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Director Andrew Sinclair adapts his own novel set in Swinging London. New Ensign of the Household Brigade Bumbo Bailey (Richard Warwick) takes his work very seriously but his career is put on the line when he meets anti-war protestors Susie (Joanna Lumley) and Jock (John Bird) who hold a demonstration outside Wellington Barracks.
'We need London's mythical wolf almost as much as we need the wildernesses of the world, for without such ghost-animals from the depths of the human subconscious we are alone with ourselves' - from the introduction This volume of the best of Jack London's famed stories of the North includes The Call of the Wild, London's masterpiece about a dog learning to survive in the wilderness, along with 'Bâtard', 'Love of Life', and White Fang, the story of a wild dog's acclimation to the world of men, generally considered the companion piece to The Call of the Wild. In his introduction, James Dickey probes London's strong personal and literary identification with the wolf-dog symbol and totem. Andrew Sinclair, London's official biographer and the volume's editor, provides a brief account of London's life as sailor, desperado, socialist, adventurer and acclaimed author.
The semiautobiographical Martin Eden is the most vital and original character Jack London ever created. Set in San Francisco, this is the story of Martin Eden, an impoverished seaman who pursues, obsessively and aggressively, dreams of education and literary fame. London, dissatisfied with the rewards of his own success, intended Martin Eden as an attack on individualism and a criticism of ambition; however, much of its status as a classic has been conferred by admirers of its ambitious protagonist. Andrew Sinclair's wide-ranging introduction discusses the conflict between London's support of socialism and his powerful self-will. Sinclair also explores the parallels and divergences between the life of Martin Eden and that of his creator, focusing on London's mental depressions and how they affected his depiction of Eden.
Man and Horse is a magisterial history of the mounted warrior and the relationship with his steed. Andrew Sinclair takes as his inspiration Walter Prescott Webb's seminal work, The Great Plains. The horse until very recently has been the decisive factor in determining military success. Great exponents of the art of equestrian warfare include, Alexander the Great, Hannibal, King Arthur, Saladin, the Knights of the Templar, the Reivers of the Scottish Borders, the Mongols, North American Indians, the Confederate forces during the American Civil War and the Boers. Sinclair also explores the uses of the horse by highwaymen and figures such as Ned Kelly. Andrew Sinclair brilliantly shows that the art of warfare from horseback with its culture of mobility has always been at conflict with the urban domesticated culture. This tension has created much of the great art and culture of humankind. This is a hugely ambitious and exhilarating book that cannot fail to enthral and stimulate.
The Art of Earth & Fire is the first book by Andrew Sinclair ARBS, recognised as a master of world-class figurative sculpture. It is based on Andrew's ground-breaking Sinclair Method, which completely transforms the building and creation of Contemporary Realist sculpture. This method is revolutionising the approach to sculpture, also acting as a powerful source of knowledge, enabling students searching for excellence to become professional masters of their art. The Art of Earth & Fire deals with the foundations of good figurative sculpture and offers a profound understanding of measurement, anatomy, design and composition in an easy-to-understand format that will shock and inspire established sculptors and beginners alike. So, if you want to raise your game and lift your sculpture talents to a professional level - this book is dynamite! Consider it food for the sculptural soul.
Shattered by tropical disease and a gruelling voyage across the Pacific, Jack London spent many of the last months of his life writing in Hawaii. His search for untouched civilizations had revealed cruelty and ignorance beside startling beauty, a flawed paradise. Tales of the Pacific is the fruit of this quest. The stories embody the power and harshness of Hemingway and demonstrate a mastery of the short-story form equal to that of Conrad or Kipling. They spring from London's desire to reconcile the dream of an unfallen world with the harsh reality of twentieth-century materialism.
The changing role and status of women in America from colonial times to the present, and the American woman's unrelenting struggle for complete equality with men are the major themes of this work. The works of leading feminists, suffragists, abolitionists, unionists, and temperance workers are explored.
Adam Quince's business is death. A writer of obituaries, his own life of tedium is measured out by the index cards of the dead and dying which he monitors in his basement office 'morgue'. But Quince finds his passion for life reignited when he meets the beautiful actress Nada Templeton and becomes engaged in a tug-of-war with her protector, the enigmatic and sinister John Purefoy. Obsessed with death, Purefoy is 'The Raker', named after the men charged cleaning the streets during the Plague of 1665.
'The book is a bravura performance, exhibiting the virtuosity that
has lit up all Sinclair's work.' - C.P. Snow, "Financial Times"
This screen adaptation of Dylan Thomas's 'play for voices' tells the story of the inhabitants of a Welsh village called Llareggub as they go about their daily lives, whilst giving voice to their innermost thoughts. The inhabitants include blind sea captain Cat (Peter O'Toole), who still longs for his childhood sweetheart, Rosie Probert (Elizabeth Taylor). Richard Burton plays the narrator of the tale.
Over the years, observers of American politics have noted the deleterious effects of party polarization in both the national and state legislatures. Reformers have tried to address this problem by changing primary election laws. A theory underlies these legal changes: the reformers tend to believe that 'more open' primary laws will produce more centrist, moderate, or pragmatic candidates. The 'top-two' primary, just implemented in California, represents the future of these antiparty efforts. Nonpartisan Primary Election Reform examines California's first use of the top-two primary system in 2012. R. Michael Alvarez and J. Andrew Sinclair evaluate the primary from a variety of perspectives and using several different methodologies. Although the first use of this primary system in California did not immediately reshape the state's politics, it also did not have many of the deleterious consequences that some observers had feared. This study provides the foundation for future studies of state primary systems.
The Breaking of Bumbo was first published fifty years ago when the author was twenty-two. It was an immense success and caused something of stir. To quote from the original blurb, 'Bumbo Bailey is a coward and a bit of a hero; a martyr, an egoist, a clown, a debs' delight and a Suez mutineer; a non-conformist Old Etonian Guardee . Partly his own victim, and partly the victim of his own small world, he is Made, and has his Season; and is Broken. Bumbo pursues his career from Caterham to an Officers' Training School; from the Officers' Training School to Wellington Barracks; and from Wellington Barracks to any number of wildly assorted parties. He learns a lot about Sex and Love and Discipline - and a little about himself; in the end he behaves very oddly indeed; and faces, in his own way, the consequences.' This however is more than a period piece, the social milieu it describes may have vanished, but the novel's satirical brio lifts it above its immediate provenance; it continues to read freshly. 'This bitter, ironical and very clever first novel paints a devastating portrait of an upper-class misfit, half clown, half Hamlet . . .' Evening Standard 'Gruesomely funny . . . a violent virility that is infectious' Tatler
The political use of terror has always been with us, whether in the murderous seizing of power by the ancients, through the outlawed campaigns of guerrillas, or via the state sanctioned terror of war. From Homer to Al Qaeda, terrorism has flourished in one form or another, bloodily shaping our history. Andrew Sinclair's unique book brilliantly explores the methods and thinking behind terrorism and shows how the nature of terror has not changed since the days of the Assassins and the Mongol hordes. Meticulously researched and beautifully written, An Anatomy of Terror dissects the uses of atrocity from the Roman destruction of Carthage to the suicide attacks on the World Trade Center. Bold, incisive and compelling, An Anatomy Of Terror is an essential history for our times.
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