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Tom Williams was a curator of the major international British Museum exhibition Vikings: Life and Legend, which was the subject of extensive national and international media coverage in 2014. He has been widely quoted in the press and has appeared on BBC TV, ITV and on BBC radio. He appeared at the Hay Festival and Bath Children's Literary Festival in 2014 and is currently engaged in research/finishing his PhD at University College London. He teaches History and Archaeology at Cambridge. He is the author and editor of a number of academic and magazine articles and collections.
Any historian dealing with the Vikings must firstly fight myth – those horned helmets to name but one and then there’s the sparsity of evidence from a people with so little in the way of written record. We do get a lot of sword-play and blood-lust but there are also the sharp-eyed merchants trading across the known world. But mostly it’s the swords with men fighting for dominance and allegiance. While I would have liked to know more about the lives of Viking women (about 12 pages, having checked the index) Tom Williams is very good at putting the Vikings into a historical context, looking at their legacy and the mark they made on our country. ~ Sue Baker Like for Like Reading Vikings by Neil Oliver Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings by Peter Sawyer
'At last, the definitive guide to football phraseology across the world... Sparky and very funny.' Paul Hayward, Daily Telegraph ''Amusing and informative in equal measure.' Oliver Kay, The Times An expertly compiled and utterly fascinating compendium of the weird and wonderful words and phrases used to describe football around the world. To speak football is to speak a language of a thousand tongues... In this ground-breaking global glossary of football words and phrases, you'll discover the rich, quirky and joyously creative language used by fans, commentators and players across the world. From placing a shot 'where the owl sleeps' in Brazil, to what it means to use your 'chocolate leg' in the Netherlands, via Wembley-Tor - a phrase adopted by Germans to describe a dubious goal - this comprehensively researched book will entertain and inform in equal measure. Discover the unfortunate Finnish term for a holding midfielder, what it means when South Korean fans get nostalgic about a 'Leeds season' and why Dundee United supporters should keep their heads down in Nigeria. With over 700 terms from 89 countries (including 29 ways to describe a nutmeg), this is the definitive guide to the global language of football.
A new narrative history of the Viking Age, interwoven with exploration of the physical remains and landscapes that the Vikings fashioned and walked: their rune-stones and ship burials, settlements and battlefields.To many, the word 'Viking' brings to mind red scenes of rape and pillage, of marauders from beyond the sea rampaging around the British coastline in the last gloomy centuries before the Norman Conquest. It is true that Britain in the Viking Age was a turbulent, violent place. The kings and warlords who have impressed their memories on the period revel in names that fire the blood and stir the imagination: Svein Forkbeard and Edmund Ironside, Ivar the Boneless and Alfred the Great, Erik Bloodaxe and Edgar the Pacifier amongst many others. Evidence for their brutality, their dominance, their avarice and their pride is still unearthed from British soil with stunning regularity.But this is not the whole story.In Viking Britain, Thomas Williams has drawn on his experience as project curator of the British Museum exhibition of Vikings: Life and Legend to show how the people we call Vikings came not just to raid and plunder, but to settle, to colonize and to rule. The impact on these islands was profound and enduring, shaping British social, cultural and political development for hundreds of years. Indeed, in language, literature, place-names and folklore, the presence of Scandinavian settlers can still be felt, and their memory - filtered and refashioned through the writings of people like J.R.R. Tolkien, William Morris and G.K.Chesterton - has transformed the western imagination.This remarkable makes use of new academic research and first-hand experience, drawing deeply from the relics and landscapes that the Vikings and their contemporaries fashioned and walked: their runestones and ship burials, settlements and battlefields, poems and chronicles. The book offers a vital evocation of a forgotten world, its echoes in later history and its implications for the present.
Back from his adventures in the Far East, John Williamson intends to retire and live quietly in his home town in Devon. But first he heads to London to see the glamorous capital of an Empire on which the sun never sets, and looks up a childhood friend. Yet the friend has fallen into bad company and now lives in the notorious lawless slum around Seven Dials. The police Special Branch are convinced that criminality in the Seven Dials has links to foreign subversives. Is Williamson's friend in league with the French or is he working for Karl Marx's Communists? When Williamson is blackmailed into helping the police, he finds himself trapped in a world of crime and intrigue which shows him another side of London.
