Rocking Horse Road

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Rocking Horse Road

Rocking Horse Road Pdf/ePub eBook Author: ,
Editor: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
ISBN: 1869790936
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Much more than a murder mystery, this powerful novel is about coming of age and loss of innocence. The body of a teenage girl is found on the beach in the days leading up to Christmas, 1980. It's an event that makes a huge impact on all those who live along Rocking Horse Road, which runs through the Spit, a long 'finger of bone-dry sand' between the ocean and the estuary. It's an event that for one hot summer brings together a group of fifteen-year-old boys and then keeps them linked for the rest of their lives. Evolving from Nixon's celebrated short story, this compelling novel shows New Zealand turning upon itself during the 1981 Springbok Tour. It examines how early events can influence the rest of our lives, and probes ideas of community, collective memory and story-telling.

Rocking Horse War

Rocking Horse War Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Lari Don
Editor: Floris Books
ISBN: 0863158951
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One sunny morning the triplets disappear, leaving only a few mysterious clues behind: an open upstairs window, three missing rocking horses and some strangely shaped marks on the lawn outside. Could they be hoofprints? Used to their silly pranks, older sister Pearl sets out to find them. At the garden gate she encounters Thomas, the snooty grandson of a local earl, who warns her that the moors aren't safe today. But who is he to boss Pearl around? As she searches for the triplets and tries to outwit Thomas, Pearl's journey through the rugged Scottish hills unfolds into an incredible and perilous adventure. Pearl strives to outwit living, breathing rocking horses and several powerful land magicians, who turn the very rocks of the mountains against her. But can she trust the mysterious Thomas? And can she save her brother and sisters from the unknown fate that lies ahead? A tale of dark magic and destiny set in the 1920s Scottish Highlands.

The Rocking-Horse Winner

The Rocking-Horse Winner Pdf/ePub eBook Author: D. H. Lawrence
Editor: Harper Collins
ISBN: 1443424757
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Members of an upper-class urban family struggling to make ends meet deal with their economic troubles in different ways—while the matriarch of the family bemoans her lot in life, her son focuses on trying to use luck as way to earn a better life. When the son develops the mysterious ability to predict the winners at the local horse race, he attempts to alleviate his family’s troubles with his race-track winnings, but it soon becomes clear that money is just a symptom of larger issues. "The Rocking Horse Winner" is a story about obsession, dissatisfaction and misplaced values. Like many of Lawrence’s stories it deals with the unfulfilling nature of modern, industrialized life. "The Rocking Horse Winner" was made into a full-length film starring John Howard Davies in 1949. HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.


Rockinghorse Pdf/ePub eBook Author: William W. Johnstone
Editor: Lyrical Press
ISBN: 1601835337
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It came in the dead of night—a rhythmic creaking sound that only the children could hear. Jackie and Johnny tried not to listen. But it called to them, whispering of evil, luring them into the darkness of the attic. With its brightly colored saddle and painted-on eyes, it was the most beautiful rocking horse Jackie and Johnny had ever seen. But as they took turns riding it, they didn’t see its tail twitch or its lips curve into a terrifying grin. They couldn’t hear the faint whicker that echoed among the shadows. They couldn’t know that their own innocent eyes had taken on a strange new gleam . . .

Rocking Horse Hill

Rocking Horse Hill Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Cathryn Hein
Editor: Cathryn Hein
ISBN: 0648000516
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Who do you trust when a stranger threatens to tear your family apart? When Emily Wallace-Jones’s brother Digby arrives home with a secretive new fiancée, no one knows how to react. The Wallace-Jones are old-money rural aristocracy and Felicity Townsend is from a very different side of the tracks. But Em is determined not to treat Felicity with the same teenage snobbery that tore apart her relationship with her first love, Josh Sinclair. A man who has now sauntered sexily back into Em's life and given her a chance for redemption. As Felicity settles in, suspicions are raised about her intentions toward Em’s beloved Rocking Horse Hill, the historic family property that Digby owns but has promised will be Em’s home for as long as she wishes. Though worried for her future, Em sides with her brother and Felicity, until a near tragedy sets in motion a chain of events that will change the family forever. An emotional story of family turmoil and second-chance love played out against the dramatic landscape of rural South Australia.

