In seventh-century Britain, small kingdoms are merging, frequently and violently. A new religion is coming ashore; the old gods are struggling, their priests worrying. Hild is the king's youngest niece, and she has a glimmering mind and a natural, noble authority. She will become a fascinating woman and one of the pivotal figures of the Middle Ages: Saint Hilda of Whitby.
But now she has only the powerful curiosity of a bright child, a will of adamant, and a way of seeing the world—of studying nature, of matching cause with effect, of observing her surroundings closely and predicting what will happen next—that can seem uncanny, even supernatural, to those around her.
Her uncle, Edwin of Northumbria, plots to become overking of the Angles, ruthlessly using every tool at his disposal: blood, bribery, belief. Hild establishes a place for herself at his side as the king's seer. And she is indispensable—unless she should ever lead the king astray. The stakes are life and death: for Hild, for her family, for her loved ones, and for the increasing numbers who seek the protection of the strange girl who can read the world and see the future.
Hild is a young woman at the heart of the violence, subtlety, and mysticism of the early Middle Ages—all of it brilliantly and accurately evoked by Nicola Griffith's luminous prose. Working from what little historical record is extant, Griffith has brought a beautiful, brutal world to vivid, absorbing life.
So Lucky is the sharp, surprising new novel by Nicola Griffith—the profoundly personal and emphatically political story of a confident woman forced to confront an unnerving new reality when in a single week her wife leaves her and she is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Mara Tagarelli is, professionally, the head of a multimillion-dollar AIDS foundation; personally, a committed martial artist. But her life has turned inside out like a sock. She can’t rely on family, her body is letting her down, and friends and colleagues treat her like a victim. She needs to break that narrative: build her own community, learn new strengths, and fight. But what do you do when you find out that the story you’ve been told, the story you’ve told yourself, is not true? How can you fight if you can’t trust your body? Who can you rely on if those around you don’t have your best interests at heart, and the systems designed to help do more harm than good? Mara makes a decision, and acts, but her actions unleash monsters aimed squarely at the heart of her new community.
This is fiction from the front lines, incandescent and urgent, a narrative juggernaut that rips through sentiment to expose the savagery of America’s treatment of the disabled and chronically ill. But So Lucky also blazes with hope and a ferocious love of self, of the life that becomes possible when we stop believing lies.
On a humid April evening between storms, out walking just to stay sharp, she turns a corner and collides with a running woman, Catching the scent of clean, rain-soaked hair, Aud nods and silently tells the stranger Today, you are lucky, and moves on—when behind her house explodes, incinerating its sole occupant, a renowned art historian. When Aud turns back, the woman is gone.
Then anthropologist Marghe Taishan arrived on GP, sent to test a new vaccine against the virus. As she risked death to uncover the natives' biological secret, she found that she, too, was changing, and realized that not only had she found a home on GP -- she herself carried the seeds of its destruction . . .
WINNER OF THE LAMBDA AND TIPTREE AWARDS
From the Paperback edition.
It doesn't matter how well trained you are, how big, how fast, how strong; there will always be someone out there bigger or faster or stronger. Always.
That's what Aud Torvingen teaches the students in her self-defense class. But the question is whether Aud really believes this lesson herself-and if not, what it will take for her to learn it.
Aud has trained herself to achieve a fierce, machine-like precision, in hand-to-hand combat as well as life. But in Always she is abruptly confronted with the limits of her own power. Her self-defense classes spin violently out of her grasp and, still reeling from the consequences, she embarks on a seemingly simple investigation of Seattle real estate fraud that pulls her into something far more complicated and dangerous than she had imagined.
She awoke in an alley to the splash of rain. She was naked, a foot-long gash in her back was still bleeding, and her identity implant was gone. Lore Van de Oest was the daughter of one of the world's most powerful families...and now she was nobody.
Then out of the rain walked Spanner, an expert data pirate who took her in, cared for her wounds, and gave her the freedom to reinvent herself again and again. No one could find Lore if she didn't want to be found: not the police, not her family, and not the kidnappers who had left her in that alley to die. She had escaped...but she paid for her newfound freedom in crime, deception, and degradation--over and over again.
