Author: Tom Murphy
Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
Release Date: 1989-07-13
Tom Murphy's early masterpiece, A Whistle in the Dark depicts the reunion of an Irish family in Coventy: a picture of Irishmen 'over here' asserting themselves in one of England's post-war dream cities. Michael Carney has left Mayo for Coventry, hoping to leave behind his homeland and his past with modest ambitions for a decent job and respectable family. However, he is relentlessly pursued by his past: a past that is both the flesh of his own family and the soured spirit of a haunted, marginalised people. With tragic inevitability, the impossibility of escape from his own dark history becomes all too obvious. Produced to a mixture of acclaim and notoriety by Theatre Royal, Stratford East in 1961, Whistle in the Dark is now regarded as a modern classic. 'It is a considerable and refreshing shock to encounter this clenched fist of a play…National identity has been a theme in contemporary Irish drama common to Murphy, Friel and McGuinness. Nothing has been so brutish and direct, though, as this picture of Irishmen "over here" asserting themselves in one of England's post-war dream cities.' (Financial Times) 'A play worthy of every tribute.' (The Times)
Author: Emma Healey
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release Date: 2018-05-03
In the award-winning Elizabeth is Missing debut novelist Emma Healey explored grandmother Maud's attempt to solve an 70-year-old mystery as she succumbed to dementia. Now, in her dazzling follow-up Whistle in the Dark, we meet Jen, mother to 15-year-old Lana - who has just been found after going missing for four desperate days. Lana can't talk about the missing days. As her daughter's life falls apart, Jen turns detective to discover what happened . . . How do you rescue someone who has already been found? Jen's fifteen-year-old daughter goes missing for four agonizing days. When Lana is found, unharmed, in the middle of the desolate countryside, everyone thinks the worst is over. But Lana refuses to tell anyone what happened, and the police think the case is closed. The once-happy, loving family returns to London, where things start to fall apart. Lana begins acting strangely: refusing to go to school, and sleeping with the light on. With her daughter increasingly becoming a stranger, Jen is sure the answer lies in those four missing days. But will Lana ever reveal what happened? 'A psychological thriller that meshes the homely with the Gothic' Literary Review 'Oozing with tension and written with captivating brilliance' Heat 'As gripping as its predecessor' Elle 'Gripping, deeply affecting' Irish Times
Author: R Raj Rao
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Social Science
Whistling in the Dark: Twenty-one Queer Interviews focuses on issues like sexuality, sexual identity, marriage, gay marriage, heteronormativity, gay utopia, gay activism, gay bashing, police atrocities and the laws vis-à-vis these. The interviewees represent a cross section of society ranging from university professors, gay rights activists and students, on the one hand, to working class men such as office boys, auto-rickshaw drivers and even undertrials who have served prison sentences, on the other. The thought-provoking narratives in this book are the outcome of probing and incisive questions put to the respondents by the editors R. Raj Rao and Dibyajyoti Sarma. Appealing to a wide readership, the narratives go beyond the conventional and provide a rare insight into the private lives of the respondents. Besides being a must read for gay activists and organisations, the book will also be a useful resource for post-graduate students and academics working in the fields of sexuality studies, feminism and alternative literature.
Author: Lisa Caretti
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing
Release Date: 2009
In the suburbs of Chicago, psychologist Dena Davis has devoted her life to helping others deal with the aftermath of violent crimes. After an attempted murder disrupts her tranquil life, she and private investigator Nick O'Neal unravel a twisted and evil connection to her past.
No one's ever paid much attention to Emily Wentworth, but all that changes in the spring of 1918 when her twin brother is reported missing and presumed killed in what is supposed to be the war to end all wars. Emily's convinced that Theo is alive and travels to France to find him. Since no one would let her go if they knew of her mission, she capitalizes on her ability to drive and repair a Model T and signs on as an ambulance driver. Emily is determined to reach Theo, even if it means allying herself with Grant Randall, a reporter who writes beautifully but appears oddly unaffected by the war. She enlists Grant's aid, promising to keep his breakdown-prone Model T running if he'll help her find her brother. For his part, though he's intrigued by the beautiful woman who's so skilled at what many would consider a man's work, Grant knows better than to let himself care too deeply about Emily's mission. After all, caring is the road to heartache. Though each have reservations, they embark on a journey fraught with danger. As they make their way across the war-torn countryside, Grant encourages Emily to keep her fears at bay by whistling in the dark. Emily realizes Grant has fears of his own, fears that threaten both his happiness and hers. Can Emily help him overcome his fears before its too late?
A war injury ends Sutton Albright's career as a concert pianist. His nights are spent in a debauched romp through gay Manhattan. After he meets Jack, their attraction cannot be denied. Can music heal them both, or will sudden prosperity jeopardize their chance at love?
