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Charles Williams - Author

About the Author

Charles Williams was one of the pre-eminent authors of American crime fiction. Many of his novels were adapted for the screen, such as Dead Calm and Don't Just Stand There!, for which Williams wrote the screenplay. He died in California in 1975.

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Other books by Charles Williams

Max Beaverbrook Not Quite A Gentleman

Max Beaverbrook Not Quite A Gentleman

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/03/2019

Businessman, patriot, politician and archetypal media mogul, Max Aitken, the first Baron Beaverbrook, bestrode the first five decades of the twentieth century like a colossus. He was a force of nature who built a media empire around his newspaper the Daily Express and used its circulation - then the largest in the world - to spread his considerable influence through the largely conservative working classes. In the Second World War he played a vital part in the fight against the Nazis by martialling Britain's industrial resources as Churchill's minister of aircraft production. Lady Diana Cooper, the leading society lioness of her day, described Beaverbrook as `this strange attractive gnome with an odour of genius about him'. She was far from alone in her admiration. Many others were similarly captivated including more than a few journalists and historians, a scattering of politicians and, above all - but perhaps with a greater sense of realism - Winston Churchill himself. All succumbed to the charm, sense of mischief and sheer ebullience of the man. By contrast, there were also those who saw the darker side of his character and the list of those who openly disliked Beaverbrook is impressive: Kings George V and VI, Clement Attlee, Stanley Baldwin, Lords Alanbrooke and Curzon, Hugh Dalton, Ernest Bevin, as well as a large segment of the Canadian political and industrial establishments. Furthermore, Clementine Churchill's attitude towards him, unlike that of her husband, was one of `lifelong mistrust'. As this magisterial biography demonstrates, the Beaverbrook story is one of continuing fascination. Over eighty years of high and low finance, political dogfights, wars, conspiracy, media wrangles, sex and grand living, all of it threading through the dramatic years of the first half of the twentieth century.

The English Poetic Mind

The English Poetic Mind

Author: Charles Williams, Wordsworth Collection Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

Reason and Beauty in the Poetic Mind

Reason and Beauty in the Poetic Mind

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2018

The English Poetic Mind

The English Poetic Mind

Author: Charles Williams, Wordsworth Collection Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/10/2018

The English Poetic Mind

The English Poetic Mind

Author: Charles Williams, Wordsworth Collection Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/10/2018

Descent Into Hell

Descent Into Hell

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2018

War in Heaven

War in Heaven

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2018

War in Heaven

War in Heaven

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2018

Aftermath Corruption and Intrigue in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Aftermath Corruption and Intrigue in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2018

The Place of the Lion

The Place of the Lion

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/07/2018

The Place of the Lion

The Place of the Lion

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/06/2018

The Place of the Lion

The Place of the Lion

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/05/2018

War in Heaven

War in Heaven

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2018

Williams gives a contemporary setting to the traditional story of the Search for the Holy Grail. Examining the distinction between magic and religion, War in Heaven is an eerily disturbing book, one that graphically portrays a metaphysical journey through the shadowy crevices of the human mind. Of the three Inkling fantasy writers Charles Williams is the least known and appreciated. Yet, his series of supernatural fantasy novels are every bit as interesting and original as the books by C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien.

All Hallows' Eve

All Hallows' Eve

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Charles Williams was a popular British writer and theologian. T.S. Eliot once described Williams' novels as supernatural thrillers. This edition of All Hallows' Eve includes a table of contents.

Greater Trumps

Greater Trumps

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Charles Williams was a popular British writer and theologian. T.S. Eliot once described Williams' novels as supernatural thrillers. This edition of The Greater Trumps includes a table of contents.

Place of the Lion

Place of the Lion

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Charles Williams was a popular British writer and theologian. T.S. Eliot once described Williams' novels as supernatural thrillers. This edition of The Place of the Lion includes a table of contents.

Et in Sempiternum Pereant

Et in Sempiternum Pereant

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Charles Williams was a popular British writer and theologian. T.S. Eliot once described Williams' novels as supernatural thrillers. This edition of Et in Sempiternum Pereant includes a table of contents.

Many Dimensions

Many Dimensions

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Charles Williams was a popular British writer and theologian. T.S. Eliot once described Williams' novels as supernatural thrillers. This edition of Many Dimensions includes a table of contents.

Shadows of Ecstasy

Shadows of Ecstasy

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Charles Williams was a popular British writer and theologian. T.S. Eliot once described Williams' novels as supernatural thrillers. This edition of Shadows of Ecstasy includes a table of contents.

War in Heaven

War in Heaven

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Charles Williams was a popular British writer and theologian. T.S. Eliot once described Williams' novels as supernatural thrillers. This edition of War in Heaven includes a table of contents.

Descent Into Hell

Descent Into Hell

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Charles Williams was a popular British writer and theologian. T.S. Eliot once described Williams' novels as supernatural thrillers. This edition of Descent Into Hell includes a table of contents.

Charles Williams Collection

Charles Williams Collection

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Karpathos publishes the greatest works of history's greatest authors and collects them to make it easy and affordable for readers to have them all at the push of a button. All of our collections include a linked table of contents.Charles Williams was a British writer best known for his Christian fantasy novels.Williams' novels take place in the contemporary world which is similar to the works of his good friend C.S. Lewis.This collection includes the following:NOVELS:War in HeavenMany DimensionsThe Place of the LionThe Greater TrumpsShadows of EcstasyDescent into HellAll Hallows' EveSHORT STORIES:Et in Sempiternum Pereant

The Celian Moment and other essays

The Celian Moment and other essays

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2017

Charles Williams was the 'third Inkling', friend of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. Hiswork was also admired by T. S. Eliot, Dorothy L. Sayers and W. H Auden among others. These essays have been gathered from books, pamphlets and periodicals all long out of print and none of them has previously been collected. They cover nearly all his literary interests and the nal one shows his sympathy for left-wing political ideas arising from his own poverty-ridden childhood. The title essay develops Williams's theory of poetry but is also a covert homage to the woman who was his second and unacknowledged love.

Taliessin Through Logres and the Region of the Summer Stars

Taliessin Through Logres and the Region of the Summer Stars

Author: Charles Williams, Srina Higgins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2016

War In Heaven

War In Heaven

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 09/08/2016

In War in Heaven Williams gives a contemporary setting to the traditional story of the Search for the Holy Grail. Examining the distinction between magic and religion, this eerily disturbing book graphically portrays a metaphysical journey through the shadowy crevices of the human mind."e;Reading Charles Williams is an unforgettable experience."e;-SATURDAY REVIEW"e;...one of the most gifted and influential Christian writers England has produced this century."e;-TIME"e;Charles Williams's firm conviction that the spiritual world is not simply a reality parallel with that of the material one, but is rather its source and its abiding infrastructure, is explicit in both the manner and matter of all he wrote. Hence the unique contribution offered by his novels to the materialistic age in which these characters live and behave and their plots unfold."e;-OWEN BARFIELD"e;Charles Williams took the form of the thriller and used it to create an extraordinary genre that has sometimes been called 'spiritual shockers.' His books are immensely worth reading, even if you consider yourself unspiritual and immune to shock."e;-HUMPHREY CARPENTER"e;...satire, romance, thriller, morality, and glimpses of eternity all rolled into one."e;-THE NEW YORK TIMES

Shadows of Ecstasy

Shadows of Ecstasy

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/06/2016

THE SHADOW OF ECSTASY Charles Williams had a genius for choosing strange and exciting themes for his novels and making them believable and profoundly suggestive of spiritual truths. Shadows of Ecstasy tells of a mysterious invasion that threatens Europe from Africa. United in a fanatic crusade against death, the spiritual powers of the Dark Continent rise up with exultant paganism. A humanistic adept has discovered that by focusing his energies inward he can extend his life almost indefinitely. He undertakes an experiment using African lore to die and resurrect his own body thereby assuring his immortality. His followers begin a revolutionary movement to supplant European civilization.

