La reine des pluies
Author: Katherine SCHOLES
Dans les paysages grandioses d'Afrique, la passion interdite d'une femme pour un homme et pour un pays. Une grande saga. Magnifique portrait d'une femme passionnée et rebelle, La Reine des pluies nous entraîne dans une superbe saga romanesque au cœur d'une Afrique magique et méconnue. Pâques, 1974, près de la frontière rwandaise, à l'ouest de la Tanzanie. Kate a douze ans lorsque ses parents missionnaires, le Dr Carrington et son épouse Sarah, sont sauvagement assassinés. Seule une femme blanche, que les indigènes nomment la Reine des pluies, réchappe mystérieusement au carnage... Vingt ans plus tard, en Australie, Kate se lie d'amitié avec une étrange voisine qui l'intrigue autant qu'elle la fascine. Jusqu'au jour où la vieille dame lui révèle son incroyable secret : elle est Annah Mason, sa propre marraine et la meilleure amie de sa mère ! De celle qui fut la Reine des pluies, Kate va apprendre la vérité sur son passé africain et sur la tragédie qui la rendit orpheline. Mais elle va surtout connaître l'extraordinaire histoire d'amour que vécurent Annah et Mtemi, un jeune chef de tribu, dans la splendeur de la brousse africaine.
Author: Katherine Scholes
Publisher: Penguin Books
You can't go back and change the past. All you have left is the future. Melbourne secretary Anna Emerson's life is turned upside down when a stranger hands her a plane ticket to the Congo. The newly independent country is in turmoil, Simba rebels are on the move - but the invitation holds a precious clue to the whereabouts of her estranged father. Dan Miller signs up as a mercenary commando to fight the Communist uprising. He supports the cause, but that's not really why he's there. A devastating tragedy has taken all meaning from his life, and he's got nothing left to lose. In the Congo, Dan's belief in the war begins to crumble. Anna heads deeper into danger as she travels from a grand colonial mansion to an abandoned hotel on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, to a leprosy mission in the jungle and beyond. Their two paths collide through circumstances more extraordinary than fate. Inspired by real events, Congo Dawncombines epic drama with an intimate journey into the heart of a fractured family, as two characters, in search of people they lost, at last find a way to come home. It is a landmark novel about good and evil, and the inexhaustible power of love.
The Bridge of Beyond
Author: Simone Schwarz-Bart
Publisher: New York Review of Books
"In this intoxicating tale of love and madness, mothers and daughters, folkloric wisdom and the grim legacy of slavery on the French Antillean island of Guadeloupe, aged yet unbowed Telumee tells her life story, along with that of the proud line of Lougandor women she continues to draw strength from, even in their physical absence. Having obtained, with dizzying speed, love and happiness and the trust of others, Telumee must find the resources, personal and collective, both to rejoice without reserve and then, in less fortunate seasons, to survive suffering that would crush weaker vessels. In the words of Queen Without a Name, the stoic and tender grandmother who raises her, Behind one pain there is another. Sorrow is a wave without end. But the horse mustn't ride you, you must ride it. A masterpiece of Caribbean literature, The Bridge of Beyondrepresents at once a gorgeously thick description of the flora and climate, crafts and customs of the island, and the triumph of a spirit so generous and hopeful that no earthly adversity could outlast it. Simone Schwarz-Bart's sinuous and lyrical prose, interwoven with proverbs and other local sayings, appears here in an uncomm
Author: Katherine Scholes
Publisher: Penguin Group Australia
Two women, bound by a shocking event, drawn to a vast and beautiful country they cannot forget. Kate Carrington has cut all ties with Africa, the land of her birth. Her past is buried alongside her missionary parents, the last reminders locked safely away in the attic. But when a mysterious woman moves in next door, Kate's carefully constructed world is torn apart. Annah Mason has led an extraordinary life – one that has taken her from a hospital in Langali to the company of rainmakers deep in the Tanzanian bush. Her connection with the Waganga people has brought her the great love of her life, and freedom beyond her dreams. Yet she carries with her a painful secret. Now, the time has come for her to tell her story – to finally set Kate free. The international bestseller that has captured hearts the world over. 'This most moving book, whose every breath is a love-song for Africa and her people, is a faultlessly woven cloth.' LE MONDE (FRANCE) 'One to keep you reading late into the night.' WEST AUSTRALIAN 'Beautifully written, lively and sympathetic... an adventurous and highly entertaining read.' BOOKSHOW (GERMANY)
