JANOO

“Book of the Month” July 2019

Janoo

Gianna Schorno & Shezad Armaan

JANOO

JANOO – A breathtaking love through countries and time

In their romantic and exciting novel “JANOO” Gianna Schorno and Shehzad Armaan tell a captivating story about a love between a Pakistani man and a Swiss woman – our “Book of the Month” US July 2019!

The story in Gianna Schorno’s and Shehzad Armaan’s novel is based on a true love story that spans many years and countries. It all begins in the year 1980, when readers first meet a 7 year old Pakistani boy named Shehryar, who is excited about the arrival of his new baby sister and dreaming of a future where he can write poems. The readers are also introduced to 10 year old Betty, who lives in Switzerland. She is feeling lonely and also dreams of a bright, exciting future. 20 years later, the paths of Betty and Shehryar cross for the first time. They fall in love immediately, and Betty leaves her current partner for Shehryar. Together, the couple from such different backgrounds travel to Switzerland, then to Asia, to eventually get married in Pakistan. However, their perfect romance ends when a terrorist attack takes place in the northern part of the country. Betty gets kidnapped and is taken to a remote place where she is held captive. When she can finally escape, she is unable to find Shehryar, who has disappeared without a trace.

Shehryar and Betty end up living in different countries. Only in 2012, fate wants them to meet again – while both are married to someone else. Due to changing circumstances their special love blossoms once more, but at what cost? The authors take their readers on an unforgettable journey through fascinating countries, where the protagonists experiences great adventures, but also a great love. Readers will enjoy a captivating love story that is unlike others. Gianna Schorno and Shehzad Armaan invite people to dream, to hope, and to forget their everyday worries for a few hours.

With the 8th Rifle Brigade from Normandy to the Baltic

“Book of the Month” June 2019

With the 8th Rifle Brigade from Normandy to the Baltic

Don Gillate

With the 8th Rifle Brigade from Normandy to the BalticWith the 8th Rifle Brigade from Normandy to the Baltic – Memories of the famous 11th Armoured Division

Don Gillate takes the readers of “With the 8th Rifle Brigade from Normandy to the Baltic” back to June 1944 until May 1945.

June 13th, 1944 was an important date in the life of Don Gillate, who now opens up about his experiences as a member of the 13 ‘Scout’ Platoon, 8th Rifle Brigade, part of the famous 11th Armoured Division. From that date on, until 8 May 1945, he saw almost continuous action. Don was one out of only three in his platoon of over 40 men to remain with the platoon right to the end without getting killed or seriously injured. He took part in major operations in Normandy (Epsom, Goodwood and Bluecoat) and in the liberation of Amiens and Antwerp, the watch on the river Maas, the Battle of the Bulge and in the final advance through Germany.

In his book “With the 8th Rifle Brigade from Normandy to the Baltic”, Don Gillate tells readers how it all happened. In the early 1990s, he recorded his experiences with vivid and personal descriptions of events including bearing witness to the loss of some 30 of his friends and comrades. In this book Don Gillate’s story is illustrated by well over 100 photos and contemporary maps. Both the text and many of the photos used have not been published before and allow the readers interesting insights into a devastating part of 20th Century history.

A Helping Paw

“Book of the Month” May 2019

A Helping Paw

Allan Gilmour

A Helping PawA Helping Paw – Modern day life observed through the eyes of two cats and an Englishman

Follow Allan Gilmour’s two heroic cats on their quest to encourage human beings to have a good and honest look at their own life.

Mr Midnight and Sir Winston are protagonists of a very special kind. They are cats. After all, the Egypts used to worship these creatures with their quite own, dignified behaviour. And the cats have not forgotten. Mr Midnight and Sir Winston, however, are rather nice cats and not very aloof. They are often puzzled by the human race and people’s actions. They are both unable of knowing everything about the human world, but through intense observations, Mr Midnight and Sir Winston thought it would be wise to lend a helping paw to try and put a modern individual back on track. The two charming cats thus attempt to open the eyes of the modern individual to the important things in life; namely, to not take oneself too seriously and to truly enjoy what life has to offer.

The message of “A Helping Paw” by Allan Gilmour is quite clear: Our modern, hectic lifestyles have helped create dissatisfaction, illness and disassociation with our true selves. By following the two heroic cats on their quest to help humans return to their true selves, the readers are encouraged to have a good and honest look at their own life and their own attitudes towards the world. They are inspired to ask themselves what they truly care about and whether they pay enough attention to it. It is a truly inspiring story that will move people to make a change, but at the same time it’s also simply an entertaining animal story with more than one charming anecdote that cat lovers will recognize.