Lore had a choice: She could stay in the shadows, stay with Spanner...and risk losing herself forever. Or she could leave Spanner and find herself again by becoming someone else: stealing the identity implant of a dead woman, taking over her life, and inventing her future.
But to start again, Lore required Spanner's talents--Spanner, who needed her and hated her, and who always had a price. And even as Lore agreed to play Spanner's games one final time, she found that there was still the price of being a Van de Oest to be paid. Only by confronting her past, her family, and her own demons could Lore meld together who she had once been, who she had become, and the person she intended to be....
In Slow River, Nicola Griffith skillfully takes us deep into the mind and heart of her complex protagonist, where the past must be reconciled with the present if the future is ever to offer solid ground. Slow River poses a question we all hope never to need to answer: Who are you when you have nothing left?
From the Hardcover edition.
"Rich description here. One thing about a writer like Griffith, I can read an opening like this with complete confidence there won’t be a glittery vampire in the bathroom."--Locus
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John Barnes, Elizabeth Bear, Damien Broderick, Karl Bunker, Paul Cornell, Albert E. Cowdrey, Ian Creasey, Steven Gould, Dominic Green, Nicola Griffith, Alexander Irvine, John Kessel, Ted Kosmatka, Nancy Kress, Jay Lake, Rand B. Lee, Paul McAuley, Ian McDonald, Maureen F. McHugh, Sarah Monette, Michael Poore, Robert Reed, Adam Roberts, Chris Roberson, Mary Rosenblum, Geoff Ryman, Vandana Singh, Bruce Sterling, Lavie Tidhar, James Van Pelt, Jo Walton, Peter Watts, Robert Charles Wilson, and John C. Wright.
Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book both a valuable resource and the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination, and the heart.
Sarah is just seventeen when she chooses to become an anchoress, a holy woman shut away in a cell that measures only seven by nine paces, at the side of the village church. Fleeing the grief of losing a much-loved sister in childbirth as well as pressure to marry the local lord's son, she decides to renounce the world--with all its dangers, desires, and temptations--and commit herself to a life of prayer.
But it soon becomes clear that the thick, unforgiving walls of Sarah's cell cannot protect her as well as she had thought. With the outside world clamoring to get in and the intensity of her isolation driving her toward drastic actions, even madness, her body and soul are still in grave danger. When she starts hearing the voice of the previous anchoress whispering to her from the walls, Sarah finds herself questioning what she thought she knew about the anchorhold, and about the village itself.
With the lyricism of Nicola Griffith's Hild and the vivid historical setting of Hannah Kent's Burial Rites, Robyn Cadwallader's powerful debut novel tells an absorbing story of faith, desire, shame, fear, and the very human need for connection and touch. Compelling, evocative, and haunting, The Anchoress is both quietly heartbreaking and thrillingly unpredictable.
Science fiction and fantasy has never been more diverse or vibrant, and 2014 has provided a bountiful crop of extraordinary stories. These stories are about the future, worlds beyond our own, the realms of our imaginations and dreams but, more importantly, they are the stories of ourselves. Featuring best-selling writers and emerging talents, here are some of the most exciting genre writers working today.
Multi-award winning editor Jonathan Strahan once again brings you the best stories from the past year. Within you will find twenty-eight amazing tales from authors across the globe, displaying why science fiction and fantasy are genres increasingly relevant to our turbulent world.
Protected by the Church for four hundred years, the people of the City are the last of humanity—or so they thought. Echo Hunter 367, made to be faithful to the Church and its Saint at all costs, embarks on what she’s sure is a suicide mission into the harsh desert beyond the City. Then, at the end of all hope, she stumbles on a miracle: another enclave of survivors, a lush, peaceful sanctuary completely opposite of anything Echo has ever known.
But the Preserve has dark secrets of its own, and uncovering them may cost Echo more than just her life. She fears her discoveries will trigger a final, disastrous war. But if Echo can stop the Church and Preservers from destroying each other, she might have a chance to achieve her most impossible dream—saving the woman she loves.