It was the summer on Vliet Street when we all started locking our doors... Sally O'Malley made a promise to her daddy before he died. She swore she'd look after her sister, Troo. Keep her safe. But like her Granny always said-actions speak louder than words. Now, during the summer of 1959, the girls' mother is hospitalized, their stepfather has abandoned them for a six pack, and their big sister, Nell, is too busy making out with her boyfriend to notice that Sally and Troo are on the Loose. And so is a murderer and molester. Highly imaginative Sally is pretty sure of two things. Who the killer is. And that she's next on his list. Now she has no choice but to protect herself and Troo as best she can, relying on her own courage and the kindness of her neighbors.
Written to honor one of my father's last life goals, "Whistling in the Dark: A Journey from Hope to Joy" is a devotional. It contains weekly reflections written during Advent and Easter. I share our true story so that these words might be a ray of hope, a whistle in the dark, as my dad always was and still is to me.
Author: Dale N. Walter
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release Date: 2002-07-01
A Haunted Love Story and True Account of an Astounding Spiritual Journey Based on some riveting true stories, this is the tale of a daredevil pilot and atheist who comes to faith through his research into and encounters with supernatural phenomena and to love through his Jamaican wife Annie. The hero´s story is woven into a larger account of his family, which has been plagued for centuries by a demonic being, from the mountains of Greece to present-day New England. Reminiscent of the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne, the novel´s dark, Gothic elements are leavened with humor and spiced with a playful sensuality that celebrates the joys of the marriage bed. (Now there´s a radical idea: a book that doesn´t portray the marriage bed as the source solely of boredom, bitterness and betrayal!) The story is told from the perspective of the demon itself and of Wolff Ladiakas Reinhardt, the latest member of his family to be marked by the Vouno Diavalos as his favored prey. (Author´s Note: The legend of the Vouno Diavolos or mountain devil is current to this very day in the author´s ancestral Greek village of Valteseniko.) Initially an atheist, Wolff soon learns through encounters with the demon and ghosts why he has been given the rare gift to see into the Spirit Realm: only he can see them, and only he can save those afflicted. Wolff eventually finds comfort in the love of his Jamaican-American wife, and they discover that their lives are entwined in The Haunted House of Assateague, where Wolff twice confronts the demon and Annie learns the truth about her Scottish ancestry. (An actual haunted house that the author wrote about when working as a newspaper editor, The Haunted House of Assateague is located near the National Park Service Visitor´s Center for Assateague National Seashore in Maryland, home to the famous wild ponies. This novel marks the first time that the home´s actual location is revealed, along with frightening details of its haunting.) Wolff is ultimately possessed by the demon, and he must struggle to free himself to save his young family and to prevent an evil new church from rising. The novel provides profound insights into the value of faith and a woman´s love. It will be prized by those who like spooky, Gothic stories, who are hungry for spiritual meaning and insights, who recognize Humor as a Divine Gift, and who cherish the rich sensual pleasures of this world. Written in a fresh voice with often startling power, the novel dares to provide verifiable answers to the Age-Old Questions: Are there Gods and Devils, and if so, what role do they play in our lives? Is there a Spirit World and Life after Death? What is the true nature of Original Sin? Yes, God is alive, the Devil still marks his favored prey, this way lies fascination...
Author: Jean R. Freedman
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Release Date: 2015-01-13
Few historical images are more powerful than those of wartime London. Having survived a constant barrage of German bombs, the city is remembered as an island of courage and defiance. These wartime images are still in use today to support a wide variety of political viewpoints. But how well do such descriptions match the memories of those who survived the blitz? Jean Freedman interviewed more than fifty people who remember London during the war, focusing on under-represented groups, including women, Jews, and working-class citizens. In addition she examined original propaganda, secret government documents, wartime diaries, and postwar memoirs. Of particular significance to Freedman were the contemporary music, theater, film, speeches, and radio drama used by the British government to shape public opinion and impart political messages. Such bits of everyday life are mentioned in virtually every civilian's experience of wartime London but their interpretations of them often clashed with their government's intentions. By exploring the differences between wartime documentation and postwar memory, oral and written artifacts, and the voices of the powerful and the obscure, Freedman illuminates the complex interactions between myth and history. She concludes that there are as many interpretations of what really happened during Britain's finest hour as there are people who remember it.
Liverpool, 1940: thirteen-year-old Joan's home is under threat from the Nazi's terrifying nightly air-raids. It is not an easy time to be a teenager, especially with the sweet rationing, strict curfews and blackouts. Joan and best friend Doreen love going to the cinema until the bombings intensify and then even that becomes too dangerous, especially when an army deserter is found lurking near their home. Who is he and why does he think Joan can help him? As the Blitz worsens, Joan and her friends make a discovery that will tear the whole community apart.
Awry and thought-provoking jaunt through the spiritual terrain of our everyday language -- a lexion of uncommon insight to jar the mind and nourish the soul. "I think of faith as a kind of whistling in the dark, because in much the same way," writes Buechner, "it helps to give us courage and to hold the shadows at bay."