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Leaving Earth - A Novel (Paperback, New Ed): Helen Humphreys Leaving Earth - A Novel (Paperback, New Ed)
Helen Humphreys
R387 R336 Discovery Miles 3 360 Save R51 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Leaving Earth was Helen Humphreys's debut, and it brought the beauty of her poetry into the story of two women's love of flight and dream to excel, even if it took all their courage and strength and even their lives. Novice flyer Willa joins Grace, heroine of the skies, in what becomes an intimate journey of friendship. Yet the clouds that gather above are echoed by lurking dangers below for Maddy, a young fan of Grace's, and her Jewish mother and uncle. Anti-Semitism is spreading. Maddy's mother, a true fortune-teller, is beat up by thugs, and the swirl of events reverberates on earth and sky.

Writing at Wintergreen (Paperback): Helen Humphreys Writing at Wintergreen (Paperback)
Helen Humphreys
R350 Discovery Miles 3 500 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This anthology of poetry and prose represents the writing of a community of workshop participants who took part in guided writing sessions with Helen Humphreys. The sessions were held at Wintergreen Studios, an off-grid educational retreat centre in the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve. All of the writing-in one way or another-derives from the land surrounding Wintergreen.

Some Phases of American Society from 1876 to 1888 from the English Point of View (Paperback): Helen Humphrey Abrams Some Phases of American Society from 1876 to 1888 from the English Point of View (Paperback)
Helen Humphrey Abrams
R453 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R79 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfectionssuch as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed worksworldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.++++The below data was compiled from various identification fields in the bibliographic record of this title. This data is provided as an additional tool in helping to ensure edition identification: ++++ Some Phases Of American Society From 1876 To 1888 From The English Point Of View Helen Humphrey Abrams University of Wisconsin--Madison, 1916

Coventry - A Novel (Paperback): Helen Humphreys Coventry - A Novel (Paperback)
Helen Humphreys
R357 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R49 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

On the evening of November 14, 1940, Harriet Marsh stands on the roof of the historic Coventry cathedral and marvels at the frost glittering beneath a full moon. But it is a bomber s moon, and the Luftwaffe is coming to unleash destruction on the city. For Harriet; for the young fire watcher, Jeremy, standing beside her; and for his artist mother, Maeve, hiding in a cellar, this single night of horror will resonate for the rest of their lives. Coventry is a testament to the power of the human spirit, an honest and ultimately uplifting account of heartache transformed into compassion and love."

The Evening Chorus (Paperback): Helen Humphreys The Evening Chorus (Paperback)
Helen Humphreys
R386 R320 Discovery Miles 3 200 Save R66 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Shot down on his first mission, James is taken to a German POW camp. To bide the time, he studies a family of birds. Some prisoners have been taken out of the camp and shot; some plot escape. And then, one day, the Kommandant invites him for a drive.

With James away, his young war bride Rose is free in a way she has never known -- working as an air raid warden, roaming the countryside with only her dog as company. Until a furloughed soldier brings new choices.

And then James's sister, Enid, is bombed out of London. She loses her home and her lover in one tragic, impersonal act of war. Her only refuge is her brother's -- Rose's -- home. Each is protective of her secrets, but the two form a surprising friendship.

Each of these characters will find liberty amid war's privations and discover confinements that come with peace. From a writer of "delicate and incandescent" ("San Francisco Chronicle")" "prose, "The Evening Chorus" offers a beautiful, spare examination of the natural world and the human heart.

Wild Dogs - A Novel (Paperback): Helen Humphreys Wild Dogs - A Novel (Paperback)
Helen Humphreys
R360 R312 Discovery Miles 3 120 Save R48 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Alice's boyfriend abandons her dog, which joins a feral pack. Every evening, Alice and five others gather at the forest's edge, trying to call their dogs back. Most have similar tales of jealousy or vengeance enacted upon them through their dogs: Jamie is rebelling against his stepfather; Lily, who has suffered brain damage, is considered irresponsible. Becoming more deeply involved, Alice moves out to a cabin on land owned by Malcolm, one of the group, whose motives in having her there are suspicious. As she falls in love with the wildlife biologist whose wolf has gained lead of the pack, she feels the tug between love's wild power and her desire to domesticate it. After a tragic accident, all members of the group must rethink their lives and find their places in an untamed world. "Wild Dogs" strips away the conventions of love and passion to reveal deeper, richer truths. Reading group guide included.

