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Christopher Rush was born in St Monans and taught literature for thirty years a teacher of literature in Edinburgh. His books include A Twelvemonth and a Day and the highly acclaimed To Travel Hopefully. A Twelvemonth and a Day served as inspiration for the film Venus Peter, released in 1989.
The story was also reworked by Rush in a simplified version in 1992 as a children's picture book, Venus Peter Saves the Whale, illustrated by Mairi Hedderwick, which won the Friends of the Earth 1993 Earthworm Award for the book published that year that would most help children to enjoy and care for the Earth.
Startling, assertive and intense, this is a distinctive and original take on the myth of Odysseus, focusing on reality, creative reality and fabrication. Reading ‘Penelope’s Web’, you quickly realise that the title is entirely appropriate, however make no mistake, this is a book about war, about bloody violence, rape, pillage, death… and it’s about the mental wounds that war inflicts. This is also a book where four-letter expletives and the treatment of women may make you cringe, in fact they should make you cringe. Keep an eye out for the icons heading each section as you start to read, Odysseus, Penelope and the Narrator have very different voices, yet the icons set the tone for the story and your expectations. Odysseus is a soldier, brutal, frank, cunning, able to express the basic animal instincts that cut in during battle, yet he also has a higher awareness of humanity. Penelope weaves gossamer strands of truth, spinning romance, half truths and exaggeration into a tapestry of myth and legend. Occasionally, I found some of the modern day terminology that Odysseus uses, jarred slightly in the storyline, however it served as reminder that war hasn't changed, it still maims and steals mental wellbeing and lives. Christopher Rush has written a tenacious and thought- provoking tale that is so graphically powerful, it feels as though you’re watching a film in the privacy of your own mind. ~ Liz Robinson
With great imagination, colour and skill, renowned writer and dramatist Christopher Rush takes the reader inside the mind of the world famous Bard of Avon through encounters with his lawyer as they prepare his will. This fictional autobiography was first published in 2007 and has been reissued to mark the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth. A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'In this the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth it’s a supreme pleasure to be publishing this brilliant imagining of the Bard’s life. Christopher Rush dazzles with his portrayal of the dying Shakespeare, his reflections on his life and the landscape of London as he cleverly interweaves everyday struggles with sublime flashes of poetic genius. He has made the Bard live again.' - From Neville Moir, Managing Editor, Polygon
Get started programming your own fun electronics projects-no experience required! This hands-on guide offers a clear introduction to programming the Intel Galileo using Arduino Software. The book explains Intel Galileo hardware fundamentals and shows, step-by-step, how to write well-crafted sketches using easy-to-follow examples that move from basic to more advanced programming concepts. Programming the Intel Galileo: Getting Started with the Arduino-Compatible Development Board shows how to set up, connect, and quickly start programming the Intel Galileo. You will discover how to work with the board's inputs and outputs, use libraries, and connect to the Internet. From there, you will learn to program your own Galileo-based creations using Arduino's modified C language. * Serves both as a makers' guide and as an introduction for techs, developers, and engineers * Features a series of hands-on projects along with screenshots, diagrams, and source code * Written by a dedicated hobbyist and experienced author
Publisher's Note: Products purchased from Third Party sellers are not guaranteed by the publisher for quality, authenticity, or access to any online entitlements included with the product. Explore the Internet of Things and build useful, functioning Photon projects Quickly learn to construct your own electronics devices and control them over the Internet with help from this DIY guide. Programming the Photon: Getting Started with the Internet of Things features clear explanations and step-by-step examples that use inexpensive, easy-to-find components. Discover how to connect to Wi-Fi networks, attach hardware to I/O ports, write custom programs, and work from the cloud. You will learn how to troubleshoot and tweak your Photon creations-even interface with social media sites! * Set up your Photon board and connect to the Particle cloud * Start constructing and programming custom IoT projects * Learn the syntax of both the C and Arduino languages
Publisher's Note: Products purchased from Third Party sellers are not guaranteed by the publisher for quality, authenticity, or access to any online entitlements included with the product. Fiendishly Fun Ways to Use the BeagleBone Black!This wickedly inventive guide shows you how to program and build fun and fascinating projects with the BeagleBone Black. You'll learn how to connect the BeagleBone Black to your computer and program it, quickly mastering BoneScript and other programming tools so you can get started right away. 30 BeagleBone Black Projects for the Evil Genius is filled with a wide variety of do-it-yourself LED, sensor, robotics, display, audio, and spy gadgets. You'll also get tips and techniques that will help you design your own ingenious devices. Features step-by-step instructions and helpful illustrations Provides full schematic and breadboard layout diagrams for the projects Includes detailed programming code Removes the frustration factor-all required parts are listed along with sources Build these and other clever creations: High-powered LED Morse code sender RGB LED fader GPS tracker Temperature sensor Light level indicator Web-controlled rover Plant hydration system Sentinel turret 7-segment clock Display for sensor information Internet radio Imperial march indicator Intruder alert using Twitter API Lie detector Auto dog barker
When Christopher Rush's wife died suddenly of cancer, leaving him with two young children, his world fell apart. He not only stopped writing, he also lost faith in everything that had informed his existence: literature, the arts, his role as teacher, his love of nature, the society of friends. Nothing could cure his almost suicidal depression. At last he decided to try to reclaim his sanity in the least expected of ways. A confirmed non-traveller, he went to France, bought a donkey and disappeared into the mountains of the Cevennes. Like a fellow Scot, Robert Louis Stevenson, who had made the same journey over a century before, he hoped to find a new reason to live. To Travel Hopefully is a memoir of grief and recovery, expressed in an intensely private but universal language, which records a compelling journey of the spirit from defeat to victory. Anyone who has had to confront bereavement will find in these pages an understanding, experience and expression of the human predicament which go far beyond mere sympathy.