The Dhow House

Author: Jean McNeil
Publisher: ECW Press
ISBN: 9781770909960
Release Date: 2017-04-11
Genre: Fiction

A lushly imagined novel that asks, “When do we ever really know ourselves?” When Rebecca Laurelson is forced to leave her post as a trauma surgeon in an east African field hospital, she arrives at her aunt’s house on the Indian Ocean and is taken into the heart of a family she has never met before. It’s a world of all-night beach parties and constant cocktail receptions, and within its languorous embrace her attraction for her much younger cousin grows. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Times; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} But the gilded lives of her aunt Julia’s family and their fellow white Africans on the coast are under threat — Islamist terror attacks are on the rise and Rebecca knows more about this violence than she is prepared to reveal. Will she be able to save her newfound family from the violence that encroaches on their seductive lives? Or, amidst growing unrest, will the true reason for her hasty exit from her posting be unmasked? Rebecca finds herself torn between the family she hardly knows and a past she dares not divulge.

The Dhow House

Author: Jean McNeil
Publisher: Legend Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781785079450
Release Date: 2016-09-15
Genre: Fiction

Uncover the darker side of paradise. A moody, sensual novel about forbidden passion and terrorism on the Indian ocean coast of east Africa.

Fire on the Mountain

Author: Jean McNeil
Publisher: Legend Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781787199996
Release Date: 2018-02-15
Genre: Fiction

When NGO worker Nick drops unexpectedly into the lives of Pieter and Sara Lisson, he feels he has found the parents he never had. Nick then meets Riaan, the Lissons’ son, and so begins an intense connection that threatens to erupt into a relationship neither had ever considered.

In the Wake of the Dhow

Author: Dionisius A. Agius
Publisher: Garnet & Ithaca Press
ISBN: 0863723411
Release Date: 2010
Genre: History

The Arabian dhow, with its characteristic features, is one of the evocative images of the Gulf, the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. This book features over two hundred interviews with shipwrights and seamen in the Arabian Gulf and Oman. It compares information given firsthand with the literature already written on the dhow and on Arab seafaring.

Ice Diaries

Author: Jean McNeil
ISBN: 1770414460
Release Date: 2018-11-06
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Winner of the Banff Mountain Book Festival Grand Prize and one of the Guardian's Best Books of 2016. Drawn to understand what we might lose in a world without ice, acclaimed novelist and short-story writer Jean McNeil spent four months on the world's most enigmatic continent -- Antarctica. In the spirit of the diaries of Antarctic explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton, McNeil brings the austere beauty and the constant danger of the continent to life. Weaving science and narrative to examine the history of our fascination with ice, McNeil draws vivid portraits of the people who are drawn to this unforgiving continent and the importance of the research conducted in the world's icy places. Her descriptions of the ships and bases, those thin membranes against the elements, are unforgettable. Here, at the bottom of the world, the cold pulls at memory, and McNeil unexpectedly finds herself confronting her own Maritime upbringing, a harrowing childhood she thought she had left behind. Instead, she is brought face to face with the lifelong effects of growing up in a cold place and how the climates of childhood frame our emotional thermodynamics for life. Ice Diaries is a rare glimpse at an elusive continent and a haunting story of the relationship between beauty and terror, loss and abandonment, transformation and triumph.

Seafaring in the Arabian Gulf and Oman

Author: Dionisius A. Agius
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136201820
Release Date: 2012-12-06
Genre: Social Science

This book is a study of the seafaring communities of the Arabian Gulf and Oman in the past 150 years. It analyses the significance of the dhow and how coastal communities interacted throughout their long tradition of seafaring. In addition to archival material, the work is based on extensive field research in which the voices of seamen were recorded in over 200 interviews. The book provides an integrated study of dhow activity in the area concerned and examines the consciousness of belonging to the wider culture of the Indian ocean as it is expressed in boat-building traditions, navigational techniques, crew organisation and port towns. People of the Dhow brings together the different measures of time past, the sea, its people and their material culture. The Arabian Gulf and Oman have traditionally shared a common destiny within the Western Indian Ocean. The seasonal monsoonal winds were fundamental to the physical and human unities of the seafaring communities, producing a way of life in harmony with the natural world, a world which was abruptly changed with the discovery of oil. What remains is memories of a seafaring past, a history of traditions and customs recorded here in the recollections of a dying generation and in the rich artistic heritage of the region.

The Interpreter of Silences

Author: Jean McNeil
Publisher: McArthur Publishing
ISBN: 1552785637
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Cape Breton Island (N.S.)

Life, says Eve’s father, is a never-ending loop, like a journey of the eels he fishes, repeating endlessly from the Sargasso Sea to Seal Island, again and again. I don’t want to be a part of this rigid continuum, think Eve as a young girl—Let me be the one to break the cycle. Now Eve is in her mid-thirties and she has come home to Cape Breton, to Clam Harbour, to take care of her father. A barracuda of a real estate agent is already circling—there are Americans and Germans who want part of this gorgeous landscape. But there are still too many memories here and Eve knows very well that memory is not safe. Noel, an American, has moved into the abandoned cottage next door. He, too, is haunted by memories—of the Rwandans he met after the genocide. Working for the NGO Global Witness, Novel struggles with what he has seen. Slowly, easily, together, Noel and Eve begin to revisit their pasts. But where is the exact boundary of the present and the past? Then Rachel, Noel’s fiancée arrives.In the end, Eve’s journey home, to this safe harbour on the edge of a raging ocean, resolves her family’s tragic story. This is a thoughtful, lyrical, beautifully written novel touching on myth.

