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Tessa West - 2014-10-14
A beautifully written novel set in Suffolk during World War I. Follow the Bailey family as they navigate the changes brought on by war. Hattie works as a VAD, Eric escorts wounded soldiers, and letters bring news from faraway lands. Meanwhile, Elly tries to make sense of everything from her small village. As the war drags on, the family holds onto hope for the future and prepares for new challenges.
"Companion to Owls" is a captivating historical fiction novel set in the 17th century Fens. Follow the Deschamps family's journey as they settle in a small community filled with warmth and harshness, while tackling the task of draining flooded lands. Their peaceful routine is interrupted by the arrival of Scottish prisoners of war, throwing them into a world of epilepsy, sabotage, jealousy, estrangement, and risky relationships. Experience the desire to live a good life, and fall in love with the captivating characters of this enthralling tale.
Bias in the Law
A Definitive Look at Racial Prejudice in the U.S. Criminal Justice System
Explore the pervasive impact of racial bias in the US criminal justice system with a collection of essays from 16 experts in "Bias in the Law." From legislators to jurors, each actor in the criminal justice system is examined to understand when and why bias arises, and how it impacts defendants. The collection also touches on other crucial topics, such as racialized drug stigma and legal technology. This is a timely and important read for anyone seeking to understand the stark racial disparities in incarceration and their impact on legal outcomes.
Discover the inspiring life and work of the founder behind the numerous Sue Ryder charity shops throughout the UK. Born into a privileged family, Sue Ryder left school at 16 to join the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry and went on to create homes for those damaged by trauma and injury in WWII. Her strong Catholic faith and admiration of Poles and Poland drove her to provide food, medicine, and clothing to those abandoned in the post-war chaos. Despite a difficult character, she made a huge and positive difference to thousands and was awarded a life peerage as Lady Ryder of Warsaw. Don't forget her name, work, and legacy with this powerful tribute.
Discover a collection of unconventional short stories in UNTHOLOGY No. 2. From established writers to exciting new voices, this anthology delves into themes of voluntary and involuntary choices, incarceration, mania, doubt and transcendence. Unpredictable and resonant, each of the thirteen stories is sure to captivate and leave you thinking. Featuring talented authors such as Joshua Allen, Sarah Evans, and Nick Sweeney, UNTHOLOGY No. 2 is a must read for those seeking something out of the ordinary.
"Jerks at Work" by Tessa West is a hilarious guide to dealing with difficult colleagues in the workplace. Drawing on a decade of original research, West profiles classic workplace archetypes, such as the Gaslighter, the Bulldozer, and the Micromanager. She offers clever strategies for stopping each type of jerk in their tracks, like not letting Bulldozers speak first in meetings. Whether you've cried in a bathroom stall at work or just want to avoid it, "Jerks at Work" is the playbook you need.
A heartwarming story about an Iraqi grandfather and granddaughter who start a new life in England. As they navigate their new circumstances, the girl takes drastic measures, while a widower in Norwich seeks to build a new life through bird watching and oboe playing. Taking a journey upstream along the Yare, the three characters find solace in memories, hope and faith, as well as the beauty of Broadland. "The Reed Flute" is a poignant tale of human connections and growth.
In "The Estuary," three individuals navigate their career, relationships, and independence. Susan prioritizes her career, while Mark is focused on Susan. Meanwhile, Robert questions his feelings towards his absent family. When a natural disaster strikes, they face new challenges and decisions.
This historical non-fiction book recounts the forgotten struggles of prisoners of war during the long wars between France and Britain from 1793-1815. Tessa West draws upon accounts from various countries to paint a vivid picture of the brutal conditions faced by prisoners in depots and hulks. Through captivating stories, she sheds light on an overlooked slice of history and showcases the indomitability of the human spirit in the face of conflict.