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Jim Powell was born in London in 1949 and was educated at Cambridge. His first career was in advertising, becoming Managing Director of a major London agency. He then started a pottery, producing hand-painted tableware for leading stores. He was previously active in politics, contesting the 1987 Election and collaborating with former Foreign Secretary Francis Pym on his book The Politics of Consent. He lives in Northamptonshire.
One of our Debuts of the Year 2011. March 2011 Debut of the Month. A panoramic debut about love and loss, THE BREAKING OF EGGS announces a major new talent and is an incredibly moving story of a man whose whole life is turned around as he finds everything he had always believed in crumbling around him. Funny, sad and thoroughly absorbing. Why I Wrote The Breaking of Eggs by Jim Powell... "First novels are often said to be autobiographies in disguise. This one isn’t. In fact, I went to great lengths to create a central character who was as unlike me as possible. Feliks Zhukovski is a lapsed Communist. I am not." Click here to read more...
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2010. The Desmond Elliott Prize is an annual award for a first novel written in English and published in the UK. Worth £10,000 to the winner, the prize is named after the literary agent and publisher, Desmond Elliott. Click here to find out more. March 2010 Editor's Choice. An incredibly moving story of a man whose whole life is turned around as he finds everything he had always believed in crumbling around him. Funny, sad and thoroughly absorbing. Dear Reader,How often do you come across a novel that hooks you from the first page, or indeed, the first line? Well, this is what happened when I was sent The Breaking of Eggs – I was hooked and immediately realised I had something very special in my hands. It’s not often that an editor has the luxury of reading opening lines and then taking off home to read the rest of the book, but that’s what I did, and for the rest of that day and into the night I followed the journey of Feliks Zhukowski. It’s an engrossing and compelling story about the rebirth of a life; an epic insight into the mind of man who for many years believed certain things to be true only to discover every single conviction he held was wrong.Feliks is a man who is a slave to order and routine…and politics. These politics inform his every action, almost his every thought. But what happens when he finds out that the world is not so in thrall to his beliefs and has moved on? Feliks, whether he likes it or not, also has to move on. The Breaking of Eggs is about Feliks’s reactions to the crumbling empire of his belief system and how this lonely and sympathetic man attempts to turn around his life.As well as being a fantastic and redemptive read, this novel contains such wisdom that I defy anyone to read about it and not ponder their own pasts and question, maybe, whether they might not try and view certain things from a different perspective.I loved this book so much I pre-empted world rights. We have sold translation rights around the world including Penguin in America. Turn the page and discover how people in-house reacted to this novel.Happy reading. I hope you love this book and I would honestly value your feedback.With best wishes,Arzu TahsinEditorial DirectorWeidenfeld & Nicolson
In 1966, Jacques Derrida gave a lecture at Johns Hopkins University that cast the entire history of Western Philosophy into doubt. The following year, Derrida published three brilliant but mystifying books that convinced the pollsters that he was the most important philosopher of the late 20th Century. Unfortunately, nobody was sure whether the intellectual movement that he spawned - Deconstruction - advanced philosophy or murdered it. The truth? - Derrida is one of those annoying geniuses you can take a class on, read half-a-dozen books by and still have no idea what he's talking about. Derrida's 'writing' - confusing doesn't begin to describe it (it's like he's pulling the rug out from under the rug that he pulled out from under philosophy.) But beneath the confusion, like the heartbeat of a bird in your hand, you can feel Derrida's electric genius. It draws you to it; you want to understand it. but it's so confusing. What you need, Ducky, is DERRIDA FOR BEGINNERS by James Powell!Jim Powell's DERRIDA FOR BEGINNERS is the clearest explanation of Derrida and deconstruction presently available in our solar system. Powell guides us through blindingly obscure texts like Of Grammatology (Derrida's deconstruction of Saussure, Lvi Strauss, and Rousseau), "e;Diffrance"e; (his essay on language and life), Dissemination (his dismantling of Plato, his rap on Mallarm), and Derrida's other masterpieces (the mere titles can make strong men tremble in terror - Glas, Signponge/Signsponge, The Post Card, and Specters of Marx.)Readers will learn the coolest Derridian buzzwords (e.g., intertextuality, binary oppositions, hymen, sous rature, arche-writing, phallogocentrism), the high-and-low lights of deconstruction's history (including the DeMan controvercy), and the various criticisms of Derrida and deconstruction, including Camille Paglia's objection that America, the rock-n-roll nation, isn't formal enough to need deconstruction. The master, however, begs to disagree:"e;America is Deconstruction"e; -Jacques Derrida
The spiritual rewards and intellectual challenges of Eastern Philosophy are revealed in this visually stunning book, illustrated by Joe Lee and with 19th Century engravings. Eastern Philosophy is not an intellectual pursuit, but one that involves one's entire being. Much of it is so deeply entwined with the non-intellectual art of meditation, that the two are impossible to separate. In this accessible survey of the major philosophies of India, China, Tibet, and Japan, Jim Powell draws upon his knowledge of Sanskrit and Chinese, as well as decades of meditation. Whether tackling Buddha, Confucius, Lao Tzu, Dogen, the Dali Lama or Pantajal - Powell's insights are deeply illuminating. All the major philosophies of India, China, Tibet and Japan are explained and everyone - from beginner to expert - will find EASTERN PHILOSOPHY FOR BEGINNERS a beautiful and insightful overview.
If you are like most people, you're not sure what Postmodernism is. And if this were like most books on the subject, it probably wouldn't tell you. Besides what a few grumpy critics claim, Postmodernism is not a bunch of meaningless intellectual mind games. On the contrary, it is a reaction to the most profound spiritual and philosophical crisis of our time - the failure of the Enlightenment. Jim Powell takes the position that Postmodernism is a series of "e;maps"e; that help people find their way through a changing world. POSTMODERNISM FOR BEGINNERS features the thoughts of Foucault on power and knowledge, Jameson on mapping the postmodern, Baudrillard on the media, Harvey on time-space compression, Derrida on deconstruction and Deleuze and Guattari on rhizomes. The book also discusses postmodern artifacts such as Madonna, cyberpunk, Buddhist ecology, and teledildonics.
Of humankind's great achievements over the past 2,000 years, one towers above all the rest: the arduous, painstaking process of wresting liberty from tyranny's iron fist. The Triumph of Liberty chronicles this inspiring story through sixty-five biographical portraits. From the millions of men and women whose struggles and successes have made freedom possible, Jim Powell has chosen a few talented, courageous individuals whose lives illustrate the triumphing will of the human spirit. Some of these people, like Martin Luther King Jr., remain famous; others, like John Lilburne, who spent most of his adult life in prison battling England's infamous Star Chamber, are almost unknown. Some of Powell's choices-Ludwig van Beethoven, Louis L'Amour-may be surprising. Others still-like Milton Friedman or Margaret Thatcher-are controversial. Woven together, their moving life stories tell a brilliant epic saga of the triumph of liberty as a whole.
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