Author: David Holbrook
Publisher: Spellmount, Limited Publishers
Follows a young Cambridge undergraduate from his call-up in 1942, through training as a tank officer, the landings in Normandy, and his command of a Sherman tank in the vicious post - D-Day battles to his eventual return. This work gives an first-hand account of the effect of military service, culminating in battle, death and injury.
Author: Richard Glover
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
A mother who invented her past, a father who was often absent, a son who wondered if this could really be his family. Richard Glover's favourite dinner party game is called 'Who's Got the Weirdest Parents?'. It's a game he always thinks he'll win. There was his mother, a deluded snob, who made up large swathes of her past and who ran away with Richard's English teacher, a Tolkien devotee, nudist and stuffed-toy collector. There was his father, a distant alcoholic, who ran through a gamut of wives, yachts and failed dreams. And there was Richard himself, a confused teenager, vulnerable to strange men, trying to find a family he could belong to. As he eventually accepted, the only way to make sense of the present was to go back to the past - but beware of what you might find there. Truth can leave wounds - even if they are only flesh wounds. Part poignant family memoir, part rollicking venture into a 1970s Australia, this is a book for anyone who's wondered if their family is the oddest one on the planet. The answer: 'No'. There is always something stranger out there. 'Both poignant and wildly entertaining' - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD 'A new classic ... a breathtaking accomplishment in style and empathy' - THE AUSTRALIAN 'Heartbreaking and hilarious ... I couldn't put it down' - SUN-HERALD 'Engrossing and extremely funny' THE SATURDAY PAPER 'Not since UNRELIABLE MEMOIRS by Clive James has there been a funnier, more poignant portrait of an Australian childhood.' - AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW 'Richard Glover has done the miraculous he's made ordinary family life extraordinarily entertaining' - AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS 'Sad, funny, revealing, optimistic and hopeful' - Jeanette Winterson
Author: Virginia L. Blum
Publisher: Univ of California Press
"An impressive book. An important book."—Jamie Lee Curtis "I blame mirrors. If it weren't for them we wouldn't need plastic surgeons. In the meantime, anyone tempted to re-shape face, body and mind by means of knife should first read Blum's intelligent, persuasive and absorbing book. Both enticed and alarmed, the reader will at least know what she's doing and more importantly why. This is a book that takes you and shakes you by the throat, and leaves you the better for it."—Fay Weldon, author of The Life and Loves of a She-Devil "An eye-opening look at the dangers, both physical and emotional, of plastic surgery and of the power of beauty in all of our lives. Blum's book is an impressive interweaving of observation, oral interviews, cultural studies, and historical sources. An absorbing read, this is a scholarly book that general readers can enjoy."—Lois Banner, author of American Beauty "A provocative and thoroughly persuasive argument that we live in a culture of cosmetic surgery where identity is sited on the shifting surfaces of the body. Flesh Wounds brilliantly explores the link between the seductions of surgical self-fashioning and the star system, drawing on a stunning array of materials ranging from interviews with plastic surgeons, psychoanalytic theory, and the novel to the visual media of digital photography, film, and television."—Kathleen Woodward, author of Aging and Its Discontents: Freud and Other Fictions
Author: John Lawton
Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd
Written by 'a sublimely elegant historical novelist as addictive as crack' (Daily Telegraph), the Inspector Troy series is perfect for fans of Le Carré, Philip Kerr and Alan Furst. 1959. An old flame has returned to Troy's life: Kitty Stilton, now wife of an American presidential hopeful, has come back to London, and with her, an unwelcome guest. Private eye Joey Rork has been hired to make sure Kitty's amorous liaisons don't ruin her husband's political career. But before Rork can dig any dirt, he meets a gruesome end... But he isn't the only one, and with the body-count mounting is it possible that the blood trail leads back to Troy's police force and into his own forgotten past?
