M. R. James was born in Kent, England in 1862. James came to writing fiction relatively late, not publishing his first collection of short stories – Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1904) – until the age of 42. Modern scholars now see James as having redefined the ghost story for the 20th century and he is seen as the founder of the 'antiquarian ghost story'. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions with a brand new introductory biography of the author.
Release on 2015-08-06 | by P J S Sandhu,Vinay Shankar,G G Dwivedi
A View from the Other Side of the Hill
Author: P J S Sandhu,Vinay Shankar,G G Dwivedi
Pubpsher: Vij Books India Pvt Ltd
The 1962 War was indeed a traumatic experience for the Indian arms. The story from the Indian side is generally well known but very little is known about how the Chinese planned and orchestrated the entire campaign. While India held a firm belief till the very end that China would not resort to a large scale military action; the Chinese on the other hand had been preparing for it since 1959. Even though the writing was on the wall, Indian Army allowed itself to be hustled into a war on those high Himalayas for which it was ill prepared........a kind of hurtling towards a point of no return. Based on the Chinese literature, for the first time, this book has been able to delve into the Chinese thought process, their grand strategy and reconstruct various battles across the entire front from Chinese point of view; of course tempered with what is known from authentic Indian sources. It is a narrative that is designed to fill a great void that has existed all these years about the 1962 Indo-China War.
Tom Hopwood has reached a bad place in his life; his marriage and his home life have turned sour, his job has become tedious, stressful and unfulfilling: a change is long overdue. One day a sinister phone call sparks off a frantic chase in pursuit of mysterious and dangerous documents from his past. The mystery deepens and he is rapidly precipitated into a life or death struggle that will change his life forever a " if he and his new love survive. A fast-paced thriller: action moves rapidly between a remote English hill town, the heat of East Africa and an exotic Mediterranean island where romance blossoms amid terror and mortal danger.
In July of 1304, Scotland found itself in the tightening grip of King Edward II of England. Central to this struggle, Stirling Castle stood in proud defiance at the headwaters of the River Forth which led deep into the highland strongholds. Throughout Scotland, names like William Wallace and Robert the Bruce found their place in the annals of time as the battle for the Red Lion Flag swept like wildfire through the hills and across the moors. As with all of history, it is often the most insignificant of lives that shine the brightest and are soon forgotten. Though unacclaimed on the written page, these shining many kindle a legacy of fire within the hearts of untold generations to come. The soul of this book was found in one such 'small' life who stood shoulder to shoulder and raised the cry of defiance when silence would have swallowed the land. Her name was Janet Olifant.
The author presents extracts from his hill diary in Scotland, Iceland and Norway, including hill-walking, rock and snow climbing, ski-mountaineering, observing wildlife, and being with mountaineering companions and local people. These diary days started in 1943 when he was 13. They continued through a personal exploration of hill country, often solo, until 1951. The book portrays his excitement as he trod his beloved hills at first in summer and then in winter snow, and his joy at the beauty of nature. In his diary he caught his experiences of long days on the hills, describing views, wildlife, weather and local folk so vividly that readers easily imagine being there.
Sheffield in the late 1960s. A time of mods and rockers, hope for a brighter, more modern future: the realisation of Harold Wilsonʼs "white heat of the technological revolution." Hard times for some, but fondly remembered by many. Mick Jones' photos will touch your heart and make you wonder over what came to be and what we lost on the way.
Considered by many to be the most terrifying writer in English, M. R. James was an eminent scholar who spent his entire adult life in the academic surroundings of Eton and Cambridge. His classic supernatural tales draw on the terrors of the everyday, in which documents and objects unleash terrible forces, often in closed rooms and night-time settings where imagination runs riot. Lonely country houses, remote inns, ancient churches or the manuscript collections of great libraries provide settings for unbearable menace, from creatures seeking retribution and harm. These stories have lost none of their power to unsettle and disturb. This edition presents all of James's published ghost stories, including the unforgettable 'Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad' and 'Casting the Runes', and an appendix of James's writings on the ghost story. Darryl Jones's introduction and notes provide a fascinating insight into James's background and his mastery of the genre he made his own. -- ‡c From publisher’s description.