The Virgin and the Whale

The Virgin and the Whale Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Carl Nixon
Editor: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
ISBN: 177553376X
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A touching, clever novel about stories, about using them to create your own identity, and about the way they can forge bonds of love. It is 1919. Elizabeth Whitman is working as a nurse in the local hospital, waiting for her husband to return from war, though he is missing in action, 'presumed dead'. She keeps him alive for their four-year-old son, Jack, by telling the story of a man she calls The Balloonist, who went away in a hot-air balloon and has adventures in exotic countries. When she is asked to nurse a returned soldier whose head injury has reduced him to an animal-like state with no memory, Elizabeth starts telling her stories to him. It is through them that she manages to engage his interest and offer him a new life . . . in more ways than one.

The Road

The Road Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Cormac McCarthy
Editor: Vintage
ISBN: 0307267458
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE The searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive. A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other. The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation. A New York Times Notable Book One of the Best Books of the Year The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Denver Post, The Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, New York, People, Rocky Mountain News, Time, The Village Voice, The Washington Post

Settlers' Creek

Settlers' Creek Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Carl Nixon
Editor: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
ISBN: 1869794044
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A poignant and contentious novel by a rising star of New Zealand literature. Box Saxton just wants to bury his teenage stepson's body in the churchyard near the farm where Box grew up. What happens, though, when the boy's biological father, a Maori leader, unexpectedly turns up in the days before the funeral and forcibly takes the boy's body? According to Maori custom the boy must be buried in the tribe's ancestral cemetery at the small coastal town of Kaipuna. According to the law there is very little Box can do. With no plan and little hope, Box gets in his old truck and drives north, desperate and heartbroken. Settlers' Creek explores the claims of both indigenous people and more recent settlers to have a spiritual link to the land. 'Brave, bold and unflinching, Carl Nixon's Settler's Creek is one of the best novels to come out of New Zealand. It's not only a gripping, brutal, thriller but also a dissection of a country and its culture. It's the kind of book that gets you run out of town.' - Witi Ihimaera

Dark Horse

Dark Horse Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Todd Rose,Ogi Ogas
Editor: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062683640
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For generations, we've been stuck with a cookie-cutter mold for success that requires us to be the same as everyone else, only better. This "standard formula" works for some people but leaves most of us feeling disengaged and frustrated. As much as we might dislike the standard formula, it seems like there's no other practical path to financial security and a fulfilling life. But what if there is? In the Dark Horse Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, bestselling author and acclaimed thought leader Todd Rose and neuroscientist Ogi Ogas studied women and men who achieved impressive success even though nobody saw them coming. Dark horses blaze their own trail to a life of happiness and prosperity. Yet what is so remarkable is that hidden inside their seemingly one-of-a-kind journeys are practical principles for achieving success that work for anyone, no matter who you are or what you hope to achieve. This mold-breaking approach doesn't depend on you SAT scores, who you know, or how much money you have. The secret is a mindset that can be expressed in plain English: Harness your individuality in the pursuit of fulfillment to achieve excellence. In Dark Horse, Rose and Ogas show how the four elements of the dark horse mindset empower you to consistently make the right choices that fit your unique interests, abilities, and circumstances and will guide you to a life of passion, purpose, and achievement.

Three Day Road

Three Day Road Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Joseph Boyden
Editor: Penguin Canada
ISBN: 0143175645
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It is 1919, and Niska, the last Oji-Cree woman to live off the land, has received word that one of the two boys she saw off to the Great War has returned. Xavier Bird, her sole living relation, is gravely wounded and addicted to morphine. As Niska slowly paddles her canoe on the three-day journey to bring Xavier home, travelling through the stark but stunning landscape of Northern Ontario, their respective stories emerge—stories of Niska’s life among her kin and of Xavier’s horrifying experiences in the killing fields of Ypres and the Somme.

Fish 'n' Chip Shop Song and Other Stories

Fish 'n' Chip Shop Song and Other Stories Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Carl Nixon
Editor: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
ISBN: 1775531392
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Each beautifully told story in this fine collection resonates with a moving depth of emotional understanding. Having won prizes in major national competitions for four of these stories, had several selected for anthologies of significant New Zealand writing, with numerous broadcast on radio and one even translated into Mandarin, Carl Nixon was long overdue for a book of his own, collecting his stories together. So, here they are. Stories that evoke the South Island landscape as well as the New Zealand urban expanse. Stories that take surprising turns as they explore such things as 'saving' a pet parrot, a fruiterer's true love, a return to Crete, an anticipated seduction and the dreams of a suburban mercenary. There are characters to charm and alarm the reader, characters that are startlingly different and characters that are just like us. There are songs of love and tales of loss, there's humour and there's poignancy.