Author: Chris Brookmyre
Publisher: Hachette UK
One crime brought them together . . . Private investigator Jasmine Sharp should have wanted him dead. Yet somehow, Jasmine bonded with Glen Fallan, the man who killed her father before she was born. Now he has been arrested for the murder of a local gangster, and Jasmine must finally enter his violent domain to seek answers. . . . a second will break them apart Detective Superintendent Catherine McLeod is in fear for her life. When she discovers a symbol daubed on the head of Fallan's alleged victim, it unearths secrets that will threaten everything Catherine holds dear. One murder. Two women. A lifetime of lies revealed.
Author: Mick Cochrane
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
A novel of turmoil and reconciliation in the tradition of "Ordinary People". When the police come to arrest Minneapolis salesman Hal Lamm for molesting his 13-year-old granddaughter, his family is compelled to face its secrets and unhealed wounds.
"This sampler is a good introduction to a number of writers and to the kind of work being done by American Indian poets. Kenny has chosen carefully and well. The work is varied, but the poems have in common the celebration, without romanticising, of heritage and the power of remembering." -- Joseph Bruchac, American Indian Quarterly.
Author: Christopher Fowler
Publisher: Random House
A popular businessman awakes one morning to discover that everyone hates him. A young woman must surrender her virginity to a grotesque enemy in order to fulfil her family's destiny. An extraordinary chain of events is set in motion when a cocktail cabinet falls out of the sky and kills a farmer. A depressed man decides to make his suicide the most exciting thing that's ever happened to him... Oozing paranoia, black humour and a certain amount of old-fashioned gore, this is a collection of classic Christopher Fowler short stories - each telling a chilling tale of desperate individuals who learn the hard way that ...flesh wounds.
Nominated for a Commonwealth Writers Prize, this extravagant and tragicomic novel is told in the musical lilt of Spanglish. Camilo, a strong-willed queen from Chile, tells his story as he lays dying in his hospital bed, recalling a life of sequins and disco. "Realistic, stream-of-consciousness style."--Time Out (London)
Author: Thomas L. Vaultonburg
Publisher: Zombie Logic Press
Flesh Wounds is the third book by American poet Thomas L. Vaultonburg. It comprises his collected work from the years 1997-2005. This ISBN is for the Limited Edition first print of 100 signed and numbered copies.
Covington explores the manner in which the theme of physical and symbolic woundedness was claimed by a range of discourses in a century of turbulence and change.
Author: John Lawton
Publisher: Grove Press
When an old love returns into Troy's life, the Scotland Yard investigator finds himself embroiled in American politics when he agrees to help his old lover, who is currently the wife of a presidential candidate. By the author of Old Flames. Reprint.
Author: Kay Inckle
Stories about self-injury, fictionalised but drawn from real life, explore the meaning and purpose of self-harm in individuals' lives, and which responses by health and social services are helpful and which are not.
Author: Stephen Greenleaf
Publisher: Open Road Media
To help an old flame, John Marshall Tanner tracks a missing model in Seattle As far as John Marshall Tanner can tell, everyone in San Francisco is lonely, and few are lonelier than him. He’s lost too many friends, either to death or distance, and there’s no one he misses more than Peggy Nettleton, his beloved former secretary, who left his detective agency six years ago, and broke his heart on her way out the door. When she calls out of the blue, Tanner can tell she’s in trouble—and that means he’s in trouble too. Peggy is due to get married in three weeks, and her soon-to-be stepdaughter, Nina Evans, has disappeared. Nina worked as a model, and it doesn’t take long for Tanner to discover that she was in over her head. As he combs the unfamiliar city in search of the vanished girl, he finds that his old feelings for Peggy are stronger than ever—strong enough to get him killed. Flesh Wounds is the 11th book in the John Marshall Tanner Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
The scar is a place in the flesh where violence to the body is recorded. Scarring is literally the act of the body remembering the trauma it has suffered, and the body's response to such trauma is protective; the scar is a building up of tissue, a site of original hurt covered over thickly so as not to feel. The body speaks what the survivor sometimes can't articulate or chooses to repress, the body becoming literally a text of its history. In this way, the body betrays the memory the survivor has repressed. The image of the scar thus becomes a ripe site to explore the physical and psychic remnants of trauma.