Better Informed

Better Informed

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2016

Descent into Hell

Descent into Hell

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/03/2016

DESCENT INTO HELL In a town preparing to put on a play by the celebrated Mr Stanhope, several people wrestle with inner and possibly outer demons. A poor loser of a man hangs himself, but his ghost still wanders the streets. A young girl fears what will happen when she meets her doppelganger, the one who comes closer and closer each time she sees her. A man jilted in love meets a succubus. And a grandmother hovers between life and death. Generally thought to be Williams's best novel, Descent into Hell deals with various forms of selfishness, and how the cycle of sin brings about the necessity for redemptive acts.

All Hallows' Eve

All Hallows' Eve

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/02/2016

All Hallows' Eve is the story of a man and woman whose love was so great it could bridge the gap of death; of evil so terrible as to be unmentionable, of a vision so beautiful it must be true. Opens with a discussion between the ghosts of two dead women wandering about London. Ultimately explores the meaning of human suffering and empathy by dissolving the barrier between the living and the dead through both black magic and divine love. A young woman dies to discover a London that looks right out of Dante. A painter does a portrait of a minister and discovers he has painted beetles, and the minister thanks him for it! A magician sends someone to the future. All Hallow's Eve is an amazing book in that it explores both the question of 'what happens when you die?' as well as 'what is the relationship between the dead and the living?'. Charles Williams at his best.

The Greater Trumps

The Greater Trumps

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/11/2015

THE GREATER TRUMPS by Charles Williams The original Tarot deck is used to unlock enormous metaphysical powers by allowing the possessors to see across space and time, create matter, and raise powerful natural storms. Upon an ancient golden table, golden figurines perpetually move by some magnetism of the Earth to the Great Dance - that is, the rhythm of all things that happen in this world. The table and figurines are half of a set. The other half is the original Tarot cards. Together, it is believed, they have the power to explain eachother's mysteries, and maybe even manipulate time, space, and the elements. By some great coincidence, or movement of the Dance, two families are brought together who each have one half of the set. But when the pieces are reunited, all hell...and heaven break loose!

Tiger Fight  : Mexico's drug lords and old gods

Tiger Fight : Mexico's drug lords and old gods

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 12/07/2015

When a gringo ex-pat foolishly steps in to defend an Indian woman from an obsessed drug trafficker, he finds a still living world of ancient myths. With the drug traffickers henchmen on their trail, they flee to her village in the mountains where an old tradition is about to be celebrated with ritual combat. When the protection of villagers and friends isnt enough, violence saves their lives, fulfilling the ancient myths, and preserving the old ways of the village.

War in Heaven

War in Heaven

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/07/2015

The Holy Grail surfaces in an obscure country parish in England and becomes variously a sacramental object to protect or a vessel of power to exploit. A group of three dark magicians attempt to use it as a power base and a means of destruction. The three who oppose them are an Archdeacon, a Duke, and a Clerk in a publishing house. The battle of good versus evil is played out over the acquisition of the Grail which passes between the two sides. The use of the Grail by the forces of evil displays characters that are not your stereotypical villains. There is the banality of evil about them that makes what they do even more scary. Of the three Inkling fantasy writers Charles Williams is the least known and appreciated. Yet, his series of supernatural fantasy novels are every bit as interesting and original as the books by C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien.

Mexican Gambit

Mexican Gambit

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2015

Lead or silver; a bribe or a bullet. Those are the choices in a world of crime, drugs, corrupt politicians, thwarted ambitions, revenge and rivalries. Its no place for a cop who just wants to do his job and keep his hands clean. But when his boss hands him a murder case with a warning that it isnt an ordinary murder, his life changes. He finds himself in the middle of a deadly rivalry between heavyweight egos, one touched with greed and madness, the other obsessed with revenge. His only way out is to take sides, and when he does hes surprised to find allies where he least expected them. In spite of putting his life and that of his family at risk, nothing seems to work until a violent resolution comes from a direction he least expected.

Dead Calm

Dead Calm

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Many Dimensions

Many Dimensions

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/03/2015

A remarkable object has fallen into the hands of the abominable scientist Sir Giles Tumulty. Once positioned at the center of the crown of King Solomon, it is a stone of astonishing and terrifying power, capable of good and evil alike. Anyone who touches it can move through time and space, perform miracles, and heal or kill. The stone can replicate itself, and does so during the course of Sir Giles's inhuman experiments, subsequently falling into numerous unworthy hands throughout England. There are those who will attempt to use the stone for personal gain, only to discover that it is they themselves being used by a power beyond their comprehension; some will find themselves trapped in eternally repeating nightmares from which there is no escape; still others will be freed from their earthly burdens. And so begins the battle between the forces of darkness and light for control of the most dangerous object in existence. A gripping metaphysical thriller by Charles Williams.

Silvershell; Or, the Adventures of an Oyster - Scholar's Choice Edition

Silvershell; Or, the Adventures of an Oyster - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/02/2015

Chapel of the Thorn A Dramatic Poem

Chapel of the Thorn A Dramatic Poem

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2014

Chapel of the Thorn A Dramatic Poem

Chapel of the Thorn A Dramatic Poem

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2014

Basic Watercolour: How to Paint What You See

Basic Watercolour: How to Paint What You See

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2014

Watercolour has an anomalous position in the visual arts. Its association with Victorian lady-amateurs, the (incorrect) idea that it is a fugitive medium and will fade over time, as well as the contradictory ideas that it is very difficult to use and that it is a beginner's medium, mean that it has long been sidelined in favour of oil and acrylic paints. But 'Watercolour', a recent blockbuster show at the Tate Britain, and the contemporary interest in less conventional media point to a renewed interest in this underrated art-form. Watercolour painting does have particular difficulties - it is transparent and therefore fairly unforgiving, for a start - but its advantages are huge. It is light and easy to carry the kit about, it is easy to clean and to prepare, it is unobtrusive, and a lot of the material you need you will already have around the house - a jam jar, water and don't forget the most important item: toilet tissue! Watercolour is also a great and constantly evolving challenge, and can be used in all sorts of ways. Within these pages a range of artists share their very diverse approaches to painting in watercolour, to give the reader an idea of how adaptable and enjoyable this medium really is.