The Lost Garden - A Novel (Paperback): Helen Humphreys The Lost Garden - A Novel (Paperback)
Helen Humphreys
R362 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R48 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Leaving London to grow food for the war effort, Gwen discovers a mysterious lost garden and the story of a love that becomes her own.

This word-perfect, heartbreaking novel is set in early 1941 in Britain when the war seems endless and, perhaps, hopeless. London is on fire from the Blitz, and a young woman gardener named Gwen Davis flees from the burning city for the Devon countryside. She has volunteered for the Land Army, and is to be in charge of a group of young girls who will be trained to plant food crops on an old country estate where the gardens have fallen into ruin. Also on the estate, waiting to be posted, is a regiment of Canadian soldiers. For three months, the young women and men will form attachments, living in a temporary rural escape. No one will be more changed by the stay than Gwen. She will inspire the girls to restore the estate gardens, fall in love with a soldier, find her first deep friendship, and bring a lost garden, created for a great love, back to life. While doing so, she will finally come to know herself and a life worth living. Reading group guide included.

"Luminous....a stunningly beautiful little gem that lingers in the memory like the heady scent of a damask rose."—Boston Globe, Karen Campbell

"A story of longing, life and death—the stuff all great gardens are made of."—Morning Star-Telegram, Catherine Newton

"Multi-layered in its themes with an undercurrent of wartime passion and danger...unforgettable."—The Democrat, Judy Gaither and Emily Gaither

"Humphreys has a poet's eye, and the story is full of startling images that linger in the mind."—Lisa Michaels

"This is a book to read again and again."—Nancy Goodwin, author of A Year in our Gardens

"Those who, as children, loved The Secret Garden will hear its echo in The Lost Garden....[D]elicate, moving ."—Rosellen Brown

"Humphreys's affecting third novel never fails to couple the realistic with the ideal, the historical with the timeless."—Matthew Batt, San Francisco Chronicle

"This novel...remains with the reader long after the last page is turned, and it feels like an evening walk through a pungent, private garden."—Beth Kephart, Book

"A finely wrought novel....What brings Gwen to life and makes this novel work is Humphreys's meticulous, lucid prose."—Margot Livesey, New York Times Book Review

"A beautiful evocation of love and loss....Subtle and deeply affecting....Rich and satisfying."—Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"A beautiful novel with substance."—Bookmarks, Jessica Teisch

"A graceful, poetic novel of love and loss in England during World War II."—Dallas Morning News, Lee Milazzo

The Reinvention of Love (Paperback): Helen Humphreys The Reinvention of Love (Paperback)
Helen Humphreys
R205 R164 Discovery Miles 1 640 Save R41 (20%) Out of stock

When Charles Saint-Beuve, a French literary journalist met Victor Hugo, an ambitious young writer who intended to become famous, he was swept into a world of grand emotions, a world where words can become swords. But it is not Victor he is really attracted to - it is his wife Adele. Soon the two lovers are on the edge of a great scandal and a wounded Victor must exact his price for betrayal, a price that will change the lives of so many, including his own children. As Saint-Beuve - a man like no other man - struggles to hold on to what is left of his great love, he finds that only words can rekindle the flame. Set during the tumultuous reign of Napoleon III, this mesmerising novel draws a rich portrait of the old Paris, where duels are fought and cholera-ridden bodies float in the Seine. Towering over all is the genius of Victor Hugo, already the voice of France, eventually banished to the island of Guernsey for his opposition to the regime. In contrast come the quieter voices of two women destroyed by Hugo's ferocious literary ambition as well as the unique, acerbic and heart-breaking voice of the critic and essayist, Saint-Beuve, first Hugo's friend and then his unlikely competitor in love. An atmospheric story of delicacy and emotion, of the experience of professional jealousy and personal passion, The Reinvention of Love is an outstanding piece of fiction writing, in part about writing itself.