“Echo Hunter 367 may be a clone and callous killer, but she’s one with true heart and soul. Regeneration is a thrilling conclusion to Berg’s dystopia duology.”
— Beth Cato, author of The Clockwork Dagger series
“Regeneration by Stacey Berg is a paean to resistance, hope, and love, a Canticle for Leibowitz that passes the Bechdel Test and then some. This post-apocalyptic clash of values and technology demonstrates beautifully that physical bravery can only take you so far; real change only happens when we have the courage to listen.”
— Nicola Griffith, author of Hild
A New York Times Notable Book, Borders Original Voices selection, and Nebula, Endeavour, and Spectrum Award finalist.
"Suspenseful and inspiring."—School Library Journal
"A stylistic and psychological tour de force."—The New York Times Book Review
Jackal Segura is a Hope: born to responsibility and privilege as a symbol of a fledgling world government. Soon she'll become part of the global administration, sponsored by the huge corporation that houses, feeds, employs, and protects her and everyone she loves. Then, just as she discovers that everything she knows is a lie, she becomes a pariah, a murderer: a person with no community and no future. Grief-stricken and alone, she is put into an experimental program designed to inflict the experience of years of solitary confinement in a few short months: virtual confinement in a sealed cell within her own mind. Afterward, branded and despised, she returns to a world she no longer knows. Struggling to make her way, she has a chance to rediscover her life, her love, and her soul—in a strange place of shattered hopes and new beginnings called Solitaire.
Kelley Eskridge is a novelist, essayist, and screenwriter. Her stories have received the Astraea Award and been adapted for television. A movie based on Solitaire is in development. She lives in Seattle with her partner, novelist Nicola Griffith.
And As New As DawnAcclaimed editor David G. Hartwell has gathered a harvest of shimmering beauty and powerful writing in this inaugural volume of the very best fantasy from the last year. Established masters rub elbows with rising stars in this outstanding collection of short stories rich with imagined lands and finely etched, unforgettable characters. Travel to distant realms -- and around the block -- with stories by: Terry Goodkin
George R.R. Martin
This edition was published to coincide with DugOut Theatre's production at the Pleasance Courtyard at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2017.
This edition was published to coincide with DugOut Theatre's production at the Pleasance Courtyard at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2017.
The designers' working methods and career highlights are outlined in detailed and wittily written entries that capture the spirit of their times. From Poiret and Patou to Gernreich and Galliano, the sometimes provocative selection of 50 names poses stimulating questions about the definition of a fashion designer in the modern era.
A ground-breaking book, this is a definitive introduction to fashion designers that is essential reading for both students and general readers alike.
A Cantor Gold Crime Novel.
Fashion is both medium and message but it does not explain itself. It requires language and images for its global mediation. It develops from the prescience of the designer and is dependent on acceptance by observers and wearers alike.
When Clothes Become Fashion explores the structures and strategies which underlie fashion innovation, how fashion is perceived and the point at which clothing is accepted or rejected as fashion. The book provides a clear theoretical framework for understanding the world of fashion - its aesthetic premises, plurality of styles, performative impulses, social qualities and economic conditions.
How far does a garment physically travel from factory to wardrobe? How do clothes come to have social or economic value and who or what creates it? What are the geographies of fashion and how do they interact with one another? This ground-breaking book powerfully reframes fashion spaces, from the body to the city, digital or virtual space to material production, positioning fashion at the centre of contemporary culture and collective identities.
Combining contemporary theoretical approaches with a cutting-edge analysis of international fashion brands and institutions including Maison Martin Margiela, Zara, Louis Vuitton, ASOS and Savile Row, The Geographies of Fashion is essential reading for students of fashion, geography and related disciplines including sociology, architecture and design.
This fall, immerse yourself in these free, select excerpts from this year's best reading group books, brought to you by Picador. Discover the books at the front lines of modern fiction by some of our country's finest authors.
These reading group books are sure to lead to some legendary chats (and arguments!) at your book club.