And the Deep Blue Sea

And the Deep Blue Sea

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

A sailor stranded in the Pacific Ocean finds there are a million ways to die. His life in pieces, Harry Goddard buys a thirty-two-foot sloop and sets out to sail the Pacific. He is a thousand miles from anywhere when his craft strikes an unseen object, and begins taking water. For all his desperate efforts, he cannot save her, and Harry is forced into his life raft, to drift without food, water, or shelter from the sun. He is near death when the Leander rescues him. But by the time his trip is over, he'll wish he'd taken his chances in the open water. A tramp freighter sailing under the Panamanian flag, the Leander is en route to the Philippines when its crew spots Harry and takes him aboard. But as he regains his strength, Harry uncovers a murderous conspiracy that could destroy the ship that saved him.

Touch of Death

Touch of Death

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

The score would be an easy one -- if it weren't for the women involved. Out of work and dead broke, Lee Scarborough is a long way from his days as a football hero when he meets the sunbathing Diana James -- an innocent-looking creature with a plan to make a fortune. A few months' back, her lover embezzled $120,000 from a bank, but disappeared before she could get her hands on the cash. The police think he's fled the state, but Diana is sure he's dead, and knows who killed him: his wife, Madelon Butler, a sadistic drunk who is capable of anything. The cash is inside Madelon's house, waiting to be stolen a third time, and all Diana needs is a patsy. Scarborough fits the bill. The plan sails along smoothly until Scarborough meets Mrs. Butler. By the time his luck runs out, he'd rather face a dozen hulking linebackers than these two beauties, who have been driven to a frenzy by jealousy, greed, and lust.

Aground

Aground

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

A widow and a charter captain scour the ocean for a stolen yacht. When Ingram lands in Miami, he doesn't even have time to finish his bath before the police come knocking. The out-of-work charter captain has just returned from Nassau, where he was looking to buy a boat on behalf of a millionaire. But the day after he toured the seventy-foot Dragoon, his 'millionaire' disappeared, and the yacht went with him. Ingram convinces the cops that he was only an unwitting accomplice in stealing the boat, and offers to help recover it for the owner, a beautiful widow with secrets of her own. He only has eight thousand square miles of open ocean to search. Finding the ship is the easy part. Escaping it will be harder, as Ingram finds himself caught in a tangle of lust, smuggling, and murder, surrounded by endless miles of the most beautiful water on earth.

Dead Calm

Dead Calm

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

On the open waters of the Pacific, a couple encounters a stranded madman. Rae and Ingram are nineteen days out of the Panama Canal, sailing slowly across the wide, flat Pacific on the Saracen, when they find Hughie Warriner in his dinghy. He was on a pleasure cruise in his yacht, the Orpheus, he says, when food poisoning killed his passengers and his ship began to sink. After an alleged ten days of desperately fighting to stay afloat he spied the Saracen, and rowed to his salvation. Finding the stranded yacht, against Warriner's wishes, Ingram boards the stranded Orpheus. There he finds Warriner's passengers -- very much alive, and hungry for revenge against the man who attacked them and left them to drown. Ingram tries to get back to his ship, but is too late. Warriner escapes with his yacht, taking Rae hostage, and Ingram hasno means to save them but tattered sails, a sinking ship, and rage that burns hotter than the merciless Pacific sun.

Big Bite

Big Bite

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

An ex-football player and a crooked insurance man cook up a blackmail scheme. Professional football player John Harlan is driving back from a lakeside cabin when a drunk driver named Cannon knocks him off the road. When he comes to, Harlan's leg is shattered and Cannon is dead. His career over, Harlan goes on a bender, and a few days after his hangover clears, he dives headfirst into a life of immorality. An insurance investigator named Purvis is checking into Cannon's death, hoping to avoid laying out $100,000 to his widow. He suspects Cannon may have survived the accident, only to be murdered while Harlan was unconscious -- and the more he talks about it, the more Harlan believes it. They devisea plan to blackmail dear Mrs. Cannon, but if Harlan was a pro on the field, he's an amateur in the underworld. Next to what the lovely widow is going to do to him, football is a cakewalk.

Go Home, Stranger

Go Home, Stranger

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

An engineer battles a small town to see his sister released from prison. It takes Reno three days to get from Peru to the Gulf Coast, and when he gets to Waynesport he has only one stop to make: the city jail, where his sister is being held on a murder rap. The way Vickie tells it, she saw her husband having a drink with another woman, they quarreled, and she went to the bathroom. When she came out, he was shot through the back of the skull. The police believe every word of her story -- except the part about who pulled the trigger. Her husband was in Waynesport looking for a crook named Rupert Conway, whom the local police do not seem towant found. To save his sister's neck, Reno must wade through corruption as fetid as the swamps that surround this hellish southern town, where the alligators aren't the only ones who are eager to kill.

Diamond Bikini

Diamond Bikini

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

Raised at the racetrack, a boy comes to live on a Texas farm. Billy doesn't know how to read a book, but give him a racing form and he can tell you everything about a pony that you'd ever want to know. He and his father live on the road, traveling from Aqueduct to Hialeah and back again, until an overzealous Welfare lady demands they settle somewhere more wholesome than the track. Not knowing anyplace wholesome, Billy's father takes him to Texas instead, to live on his brother Sagamore's farm. There Billy meets bootleggers, gangsters, and the beautiful Miss Choo-Choo Caroline, a Chicago stripper who is wearing nothing but a tiny, diamond-encrusted G-string when she disappears. Uncle Sagamore, an enterprising brute, sees this as a chance for profit. For a boy with gambling in his veins, there could be quite a lot to learn.

Big City Girl

Big City Girl

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

Her husband in jail, a desperate young woman takes refuge among sharecroppers. Once, Cass Neely's farm stretched across the entire valley, but decades of bad decisions and rotten luck have forced him to sell off nearly every inch. He and his son farm the meager remains of a once-great property, living in a grim downward spiral -- until Cass's daughter-in-law, Joy, moves in. She's by far the most beautiful thing this county has ever seen, but she's flat broke since her husband, Sewell, was put away for armed robbery. She's also prickly, lazy, and vain -- traits that don't sit well with hardscrabble living -- and it isn't long before she starts to get a violent case of cabin fever. As the rains bear down and the river starts to threaten the cotton, Sewell escapes from police custody and heads for home. Come hell or high water, the Neely family will stick together, even if it means disaster.

Scorpion Reef

Scorpion Reef

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

Aboard a ghost ship, sailors discover a tale of treasure, lust, and murder. When the tanker finds the yacht, she is far from land, adrift in the middle of the Caribbean. No one is onboard, but the hold is stuffed with cash, the coffeepot is still warm, and a hint of perfume hangs in the air. The passengers have vanished, but the ship's log tells a chilling story of the madness peculiar to the search for sunken riches. The journal was written by salvage diver Bill Manning, who was out of money and out of luck when he met a statuesque Swede named Shannon. She and her husband hire him to sail them to the Yucatan coast, to find a plane that went down carrying untold wealth. But a pair of gangsters is pursuing them, hoping for a crack at the treasure as well. For the sake of Shannon's beauty Manning will chase this fortune, knowing it will take him to the height of riches, or to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea.

