With her ability to see people's auras marking her out as something of a medical phenomenon, Jenny Smith's nursing career begins to take a sizeable upswing under the veteran eye of hospital seniors George Obotto and Tim Ogboifo. Training as a witch doctor and acing exams may be one thing, yet with the chance meeting of space man Dan Johnson, Chief of the United Nations Frontier Service - Space Division, the adventure really begins as Jenny is wrapped up in the heady world of cosmos exploration.
After serving eight out of his nine-year contract with the army, Frank finds himself back at his old training barracks in Surrey. One year left and he could not wait to say ‘bye bye', although he was a great soldier. He was back at the barracks to re-train as a bodyguard driver, which was well within his capabilities. It is there that he bumps into his old friend Peter, but also finds a new love interest in Wendy, a beauty who works in the NAFFI bar.
At just eighteen years of age, and still barely a man, Robin begins his training as a young recruit in the Royal Air Force, with the hope that in time, he'd be the pilot of his own fighter plane.
After passing through training with flying colours, he soon finds himself at the helm of a de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito, and on perilous missions over Nazi Germany.
In his brief moments of respite, he finds love in the hands of Cathy, who teaches him what it really is to be a man.
Mark Issem, ex Para, half Jordanian half English, is on a road to nowhere until a trip to the doctor turns his no hope life upside down. Add to the mix a family tragedy and contact with the Foreign Office and suddenly Mark has every reason to attempt to turn his life around, patch things up with his ex-partner, and think about revenge.
In this taut thriller Trevor John Towers builds suspense as A Year to Kill ticks away taking Mark from England to Iraq and into the dangerous city that was Baghdad under Saddam Hussein.
In My Name is Sarah I am an Alcoholic the author takes the reader through a life where insecurity in childhood is carried forward to the adult years when alcohol is taken up as a means of coping. Through marriage, childbirth, estrangement and brushes with the law, the author slides in and out of dependency but always succumbs to the craving described as trying "to get that ‘high' feeling again and again but it is well-nigh impossible."
How she turns things around must be an inspiration to those who can see no way out of a terrible 'disease' that can afflict anyone at any time.
In That Goodnight: More Memoirs of a Nurse Teacher, Shirley Phillips, nurse, ward sister, teacher and carer almost into her 70th year, recounts episodes from her career. The milestone of Project 2000 where nurses training now included the degree qualification at the expense of practical experience in the ward saw a deterioration in care quality.
Chapelgate Gardens, an inner city flats complex in Dublin, provides the backdrop to this honest, gritty account of the lives of a group of young adults in the late sixties in an Ireland gripped in a state of depression and unemployment. Mick, Gerard, Larry and Imelda just get on by hustling, petty thieving and even prostitution.
They, along with others, form a close knit group of family and friends, with dreams of how they can escape and live more fulfilling lives which aren't an exact copy of their downtrodden parents' lives.
Written in plain English without being bogged down in psychological language, this is a book everyone, not just economists and sociologists should read, but everyone from every walk of life. Robert Muddiman's book is an in depth analysis; not just of what it means to be human; but also the nature of humanity. Using Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs among other tools, various well known quotes from The Dalai Lama to Richard Nixon, he paints a detailed picture exposing the core problems within our society.
June 1973, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad: the mischievous Max is a few weeks off his ninth birthday, and asks his best friend Fred to ‘Break Biche' - leave school early - and have some fun by the sea. Fred, though older and wiser than Max, gives in to his friend's persuasion and off they go. As strange and interesting as their adventures prove to be, the question hanging over them is: what will happen when they go home?
An entertaining little tale of boyish high-jinks.