A groundbreaking examination of a terrifying murder and its aftermath by the bestselling author of Hanns and Rudolf and The House by the Lake. In June 2006, police were called to number 9 Downshire Hill in Hampstead to investigate reports of unusual card activity. The owner of the house, Allan Chappelow, was an award-winning photographer and biographer, an expert on George Bernard Shaw, and a notorious recluse, who had not been seen for several weeks. Inside they found piles of rubbish, trees growing through the floor, and, in what was once the living room, the body of Chappelow, battered to death, and buried under four-feet of page proofs. The man eventually convicted of his murder was a Chinese dissident named Wang Yam: the grandson of one of Mao's closest aides, and a key negotiator in the Tiananmen Square protests. His trial was the first in the UK to be held 'in camera': behind closed doors, and without access to the press or public. Yam has always protested his innocence - admitting to the card fraud, but claiming no knowledge of the murder. Thomas has spent the past three months investigating the case and has unearthed some revelatory material. It's a story that has been described in the press and by the leading detective (now retired) as the 'greatest whodunnit' of recent years: an extraordinary tale of isolation, deception, espionage and brutal violence, stretching from the quiet streets of north London to the Palace of Westminster and beyond.
The fourteen interviews in this book form an unprecedented wealth of material on authors’ responses to HIV/AIDS in South Africa and Zimbabwe. They comprise a valuable archive which documents and contextualises the variety of views and opinions of different authors on their often ground-breaking choices in writing about HIV/AIDS. Each author ranks among the first to publish fiction on HIV/AIDS in their respective countries. These interviews are of particular merit as these issues have not been discussed at length with any of the authors before. Collectively they offer a unique range of approaches and opinions in response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in southern Africa. Their significance lies in their specific literary, as well as their broader social, cultural and political perspectives on a disease which continues to spread despite extensive NGO, medical and government intervention. In both South Africa and Zimbabwe, government responses have failed to address the urgent need for new political and economic solutions to the challenge of HIV infection. Responses among the population have varied from widespread silence, shame and fear to political activism and outspoken critiques of government inaction. Writers give voice to this silence and contextualise the disparate reactions amongst diverse peoples. Globally, AIDS killed approximately 2 million in 2008. In 1998, AIDS was the largest killer in southern Africa, nearly double the one million deaths from malaria and eight times the 209,000 deaths from tuberculosis. It has long been the case that of those dying globally of AIDS, the majority live in southern Africa. When the associated social and cultural implications of infection with HIV are considered, fictional representations contribute significantly to our understanding of the impact of HIV/AIDS on communities and individuals, and provide a much-needed basis for ‘humanising’ an epidemic which is unimaginable statistically. It has been said that the feelings and reactions that HIV/AIDS inspires are often ‘too unreal for words,’ and it is this very notion, that certain diseases are taboo, unmentionable, and hardly even named as such, that makes verbalisation of this epidemic a modern imperative.
WICKED TEMPATION Going to her lover, Miranda Bond speeds through the night, heedless of danger. Then her carriage is captured by two daring and mysterious highwaymen - two devastatingly handsome men determined to share her in fantastic games of erotic titillation . . . Miranda's captors are deadly and dangerous vampires, who have escaped from a hellish prison to seek revenge. She cannot resist as Zayan and Lukos take her to the precipice of surrender - for it may be her innocence that brings them all release . . . Praise for the Novels of Sharon Page 'Scorching love scenes to make you sweat and an intriguing plot to hold it all together.' - New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell 'An erotic and suspenseful tale that...... puts you on a sexual roller coaster and doesn't let you off.' - Just Erotic Romance Reviews (Gold Star Award) WARNING! THIS IS A REALLY HOT BOOK (Sexually Explicit)
BLOOD ON THE PAGE is the first book in a series collecting all of Brian Keene s short fiction. Included in this volume are such critically-acclaimed and fan favorite stories as Burying Betsy, Dust, The Resurrection and The Life, I Am An Exit, Fast Zombies Suck, Bunnies In August, I Sing A New Psalm, and many more.
Plagued by intensely sexual dreams, vampire hunter Althea Yates, a virginal, yet tough-as-nails beauty, succumbs to forbidden pleasure with two of the very same creatures she has sworn to destroy. Original.
Rare Breed Serena Lark's erotic dreams of vampires are so vivid, so intense. . .could she be one? Drake Swift and Lord Sommersby, two daring vampire hunters, might know the truth about her past--and her future. The trio searches the dark streets of London for answers. She cannot say no when Sommersby and Drake introduce her to another existence entirely, one in which only extraordinary sensual pleasure matters--and Serena opens herself up to compelling desire. . . "Wickedly sensual and exquisitely drawn. Historical erotic romance doesn't get any better than this."--Kate Douglas, author of Wolf Tales Praise on Blood Red "Sharon Page blends history, emotion and hot, hot, hot sex within an amazing love story."--Kathryn Smith bestselling author of Be Mine Tonight on Blood Red "Strong, character-driven romance. . .extremely sensual and erotic." --Romantic Times (4 star review) on Sin "Page's story is sensual and sensitive." –Romantic Times on Wild Nights