Man on a Leash

Man on a Leash

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

A son searches for the men who killed his mysterious father. Even at sixty-six, Gunnar Romstead was a tough old salt. It took several men to bring him down, and even after they'd bound his feet and hands he was still a threat. But finally the man who'd survived waterfront brawls, World War II, and countless stormy nights at sea died on his knees -- shot through the back of the head. Looking for answers, his son Eric comes to the barren California town where Gunnar breathed his last. He hardly knew the old man, but he can't believe his father was killed in a botched drug deal. Somewhere in California is a massive shipment of heroin and a quarter of a million dollars, and if Eric finds them he will uncover the truth. But for a boy who grew up loving his father from afar, the truth may hurt even more than a bullet.

Confidentially Yours

Confidentially Yours

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

A small town is doomed by jealousy, greed, and a shared love of hunting. In the backwoods town of Carthage, there isn't much for the leading citizens to do but drink, sleep, and shoot. John Warren is preparing for an early morning duck hunt when he hears two shotgun blasts -- only later does he learn they were the sound of Dan Roberts's death. Although it appears the handsome young man killed himself, Warren and the police are smart enough to realize that suicide victims seldom shoot twice. That night, a drunk woman calls Warren's house, offering a motive for the crime he didn't commit. Roberts was sleeping with Warren's wife -- and he wasn't her only lover. Warren didn't kill Roberts, but as the rumors begin to swirl, he may wish that he had. In a town where every man is a crack shot, shooting a rival isn't murder. It's target practice.

Talk of the Town

Talk of the Town

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

Stranded in a small town, a stranger falls for a suspected murderess. Bored, divorced, and unemployed, Chatham is on his way to the Gulf of Mexico when he passes through a small town by the river. It's a miserable little burg -- four stoplights and not much else -- and he's almost escaped it when a drunk's car darts out in front of him, causing a nasty fender-bender. The thought of three days waiting for his clunker to get fixed is a grim one, but though he doesn't know it, there won't be a dull minute. Chatham finds hospitality in the lovely form of Mrs. Langton, motel owner and local pariah. Seven months ago her husband was murdered, and though the police could find no evidence to support the theory, everyone in town is convinced she killed him. Now a string of anonymous threats have left her close to a nervous breakdown, and the violence is about to become real. In a town this small there's no room for secrets, but plenty of places to bury a corpse.

Concrete Flamingo

Concrete Flamingo

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

A beautiful fraudster gives a drifter a chance at an irresistible score. Jerry Forbes, on the run in Fort Lauderdale, is careful not to tell Marian Forsyth his real name. But Marian already knows his secrets. She's been following him since Miami Beach, fascinated by this handsome drifter since the first time she heard his voice. Finally she tells him the truth: Together, they're going to steal a fortune from a rich sap named Harris Chapman. The plan is simple -- all they have to do is ask. Marian chose Jerry because he could be Chapman's double. With a little coaching, he'll be able to walk into the rich man's bank and take whatever he likes. But it's not long before the plan gets complicated, and Jerry is smart enough to know that when a heist turns sour, it's not the women who die.

Hot Spot

Hot Spot

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

For Madox, a dull town, a beautiful woman, and an easy bank heist spell doom. In a town so small that Main Street is only three blocks long, there isn't a lot to do -- other than work, ogle women, and think about fast ways to get rich. After a year of aimless wandering, Madox has landed here, nearly broke and with no prospects but a dead-end job selling cars to yokels. Until one afternoon a fire at the burger joint draws the attention of everyone in town -- including the men who are supposed to be guarding the bank. It's almost too good to be true, but there it is -- $15,000 lying around, watched by no one. Now all Madox needs is a little nerve and a second distraction. And while one woman will give him the nerve, another will make him ready to kill.

Man on the Run

Man on the Run

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

Pursued by the police, a desperate man fights to stay free -- and stay alive. It's raining hard when the man leaps off the train. He lands safely and creeps into town, praying he will find someplace to hide. It's nearly daylight, and the police are not far behind. He breaks into an unoccupied seaside cottage, and is overjoyed to find coffee, whiskey, and cigarettes. But before the fugitive can relax, the doorknob rattles. The police are at the door. Russell Foley, third mate on an oil tanker, is not a cop killer. But the night before he got into a fight with a police detective, and a few hours later the cop was found stabbed to death. Unable to explain himself, he bolts, hoping to evade the police and somehow find the real killer. But for a man who cannot stop running, justice can be a hard thing to find.

Uncle Sagamore and His Girls

Uncle Sagamore and His Girls

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

It's election season in Blossom County, and that means it's time for moonshine. Educated at the racetrack, Billy has never had a firm grip on his ABCs, but he sure knows how to read a racing form. When a family court judge threatens to put the seven-year-old in a foster home, Billy and his father go to live in the countryside, at the wholesome little farm owned by Billy's Uncle Sagamore, where the air is pure, the grass is green, and the liquor from his hidden distillery is clear as water -- and about 120 proof. But pressure from the law has kept Sagamore's still silent, and the stash of white lightning is starting to dwindle. To get his home-brewing operation back underway, Sagamore needs a distraction -- and there's none better than local politics. When Uncle Sagamore throws his weight into the Blossom County elections, democracy will never be the same.

Bradman

Bradman

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 11/07/2013

A masterly portrait of cricket's supreme batsman and Australia's greatest hero.Uniquely among biographers of Don Bradman, Charles Williams sets his subject's cricketing achievements within the context of a crucial period in the history of modern Australia, a time when, as the country felt her way towards something that the world would recognise as 'nationhood', Bradman became a focus for national aspirations, a figure of unique status.Brilliantly revealing the phenomenon of Bradman's cricketing genius - and the tensions that genius created for the man, his family, team-mates and the game's administrators - Williams' story is as much about Australia as it is a great Australian.

Gentlemen & Players The Death of Amateurism in Cricket

Gentlemen & Players The Death of Amateurism in Cricket

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2013

Amateurs versus professionals - a social history and memoir of English cricket from 1953 to 1963. The inaugural Gentlemen v. Players first-class cricket match was played in 1806, subsequently becoming an annual fixture at Lord's between teams consisting of amateurs (the Gentlemen) and professionals (the Players). The key difference between the amateur and the professional, however, was much more than the obvious one of remuneration. The division was shaped by English class structure, the amateur, who received expenses, being perceived as occupying a higher station in life than the wage-earning professional. The great Yorkshire player Len Hutton, for example, was told he would have to go amateur if he wanted to captain England. GENTLEMEN & PLAYERS focuses on the final ten years of amateurism and the Gentlemen v. Players fixture, starting with Charles Williams' own presence in the (amateur) Oxbridge teams that included future England captains such as Peter May, Colin Cowdrey and M.J.K. Smith, and concluding with the abolition of amateurism in 1962 when all first-class players became professional. The amateur innings was duly declared closed. Charles Williams, the author of a richly acclaimed biography of Donald Bradman, has penned a vivid social-history-cum-memoir that reveals an attempt to recreate a Golden Age in post-war Britain, one whose expiry exactly coincided with the beginnings of top-class one-day cricket and a cricket revolution.