In this sampler, enjoy excerpts from Alice McDermott, Toby Barlow, Amy Grace Loyd, Mary Kay Zurevleff, Ronald Frame, and many more!
Written by authors who are all experts in their fields, this fifth edition provides a thorough and critical exploration of the key functions, practices and issues in HRM today. Substantially revised and updated with new material to reflect contemporary research and debate, this text uses a clear but thought-provoking style to delve into the theoretical and practical realities of HRM.
Fundamental HRM practices are covered in the first part of the book, before the second half examines issues of more recent and emerging significance. At least two case studies, exercises or activities in each chapter enable and encourage readers to identify, examine and apply key concepts in a practical context.
The book does not just report but also leads the debates across this ever-changing discipline.
“This is an excellent book that covers all major HRM areas. It also keeps in pace with recent advances and current discussion of HR by exploring more contemporary topics such as workplace bullying, knowledge management, flexibility or emotion at work.”
Kristina Potocnik, Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Director, MSc Human Resource Management, University of Edinburgh
“Skilfully integrates academic content and case study applications across a range of relevant contemporary HR debates”
Paula McDonald, Professor of Work and Organisation, Queensland University of Technology
Adrian Wilkinson is Professor and Director of the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. He holds Visiting Professorships at Loughborough University, the University of Sheffield and the University of Durham, and is an Academic Fellow at the Judge Institute, University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow and Accredited Examiner of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the UK and a Fellow of the Australian Human Resource Institute. Adrian was appointed as a British Academy of Management Fellow in 2010. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (Acss) and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences Adrian is Joint Chief Editor of the Human Resource Management Journal (HRMJ).
Tom Redman was Professor of Human Resource Management at the University of Durham Business School and was a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Professor Redman sadly passed away suddenly during the production stages of this edition of the book. He will be sadly missed and his work and influence on the field of HRM continues.
Tony Dundon is Professor of Human Resource Management and Employment Relations at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and former Chief Examiner for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and joint Editor-in-Chief of the Human Resource Management Journal (HRMJ). Tony has held visiting positions at the University of St Andrews; Sydney University; Queensland University of Technology; Deakin University; and Toulouse Business School.
Shea Stevens thought she was finished with outlaws. After a terrifying brush with death in Arizona’s criminal underworld, Shea rededicates her energy to her girlfriend, her ragtag family, and her custom motorcycle shop, Iron Goddess—until the CI agreement she signed to dodge a weapons charge comes back to haunt her.
People are dying from a club drug laced with strychnine. A witness tells the lead detective that the bad pills are coming from a dealer in an all-female motorcycle club: the Athena Sisterhood. Under threat of jail time, Shea is tasked with sniffing out the truth—by infiltrating the Sisterhood. Though they claim to be a bunch of fun-loving feminists, they’re packing some serious firepower. Worse, they’re led by Shea’s former old lady, Debbie Raymond.
The awkward reunion is just the start of Shea’s troubles. As a prospect in the Sisterhood, there’s a target on her back from day one. Biker culture breeds paranoia and violence, which is the whole reason Shea quit in the first place. But she’ll do anything to keep her family safe—even if it means snitching on one of her own.
Covering all companion animals, equine, poultry and exotic patients this is the only dictionary written specifically for veterinary nurses that covers all aspects of the veterinary nursing curriculum. This new edition has been thoroughly updated and expanded to ensure all the information you require can be easily accessed.Presents over 5000 concise but detailed definitions.
27 useful appendices provide a quick reference source for frequently needed data.
Line diagrams aid learning and understanding.More than 250 new definitions covering new diseases, chickens, rabbits, other exotics, jurisprudence and complementary therapy.
Expanded international coverage includes Australian and American diseases.
Increased focus on business terms gives insight into the running of a veterinary practice.
11 new appendices including fluid therapy calculations, common fluids and their uses, rabbit and horse breeds and coat colours, vaccination schedules for chickens, urine crystals, reporting adverse drug reactions, general principles of toxic agents, poisons and toxins, quarantine regulations, action to take for lost/found animals.