Double Vision

“Book of the Month” April 2019

“DOUBLE VISION”

Andrée Roby

Double VisionDouble vision – A creative crime drama with an unusual twist

The death of a male escort can only be solved with the help of a psychic in Andree Roby’s “DOUBLE VISION”.

Vince earns his money as a male escort until he is found dead in a South London hotel room, his last job apparently having gone sour. All fingers point to Vince’s last client as the main suspect, but she is nowhere to be found; nobody even knows who she is or where to start looking. With the investigation grinding to a halt, the police must turn to a psychic for help. Can the clairyoyant find the murderer? What other secrets will Vince’s death reveal?

The fast paced and creative crime drama “DOUBLE VISION” by Andrée Roby tells an unusual storyline that appeals to both fans of murder stories and of psychic detectives. The plot is full of unexpected twists – a perfect escape for a couple of hours. Readers will find it hard to put the novel down until they have all the answers.

Great Aunts and Armadillos

“Book of the Month” March 2019

“Great Aunts and Armadillos”

D. B. LEWIS

Great Aunts and ArmadillosGreat Aunts and Armadillos – Inspirational book offers a glimpse into dementia

B. LEWIS tells a story of “Great Aunts and Armadillos” in which all looking after a dementia sufferer learn that there is always hope.

With an ageing population, dementia becomes an increasingly common problem. More and more people seek advice on how to deal with this illness. “Great Aunts and Armadillos” is neither a self-help book nor a medical advice book, but the story of a family who looked after a much loved relative suffering from dementia. Author D. B. LEWIS tells the story of his eight year long experience. The book recounts the journey of a former ‘old-school’ nursing sister: from the time she was first observed to be acting ‘a little oddly’ to the time of her slow but dignified death in a North Yorkshire residential home. Readers not only get to know the family and their personal history, but also gain valuable insights into what it means to look after someone with dementia.

The book “Great Aunts and Armadillos” by D. B. LEWIS is a book of hope and inspiration for everyone careing for someone suffering from dementia. Rather than being a story of tragedy and despair, it is a family history interspersed with many glimpses of hope and humour and numerous practical tips on how to accomodate someone with this debilitating condition. The author himself is the nephew of the story’s main character. He wrote this moving and insightful book as a testimonial to a fascinating and eccentric individual and as a way of acknowledging all caregivers who so tirelessly devote their working lives to looking after other people’s loved ones.

Beyond Biomechanics - Biotensegrity

“Book of the Month” February 2019

“Beyond Biomechanics – Biotensegrity”

Maren Diehl

Beyond Biomechanics - BiotensegrityBeyond Biomechanics – Biotensegrity – Non-fiction book about horse training and fascia in horses

In her new book, “Beyond Biomechanics – Biotensegrity”, Maren Diehl describes biotensegrity as a new explanatory model for living bodies and especially horse kinetics.

Biotensegrity is an interesting, but also very complex topic. Fortunately, this new book explains its role in relation to horses and their movement in an accessible and easily understood manner. The author expertly connects biotensegrity with the latest knowledge on myofascial tracks in the horse, the encouraging results of brain research and the “sphere of possibilities” as a practice field. The book is filled to the brim with an incredible amount of in-depth information and advice. As difficult as the topic might initially appear: anyone who takes pleasure in contemplation or would like to reawaken their enthusiasm for learning and researching in the real, creative sense is well served with this book.

In her interesting and helpful book “Beyond Biomechanics – Biotensegrity”, Maren Diehl describes biotensegrity as a new explanatory model for living bodies and especially horse kinetics, as the alternative paradigm to biomechanics. The author hopes that her book will be seen as an invitation to merrily join motoric learning, tensegrity thinking and feeling, problem-solving processes and personal development. Anyone with an interest in horse training and horse health will find this book full of insights and useful up-to-date information that can make a real difference.

What's Done Is Done Brian Hiley

“Book of the Month” January 2019

“What’s Done Is Done”

Brian Hiley

What's Done Is Done Brian HileyWhat’s Done Is Done – suspenseful thriller

In “What’s Done Is Done“,  Brian Hiley’s protagonists travel across three continents to retrieve valuable information.

The Columbia of the 1980s was rife with unrest. Various factions, including the government itself, were at war. The FARC (Peoples Army) played an important role: it was a left-wing faction with thousands of supporters, funded by kidnapping and ransom as well as levying taxes on drug traffickers. Pablo Escobar founded the cartel and ran the operation in Medellin with Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha. But now Pablo Escobar is dead and the Medellin cartel is run by La Officina de Envigado. Their once so successful and profitable operation is under threat from a whistle blower who is preparing to supply the FBI and DEA with vital information about distribution routes through Miami, a devastating blow to the cartel.