Après l'inoubliable Reine des pluies, Katherine Scholes signe un roman envoûtant ; le magnifique portrait d'une femme éprise de liberté, avec pour toile de fond les étendues sauvages du Tanganyika des années 1940. Peintre australienne, Kitty Hamilton a été contrainte de renoncer à son art pour suivre son mari Theo au bout du monde, dans la colonie britannique du Tanganyika. Car Kitty a bien des choses à se faire pardonner... Après le scandale qu'elle a déclenché à Londres, la jeune femme n'a pas le choix : si elle veut regagner la confiance de Theo, elle doit endosser son rôle d'épouse modèle. Sans faire de faux pas. Mais, très vite, Kitty s'ennuie, étouffe dans l'univers ultracodifié des colons. Alors, quand son chemin croise celui de Taylor, un Anglais aux positions anticoloniales tranchées, qui lutte aux côtés des Massaï pour la préservation de leurs terres, sa nature fougueuse refait surface. À l'ombre des bougainvilliers, drames et passions couvent. Déchirée entre son besoin de venir en aide à ce peuple démuni, son attirance pour le charismatique Taylor et le devoir de rester loyale envers Theo, Kitty saura-t-elle faire le bon choix ?
Author: Stephen King
Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil remains as riveting and eerily plausible as when it was first published. A patient escapes from a biological testing facility, unknowingly carrying a deadly weapon: a mutated strain of super-flu that will wipe out 99 percent of the world’s population within a few weeks. Those who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. Two emerge—Mother Abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a peaceful community in Boulder, Colorado; and Randall Flagg, the nefarious “Dark Man,” who delights in chaos and violence. As the dark man and the peaceful woman gather power, the survivors will have to choose between them—and ultimately decide the fate of all humanity. (This edition includes all of the new and restored material first published in The Stand: The Complete And Uncut Edition.) From the Trade Paperback edition.
#1 New York Times Bestseller Oprah's Book Club Selection The “extraordinary . . . monumental masterpiece” (Booklist) that changed the course of Ken Follett’s already phenomenal career. Look out for Ken's newest book, A Column of Fire, available now. “Follett risks all and comes out a clear winner,” extolled Publishers Weekly on the release of The Pillars of the Earth. A departure for the bestselling thriller writer, the historical epic stunned readers and critics alike with its ambitious scope and gripping humanity. Today, it stands as a testament to Follett’s unassailable command of the written word and to his universal appeal. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known . . . of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect—a man divided in his soul . . . of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame . . . and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state and brother against brother. A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of twelfth-century England, this is Ken Follett’s historical masterpiece.
The Perfect Wife
Author: Katherine Scholes
Publisher: Penguin Books
From the internationally bestselling author - over two million books sold worldwideKitty Hamilton arrives in Tanganyika with high hopes for her new life. An exciting adventure halfway across the world could be just what she and Theo need to recover from the scandal that almost tore them apart. But in this wild and foreign land, her dreams soon begin to unravel. And there is much more at stake than her quest to be a perfect wife. As old wounds resurface and new passions ignite, Kitty and Theo confront emotions that push them beyond the boundaries of all that they know and believe in.A deeply moving story about the struggle between duty and desire - and the need to follow your heart, wherever in the world it may lead you.PRAISE FOR KATHERINE SCHOLES' BESTSELLERS'An exotic setting, a superbly crafted narrative and more than a passing look at what makes us human.' Weekly Times'A great summer read . . . It made me want to jump on the first plane to Tanzania.' Bookseller + Publisher'A beautifully descriptive read and a soul-searching take on relationships.' New Idea
Author: Katherine SCHOLES