Heroes and Kings

Heroes and Kings

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2013

Heroes and Kings

Heroes and Kings

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2013

Big City Girl

Big City Girl

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 15/01/2013

Her husband in jail, a desperate young woman takes refuge among sharecroppersOnce, Cass Neely's farm stretched across the entire valley, but decades of bad decisions and rotten luck have forced him to sell off nearly every inch. He and his son farm the meager remains of a once-great property, living in a grim downward spiraluntil Cass's daughter-in-law, Joy, moves in. She's by far the most beautiful thing this county has ever seen, but she's flat broke since her husband, Sewell, was put away for armed robbery. She's also prickly, lazy, and vaintraits that don't sit well with hardscrabble livingand it isn't long before she starts to get a violent case of cabin fever. As the rains bear down and the river starts to threaten the cotton, Sewell escapes from police custody and heads for home. Come hell or high water, the Neely family will stick together, even if it means disaster.

Uncle Sagamore and His Girls

Uncle Sagamore and His Girls

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 15/01/2013

It's election season in Blossom County, and that means it's time for moonshineEducated at the racetrack, Billy has never had a firm grip on his ABCs, but he sure knows how to read a racing form. When a family court judge threatens to put the seven-year-old in a foster home, Billy and his father go to live in the countryside, at the wholesome little farm owned by Billy's Uncle Sagamore, where the air is pure, the grass is green, and the liquor from his hidden distillery is clear as waterand about 120 proof. But pressure from the law has kept Sagamore's still silent, and the stash of white lightning is starting to dwindle. To get his home-brewing operation back underway, Sagamore needs a distractionand there's none better than local politics. When Uncle Sagamore throws his weight into the Blossom County elections, democracy will never be the same.

Man on the Run

Man on the Run

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 15/01/2013

Pursued by the police, a desperate man fights to stay freeand stay aliveIt's raining hard when the man leaps off the train. He lands safely and creeps into town, praying he will find someplace to hide. It's nearly daylight, and the police are not far behind. He breaks into an unoccupied seaside cottage, and is overjoyed to find coffee, whiskey, and cigarettes. But before the fugitive can relax, the doorknob rattles. The police are at the door.Russell Foley, third mate on an oil tanker, is not a cop killer. But the night before he got into a fight with a police detective, and a few hours later the cop was found stabbed to death. Unable to explain himself, he bolts, hoping to evade the police and somehow find the real killer. But for a man who cannot stop running, justice can be a hard thing to find.

Diamond Bikini

Diamond Bikini

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 18/09/2012

Raised at the racetrack, a boy comes to live on a Texas farmBilly doesn't know how to read a book, but give him a racing form and he can tell you everything about a pony that you'd ever want to know. He and his father live on the road, traveling from Aqueduct to Hialeah and back again, until an overzealous Welfare lady demands they settle somewhere more wholesome than the track. Not knowing anyplace wholesome, Billy's father takes him to Texas instead, to live on his brother Sagamore's farm.There Billy meets bootleggers, gangsters, and the beautiful Miss Choo-Choo Caroline, a Chicago stripper who is wearing nothing but a tiny, diamond-encrusted G-string when she disappears. Uncle Sagamore, an enterprising brute, sees this as a chance for profit. For a boy with gambling in his veins, there could be quite a lot to learn.

Man on a Leash

Man on a Leash

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 18/09/2012

A son searches for the men who killed his mysterious fatherEven at sixty-six, Gunnar Romstead was a tough old salt. It took several men to bring him down, and even after they'd bound his feet and hands he was still a threat. But finally the man who'd survived waterfront brawls, World War II, and countless stormy nights at sea died on his kneesshot through the back of the head. Looking for answers, his son Eric comes to the barren California town where Gunnar breathed his last. He hardly knew the old man, but he can't believe his father was killed in a botched drug deal. Somewhere in California is a massive shipment of heroin and a quarter of a million dollars, and if Eric finds them he will uncover the truth. But for a boy who grew up loving his father from afar, the truth may hurt even more than a bullet.

Hot Spot

Hot Spot

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 18/09/2012

For Madox, a dull town, a beautiful woman, and an easy bank heist spell doomIn a town so small that Main Street is only three blocks long, there isn't a lot to doother than work, ogle women, and think about fast ways to get rich. After a year of aimless wandering, Madox has landed here, nearly broke and with no prospects but a dead-end job selling cars to yokels. Until one afternoon a fire at the burger joint draws the attention of everyone in townincluding the men who are supposed to be guarding the bank. It's almost too good to be true, but there it is$15,000 lying around, watched by no one. Now all Madox needs is a little nerve and a second distraction. And while one woman will give him the nerve, another will make him ready to kill.

Dead Calm

Dead Calm

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 18/09/2012

On the open waters of the Pacific, a couple encounters a stranded madmanRae and Ingram are nineteen days out of the Panama Canal, sailing slowly across the wide, flat Pacific on the Saracen, when they find Hughie Warriner in his dinghy. He was on a pleasure cruise in his yacht, the Orpheus, he says, when food poisoning killed his passengers and his ship began to sink. After an alleged ten days of desperately fighting to stay afloat he spied the Saracen, and rowed to his salvation.Finding the stranded yacht, against Warriner's wishes, Ingram boards the stranded Orpheus. There he finds Warriner's passengersvery much alive, and hungry for revenge against the man who attacked them and left them to drown. Ingram tries to get back to his ship, but is too late. Warriner escapes with his yacht, taking Rae hostage, and Ingram hasno means to save them but tattered sails, a sinking ship, and rage that burns hotter than the merciless Pacific sun.

And the Deep Blue Sea

And the Deep Blue Sea

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 18/09/2012

A sailor stranded in the Pacific Ocean finds there are a million ways to dieHis life in pieces, Harry Goddard buys a thirty-two-foot sloop and sets out to sail the Pacific. He is a thousand miles from anywhere when his craft strikes an unseen object, and begins taking water. For all his desperate efforts, he cannot save her, and Harry is forced into his life raft, to drift without food, water, or shelter from the sun. He is near death when the Leander rescues him. But by the time his trip is over, he'll wish he'd taken his chances in the open water.A tramp freighter sailing under the Panamanian flag, the Leander is en route to the Philippines when its crew spots Harry and takes him aboard. But as he regains his strength, Harry uncovers a murderous conspiracy that could destroy the ship that saved him.

Confidentially Yours

Confidentially Yours

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 18/09/2012

A small town is doomed by jealousy, greed, and a shared love of huntingIn the backwoods town of Carthage, there isn't much for the leading citizens to do but drink, sleep, and shoot. John Warren is preparing for an early morning duck hunt when he hears two shotgun blasts only later does he learn they were the sound of Dan Roberts's death. Although it appears the handsome young man killed himself, Warren and the police are smart enough to realize that suicide victims seldom shoot twice.That night, a drunk woman calls Warren's house, offering a motive for the crime he didn't commit. Roberts was sleeping with Warren's wifeand he wasn't her only lover. Warren didn't kill Roberts, but as the rumors begin to swirl, he may wish that he had. In a town where every man is a crack shot, shooting a rival isn't murder. It's target practice.';[Williams] is just about as good as they come.' The New York Times';Relying on wit, humor and ingenious plotting, Williams's characters constantly attempt to outwit the system.' Woody Haut, author of Pulp Culture';One of the neglected hardboiled geniuses . . . his novels were perfect little gems.' Joe R. Lansdale, author of Savage SeasonCharles Williams (19091975) was one of the preeminent authors of American crime fiction. Born in Texas, he dropped out of high school to enlist in the US Merchant Marine, serving for ten years before leaving to work in the electronics industry. At the end of World War II, Williams began writing fiction while living in San Francisco. The success of his backwoods noir Hill Girl (1951) allowed him to quit his job and write fulltime.Williams's clean and somewhat casual narrative style distinguishes his novelswhich range from hard-boiled, small-town noir to suspense thrillers set at sea and in the Deep South. Although originally published by pulp fiction houses, his work won great critical acclaim, with Hell Hath No Fury (1953) becoming the first paperback original to be reviewed by legendary New York Times critic Anthony Boucher. Many of his novels were adapted for the screen, such as Dead Calm (published in 1963) and Don't Just Stand There! (published in 1966), for which Williams wrote the screenplay. Williams died in California in 1975.

