An Autobiography by Edwin Muir [EPUB]
21 September 2016, 04:43
2010 | EPUB | 0.64MB
Introduced by Professor Peter Butter. From his shattered childhood in Orkney to the turmoil of industrial Glasgow, Edwin Muir was witness to some of the most traumatic years and events of our modern age. And yet, in his life and in his art, he was constantly haunted by the symbolic ‘fable’ which he longed to find beneath the surface reality of the everyday. From his dream notebooks to his travels in Eastern Europe, Muir paints an unforgettable picture of the slow and sometimes painful growth of a poet’s sensibility as he comes to terms with his own nature amidst the terror and confusion of the twentieth century. With a personal memoir by George Mackay Brown, an introduction and appendices by the noted Muir scholar Professor Peter Butter, and extra essays by Muir himself, this edition offers new insights into the life and work of one of Scotland’s most important writers of the twentieth century.
A Sort Of Life by Graham Greene [EPUB]
20 September 2016, 00:39
2011 | EPUB | 1.34MB
Graham Greene's "long journey through time" began in 1904, when he was born into a veritable tribe of Greenes - six children, eventually, and six cousins - based in Berkhamsted at the public school where his father was headmaster. In this autobiography, Greene recalls schooldays and Oxford, adolescent encounters with psychoanalysis and Russian roulette, his marriage and conversion to Catholicism, and how he rashly resigned from "The Times" when his first novel, "The Man Within", was published in 1929. "A Sort of Life", like its companion volume "Ways of Escape", combines reticence with candour and reveals the genesis of a life lived and an art obsessed by "the dangerous edge of things, the narrow boundary between loyalty and disloyalty, between fidelity and infidelity, the mind's contradiction, the paradox one carries within oneself".
Churchill: A Brief Life [EPUB]
18 September 2016, 18:40
2011 | EPUB | 3.67MB
This astute biography brilliantly captures, in one volume, the full range of Winston Churchill's astonishing career. perhaps the greatest political figure of modern times, Churchill's achievement extended well beyond his emblematic role in the Second World War.
Piers Brendon brings great wit and dozens of pungent anecdotes to this penetrating account, illuminating the 'monstrous compound' of courage and egotism, rudeness and humour, brutality and compassion that was Winston Churchill. What emerges from these pages is one of the most fascinating and colourful figures of the twentieth century.
To rescue Churchill from being buried under millions of words Piers Brendon has written a brief but brilliant profile of the colossus.