A Clear Blue Sky
Author: Jonny Bairstow, Duncan Hamilton
THE SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR Daily MailAs a young boy of eight, Jonny Bairstow was dealt a cruel blow. His father David 'Bluey' Bairstow, the combative and very popular wicketkeeper and captain of Yorkshire, took his own life at the age of forty-six. David left behind Jonny, Jonny's sister Becky and half-brother Andy, and his wife Janet, who had recently been diagnosed with cancer at the time of his death. From these incredibly tough circumstances, Jonny and his family strived to find an even keel and come to terms with the loss of their father and husband. Jonny found his way through his dedication to sport. He was a gifted and natural athlete, with potential careers ahead of him in rugby and football, but he eventually chose cricket and came to build a career that followed in his father's footsteps, eventually reaching the pinnacle of the sport and breaking the record for most Test runs in a year by a wicketkeeper. Written with multiple-award-winning writer Duncan Hamilton, this is an incredible story of triumph over adversity and a memoir with far-reaching lessons about determination and the will to overcome.
From A Clear Blue Sky
Author: Timothy Knatchbull
Publisher: Random House
A powerful survivor's account of the IRA bomb that killed the author's 14-year-old twin brother, his grandparents and a family friend, published on the 30th anniversary of the atrocity. Winner of the 2011 Christopher Ewart-Biggs Literary Award, and nominated for the 2009-2010 PEN/JR Ackerley prize. On the August bank holiday weekend in 1979, 14-year-old Timothy Knatchbull went out on a boat trip off the shore of Mullaghmore in County Sligo, Ireland. It was a trip that would cost four lives - and change his own for ever. The IRA bomb that exploded in their boat killed Knatchbull's grandfather Lord Mountbatten, his grandmother Lady Brabourne, his twin brother Nicholas, and local teenager Paul Maxwell. In telling this story for the first time, Knatchbull is not only revisiting the terrible events he and his family lived through, but also writing an intensely personal account of human triumph over tragedy. For thirty years, Knatchbull has lived with the echoes of that day: the death of the twin from whom he had been inseparable; the loss of his adored grandparents, whose funerals along with his twin's he and his parents were too injured to attend; the recovery from physical wounds; and the emotional legacy that proved harder to endure. In From A Clear Blue Sky Timothy Knatchbull delves into his past, present and future, and reveals a story of courage and fortitude as he, his family, and their English and Irish friends dealt with the shocking assassinations and their aftermath. Taking place in Ireland at the height of the Troubles, it gives a compelling insight into that period of Irish history. But more importantly it brings home that although tragedy can strike at any moment, the human spirit is able to recover and evolve over time. This book about truth and reconciliation, unflinching in its detail, asks searching questions about why human beings inflict misery on others, and holds lessons about how we can learn to forgive, to heal and to move on. It will resonate with readers the world over.
Clear Blue Sky
Author: F. P. Lione
Publisher: Baker Books
As police officer Tony Cavalucci fights to survive and help others survive as well in New York City on September 11, 2001, he learns all over what faith, family, and life itself mean.
32 page hardcover. Bibliotherapy for miscarriage bereavement. Use along with The B.I.R.T.H. Model Curriculum for Miscarriage Bereavement in therapy or alone with a journal.
Sakae Sugiura working hard to become a teacher, gets an assistant teacher position at an elementary school. There he meets his old elementary school homeroom teacher, Ryuji Fukada. Fukada-Sensei was someone Sakae looked up to, someone who supported him. Now, Sakae is shocked by how different Fukada is and feels lost. But since he’s no longer a student, will his feelings towards Fukada change...?
A Clear Blue Sky
Author: N.R. Narayana Murthy
Publisher: Penguin UK
26/11, 9/11, 7/7—dates that have changed the way we see ourselves and those around us. Dates that have changed the world, and not for the better. Why is the world getting increasingly fragmented? Is there a way for us to understand different viewpoints better? In this collection, writers from India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan—Gulzar, Elmo Jayawardena, Manjula Padmanabhan, Poile Sengupta, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, Subhadra Sen Gupta and others—write about various kinds of conflict in our society and history. Some stories are dark, others full of light and hope, and some outright funny as they portray mindless bigots for what they are. When a church burns in Bangalore, the altar cloth ends up in the hands of Mubina, whose grandmother can clean and repair it like no one else; years after the Partition tore a friendship apart, two people try to find the happiness that was once within their reach; and while chasing away courting couples from the Delhi Ridge, a young thug learns a lesson about what really makes Indian ‘culture’. Interspersed with poems that articulate pleas for peace and understanding, this collection is sure to start a conversation on religion, race, caste, and mindsets that divide us.
Five year old Susan O’Dey lost both of her parents in a tragic accident and lives with her grandparents, Ernest and Marie, in an idyllic little town known simply as ‘the meadows.’ Her day to day life is happy, but routine: that is until her grandparents’ former foster daughter Jenny comes back to town. Jenny has regrets about the way she has been living her life in the city, and has returned to reconnect with her true self and those who love her the most. Ernest and Marie have plans for Jenny and Susan, but Jenny is haunted by a past that she can’t seem to leave behind. Beyond the Clear Blue Sky asks: can we go home again? And if we do, will we be redeemed?
THE SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR Daily Mail
A Clear Blue Sky
Author: Barbara Whitnell
A Cornish summer holiday idyll is disrupted as dark undertones come to the surface, in this novel by the author of The View from the Summerhouse.
A Clear Blue Sky
Author: Josh Greenfield
A picture book that encourages children to wonder abut the beauty of God's creation.
Blue Sky White Stars
Author: Sarvinder Naberhaus
"A stirring poetic tribute to the beauty and wonder of America's symbols, history, landscape"--
Red Sand, Blue Sky
Author: Cathy Applegate
Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY
Two young girls from very different backgrounds discover what they hold in common in this funny Australian classic.
A former Church of Scientology member describes his experience in that organization, outlining the mind-control and dollar-extraction methods it employs on its members and offering a revealing look at the life of Scientology creator L. Ron Hubbard
Dear Blue Sky
Author: Mary Sullivan
A timely, eye-opening novel showing how war affects families on both sides Ever since her brother Sef left for Iraq, Cassie has felt like her life is falling apart. Her parents are fighting over her brother having gone to war. Her smart, beautiful sister is messing up. Her little brother, who has Down syndrome, is pretending he's a Marine. And her best friend no longer has time for her. In her loneliness Cassie turns to a surprising source of comfort: Blue Sky, an Iraqi girl she meets through her blog. The girls begin a correspondence and Cassie learns that when Blue Sky says "I want my life back," she means something profound, as she can no longer venture out in her destroyed city. Cassie takes strength from Blue Sky's courage and is inspired to stop running away from the pain, and to reclaim her life.