Touch of Death

Touch of Death

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 18/09/2012

The score would be an easy oneif it weren't for the women involvedOut of work and dead broke, Lee Scarborough is a long way from his days as a football hero when he meets the sunbathing Diana Jamesan innocent-looking creature with a plan to make a fortune. A few months' back, her lover embezzled $120,000 from a bank, but disappeared before she could get her hands on the cash. The police think he's fled the state, but Diana is sure he's dead, and knows who killed him: his wife, Madelon Butler, a sadistic drunk who is capable of anything. The cash is inside Madelon's house, waiting to be stolen a third time, and all Diana needs is a patsy. Scarborough fits the bill.The plan sails along smoothly until Scarborough meets Mrs. Butler. By the time his luck runs out, he'd rather face a dozen hulking linebackers than these two beauties, who have been driven to a frenzy by jealousy, greed, and lust.

Concrete Flamingo

Concrete Flamingo

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 18/09/2012

A beautiful fraudster gives a drifter a chance at an irresistible scoreJerry Forbes, on the run in Fort Lauderdale, is careful not to tell Marian Forsyth his real name. But Marian already knows his secrets. She's been following him since Miami Beach, fascinated by this handsome drifter since the first time she heard his voice. Finally she tells him the truth: Together, they're going to steal a fortune from a rich sap named Harris Chapman. The plan is simpleall they have to do is ask. Marian chose Jerry because he could be Chapman's double. With a little coaching, he'll be able to walk into the rich man's bank and take whatever he likes. But it's not long before the plan gets complicated, and Jerry is smart enough to know that when a heist turns sour, it's not the women who die.

Aground

Aground

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 18/09/2012

A widow and a charter captain scour the ocean for a stolen yachtWhen Ingram lands in Miami, he doesn't even have time to finish his bath before the police come knocking. The out-of-work charter captain has just returned from Nassau, where he was looking to buy a boat on behalf of a millionaire. But the day after he toured the seventy-foot Dragoon, his ';millionaire' disappeared, and the yacht went with him. Ingram convinces the cops that he was only an unwitting accomplice in stealing the boat, and offers to help recover it for the owner, a beautiful widow with secrets of her own. He only has eight thousand square miles of open ocean to search.Finding the ship is the easy part. Escaping it will be harder, as Ingram finds himself caught in a tangle of lust, smuggling, and murder, surrounded by endless miles of the most beautiful water on earth.

Scorpion Reef

Scorpion Reef

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 18/09/2012

Aboard a ghost ship, sailors discover a tale of treasure, lust, and murderWhen the tanker finds the yacht, she is far from land, adrift in the middle of the Caribbean. No one is onboard, but the hold is stuffed with cash, the coffeepot is still warm, and a hint of perfume hangs in the air. The passengers have vanished, but the ship's log tells a chilling story of the madness peculiar to the search for sunken riches.The journal was written by salvage diver Bill Manning, who was out of money and out of luck when he met a statuesque Swede named Shannon. She and her husband hire him to sail them to the Yucatan coast, to find a plane that went down carrying untold wealth. But a pair of gangsters is pursuing them, hoping for a crack at the treasure as well. For the sake of Shannon's beauty Manning will chase this fortune, knowing it will take him to the height of riches, or to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea.

Talk of the Town

Talk of the Town

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 18/09/2012

Stranded in a small town, a stranger falls for a suspected murderessBored, divorced, and unemployed, Chatham is on his way to the Gulf of Mexico when he passes through a small town by the river. It's a miserable little burgfour stoplights and not much elseand he's almost escaped it when a drunk's car darts out in front of him, causing a nasty fender-bender. The thought of three days waiting for his clunker to get fixed is a grim one, but though he doesn't know it, there won't be a dull minute.Chatham finds hospitality in the lovely form of Mrs. Langton, motel owner and local pariah. Seven months ago her husband was murdered, and though the police could find no evidence to support the theory, everyone in town is convinced she killed him. Now a string of anonymous threats have left her close to a nervous breakdown, and the violence is about to become real. In a town this small there's no room for secrets, but plenty of places to bury a corpse.

Go Home, Stranger

Go Home, Stranger

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 18/09/2012

An engineer battles a small town to see his sister released from prisonIt takes Reno three days to get from Peru to the Gulf Coast, and when he gets to Waynesport he has only one stop to make: the city jail, where his sister is being held on a murder rap. The way Vickie tells it, she saw her husband having a drink with another woman, they quarreled, and she went to the bathroom. When she came out, he was shot through the back of the skull. The police believe every word of her storyexcept the part about who pulled the trigger.Her husband was in Waynesport looking for a crook named Rupert Conway, whom the local police do not seem towant found. To save his sister's neck, Reno must wade through corruption as fetid as the swamps that surround this hellish southern town, where the alligators aren't the only ones who are eager to kill.

Big Bite

Big Bite

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 18/09/2012

An ex-football player and a crooked insurance man cook up a blackmail schemeProfessional football player John Harlan is driving back from a lakeside cabin when a drunk driver named Cannon knocks him off the road. When he comes to, Harlan's leg is shattered and Cannon is dead. His career over, Harlan goes on a bender, and a few days after his hangover clears, he dives headfirst into a life of immorality.An insurance investigator named Purvis is checking into Cannon's death, hoping to avoid laying out $100,000 to his widow. He suspects Cannon may have survived the accident, only to be murdered while Harlan was unconsciousand the more he talks about it, the more Harlan believes it. They devisea plan to blackmail dear Mrs. Cannon, but if Harlan was a pro on the field, he's an amateur in the underworld. Next to what the lovely widow is going to do to him, football is a cakewalk.

Daily Dose: Money

Daily Dose: Money

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 15/01/2012

365 quotes, jokes and proverbs about money. Are you deep in debt but shallow in pocket? Rich in ideas but poor in results? Don't worry! 'Daily Dose: Money' is here to help lighten the load and make you smile. "e;Saving is a very fine thing. Especially when your parents have done it for you"e; Winston Churchill... "e;Make lots of money. Enjoy the work. Operate within the law. Choose any two of three"e; Jack Dee.

Daily Dose: Getting Old

Daily Dose: Getting Old

Author: Charles Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 21/12/2011

We all know that, barring accidents or illness, we will live to a ripe old age and see Mother nature run her course. As long as we keep an open mind, have a sense of humour and are not easily embarrassed, then being a senior citizen can be a lot of fun.This book is dedicated to old age and everyone who gets there. Enjoy it and don't give a monkey's what the younger generation think! Remember: their time will come!

