We Are All Birds of Uganda

We Are All Birds of Uganda


  • Release: 2021-01-21
  • Publisher: Merky Books
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 400 page
  • ISBN: 1529118646
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____________________________________ 'You can't stop birds from flying, can you, Sameer? They go where they will...' 1960s UGANDA. Hasan is struggling to run his family business following the sudden death of his wife. Just as he begins to see a way forward, a new regime seizes power, and a wave of rising prejudice threatens to sweep away everything he has built. Present-day LONDON. Sameer, a young high-flying lawyer, senses an emptiness in what he thought was the life of his dreams. Called back to his family home by an unexpected tragedy, Sameer begins to find the missing pieces of himself not in his future plans, but in a past he never knew. ____________________________________ Moving between two continents and several generations over a troubled century, We Are All Birds of Uganda is a multi-layered, moving and immensely resonant novel of love, loss, and what it means to find home. It is the first work of fiction by Hafsa Zayyan, co-winner of the inaugural #Merky Books New Writers' Prize, and one of the most exciting young novelists of today.

We Are All Birds of Uganda

We Are All Birds of Uganda


  • Release: 2021-01-21
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 384 page
  • ISBN: 9781529119091
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___________________ 'A remarkably accomplished, polished debut.' Malorie Blackman 'You can't stop birds from flying, can you, Sameer? They go where they will...' 1960s UGANDA. Hasan is struggling to run his family business following the sudden death of his wife. Just as he begins to see a way forward, a new regime seizes power, and a wave of rising prejudice threatens to sweep away everything he has built. Present-day LONDON. Sameer, a young high-flying lawyer, senses an emptiness in what he thought was the life of his dreams. Called back to his family home by an unexpected tragedy, Sameer begins to find the missing pieces of himself not in his future plans, but in a past he never knew. ___________________ Moving between two continents over a troubled century, We Are All Birds of Uganda is an immensely resonant novel that explores racial tensions, generational divides and what it means to belong. It is the first work of fiction by Hafsa Zayyan, co-winner of the inaugural #Merky Books New Writers' Prize, and one of the most exciting young novelists of today. ___________________ As featured in the Daily Mail, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Observer ___________________ Readers have been entranced by We Are All Birds of Uganda: 'I connected with this book immediately ... Racism, generational culture, love and family ties are all key components of this novel by a really accomplished debut author who I feel sure we are going to hear a lot more from.' 'I can't find the words to describe how much I adored every, single, beautiful word of this totally amazing story. If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would.' 'This is one of the best books I have read in a long time and the writing is exceptional. A truly remarkable debut novel that I will shout about from the rooftops.' 'What an amazing book. Sensitively written, it covers so many issues. Family, religion, racism, bullying, loyalty. Eloquent writing made me feel completely part of the story ... An absolute gem of a book.' 'Z

The Melody

The Melody


  • Release: 2018-06-19
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 272 page
  • ISBN: 9780735235229
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From the Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Harvest, Quarantine, and Being Dead, a tender new novel about music, lost love, and the way barely whispered fears and desires push their way into the light. Alfred Busi lives alone in his villa overlooking the waves, with only his trusted piano for company. Famed in his town for his music and songs, he is mourning the recent death of his wife and quietly living out his days--occasionally performing the classics in small venues, though never in the stadiums he could fill when in his prime. On the night before receiving his town's highest honour, Busi is wrested from his bed by noises in his courtyard, and then stunned by an attacking intruder. His hands and neck are scratched, and his face is bitten. Busi can't say what it was that he encountered, exactly, but he feels his assailant was neither man nor animal. The attack sets off a chain of events that will cast a shadow on Busi's career, imperil his home, and alter the fabric of his town. Busi's own account of what happened is embellished to fan the flames of old rumour--of an ancient race of people living in the surrounding forest--and to spark new controversy: something must finally be done about the town's poor, the feral vegabonds whose numbers have been growing. Meanwhile Busi, weathering a media storm, must come to terms with his wife's death and decide whether to sing one last time. The Melody is a story about grief and aging, about reputation and its loss, and the peculiar way myth seeps into real life. In trademark crystalline prose, Jim Crace portrays a man taking stock of his life and looking into an uncertain future, all while bearing witness to a community in the throes of great change--with echoes of today's most pressing social questions.

Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa

Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa


  • Release: 2020-11-12
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 624 page
  • ISBN: 9781472986627
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This spectacular new edition of the best-selling Helm field guide of all time covers all resident, migrant and vagrant species found in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. Over 1,300 species are illustrated with full details of all the plumages and major races likely to be encountered. Concise text describes the identification, status, range, habits and voice, with fully updated range maps for each species. This authoritative book will not only be an indispensable guide to the visiting birder, but also a vital tool for those engaged in work to conserve and study the avifauna of the region – East Africa shelters a remarkable diversity of birds, many seriously endangered with small and vulnerable ranges.

The Gospel of the Eels

The Gospel of the Eels


  • Release: 2021-05-13
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 256 page
  • ISBN: 1529030706
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'I can't recall us ever talking about anything other than eels and how to best catch them, down there by the stream. Actually, I can't remember us speaking at all. Maybe because we never did.' The European eel, Anguilla anguilla, is one of the strangest creatures nature ever created. Remarkably little is known about the eel, even today. What we do know is that it's born as a tiny willow-leaf shaped larva in the Sargasso Sea, travels on the ocean currents toward the coasts of Europe - a journey of about four thousand miles that takes at least two years. Upon arrival, it transforms itself into a glass eel and then into a yellow eel before it wanders up into fresh water. It lives a solitary life, hiding from both light and science, for ten, twenty, fifty years, before migrating back to the sea in the autumn, morphing into a silver eel and swimming all the way back to the Sargasso Sea, where it breeds and dies. And yet . . . There is still so much we don't know about eels. No human has ever seen eels reproduce; no one can give a complete account of the eel's metamorphoses or say why they are born and die in the Sargasso Sea; no human has even seen a mature eel in the Sargasso Sea. Ever. And now the eel is disappearing, and we don't know exactly why. What we do know is that eels and their mysterious lives captivate us. This is the basis for The Gospel of the Eels, Patrik Svensson's quite unique natural science memoir; his ongoing fascination with this secretive fish, but also the equally perplexing and often murky relationship he shared with his father, whose only passion in life was fishing for this obscure creature. Through the exploration of eels in literature (Günter Grass and Graham Swift feature, amongst others) and the history of science (we learn about Aristotle's and Sigmund Freud's complicated relationships with eels) as well as modern marine biology (Rachel Carson and others) we get to know this peculiar animal. In this exploration, we also learn about the hu

Native Birds of Aotearoa Coloring Book

Native Birds of Aotearoa Coloring Book


  • Release: 2017-05-22
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 52 page
  • ISBN: 1546762515
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Kick your feet up, relax, and unwind with this lively coloring book packed with all your favorite feathered friends, as seen at a pohutukawa tree near you. Suitable for adults and children of all ages. (You're only as old as you feel.)

Pixie

Pixie


  • Release: 2016-01-28
  • Publisher: Charles K. Wallace
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 262 page
  • ISBN: 0692626913
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This is the story of three women that I was privileged to know and love and will continue to love, probably till I die. I couldn't write "Dear Diary," men don't keep diaries. And "Dear Journal" sounds stupid, so I'll just tell you the story from the notes and scraps of paper I scribbled during the most interesting times. Reading it now, I don't even believe that we did some of these more ridiculous things, and I was there. My one regret, is that I had to lose one beautiful, wonderful woman to find another, but the blessing of the children lives on. I smile every day about some strange or funny incident long past. Until I wrote this, I'm sure the kids all thought I was crazy. As they would walk by, I could hear them say, "Look at him, he's doing it again." Most men are lucky to find, and love, and be loved by one jewel of a woman in their life, and rightly so. I found three. All three knew me better than I knew myself. They all knew what I thought before I thought it, what I wanted before I wanted it, and fortunately for me they acted on their thoughts. Woman is the most wonderful gift man has ever received, including life. Life without a woman is a drab, colorless existence. Man can plod through life and achieve many things, but why, if not to share it with that most wonderful of all creatures, woman. With the right woman in your life, the birds sing for you, roses bloom and their fragrance lifts your thoughts of love and carries them to that one special woman who gently receives and nourishes them, only to give them back to you tenfold. What is the perfect woman? Her presence lights up the room you are in when she enters, her voice turns on your brain with a pleasant pat, her figure stirs the lion within you every time you gaze upon her. Her smile tells you that everything's alright and assures you that her love for you is still burning bright. Her love envelopes you and warms you like a giant hand-made quilt wrapped around you. This, then, describes these women in