Reading the Signs

Reading the Signs Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Carl Nixon
Editor: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
ISBN: 1775534367
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A world full of signs, but can you trust what they say? A clever and touching short story about fathers and sons and reading what we signify to each other. Guilt pushes Rob into accompanying his elderly father on a long road trip. But when a phone call disrupts their journey, who is looking after whom?


Crossroads Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kaleb Dahlgren
Editor: HarperCollins
ISBN: 1443462896
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An inspiring story of hope and resiliency On April 6, 2018, sixteen people died and thirteen others were injured after a bus taking the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team to a playoff game collided with a transport truck in a rural intersection. The tragedy moved millions of people to leave hockey sticks by their front door to show sympathy and support for the Broncos. People from more than eighty countries pledged millions of dollars to families whose relatives had been directly involved in the accident. Crossroads is the story of Kaleb Dahlgren, a young man who survived the bus crash and faced life after the tragedy with resiliency and positivity. In this chronicle of his time with the Broncos and the loving community of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Dahlgren takes a hard look at his experience of unprecedented loss, but also revels in the overwhelming response and outpouring of love from across Canada and around the world. But this book also goes much deeper, revealing the adversity Dahlgren faced long before his time in Humboldt and his inspiring journey since the accident. From a childhood spent learning to live with type 1 diabetes to his remarkable recovery from severe brain trauma that astounded medical professionals, Dahlgren documents a life of perseverance, gratitude and hope in the wake of enormous obstacles and life-altering tragedy. The author will donate a portion of his proceeds from this book to STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service).

Settlers Creek

Settlers Creek Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Carl Nixon
Editor: CulturBooks
ISBN: 3944818040
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Box Saxton ist ein erfolgreicher Bauunternehmer und Immobilienmakler in Christchurch, bis die Finanzkrise ihm den Boden unter den Füßen wegreißt. Er muss sein Haus mit Meerblick verlassen und sich in einer nicht gerade erstklassigen Gegend einmieten. Die teure Privatschule für seine beiden Kinder lässt sich nicht länger finanzieren. Sein 19jähriger Sohn Mark wird mit diesen Veränderungen nicht fertig und nimmt sich das Leben. Box, der nun als einfacher Bauarbeiter weit entfernt arbeitet, fliegt sofort nach Hause, um bei seiner Frau Liz und Tochter Heather zu sein und die Beisetzung im Familiengrab vorzubereiten. Doch da taucht Marks leiblicher Vater auf, Tipene, ein Maori, der die Mutter des Jungen bald nach der Geburt verlassen hat. Mark hatte nie eine Verbindung zu ihm. Nach dem Gesetz der Maori muss ein Familienmitglied in der Grabstelle der Ahnen beigesetzt werden, und dieser Tradition will Tipene folgen. Box und seine Frau weigern sich, den Leichnam des Jungen herauszugeben, deshalb stiehlt Tipene ihn, wobei er das neuseeländische Recht auf seiner Seite hat. Box verfolgt ihn in seinem alten Pickup, um die Leiche seines Sohnes zurückzubekommen. Carl Nixon beschreibt in seinem spannenden Roman sehr genau die Auswirkungen der Finanzkrise, ebenso den unlösbaren Konflikt zwischen zwei verschiedenen Formen der spirituellen Bindung an das eigene Land. »Settlers Creek« erschien 2010 im englischen Original und war nominiert für den International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2012. Nixons erster Roman, »Rocking Horse Road«, war äußerst erfolgreich, das Buch stand 4 Monate auf der KrimiZEIT-Bestenliste.

Aaron's Rod

Aaron's Rod Pdf/ePub eBook Author: David Herbert Lawrence
Editor: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 161310295X
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A coal miner forsakes his family in search of self-fulfillment and discovers the unconventional world of bohemia--Novelist.