WIld Dogs (Paperback): Helen Humphreys WIld Dogs (Paperback)
Helen Humphreys
R337 R319 Discovery Miles 3 190 Save R18 (5%) Out of stock

Out beyond the edge of town, in the woods behind Cooper's farm, a pack of lost dogs runs wild. At dusk every evening six people gather to call their former companions home. Their patient waiting becomes a ritual, a memorial and then a healing, as they share their common losses and individual tragedies. Helen Humphreys weaves an enchanting tapestry of characters, layering lyrical narrative and rich imagery into a work of deep resonance and delicate hope. "Wild Dogs" is a remarkable work about the power of human strength, trust and love.

The Reinvention of Love (Paperback, Main): Helen Humphreys The Reinvention of Love (Paperback, Main)
Helen Humphreys 1
R149 R120 Discovery Miles 1 200 Save R29 (19%) Out of stock

When Charles Sainte-Beuve, a French journalist, met Victor Hugo, an ambitious young writer, he was swept into a world of grand emotions, a world where words can become swords. But Charles' attraction moves on from Victor, to his wife Adele. Soon the two lovers are on the edge of a great scandale and a wounded Victor must exact his price for betrayal.Set during the tumultuous reign of Napoleon III, this mesmerising novel draws a rich portrait of old Paris, where duels were fought and cholera-ridden bodies float in the Seine. An atmospheric story of delicacy and emotion, The Reinvention of Love brings together the voices of two women destroyed by Victor Hugo's ferocious ambition, and the unique, acerbic and heart-breaking voice of Charles Sainte-Beuve, first Hugo's friend and then his unlikely competitor in love.

Afterimage (Hardcover): Helen Humphreys Afterimage (Hardcover)
Helen Humphreys
R326 R261 Discovery Miles 2 610 Save R65 (20%) Out of stock

Explores the search for identity and meaning, and captures the tension between the yearnings and the sexuality of the Victorian age. Annie arrives at a wealthy house to work as a maid. Used to the labour of servitude, she soon finds herself drawn into a world where dreams are possible.

Leaving Earth (Hardcover): Helen Humphreys Leaving Earth (Hardcover)
Helen Humphreys
R326 R261 Discovery Miles 2 610 Save R65 (20%) Out of stock

Young flyer Willa Briggs is thrilled to meet air ace Grace O'Gorman, let alone to co-pilot her bid to break the record for non-stop flight. The current record of 25 days in the air, was held by Grace's flight-instructor husband, Jack Robson, who is not happy for his wife to surpass his record.

True Story (Paperback): Helen Humphreys True Story (Paperback)
Helen Humphreys 1
R235 R188 Discovery Miles 1 880 Save R47 (20%) Out of stock

Helen Humphreys' brother, Martin, was her closest ally and friend. Two years ago, he suddenly became ill and died in just a few months. In the year that followed, Humphreys wrote this intense and affecting memoir. Though the book is deeply personal, it is also, inescapably, about the devastating events that we all experience.As the year goes on, Humphreys begins to restructure her life. She absorbs the seasons, landscapes, she gets a new dog, plants fruit trees. And she tells this story: moving fluidly between stories of childhood and adulthood, from life to death and its aftermath, she describes her loss, and how she has come to terms with grief. Like Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking, True Story is articulate, loving and exquisitely crafted. It will make you catch your breath with recognition and sorrow.

