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WHO KILLED THE LIGHTNING? By Paul Newman
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Many of the poems in this anthology have already appeared in well-known literary magazines. Surreal, bitter and comic, they range from Paul Newman's first book 'In Many Ways Frogs' to his most recent... More > 'The Ass's Shadow'. They vary in content from fungal scrutinies like 'Ogre Observing Mushrooms' to investigative audacities like 'Who Killed the Lightning?' Philosophical reflections such as 'Eternal Recurrence' stand beside curious dilemmas that challenge the imagination. 'Indecision', for instance, depicts a man uncertainly poised between acquiring a giant lobster or a bicycle while 'Orpheus Ascending' transplants the musician to a contemporary urban setting. Some of these poems do not reflect reality so much as the hallucinations provoked by the phenomenal world. The collection is supplemented by three short stories: 'Forever Falling', 'The Bleeding King' and finally 'Sanctorum', an account of a sinisterly potent medieval perfume and how it interfered with the life of a university lecturer.< Less
THE MAN WHO UNLEASHED THE BIRDS: Frank Baker & His Circle By Paul Newman
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This is a pioneering biography of the novelist Frank Baker (1908 - 1983) whose most famous novel was called 'Miss Hargreaves', but he also wrote a dystopian visionary work called 'The Birds' thirty... More > years before Daphne du Maurier wrote a short story of the same title.< Less
Shalakite - A Drama By Paul Newman
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The action of this drama takes place amid a family during a spell of freezing weather. The father, Gregory, labours under the delusion he is a ‘great comedian’ and that his desperately... More > unfunny routine has the ‘true paranoid despair’ of the twentieth century. To the chagrin of his careworn wife, Mabel, he pins his future on that vain hope; and she also fails to realistically connect to her present situation, harking back constantly to the barren bleak relationship she formerly had with a sinister scientist called Robert Garstin. And Gregory and Mabel’s daughters, too, have problems: Daphne is involved with a brash young American salesman, Bill, while Alice has a mysterious fiance, Derek, who permanently wears a bowler hat and insists on eating only icecream. When Derek is invited to tea, both parents are alarmed to find out he is a snowman. But despite his dismal, short-lived prospects, Derek burns with a hard gem-like flame and terrifies and entertains until the temperature rises...< Less
Under the Shadow of Meon Hill By Paul Newman
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On February 14th, 1945, Charles Walton, aged 74, a hedger and ditcher of Lower Quinton, Warwickshire was found dead on Meon Hill in Warwickshire. He had been subject to the most brutal attack. A... More > pitchfork had been thrust through his neck, pinning him to the soil and what looked like the sign of a cross slashed across his chest. The police classed it as a major murder enquiry and called up the most famous detective of the day, Inspector Robert Fabian of Scotland Yard, to investigate. Employing the most modern techniques, Fabian combed the crime scene and surrounding area, using surveillance aircraft and metal detectors in a search of clues. He interviewed locals, POWs from the camp at nearby Long Marston and individual soldiers, but found no convincing leads, until someone suggested that the killing of Walton had a ritual or 'sacrificial' aspect, and from then on the enquiry became more and more bizarre, involving witches, black magicians, folklorists and social historians...< Less