A quarter of a century ago, Andrew Barclay wrote a best-selling novel. He has never produced another book. Now a young PhD student from Los Angeles has tracked down the recluse to a backward town in... More > a third-world Central American country.
Looking for material for her thesis, she visits the writer; but instead of the brilliant author of memorable prose she finds an aging alcoholic whose twenty-five-year effort to produce another novel has generated nothing he deems worthy of publication. But Barclay is oddly certain that despite all his failures one day he will produce his second book.< Less
The Cornish mining industry at one time accounted for well over 70% of the world's production of copper. Later, it produced more than half the world's tin.
In "Deep Down", R. M.... More > Ballantyne, with a meticulous eye for detail, weaves a story around the life of a typical mine, the Botallack Mine in the extreme southwest of Cornwall. Populated with colorful but authentic characters, "Deep Down" explores a hard, dangerous and often fatal way of life that once was common in this remote part of England.< Less
Born in South Dakota and nurtured in a Yorkshire village, Penny Smith kept a detailed record of her thoughts and the daily events that impacted her from the age of eleven until her death. A poet,... More > sharp-eyed observer, and seeker for the truth behind the meaning of a human life, she struggled with the issues surrounding success and failure, hope and despair, trust and betrayal — and, ultimately, death. This is her story, in her words.< Less