Shea Stevens is biker royalty. Her father was the president of the Confederate Thunder Motorcycle Club. Under his watchful eye, she learned how to pick locks, disable alarms, and hot-wire cars like a pro. But all that is ancient history. Or so she thought . . .
After a stint in prison, Shea has worked hard to make a quiet, happy life for herself in Arizona. She spends her time bonding with her big-city girlfriend and running her bike shop, Iron Goddess Custom Cycles, with her dedicated team of misfits. But when one of her employees is shot and three of her specially commissioned bikes are stolen, Shea’s new life collides with the criminal underworld she tried to leave behind.
Shea knows better than to trust the police. So, with her Glock on her hip, she takes the investigation into her own hands. Shea’s search for the bike thieves leads her straight to her father’s old gang—and her estranged sister, whose young daughter has been kidnapped by a rival club. The last thing Shea wants is to be caught in the middle of a war—but if she learned one thing from her old man, it’s that when someone comes at you, you push back. Hard. And that’s exactly what she’s going to do.
Uses a step-by-step ‘action/rationale’ approach for maximum clarity
Covers companion animals and exotic species
Never struggle to find definitive information on basic procedures again
A reference guide to best practice for both qualified and trainee veterinary nurses and veterinary techniciansPresents full colour artworks and photographs throughout
Includes brand new chapter on Minor Surgical Procedures
Includes brand new chapter on Basic Clinical Procedures in the Horse
Anaesthesia sections have been extensively updated
Gives access to the Aspinall online library of clinical procedures videos
The main focus of this book lies on the derivation of effective models for brittle materials in the simultaneous passage from discrete-to-continuum and nonlinear to linearized systems. In the first part the cleavage behavior of brittle crystals is investigated including the identification of critical loads for failure and the analysis of the geometry of crack paths that occur in the fractured regime. In the second part Griffith functionals in the realm of linearized elasticity are derived from nonlinear and frame indifferent energies by means of a quantitative geometric rigidity result for special functions of bounded deformation.
It proceeds by defining 'dominance' along Gramscian lines and then identifying different ways in which such dominance could be exerted: agenda-setting, theoretically, methodologically, institutionally, gate-keeping. Turton dedicates a chapter to each of these forms of dominance in which she sets out the arguments in the literature, discusses their theoretical implications, and tests for empirical support. The work argues that the self-image of IR as an American dominated discipline does not reflect the state of affairs once a detailed sociological analysis of the production of knowledge in the discipline is undertaken. Turton argues that the discipline is actually more plural than widely recognized, challenging widely held beliefs in International Relations and it taking a successful step towards unpacking the term 'dominance'.
An insightful contribution to the field, this work will be of great interest to students and scholars alike.
Critically acclaimed crime writer Barbara Nadel introduces undertaker Francis Hancock in the first of her brilliant World War Two crime series. Last Rights is perfect for fans of Elly Griffiths and Nicola Upson.
'Gripping and unusual detective story... vivid and poignant' - Literary Review
October 1940. The London borough of West Ham is in the grip of yet another night of bombing, and undertaker Francis Hancock is in the grip of yet another night of temporary insanity.
A veteran of World War One, Francis is forced by the nightly air raids to relive the trauma of the trenches, and all he can do is try to outrun the horrific flashbacks. So when he sees a man lurching through the rubble, screaming about being stabbed but with no visible wound, Francis dismisses it at the ravings of another lost soul... until the man's body turns up at his funeral parlour, two days later. Suspecting foul play, Francis feels compelled to discover what really happened that night - but he finds himself pitted against violent thugs, an impenetrable network of lies and his own fragile sanity.
What readers are saying about Last Rights:
'Nadel brings the horrors of the Blitz straight home to the reader in a very readable way that no history book or documentary could come close'
'Tight, disciplined and very interesting novel'
'A good, atmospheric read for those of us who enjoy a good murder'
This powerful collection of essays clarifies Onuf’s approach to international relations and makes a decisive contribution to the debates in IR concerning theory. It embeds the theoretical project in the wider horizon of how we understand ourselves and the world. Onuf updates earlier themes and his general constructivist approach, and develops some newer lines of research, such as the work on metaphors and the re-grounding in much more Aristotle than before.