The Icebound Land

The Icebound Land Pdf/ePub eBook Author: John Flanagan
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 1101147202
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The international bestselling series with over 5 million copies sold in the U.S. alone! Kidnapped after the fierce battle with Lord Morgarath, Will and Evanlyn are bound for Skandia as captives aboard a fearsome wolfship. Halt has sworn to rescue Will, and he will do anything to keep his promise–even defy his King. Expelled from the Rangers he has served so loyally, Halt is joined by Will's friend Horace as he travels toward Skandia. On their way, they are challenged constantly by freelance knights–but Horace knows a thing or two about combat. Soon he begins to attract the attention of knights and warlords for miles around with his uncanny skill. Even so, will they be in time to rescue Will from a horrific life of slavery? The smash hit series continues with another heart stopping adventure. Perfect for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, T.H. White’s The Sword in the Stone, Christopher Paolini’s Eragon series, and George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire series.


Springhaven Pdf/ePub eBook Author: R. D. Blackmore
Editor: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504064151
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A sweeping novel of the Napoleonic Wars by the author of Lorna Doone. Capt. Caryl Carne, half French and half English, has returned to the coastal town of Springhaven in Sussex, home to his ancestral castle, which now lies in ruins. In secret communication with the French, he plots to aid them with their planned invasion. Meanwhile, the Englishman known as Captain Scuddy is taken prisoner in France, where he learns of Carne’s treacherous scheme. What follows is a sprawling tale of war, suspense, and intrigue, in which both Vice-Admiral Nelson and Napoleon himself make appearances. “The whole atmosphere is briskly naval, full of a healthy salt breeze and the movement and life of the ocean.” —The Academy

The Rocking R Ranch

The Rocking R Ranch Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Tim Washburn
Editor: Pinnacle Books
ISBN: 078604568X
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AN AMERICAN DREAM IN THE MAKING From acclaimed storyteller Tim Washburn comes a thrilling new saga of the Old West, the sprawling story of one frontier family—and the Texas home they fought for, lived for, and died for . . . THE LEGEND BEGINS When the Ridgeway family staked their claim on more than 40,000 acres of land in northwest Texas, they knew they had their work cut out for them. Located on a sharp bend of the treacherous Red River, their new home—the Rocking R Ranch—was just a stone’s throw away from Indian territory. It was as lawless and wild as the West itself, crawling with unsavory characters, cattle rustlers, horse thieves, outlaws, robbers, and worse. But still, the Ridgeways were determined to make the Rocking R a success—and a home—for their four remarkable children: Percy, Eli, Abigail, and Rachel. This is their story. Together, the Ridgeways could endure anything. Floods, tornadoes, Commanche raids in the dead of night. But when one of their own is kidnapped . . . that’s when all hell breaks loose. This is their story. The story of the American West. Visit us at

Help Me

Help Me Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Marianne Power
Editor: HarperCollins
ISBN: 1443456675
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A hilarious and heartwarming rampage through the world of self-care Marianne Power was a self-help junkie. For years she lined her bookshelves with dog-eared copies of definitive guide after definitive guide on how to live your best life. Yet one day she woke up to find that the life she dreamed of and the life she was living were not miles but continents apart. So she set out to make a change. Or, actually, to make every change. Marianne decided to finally find out if her elusive perfect life—the one without debt, anxiety, hangovers or Netflix marathons, the one where she healthily bounced around town with perfect teeth to meet the cashmere-sweater-wearing man of her dreams—lay in the pages of those books. So for a year she vowed to test a book a month, following its advice to the letter, taking the surest road she knew to a perfect Marianne. As her year-long plan turned into a demented roller coaster where everything she knew was turned upside down, she found herself confronted with a different question: Self-help can change your life, but is it for the better?

Rocky Road

Rocky Road Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Robert Wainwright
Editor: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 1760637130
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In the early 1930s, the Australian family confectionery company Darrell Lea was a sensation, its shops stacked with delicious chocolates, marshmallows, nougat and much more in line with the company's motto to 'Stack 'em high, watch 'em fly'. It was at this time that Montague Lea met the vivacious teenage 'ticket writer' Valerie Everitt. Monty fell hard for her and, despite strong family opposition on both sides, they would marry. Valerie was keen to have a large brood and, though her pregnancies were difficult, she gave birth to four children. But they were not enough and in 1947 she adopted the first of three more children who were designated to be playmates for her own. It was a social experiment that would end in tears, as would the fortunes of the iconic company, destroyed by the glue that once bound it together - family. Rocky Road is the story of this chocaholic clan and the creative and eccentric woman who dominated it. Behind the irresistible sweetness of Darrell Lea lay a family who made bitter sacrifices to succeed in the candy business.