The Evening Chorus (Hardcover, Main): Helen Humphreys The Evening Chorus (Hardcover, Main)
Helen Humphreys 1
R295 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R59 (20%) Out of stock

Shot down on his first RAF mission, James Hunter spends his war in a German prison camp. The other captive soldiers busy themselves planning their escapes, but James dedicates himself to a detailed study of the redstarts nesting just beyond the camp boundaries -- a project that gives him something to live for and earns him an unusual ally in the Kommandant in charge of the camp. Rose, James's young wife, is spending her war in a cottage on the lip of Ashdown Forest in Sussex, with her dog Harris for company. She'd hardly known James before he went away and can barely engage with his letters, which talk of nothing but birds. Now she has fallen in love with someone else -- Toby, a young pilot home on sick leave. They meet secretly at night. Then James's brusque sister Enid is bombed out of her flat in London and comes to live in Rose's tiny cottage. Little more than strangers, both women are guarded, and Rose tries to conceal her affair from Enid. But later both look back on this strange interlude as one of their happiest. Beautifully written and full of moments of hope, The Evening Chorus is a stirring story about love and the natural world, set against the backdrop of the Second World War.

Afterimage (Paperback, New edition): Helen Humphreys Afterimage (Paperback, New edition)
Helen Humphreys
R120 R96 Discovery Miles 960 Save R24 (20%) Out of stock

This is an exploration of the search for identity and meaning, capturing the tension between the intellectual yearnings and repressed sexuality of the Victorian age. Annie arrives at a wealthy country house to work as a maid. She is startled to find herself in a world where desires are possible.

The Lost Garden (Paperback, New edition): Helen Humphreys The Lost Garden (Paperback, New edition)
Helen Humphreys
R180 R144 Discovery Miles 1 440 Save R36 (20%) Out of stock

It's Spring 1941 and London is being destroyed by the Blitz. Gwen Davis, a young horticulturist, leaves the city for the Devon countryside. In charge of a troop of Land Girls, her job is to rebuild the grounds of a neglected estate. The manor is far removed from the fighting but Gwen has her own battles - as she struggles with her shyness and fear of intimacy to create a community among her girls. Then Gwen meets two people who will change her life. Raley, an officer awaiting posting to the front and Jane, a frail, free spirit whose fianc? is missing in action. Through them, and the beautiful garden that she stumbles upon, she finds a flowering of a different sort -her own profound capacity for love, even in the face of pain.

Leaving Earth (Paperback, New edition): Helen Humphreys Leaving Earth (Paperback, New edition)
Helen Humphreys
R120 R96 Discovery Miles 960 Save R24 (20%) Out of stock

Set in 1930s Canada, this novel tells the story of Willa and Grace, two female pilots attempting to break the world record for non-stop flight. As they take to the air, the focus shifts to Maddy, a young girl who idolizes the two women whilst fearing for her safety as the Canadian Nazis move in.

The River (Hardcover): Helen Humphreys The River (Hardcover)
Helen Humphreys
R485 R452 Discovery Miles 4 520 Save R33 (7%) Out of stock
The Evening Chorus (Paperback, Main): Helen Humphreys The Evening Chorus (Paperback, Main)
Helen Humphreys 1
R215 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R43 (20%) Out of stock

Shot down on his first RAF mission, James Hunter spends his war in a German prison camp. The other captive soldiers busy themselves planning their escapes, but James dedicates himself to a detailed study of the redstarts nesting just beyond the camp boundaries - a project that gives him something to live for and earns him an unusual ally in the Kommandant in charge of the camp. Rose, James's young wife, is spending her war in a cottage on the lip of Ashdown Forest in Sussex, with her dog Harris for company. She'd hardly known James before he went away and can barely engage with his letters, which talk of nothing but birds. Now she has fallen in love with someone else - Toby, a young pilot home on sick leave. They meet secretly at night. Then James's brusque sister Enid is bombed out of her flat in London and comes to live in Rose's tiny cottage. Little more than strangers, both women are guarded, and Rose tries to conceal her affair from Enid. But later both look back on this strange interlude as one of their happiest. Beautifully written and full of moments of hope, The Evening Chorus is a stirring story about love and the natural world, set against the backdrop of the Second World War.

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