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Simon Lewis was born in Wales in 1971. His first novel, about backpackers, was Go (Corgi 1999). His thriller, Bad Traffic was shortlisted for the LA Times Crime Prize. A screenwriter for Channel Four and Celador, Simon Lewis currently lives in Brixton, China and Japan.
Need experience on your Gap Year? Try murder. Bored of the 'mango smoothie' trail and keen to spice up their Facebook albums, and perhaps also their sex lives, Jake and Will take a tour into China's jungle borderland with Burma. Their guide, however, has his own agenda and gradually the two gap-year students slip into a nightmarish spiral of murder and moral decay; their chance of survival determined by a game of hide and seek played out with deadly crossbows.
'Brilliantly written and genuinely one of the most important books I have ever read' - Ellie Mae O'Hagan An engrossing exploration of the science, history and politics of the Anthropocene, one of the most important scientific ideas of our time, from two world-renowned experts Meteorites, methane, mega-volcanoes and now human beings; the old forces of nature that transformed Earth many millions of years ago are joined by another: us. Our actions have driven Earth into a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. For the first time in our home planet's 4.5-billion year history a single species is dictating Earth's future. To some the Anthropocene symbolises a future of superlative control of our environment. To others it is the height of hubris, the illusion of our mastery over nature. Whatever your view, just below the surface of this odd-sounding scientific word, the Anthropocene, is a heady mix of science, philosophy, religion and politics linked to our deepest fears and utopian visions. Tracing our environmental impact through time to reveal when humans began to dominate Earth, scientists Simon Lewis and Mark Maslin masterfully show what the new epoch means for all of us.
A highly original work, provocatively argued and presented. Not only does it offer fresh insights into African and British literature by reading them against the grain, it also provides new ways for cultural scholars in all geographical specialties to think about the ways in which empire and colony have impacted upon one another, historically, and how they continue to impact in the postimperial and postcolonial age. --Laura Chrisman, University of Washington African identities have been written and rewritten in both British and African literature for decades. These revisions have opened up new formulations of what it really means to be British or African. By comparing texts by authors from African and British backgrounds across a wide variety of political orientations, Simon Lewis analyzes the deeper relationships between colonizer and colonized. He brings issues of race, gender, class, and sexuality into the analysis, providing new ways for cultural scholars to think about how empire and colony have impacted one another from the late eighteenth century through the decades following World War II. In his comparisons, Lewis focuses on commonalities rather than differences. By examining the work of writers including Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, T. S. Eliot, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Zoe Wicomb, Yvette Christianse, and Chris van Wyk, he demonstrates how Britain's former African colonies influence British culture just as much as African culture was influenced by British colonization. Lewis brings a uniquely informed perspective to the topic, having lived in South Africa, Tanzania, and Great Britain, and having taught African literature for over a decade. The book demonstrates his expert knowledge of local cultural history from 1945 to the present, in both Africa and Britain. Simon Lewis, professor of English at the College of Charleston, is author of White Women Writers and Their African Invention.
Fahr nie eine heilige Kuh an. Lee trumt vom groen Geld, von schnen Frauen und schnellen Autos. Als sein Chef ihn um einen dubiosen kleinen Gefallen bittet - ein fabrikneuer Wagen soll verschwinden -, gnnt sich Lee verbotenerweise noch eine kleine Spritztour mit seiner hbschen Kollegin Hell. Der Spa endet in dem Moment, als die beiden den Kofferraum ffnen. Danach hat Lee allen Grund, schleunigst unauffindbar zu werden. Was lge da nher als Goa? Doch fern der Heimat fangen die Probleme erst so richtig an Lewis schleift einen um den halben Globus und erwartet auch noch, dass man mit ihm Schritt hlt - und genau das tut man, mit dem allergrten Vergngen."e; (The Observer)"e;Pistolenduelle in der Londoner Vorstadt und Globetrotterflair, schillernde Charaktere und begnadete Prosa - Simon Lewis mixt diese Elemente zu einem stil- und gehaltvollen Cocktail."e; (Toby Litt)"e;Lewis verbindet die Rasanz und den pointierten Witz eines Elmore Leonard mit dem Realismus eines Alan Bennett zu einem rundherum berzeugenden Plot. Ein uerst gelungener und unterhaltsamer Roman."e; (The Times)
Inspector Jian is a Chinese cop from the Siberian borders who thinks he's seen it all. But his search for his missing daughter brings him to the meanest streets he's ever faced - in rural England. Migrant worker Ding Ming is distressed - his gangmaster's making demands, he owes a lot of money to the snakeheads and no one will tell him where his wife has been taken. Maybe England isn't the `gold mountain' he was promised..... Two desperate men, uneasy allies in a baffling foreign land, are pitted against a band of ruthless criminals. There's BAD TRAFFIC ahead.