Search Results: "Iain McCalman"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 20, 2014

"McCalman selects his subjects judiciously and writes with flair, creating a multifaceted portrait of one of the world's great wonders."
The history of the Great Barrier Reef told through the stories of men and women who have loved or hated it, lived there, studied it, exploited it or tried to save it. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 17, 2009

"An extraordinary true-adventure story, complete with trials, tribulations and moments of exultation."
Sparkling group portrait of the intrepid naturalists who challenged accepted notions about the creation of life and transformed science in the process. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2003

"Small wonder that politicians, poets, and popes were after his head. McCalman opens the files on a fascinating character—a con man for the ages."
A lively bio of the once celebrated, but now little remembered, charlatan and troublemaker. Read full book review >

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THE CASTAWAYS by Iain Lawrence
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2007

"Further sequels are likely. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
The third episode in Lawrence's early-19th-century Convicts series takes Tom Tin and his blind, ever-faithful companion Midgely from the South Seas back to London for another run-in with the quite deceptively named Mr. Goodfellow. Read full book review >

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THE WRECKERS by Iain Lawrence
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"A rousing debut that may inspire readers to acquaint themselves with Stevenson's works. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Although it lacks the epochal resonance of the 19th-century adventure yarns—e.g., Treasure Island—that inspired it, this old- fashioned thriller has enough action, plot twists, and eerie melodrama to satisfy young enthusiasts of the genre. Read full book review >

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THE CANNIBALS by Iain Lawrence
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2005

"At times intense and gruesome, this is best for older readers. (author's note) (Fiction. 12-14)"
In this sequel to The Convicts (April, 2005) a tangled fate has made Tom Tin's father his jailer on a ship heading to Australia, where Tom will serve a lengthy prison term for a murder he didn't commit. Read full book review >

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GEMINI SUMMER by Iain Lawrence
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 10, 2006

"Lively prose, quirky characters and strong dialogue animate this moving story of a family and a boy, and an astronaut who sees the whole world as a miracle, with 'more to it all than any one person can ever understand.' (afterword, acknowledgments) (Fiction. 9-14)"
Two intertwined story threads create the fabric of this tale set in the mid-'60s, with the Vietnam War building up and Cape Canaveral offering astronauts as heroes for children in need of them. Read full book review >

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A STUDY IN DEATH by Iain McDowall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 28, 2001

"Despite some ill-thought-out red herrings, together with more than you may want to know about the coppers' private lives, devotees of the British procedural will probably take to this debut quite nicely."
The late Crowby University Professor Roger Harvey is far less interesting than the suspects who survive him: (1) his neighbor, David Mitchell, a computer whiz who has stolen the DawnTrader program from Eschaton Systems and gone to Amsterdam to collect his ill-gotten gains; (2) Mitchell's wife, now raging her way to tranquility in a New Age community; (3) and (4) Harvey's dear friends, John and Annie Kent, now attending to the details of his funeral and closing his apartment; and (5) Laura Gregory, stalwart of the Crowby Women's Refuge, whose docket sports a knife-wielding assault charge and a sexual history that included not only the late Professor Harvey but Professor Merchant, the police pathologist. Read full book review >

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A WORKING STIFF’S MANIFESTO by Iain Levison
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Amusing but punch-less."
A raucous memoir of odd jobs and unhappiness by an author who is more drifter than working stiff. Read full book review >

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GIOTTO'S HAND by Iain Pears
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 8, 1997

"Urbane and amusing as ever, with surprising new depths of temptation for the hero—though series veterans won't be fooled."
Now that fledgling art dealer Jonathan Argyll has finally consummated his rather foolish romance with Flavia di Stefano, of Rome's Art Theft Department (The Last Judgment, 1996, etc.), the two of them can finally turn their full-time energies to tracking down stolen Italian masters. Read full book review >

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THE DREAM OF SCIPIO by Iain Pears
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2002

"This imposingly intricate novel begins slowly, makes heavy demands on the reader, and rises to a stunningly dramatic crescendo. Pears has leapt to a new level, creating a novel of ideas even more suspenseful and revelatory than his justly acclaimed mysteries."
The truism that "The evil done by men of goodwill is the worst of all" is given memorable expression in this brilliantly constructed historical novel from the British author of the runaway success An Instance of the Fingerpost (1998). Read full book review >

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SINCE THE LAYOFFS by Iain Levison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"A witty, deft, well-conceived tale that combines sharp satire with real suspense."
A black comedy about an unemployed factory worker who becomes a hit man, by the author of A Working Stiff's Manifesto (2002). Read full book review >