Basic Drawing How to Draw What You See

Basic Drawing How to Draw What You See

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Drawing, the most basic of the visual arts, is often seen as a natural ability, but it can be learnt. Working from observation in pencil, pen or charcoal helps you to see clearly, increases your visual awareness and enhances your ability to design in two dimensions. The New English Art Club, an exhibiting society with a 125 year history, runs a school of drawing in which it tries to keep alive the tradition of working from life, which used to be taught in all art schools but is now almost extinct. Charles Williams Cert. RAS RWS NEAC, the current curator, brings together exercises, illustrations, demonstrations and, above all, the attitude to drawing of the NEAC Drawing School in one comprehensive book. Williams links nineteenth-century artists and thinkers like Walter Sickert and John Ruskin with contemporary writers like Betty Edwards in an attempt to show that to draw is to be a part of a great, living tradition that the contemporary world of photography and digital technology will never eclipse. Key Selling Points * NEAC imprimatur * Close photographed demos/process * 130+ black and white and colour illustrations * Clear design * Sketchbook sized, convenient, recognisable. * Tips, hints and examples from practising professional artists * Professional, 'manual'-style presentation

All Hallows' Eve

All Hallows' Eve

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2011

Shadows of Ecstacy

Shadows of Ecstacy

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/04/2011

The Greater Trumps

The Greater Trumps

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/03/2011

When Lothair Coningsby is bequeathed an antique pack of Tarot cards, he doesn't bargain for the trouble they will cause. The terms of his inheritance mean that Lothair cannot part with the cards in life, and they are to go to the British Museum after his death. But his daughter's fiance, Henry Lee, a descendant of the Romany people, realises that Coningsby has inherited the original Greater Trumps, or Major Arcana, the most important cards in the Tarot. These cards - including the Juggler, the Hanged Man, the Falling Tower and the mysterious, unmoving Fool - were designed to represent the dance of life itself, along with a set of golden images in Henry's possession. If the two are brought together they will unleash an unknown power upon the world - and Henry is determined to gain possession of the pack. First published in 1932, The Greater Trumps is the fifth of Charles Williams's supernatural novels.

The Place of the Lion

The Place of the Lion

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2011

Wan in Heaven

Wan in Heaven

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/11/2010

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2010

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2010

Myth of Shakespeare

Myth of Shakespeare

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2010

Myth of Shakespeare

Myth of Shakespeare

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/2010

Stories of Great Names (Apocryphile)

Stories of Great Names (Apocryphile)

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2010

Descent into Hell

Descent into Hell

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2010

Those who have read Williams's earlier novels will not want to be told anything about Descent into Hell except that it is one of his best. Those who do not know the author's work will find that when they have read this novel, they will want to read all the others. Highly acclaimed writer of the thriller with a supernatural element, Williams's novels can be read for pure excitement. However, there is also a comedy of manners and acute analysis of human relationships, and finally, exploration of abysses of beauty and horror beyond the borders of the material world. This book, as the title may suggest, is not recommended reading for hyper-sensitive people alone at night in an empty house.

The Place of the Lion

The Place of the Lion

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2010

If ideas are more dangerous than material things, what happens when ideas become matter? Near a crossroad in the country town of Smetham, a retired philosopher is felled by what appears to be a huge lion. The lion vanishes, leaving the seemingly untouched man in a coma. But over the next few days, more creatures start to appear - Platonic archetypes stalk the English countryside, and the inhabitants of Smetham begin to display unsettlingly animalistic traits. The worlds of matter and ideas are colliding. It is down to two unlikely heroes to banish the ideas back to the spiritual realm and save the world. First published in 1933, The Place of the Lion is the third supernatural thriller by Charles Williams, a member of the Inklings whose theological interests embraced Rosicrucianism as well as mainstream Christianity.

The Place of the Lion

The Place of the Lion

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/06/2010

War in Heaven

War in Heaven

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/06/2010

'There are no novels anywhere quite like them . . . He really believes in what he is talking about.' That was T. S. Eliot writing about the seven novels of Charles Williams. How to describe them? Again, probably in T. S. Eliot's words, 'They may be described as supernatural thrillers; ''popular'' novels in the best sense, by a man who had something important and quite individual to say. When we say ''thrillers'' we mean that their plots are adventurous and breathless, their scenes sometimes entrancing and sometime horrifying; and when we say ''supernatural'' we mean that Williams had a real experience of the supernatural world to communicate. He had a kind of extended spiritual sense: he was like a man who can perceive shades of colour, or hear tones beyond the ordinary range. The theme of all his novels is the struggle between good and evil; and as an interpreter of the mystical experience he was unique in his generation. He excels in descriptions of strange experiences such as many people have had once or twice in their lives and have been unable to put into words. There are pages also which describe, with a frightful clarity, the deterioration and damnation of a human soul; and pages which describe the triumphant struggle towards salvation. War in Heaven was the first in the sequence, published in 1930, and the most conventional of them. It relates the discovery of The Holy Grail in a country church and of the struggle between good and evil forces to possess it. There are detailed and convincing accounts of black magic. The author belonged to A. E. Waite's Christian Rosicrucian order, The Fellowship of the Rosy Cross and was therefore conversant with esoteric rites. All seven novels are being reissued in Faber Finds: War in Heaven, Many Dimensions, The Place of the Lion, The Greater Trumps, Shadows of Ecstasy, Descent into Hell and All Hallows' Eve.

Many Dimensions

Many Dimensions

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/05/2010

First published in 1931, this fascinating story is one of Charles Williams' early 'metaphysical' novels. Set in London, Sir Giles, the nefarious cousin of The Chief Justice of England, Lord Arglay, has obtained by not entirely fair means the ancient gold Crown of King Solomon the Wise. The White Stone of the Tetragrammaton, embedded in the crown, was the key to his wisdom and riches and fame. Sir Giles means to research it and unlock its powers, but lacking the courage to take all the risks himself, he must include others in his plans. Made of the First Matter from the Garden of Eden, the Stone's power grows with the experience of the user and can heal all sicknesses, allow the user to travel in time, in addition to seeing the minds of others. This provoking supernatural thriller shows Williams at his very best.

Harold Macmillan

Harold Macmillan

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2010

A masterly biography of a great Conservative Prime Minister (and publisher) - Harold Macmillan (1894-1986). Harold Macmillan was a figure of paradox. Outwardly, it was Edwardian elegance and civilised urbanity. Inwardly, it was emotional damage from his wife's open adultery and his progressive perplexity at the onward march of time. The First World War showed the courageous soldier. From then on, it was politics, rather than the family business of publishing, which was to be his future. Nevertheless, although he supported Churchill in the 1930s he was deemed boring - and certainly not ministerial material. All changed with the Second World War. Appointed Minister in Residence in North Africa, Macmillan's career flowered. After the War he became indispensable to Conservative Cabinets and as Churchill's Minister of Housing in the early 1950s he achieved the target, against all expectations, of 300,000 houses annually. Thereafter, he was Eden's Foreign Secretary and Chancellor but by then Macmillan had become openly ambitious. Over the Suez affair in 1956 he played a difficult - and somewhat devious - hand. Eden's resignation left him as the clear choice of his Cabinet colleagues to become Prime Minister. From 1957 to 1962, Macmillan was a good - some would say a great - Prime Minister. By 1962, however, his government was looking tired. The Profumo affair in 1963 was particularly damaging, and in the autumn of 1963 his health forced him to retire.

