.
In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every single phone call, text message, and email. The result would be an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the ability to pry into the private lives of every person on earth. Six years later, Snowden reveals for the very first time how he helped to build this system and why he was moved to expose it.
Spanning the bucolic Beltway suburbs of his childhood and the clandestine CIA and NSA postings of his adulthood, Permanent Record is the extraordinary account of a bright young man who grew up online—a man who became a spy, a whistleblower, and, in exile, the Internet’s conscience. Written with wit, grace, passion, and an unflinching candor, Permanent Record is a crucial memoir of our digital age and destined to be a classic.