´´A warm, generous and hilarious guide through the writer´s world and its treacherous swamps.´´ -- Los Angeles Times Advice on writing and on life from an acclaimed bestselling author: ´´Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he´d had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother´s shoulder, and said, ´Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.´´´
Morgan McCarthy´s THE HOUSE OF BIRDS is a beautiful and bewitching story of love, war and second chances that will be adored by readers of Kate Morton, Virginia Baily and Lucinda Riley. Oliver has spent years trying to convince himself that he´s suited to a life of money making in the city, and that he doesn´t miss a childhood spent in pursuit of mystery, when he cycled around the cobbled lanes of Oxford, exploring its most intriguing corners. When his girlfriend Kate inherits a derelict house - and a fierce family feud - she´s determined to strip it, sell it and move on. For Oliver though, the house has an allure, and amongst the shelves of discarded, leather bound and gilded volumes, he discovers one that conceals a hidden diary from the 1920s. So begins a quest: to discover the identity of the author, Sophia Louis. It is a portrait of war and marriage, isolation and longing and a story that will shape the future of the abandoned house - and of Oliver - forever.
Odette´s story has been made famous by Tchaikovsky, but what if there were more to the story? What if Odette got a second chance at happiness? What if she had a friend to share all her trials and tribulations? Anna and Vlad each stand in the shadow of their friends, but together they have a fairy tale all their own.
It was bound to happen sooner or later. A mighty barbarian, Cimmerian Conan became, after all, the ruler of a whole state - the Great Aquilonia. Everything, as befits a monarch-autocrat - subjects, the capital, the royal palace. But the main thing is beautiful daughters, heirs and future warriors. Severe for enemies and enemies, papa in daughters, as it should be, does not cherish the soul. It gives them all their time - in between the affairs of state importance. And now the time has come for a grand royal holiday in honor of the election of Bishop of the United Shem. Everyone is happy and happy. And once the daughters are having fun - then the young king, who has long settled the barbarian, is also quite cheerful. But the fun is suddenly interrupted by bloody slaughter. During which young daughters were kidnapped. But in vain, oh, how vain, some thought that Conan the Barbarian is no more ...
Something for the Birds: Jacqueline Fahey
Drawing and Painting Birds: Tim Wootton