The Place of the Lion

The Place of the Lion

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/03/2010

The Greater Trumps (Hardback)

The Greater Trumps (Hardback)

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/12/2009

The Greater Trumps (Paperback)

The Greater Trumps (Paperback)

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/12/2009

All Hallow's Eve (Paperback)

All Hallow's Eve (Paperback)

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/12/2009

All Hallow's Eve (Hardback)

All Hallow's Eve (Hardback)

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/12/2009

Descent into Hell (Hardback)

Descent into Hell (Hardback)

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/12/2009

Descent into Hell (Paperback)

Descent into Hell (Paperback)

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/12/2009

Many Dimensions (Paperback, New Ed.)

Many Dimensions (Paperback, New Ed.)

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/2009

Reason And Beauty In The Poetic Mind

Reason And Beauty In The Poetic Mind

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/11/2008

Poetry at Present

Poetry at Present

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/04/2008

Poetry at Present

Poetry at Present

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2008

Henry VII

Henry VII

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2007

Henry VII

Henry VII

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2007

Reason And Beauty In The Poetic Mind

Reason And Beauty In The Poetic Mind

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/03/2007

Windows of Night

Windows of Night

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2007

Poems of Conformity

Poems of Conformity

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2007

Windows of Night

Windows of Night

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2007

Image of the City (and Other Essays)

Image of the City (and Other Essays)

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2007

Poems of Conformity

Poems of Conformity

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2007

Divorce

Divorce

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2007

Divorce

Divorce

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2007

Adenauer The Father of the New Germany

Adenauer The Father of the New Germany

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/05/2006

Critical Acclaim for ADENAUER A gripping narrative ...brings to life an intriguing historical figure ...an enthralling perspective on the processes that shaped the postwar world. --Daily Telegraph (London) Charts the ironies of Adenauer's complicated life. This is the story of a marathon man, but it is narrated at the pace of a sprinter and with the elegance of a hurdler. --The Times (London) Lucid and engaging. This is a well-researched and elegantly written volume which deserves a wider readership than the purely political. --The Herald (Glasgow) A highly readable, thoroughly reliable, intelligently critical life-and-times...This portrait does justice to a man who is often invoked as a prophet of a United States of Europe, but who was in truth the greatest of German patriots. --Literary Review (London) Well-researched and admirably written ...reveals Adenauer the man--with all his authority and strength, his persistence and endurance, and his streak of ruthlessness and political cunning. --The Independent (London) THE LAST GREAT FRENCHMAN Knowledgeable, lucid ...the best English biography of de Gaulle. --The New York Times Book Review Charles Williams has matched a great subject by something near to a great book. --Daily Telegraph (London)

Collected Plays

Collected Plays

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/02/2006

Figure of Beatrice A Study in Dante

Figure of Beatrice A Study in Dante

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2005

He Came Down from Heaven and the Forgiveness of Sins

He Came Down from Heaven and the Forgiveness of Sins

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2005

Outlines of Romantic Theology

Outlines of Romantic Theology

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2005

Witchcraft

Witchcraft

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2005

He Came Down from Heaven and the Forgiveness of Sins

He Came Down from Heaven and the Forgiveness of Sins

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2005

Outlines of Romantic Theology

Outlines of Romantic Theology

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2005

Figure of Beatrice A Study in Dante

Figure of Beatrice A Study in Dante

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2005

Witchcraft

Witchcraft

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2005

Adenauer The Father of the New Germany

Adenauer The Father of the New Germany

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2003

After the Second World War Germany lay in ruins. To Konrad Adenauer (1876-1967) belongs much of the credit for raising West Germany to a position of economic prosperity and making it a respected free-world ally. Adenauer was born in 1876, in Cologne, part of a devout Roman Catholic family. He was elected mayor of Cologne in 1917, a post he held for 16 years, then a representative in the Prussian State Council of which he became president in 1928. After the Nazis came to power in 1933, Adenauer was stripped of all his political positions, imprisoned and then sent to a concentration camp. But after the war he organised a new party, the Christian Democratic Union and in 1949 he became West Germany's first chancellor, retiring after four consecutive re-elections in 1963. Charles Williams' magisterial biography of a great twentieth-century statesman - and German - is also a monumental history of modern Germany. The book's four sections: 'The Kaiser's Germany', 'Weimar Germany', 'Nazi Germany' and 'Adenauer's Germany' - bear eloquent testimony to this most singular of nations.

The Last Great Frenchman A Life of General De Gaulle

The Last Great Frenchman A Life of General De Gaulle

Author: Charles Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/07/1998

...the best English biography of de Gaulle. --The New York Times Book Review ...a splendid popular biography...recounted with verve and anecdotal warmth. --Publishers Weekly Now in paper! This meticulously researched biography gives insight into the pivotal events of the 20th century and the French leader's relationships with other renowned figures, including Churchill, FDR, Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Henry Kissinger. It also contrasts the emotional, affectionate private man with the image of the cold, ruthless autocrat, de Gaulle presented to the world. CHARLES WILLIAMS (Lord Williams of Elvel) (London, England) is Deputy Leader of the opposition in the British House of Lords.

The Last Great Frenchman A Life of General De Gaulle

The Last Great Frenchman A Life of General De Gaulle

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/1997

...the best English biography of de Gaulle. ----The New York Times Book Review ...a splendid popular biography...recounted with verve and anecdotal warmth. ----Publishers Weekly Now in paper! This meticulously researched biography gives insight into the pivotal events of the 20th century and the French leader's relationships with other renowned figures, including Churchill, FDR, Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Henry Kissinger. It also contrasts the emotional, affectionate private man with the image of the cold, ruthless autocrat, de Gaulle presented to the world. CHARLES WILLIAMS (Lord Williams of Elvel) (London, England) is Deputy Leader of the opposition in the British House of Lords.

The Figure of Beatrice A Study in Dante

The Figure of Beatrice A Study in Dante

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/1994

Dante is unequalled among poets in conveying an extraordinary intensity of thought and experience, but this very power may make his work seem formidable to approach. Charles Williams's Figure of Beatriceis outstanding amongst Dante scholarship and criticism for the sympathetic enthusiasm and clarity with which he eases that approach without simplifying the achievement in a highly personal introduction to Dante's work. The first half of the book traces the way in which the central image of Beatrice, representing transcendent beauty in feminine form, animates Dante's earlier works. The second half richly expounds The Divine Comedy, meditating on its significance in Dantesque terms. Williams foreshadows the valuable modern emphasis on Dante as philosopher-poet; he also touches on many later concerns in Dante criticism, including ambiguities of language, the inherent self-contradiction of all powerful discourse, and the place of the feminine. The Figure of Beatrice is also a moving and poetic work in its own right CHARLES WILLIAMS(1886-1945) is known to many as a prolific and unusual playwright, novelist and critic; his poetic works include `Taliessin through Logres' and `The Region of the Summer Stars'.

Many Dimensions

Many Dimensions

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1959

Descent into Hell

Descent into Hell

Author: Charles Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1959

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