Information is key in  “What’s Done Is Done” by Brian Hiley. However, the intervention of a loner who leaves violence and death in his wake sends the protagonists scrambling across three continents in a frantic race to claim it. Fans of fast paced thrillers will love this novel of sex and brutality!

The Unity of Everything

“Book of the Month” December 2018

“The Unity of Everything”

Nish Dubashia

The Unity of EverythingThe Unity of Everything – Inspiring dialogue between Buddhism and science

Nish Dubashia lets readers of “The Unity of Everything” take part in a fascinating discussion about the connect and disconnect between science and religion.

What happens when a Buddhist mystic meets one of the world’s greatest living scientists to discuss the structure of reality and its relation to the process of spiritual enlightenment?

In January 1991, a thought-provoking meeting took place. Nish Dubashia, the author of this book, then a young student of Buddhist meditation and mysticism, received an invitation to join Professor David Bohm, one of the greatest theoretical physicists of the twentieth century, in Birkbeck College in London. The professor wanted to discuss Dubashia’s thesis that a rather simple process of emergence and dissolution underlies reality, and that what physics is now also discovering is the same essential truth that underlies many of the surface differences between the great religious and mystical traditions of the world.

“The Unity of Everything” now reveals what happened when a Buddhist mystic met one of the world’s greatest living scientists to discuss the structure of reality and its relation to the process of spiritual enlightenment.

Dick the Devil's Bairns

“Book of the Month” November 2018

“Dick the Devil’s Bairns”

Jon Tait

Dick the Devil's BairnsDick the Devil’s Bairns – Historic true crime at its rawest and finest

Jon Tait gives readers of “Dick the Devil’s Bairns” an insight into life at the Anglo-Scottish border when it used to be a warzone for centuries.

For almost 300 years, life at the Anglo-Scottish border was anything but pleasant. Scottish and English didn’t think much of each other, and fights between the two nations were more common than not. The whole area was basically a war zone which created a lawless society known as the Border Reivers. In 1597, the English and Scottish authorities took a huge step towards brokering some sort of peace in the area. They signed a treaty at Carlisle. In this treaty, 54 men, representing the wildest reiver clans, were demanded as ‘pledges,’ or hostages to keep the clans and families from continuing with their violent crimes. The original plan was to lock them up, and hope this would keep the peace. But did it?

The historic crime novel “Dick the Devil’s Bairns” by Jon Tait tells the story of these men. They were the worst of the worst. The book follows the fate of those selected by the respective nations as doing the most damage by raiding, while examining the historic criminal activities carried out by those families, and others, in earning their outlaw reputation and status. The story also explores the criminal gangs’ roles within the context of the wider Reiver society and the part played by their ‘Godfathers’ in creating the first Mafia-style organisations – and their eventual downfall. Dick the Devil’s Bairns is historic true crime at its rawest and is written by a sports journalist who hails from the Coquet Valley.

Finding The Fourth Beatle

“Book of the Month” October 2018

“Finding The Fourth Beatle”

David Bedford & Garry Popper

Finding The Fourth Beatle – The story of those who could have joined The Beatles, but didn’t

Finding The Fourth Beatle

David Bedford’s fascinating non-fiction book “Finding The Fourth Beatle” tells an unfamiliar chapter of the Beatles’ story.

Everybody knows The Beatles and its main members, the Fab Four. But most people are unaware that from 1956 to 1970 the band had 23 different drummers including Colin Hanton, Pete Best, Jimmie Nicol, and others whose names readers will likely be unfamiliar with. This new book tells the story of the men who could have joined The Beatles, but didn’t. Readers learn about The Beatles’ crises, changes of musical direction, getting a record deal, and finding the drummer who would put the beat in The Beatles: Ringo Starr, the Fourth Beatle.

“Finding The Fourth Beatle” by David Bedford and Garry Popper is packed with fascinating detail. The author provides expert analyses of the drummers by other drummers. He explains why Brian Epstein didn’t sign the Beatles’ first contract, why The Beatles failed the Decca audition and reveals whether The Beatles were under contract at Parlophone in June 62. Other questions answered in this non-fiction book include: Who was asked to replace Pete Best before Ringo? Why didn’t Brian Epstein sack Pete Best? And: Why did Ringo become the Fourth Beatle and inspire generations of drummers? A must-read for any Beatles fan!