Edward W. Said once urged the legendary Eqbal Ahmad not to ‘leave your works scattered to the winds, or even recorded on tape, but collected and published in several volumes for everyone to read. Then those who don’t have the privilege of knowing you will know what a truly remarkable, gifted man you are.’
Unfortunately, Ahmad died suddenly before Said’s wish came to fruition. Now, for the first time, Ahmad’s most provocative ideas are available in book form.
In these intimate and wide-ranging conversations, Ahmad discusses nationalism, ethnic conflict, the politics of memory, and liberation struggles around the world.
Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations, talking about Ahmad said,
‘[Eqbal Ahmad] was a shining example of what a true internationalist should be…. Eqbal was at home in the history of all the world’s great civilizations.
‘He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of states past and present, and he knew that states had a rightful role to play.
‘But he also knew that states existed to serve people, not the other way around, and he had little to do with governments, except as a thorn in their side.
‘To friends, colleagues, and students, however, he gave unstintingly of himself and his time… his example and his memory will inspire many to carry on his work.’
The book carries a foreward by the late Edward W. Said, who says ‘Ahmad was that rare thing, an intellectual unintimidated by power or authority… perhaps the shrewdest and most original anti-imperialist of Asia and Africa.’
1939, New York. Private Eye, Melody Malone, is hired to find a stolen ruby, the Eye of Horus. The ruby might hold the secret to the location of Cleopatra’s tomb – but everyone who comes into contact with it dies. Can Melody escape the ruby’s curse?
1939, New York. River Song, author of the Melody Malone Mysteries, is forced to find a reality-altering weapon, the Eye of Horus – but everyone who comes into contact with it dies. River doesn’t believe in curses – but is she wrong?
From the top-security confines of Stormcage to the barbarism of first-century Egypt, River battles to find the Eye of Horus before its powers are used to transform the universe. To succeed, she must team up with a most unlikely ally – her own fictional alter ego, Melody. And together they must solve another mystery: Is fiction changing into fact – or is fact changing into fiction?
ISBN: 9781785947148 Publisher: BBC BOOKS Subtitle: DOCTOR WHO Author: ALEX KINGSTON
Kate Jones and Mandy Hose have experienced the highs and lows of parenting ? and they wouldn?t change a thing. The pair met a decade ago and bonded over their premature twins with additional needs, and their remarkable capacity for love, laughter and swearing like a trooper. As the mothers grew closer, however, they confided that they felt ?on-the-floor lonely? sometimes because nobody was talking about what life was like for families like theirs. It was time to give their community a voice.
So began Too Peas in a Podcast, a weekly conversation in which the two friends discuss the surprises, the challenges and the joys of parenting twins with additional needs. It was meant to support other multiple-birth mums and mums of kids with disabilities, but they were shocked to discover therapists, doctors, nurses, teachers, even people without kids were also listening.
Now, Kate and Mandy are sharing their story on the page, delving deeper into the issues they care about and offering reassurance for those navigating a child?s disability. They write candidly about what it?s like to receive the initial diagnosis, how they perceive their children?s lives have been impacted by their additional needs, how their own lives have changed, and those of their family and friends. Above all, they convey their immense love for their children and the happiness they have brought into their lives.
With their signature empathy, honesty and compassion, the Too Peas invite you into their world to laugh, cry and make a difference.
ISBN: 9781761040252 Publisher: A PENGUIN LIFE BOOK Subtitle: WELCOME TO THE JOYOUS, MESSY, COLOURFUL WORLD OF PARENTING KIDS WITH ADDITIONAL NEEDS
Fans of Verity by Colleen Hoover won?t want to miss this thrilling new suspense novel from the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Taken! Hiding her own dark past in plain sight, a TV reporter is determined to uncover the truth behind a gruesome murder decades after the investigation was abandoned. But TWENTY YEARS LATER, to understand the present, you need to listen to the past?
Avery Mason, host of American Events, knows the subjects that grab a TV audience?s attention. Her latest story?a murder mystery laced with kinky sex, tragedy, and betrayal?is guaranteed to be ratings gold. New DNA technology has allowed the New York medical examiner?s office to make its first successful identification of a 9/11 victim in years. The twist: the victim, Victoria Ford, had been accused of the gruesome murder of her married lover. In a chilling last phone call to her sister, Victoria begged her to prove her innocence.
Emma Kind has waited twenty years to put her sister to rest, but closure won?t be complete until she can clear Victoria?s name. Alone she?s had no luck, but she?s convinced that Avery?s connections and fame will help. Avery, hoping to negotiate a more lucrative network contract, goes into investigative overdrive. Victoria had been having an affair with a successful novelist, found hanging from the balcony of his Catskills mansion. The rope, the bedroom, and the entire crime scene was covered in Victoria?s DNA.
But the twisted puzzle of Victoria?s private life is just the beginning. And what Avery doesn’t realize is that there are other players in the game who are interested in Avery?s own secret past?one she has kept hidden from both the network executives and her television audience. A secret she thought was dead and buried . . . ISBN: 9781760894863 Publisher: BANTAM BOOKS Subtitle:
In this wide-ranging social history of American media, from the first printing press to the early days of radio, Paul Starr shows that the creation of modern communications was as much the result of political choices as of technological invention. His original historical analysis reveals how the decisions that led to a state-run post office and private monopolies on the telegraph and telephone systems affected a developing society. He illuminates contemporary controversies over freedom of information by exploring such crucial formative issues as freedom of the press, intellectual property, privacy, public access to information, and the shaping of specific technologies and institutions.America’s critical choices in these areas, Starr argues, affect the long-run path of development in a society and have had wide social, economic, and even military ramifications. The Creation of the Media not only tells the history of the media in a new way; it puts America and its global influence into a new perspective. ISBN: 0465081932 Publisher: BASIC BOOKS Subtitle: POLITICAL ORIGINS OF MODERN COMMUNICATIONS Author: PAUL STARR
If there is a hotbed of religious politics in the world today, it is the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Disputed between India and Pakistan, it contains a large majority of Muslims who are subject to the laws of a predominantly Hindu and increasingly “Hinduised” India. How did religion become so inextricably enmeshed in defining and expressing the protest of Kashmir’s Muslims against Hindu rule? Mridu Rai argues that the origins of the present conflict lie in the 100-year period preceding the creation of India and Pakistan, when Kashmir was ruled by Hindu Dogra kinds under the aegis of the British, a collusion which shaped a decisively Hindu sovereignty over a subject Muslim populace. This sovereignty was characterized by an unprecedented degree of control by rulers intent on establishing and legitimizing their authority. The region’s Muslims, unlike its Hindus, were left out of the power-sharing arrangements not simply because of their religion but because, as Muslims, they became irrelevant to the legitimizing devices installed by the Hindu Dogras and the British. Hence the protest of Kashmiri Muslims represents a defence not so much of Islam as of their rights by a community defined specifically as Muslims by a Hindu ruling hierarchy. This explains both the development of a Kashmiri Muslim consciousness and the emergence of a political movement which remains in thrall to a religiosity thrust upon it for the past 150 years. Focusing on authority, sovereignty, legitimacy and community rights, the author explains how Kashmir’s modern Muslim identity came into being. ISBN: 1850657017 Publisher: LONDON Subtitle: ISLAM, RIGHTS AND THE HISTORY OF KASHMIR Author: MRIDU RAI