Racing Home

Author: Adele Dueck
Publisher: Coteau Books
ISBN: 9781550504958
Release Date: 2011-08-01
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Erik never wanted to leave his grandfather's farm, and the memory of his dead father, in Norway. But in Canada he and his family can have their own farm, so Erik, his mother, and his sister Elsa journey by steamship and train to the Canadian west with Rolf, their mother's new husband. Erik thinks he is old enough to look after the family - his mother didn't need a new husband for that. To make matters worse, Rolf is a hard man to talk to, and even harder to get to know. And he's keeping a secret from his new family. The farm isn't what they expected - it's just wide open prairie. Erik does a man's work, helping Rolf break land and build a sod house. Rolf's brother lives in the nearby town, with his wife and their son, Olaf. Olaf looks a whole lot like Rolf, but for some reason won't talk to him, and seems to resent Erik as well. What's going on here? The boys finally start to get along, mostly through their shared efforts to save Tapper, an injured horse they keep from being shot by its owner. Tapper gets well enough to be entered in a local horserace and turns out to be a real winner. "Tapper" is the Norwegian word for "brave", and Erik really must be "tapper" to face all the challenges of his new life and be a winner himself.

The Handmaid s Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Emblem Editions
ISBN: 9781551994963
Release Date: 2010-12-10
Genre: Fiction

In this multi-award-winning, bestselling novel, Margaret Atwood has created a stunning Orwellian vision of the near future. This is the story of Offred, one of the unfortunate “Handmaids” under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships, Offred’s persistent memories of life in the “time before” and her will to survive are acts of rebellion. Provocative, startling, prophetic, and with Margaret Atwood’s devastating irony, wit, and acute perceptive powers in full force, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once a mordant satire and a dire warning.

Wooden Ship

Author: Jan Adkins
Publisher: WoodenBoat Books
ISBN: 093782285X
Release Date: 2004-11-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Jan Lee Adkins was born on the Ohio River in West Virginia. He studied architecture at Ohio State University and apprenticed as a designer for several years. He shifted his major to literature and creative writing and graduated, after more than eight years of university, with a plain BA.

Show Stopper

Author: Hayley Barker
Publisher: Scholastic UK
ISBN: 9781407180939
Release Date: 2017-06
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Set in a near-future England where the poorest people in the land must watch their children be taken by a travelling circus - to perform at the mercy of hungry lions, sabotaged high wires and a demonic ringmaster. The ruling class visit the circus as an escape from their structured, high-achieving lives - pure entertainment with a bloodthirsty edge. Ben, the teenage son of a draconian government minister, visits the circus for the first time and falls instantly in love with Hoshiko, a young performer. They come from harshly different worlds - but must join together to escape the circus and put an end to its brutal sport.


Author: Rebecca Walker
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544149229
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Fiction

Falling in love on an exquisite island off the coast of Kenya, a free-spirited American woman and a Swahili Muslim man share a life of privacy and intimacy until the plans for their wedding force them to confront the violent and tragic realities of mainland life on the eve of the Persian Gulf War. By the best-selling author of Baby Love. 15,000 first printing.

The Ice Lovers

Author: Jean McNeil
Publisher: McArthur & Company Pub Limited
ISBN: 1552788024
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Fiction

In 2016, Helen, an historian, and David, a government official, journey to a slowly disintegrating Antarctic. Helen goes in search of a story. Three years before their journey, Nara, a young scientist, disappeared from an Antarctic base; she is presumed dead, though her body has never been recovered. When an international emergency forces Helen and David to over-winter in the Antarctic, a more complex story than the official record emerges – of what happened to Nara, the pilot Luke and Nara’s lover Alexander, and of what is happening to the ice. Sitting at Nara’s desk, reading her diaries on a snowed-in Antarctic base, Helen wonders if the ice will ever give up its secrets.

Down the Nile

Author: Rosemary Mahoney
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780316007320
Release Date: 2007-07-11
Genre: Travel

Rosemary Mahoney was determined to take a solo trip down the Egyptian Nile in a small boat, even though civil unrest and vexing local traditions conspired to create obstacles every step of the way. Starting off in the south, she gained the unlikely sympathy and respect of a Muslim sailor, who provided her with both a seven-foot skiff and a window into the culturally and materially impoverished lives of rural Egyptians. Egyptian women don't row on the Nile, and tourists aren't allowed to for safety's sake. Mahoney endures extreme heat during the day, and a terror of crocodiles while alone in her boat at night. Whether she's confronting deeply held beliefs about non-Muslim women, finding connections to past chroniclers of the Nile, or coming to the dramaticm realization that fear can engender unwarranted violence, Rosemary Mahoney's informed curiosity about the world, her glorious prose, and her wit never fail to captivate.

Freak the Mighty

Author: Rodman Philbrick
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781409591054
Release Date: 2015-04-01
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Max is used to being called Stupid. And he is used to everyone being scared of him. On account of his size and looking like his dad. Kevin is used to being called Dwarf. And he is used to everyone laughing at him. On account of his size and being some cripple kid. But Greatness comes in all sizes, and together Max and Kevin become Freak the Mighty and walk high above the world. "This tale of the underdog is a truly moving modern classic – read it NOW" - tbk Magazine