Après l'inoubliable Reine des pluies, Katherine Scholes signe un roman envoûtant, magnifique portrait d'une jeune femme à la recherche de ses racines, doublé d'une fresque hallucinante sur l'histoire du Congo des années 1960. Congo, 1964. Australienne de vingt-cinq ans, Anna Emerson retourne sur sa terre natale du Congo, pour se rendre au chevet de son père mourant, Karl, qu'elle n'a pas vu depuis dix-huit ans. Les retrouvailles sont brèves et, au lendemain de sa mort, un nouveau choc attend la jeune femme : Karl n'est pas son père biologique. Qui est son véritable père ? Pourquoi sa mère n'a-t-elle jamais rien dit ? Et que faire de Leopard Hall, la villa Emerson dont elle a hérité, remplie d'œuvres d'art pillées aux Africains ? Anna n'a bientôt plus qu'une idée en tête : retrouver son père. Avec Eliza, séduisante photographe américaine et grande entremetteuse politique, la jeune australienne tente de rejoindre le village où elle est née pour en savoir plus sur ses racines. Mais dans ce Congo tout juste indépendant, les tensions sont vives, parfois sanglantes. Et tandis qu'Eliza est embarquée dans une mission secrète auprès des rebelles Simba, Anna, elle, hésite : doit-elle poursuivre son voyage seule ? Ou doit-elle rester auprès des Carling, ce couple de missionnaires qui viennent en aide aux lépreux ? De l'autre côté du lac Tanganyika, un homme se prépare pour une mission paramilitaire des plus dangereuses, classée " secret défense ". Un homme qui n'a plus goût à rien depuis vingt-cinq ans, date à laquelle il a renoncé à ses droits sur sa fille. Un homme qui ne se doute pas que, dans un lieu appelé Leopard Hall, le destin a placé une surprise sur son chemin...
One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world, and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize–winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America. Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth and senility -- the variety of life, the endlessness of death, the search for peace and truth -- these universal themes dominate the novel. Whether he is describing an affair of passion or the voracity of capitalism and the corruption of government, Gabriel García Márquez always writes with the simplicity, ease, and purity that are the mark of a master. Alternately reverential and comical, One Hundred Years of Solitude weaves the political, personal, and spiritual to bring a new consciousness to storytelling. Translated into dozens of languages, this stunning work is no less than an accounting of the history of the human race.
With mythic sweep and epic scope, David Gemmell’s bestselling novels of magic and adventure feature brooding heroes who fight to preserve all that is good and honorable in themselves and in the worlds through which they stride like lonely giants. In times of terror and despair, theirs are the swords that carve a shining path, inspiring others to follow. Even after their deaths, their names live on. . . . A thousand years after they fell in battle, two heroes—Druss and Skilgannon—are revered throughout the war-torn lands of the Drenai. Yet men and women live in abject fear of the Joinings, abominable meldings of man and beast, and of their mistress, the dark sorceress known as the Eternal. None can stave off these ruthless foes. But what if the soul of one such hero could be called back from the void, his bones housed again in flesh? An ancient prophecy foretold that Skilgannon would return in his people’s darkest hour. To most, this is a foolish hope. But not so to Landis Kan. For years, as the power of the Eternal grew, Kan searched for the tomb of Skilgannon the Damned. And at last, he found it, gathering up the bones and performing the mystic ritual. But the reborn hero is an enigma: a young man whose warrior skills are blunted and whose memories are fragmented. This Skilgannon is a man out of time, marooned in a world as strange to him as a dream, remote from all he knew and loved. Or nearly all. Before bringing Skilgannon back, Landis Kan experimented upon other bone fragments found in the hero’s tomb. That ritual resulted in a surly giant who possessed astounding strength, but no memories. To Kan, he was a dangerous failure. But to Skilgannon, this giant represented their last hope. For as the ageless evil of the Eternal threatens to drown the Drenai lands in blood, two legendary heroes will once again lead the way to freedom.
Author: Chris Van Allsburg
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The game under the tree looked like a hundred others Peters and Judy had at home. But they were bored and restless and, looking for something interesting to do, thought they'd give Jumanji a try. Little did they know when they unfolded its ordinary-looking playing board that they were about to be plunged into the most exciting and bizare adventure of their lives. In his second book for children, Chris Van Allsburg again explores the ever-shifting line between fantasy and reality with this story about a game that comes startingly to life. His marvelous drawings beautifully convey a mix of the everyday and the extraordinary, as a quiet house is taken over by an exotic jungle.
Colleen McCullough's sparkling, romantic sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.