A complement to the author’s groundbreaking book of 1989, World of Our Making, this tightly argued book draws extensively from philosophy and social theory to advance constructivism in International Relations.
Making Sense, Making Worlds will be vital reading for students and scholars of international relations, international relations theory, social theory and law.
How did they do it? The story of Milan’s top-notch clothing
designers, from ambitious beginners to global celebrities. The ideas,
encounters and intuitions that turned talented stylists into fashion moguls. A
captivating and authentic portrait of a closely guarded world, detailing its
rules, rulers and their capital city: Milan. From ready-to-wear to haute
couture, from chiffon blouses to biker jackets, from jersey dresses to leggings
and from pre-fall collections to red carpet fever. Lords of Fashion takes readers on a fascinating journey across
runways and drawing rooms as it follows a talented generation’s rise to fame
and success. Two hundred pages with over a hundred photo-illustrations.
RESTful architecture offers a simpler approach to building web services than SOAP, SOA, and the cumbersome WS- stack. And WCF has proven to be a flexible technology for building distributed systems not necessarily tied to WS- standards. RESTful .NET provides you with a complete guide to the WCF REST programming model for building web services consumed either by machines or humans. You'll learn how to:
Program Read-Only (GET) servicesProgram READ/WRITE servicesHost REST servicesProgram REST feedsProgram AJAX REST clientsSecure REST endpointsUse workflow to deliver REST servicesConsume RESTful XML services using WCFWork with HTTPWork with ADO.NET Data Services (Astoria)
RESTful .NET introduces you to the ideas of REST and RESTful architecture, and includes a detailed discussion of how the Web/REST model plugs into the WCF architecture. If you develop with .NET, it's time to jump on the RESTful bandwagon. This book explains how.
"While REST is simple, WCF is not. To really understand and exploit this part of WCF requires a knowledgeable and experienced guide. I don't know anybody who's better suited for this role than Jon Flanders. ...Jon is first-rate at explaining complicated things. This book is the best introduction I've seen to creating and using these services with WCF."--David Chappell, Chappell & Associates
It includes:photocopiable materials contact and reference details personal organisation advice ways forward for potential problems information on secondary or associated difficulties.
Face à ce constat, une plus grande cohérence s’impose entre les politiques suivies par les pays de l’OCDE dans divers domaines qui conditionnent et influencent le profil actuel de l’économie mondiale, en mutation rapide. Reste que, pour se convaincre de la nécessité de cette cohérence des politiques, les chercheurs et les décideurs doivent d’abord comprendre les conséquences des politiques nationales à l’extérieur des frontières.
Afin de les y aider, cet ouvrage rassemble les réflexions d’universitaires et d’experts de renommée internationale sur les sujets suivants :La cohérence des politiques : concepts clés et questions fondamentales, par Robert Picciotto Vers un nouvel équilibre de l’économie mondiale, par Richard Pomfret Politiques macroéconomiques : l’interdépendance source de problèmes nouveaux, par Helmut Reisen, Martin Grandes et Nicolas Pinaud L’évolution des politiques financières internationales, par Stephany Griffith-Jones, Ricardo Gottschalk et Andrew Rosser L’aspect politique de la cohérence des politiques, par Ethan B. Kapstein Cohérence des politiques et développement : problèmes d’évaluation et solutions possibles, par Robert Picciotto
Ces articles abordent des questions controversées en rapport avec le développement dans le monde actuel, allant de l’intensification des mouvements de capitaux à la réglementation des marchés financiers et à la responsabilité sociale des investissements en passant par la concrétisation des Objectifs du millénaire pour le développement. À eux tous, ils apportent une contribution importante à la base de connaissances concernant les effets de l’interdépendance et de la cohérence des politiques sur les relations entre les pays de l’OCDE et le monde en développement.