Hampton on Hampton Conversations with Christopher Hampton

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Hampton on Hampton: Conversations with Christopher Hampton by Christopher Hampton
The Grade Cricketer: Tea and No Sympathy by Dave Edwards, Sam Perry, Ian Higgins
First Confession: A Sort of Memoir by Chris Patten
The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria by Alia Malek
Cold-Blooded: A True Story of Love, Lies, Greed, and Murder by Carlton Smith

Hampton on Hampton: Conversations with Christopher Hampton by Christopher Hampton

English | October 19th, 2017 | ASIN: B074TWRB7G, ISBN: 0571214185 | 279 Pages | EPUB | 2.16 MB
‘A lot of my plays begin as comedies and mutate in the course of the evening, because my instinct is that you have to welcome the audience in and make sure they’re sitting comfortably before you can give them an adequate punch on the jaw.’ Since the acclaimed London premiere of his first play in 1966, Christopher Hampton has established himself as one of Britain’s most prominent, and least predictable, dramatists.
From his best-known play, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and its Oscar-winning film version, Dangerous Liaisons, to personal and critical favourites like Total Eclipse and Tales from Hollywood; from his films as writer-director (Carrington, Imagining Argentina) to his work as screenwriter-for-hire (Mary Reilly, The Quiet American); from translations (Art) to musicals (Sunset Boulevard), Hampton eloquently – and entertainingly – explores his varied career with interviewer Alistair Owen, and discusses its recurring theme: the clash of liberal and radical thought, exemplified by his most recent play, The Talking Cure, about the fathers of psychoanalysis, Jung and Freud.

The Grade Cricketer: Tea and No Sympathy by Dave Edwards, Sam Perry, Ian Higgins

English | October 25th, 2017 | ASIN: B0743CDCH4, ISBN: 192212981X | 185 Pages | EPUB | 0.83 MB
Welcome to the world of The Grade Cricketer. Described as the most original voice in cricket, The Grade Cricketer represents the fading hopes and dreams of every ageing amateur sportsman. In this tell-all ‘autobiography’, The Grade Cricketer describes his cricketing career with unflinching honesty and plenty of humour, in turn providing insights into the hyper-masculine cricket ‘dressing room’.
This one-time junior prodigy is now experiencing the lean, increasingly existential years of adult cricket. Here, he learns quickly that one will need more than just runs and wickets to make it in the alpha-dominated grade cricket jungle, where blokes like Nuggsy, Bruiser, Deeks and Robbo reign supreme. Through it all, The Grade Cricketer lays bare his deepest insecurities – his relationship with Dad, his fleeting romances outside the cricket club – and, in turn, we witness a gentle maturation; a slow realisation that perhaps, just maybe, there is more to life than hitting 50 not out in third grade and enjoying a few celebratory beers afterwards.
Or is there? * * * The Grade Cricketer book is based upon the popular Twitter account, @gradecricketer, which has received critical acclaim for its frighteningly honest portrayal of amateur cricket. Now, the time has finally come for this middling amateur sportsman to tell his story in full. ‘The Grade Cricketer is the finest tribute to a sport since Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch, and the best cricket book in yonks. It’s belly-laughing funny but it’s also a hymn to the grand and complex game delivered with a narrative pace and ability I’m afraid most Test players don’t have. For anyone who ever dreamed of excelling at a sport but never quite made it but still gave it your life, this is the story. A great read!’ – Tom Keneally AO.

First Confession: A Sort of Memoir by Chris Patten

English | June 22nd, 2017 | ASIN: B01MV53YEQ, ISBN: 0241275598 | 318 Pages | EPUB | 19.53 MB
Chris Patten was a cradle Catholic (hence First Confession), became on the most prominent Tory ‘Wets’ of the 1980s and 1990s, and went on to hold a series of prominent public offices – Chairman of the Conservative Party, the last Governor of Hong Kong, European Commissioner for External Affairs, Chancellor of Oxford University, Chairman of the BBC, advisor to the Pope – as he self-deprecatingly puts it ‘a Grand Poo-bah, the Lord High Everything Else’.
He writes with wry humour about his time in all these offices, taking us behind the scenes and showing us unexpected sides of many of the great figures of the day. No political writer is so purely enjoyable as Chris Patten.

The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria by Alia Malek

English | February 28th, 2017 | ASIN: B06XKW9N5Y, ISBN: 1568585322, 1568588445 | 370 Pages | EPUB | 5.81 MB
Alia Malek weaves a lyrical narrative around the history of her family’s apartment building in the heart of Damascus, the many lives that crossed in the stairwell, and how the fates of her neighbors reflect the fate of her country.
At the Arab Spring’s hopeful start, Alia Malek returned to Damascus to reclaim her grandmother’s apartment, which had been lost to her family since Hafez al-Assad came to power in 1970. Its loss was central to her parent’s decision to make their lives in America. In chronicling the people who lived in the Tahaan building, past and present, Alia portrays the Syrians–the Muslims, Christians, Jews, Armenians, and Kurds–who worked, loved, and suffered in close quarters, mirroring the political shifts in their country. Restoring her family’s home as the country comes apart, she learns how to speak the coded language of oppression that exists in a dictatorship, while privately confronting her own fears about Syria’s future.
The Home That Was Our Country is a deeply researched, personal journey that shines a delicate but piercing light on Syrian history, society, and politics. Teeming with insights, the narrative weaves acute political analysis with a century of intimate family history, delivering an unforgettable portrait of the Syria that is being erased.

Cold-Blooded: A True Story of Love, Lies, Greed, and Murder by Carlton Smith

English | August 29th, 2017 | ASIN: B074PHRZWV, ISBN: 0312994060 | 281 Pages | EPUB | 4.72 MB
California attorney Larry McNabney was a wealthy and well-connected legal ace and the proud owner of a champion show horse. When his wife Elisa reported him missing in September, 2001, she claimed he abandoned her after a heated argument and joined a cult.
When Larry’s body was found in a shallow grave three months later, Elisa was gone. Driving a red convertible Jaguar, her brown hair bleached blonde, Mrs. McNabney was already speeding toward a new life in Florida-and a new identity.
Who was Elisa McNabney? She was a female fugitive wanted in the murder of her trusting husband. She was an insinuating beauty with 38 aliases, and a rap sheet 113 pages long whose criminal career was about to come undone. But in the wake of Elisa’s stunning confession and conviction, there was one more shocking surprise yet to come from the poisonous black widow…

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