Chinese medicine is growing ever more popular in the West. Increasing numbers of us know that acupuncture and herbal remedies can help us - yet we do not understand how they work or why. Tom Williams' timely introduction shows how Chinese medicine interprets the human body, and how Qi, Jing and Shen (the three treasures - energy, essence and mind/spirit) and the other basic body substances interact to bring bodily harmony.
Set in the suburbs and cities of the Midwest, Mid-South, and Texas, these stories explore the lives of characters biracial, black, white, and all sorts of in-between. The intersections and collisions of contemporary life are in full effect here, where the distinctions between fast food and fine art, noble and naked ambitions, reality and reality shows have become impossible to distinguish. Read these stories and understand why Steve Yarbrough said Williams writes like Paul Auster if he were funnier or like Stanley Elkin might have if he'd ever been able to stop laughing.
A collection of flash fiction (Tanzer), bookend short stories (Williams), a novella (Housley), and poetry written from father to daughter (Pawelek), Four Fathers is a hard-hitting definitive work that seeks to uncover what it takes to be a parent. These subjects are not easy, and through these introspective fathers, often agonized by the daily tensions of care-taking, we come to appreciate our own experiences more fully, or, at least prepare ourselves for what may lie ahead. Four Fathers, and each of its authors, delivers fatherhood in a multitude of thought-provoking, heartfelt ways: from Tom Williams' pair of long short stories which define a man by who he is as a son in relation to his father, and who he is as a father in relation to his son; to BL Pawelek's poetry, dedicated to his daughter, Abbey Road. Then you have Ben Tanzer's flash fiction pieces, which all seem to reflect up on the idea of "e;I'm a dad...what the heck do I do now?"e; and Dave Housley's novella begging the Osbornesque question "e;What the f*** is a 'Bieber?'"e;ADVANCE PRAISE:"e;Nothing can prepare us for the heart-wrenching mess that being a parent entails, but these stories and poems about fatherhood make me feel less lonely in the endeavor. At times gut-busting hilarious, devastating to the point of tears, and just plain beautiful, I'm so grateful this collection is in the world."e; -Paula Bomer, author of NINE MONTHS and INSIDE MADELEINE"e;FOUR FATHERS made me want to impregnate my wife all over again. Becoming a dad wouldn't be half as stressful with these powerful voices in my ear. From four of the sharpest literary minds on the planet, FOUR FATHERS is a quadruple helping of the wit, honesty, fear and beauty of being a dad. I can't wait to help a father-to-be throw away all the bullshit parenting books in his stack and replace it with this one amazing collection. I can't wait to tell him: 'This is what fatherhood really is.'"e; -Patrick Wensink, bestselling author of BROKEN PIANO FOR PRESIDENT"e;What a remarkable debut from Cobalt Press! This impressive collection of fiction and poetry is as varied in form as it is in content. But no matter the subject, one thing remains consistent throughout: these four authors shine a brilliant light onto one of the central conundrums of contemporary fatherhood, exploring what it means to be a man who is at once a role model, a law giver, a boo-boo soother (in short: this huge figure in his child's life) and yet also struggles to feel like a competent, responsible, stable grown-up. In language that will have you simultaneously chuckling and tearing up, Four Fathers gets to the heart of what it means to be a dad today."e; -- Brian Gresko, Editor of WHEN I FIRST HELD YOU"e;Replete with fathers, sons, daughters, fairy tales, gunfire and Justin Bieber songs, FOUR FATHERS is a collection that resonates not just with parents, but with anyone who has ever felt the burning pull of unconditional love. Far from rehashing familiar tropes, these authors prefer to examine what makes their subjects unique. Their focus on memory and moment illuminates the connections between childhood and parenthood: these are both times of growth, learning, doubt and, perhaps, the eras in which we make the most mistakes, and find the most forgiveness."e; -Aubrey Hirsch, author of WHY WE NEVER TALK ABOUT SUGAR"e;The anguish and joys of modern fatherhood - the shock of seeing your father's face in the mirror while you're shaving, the horror of watching your son succumb to Bieber Fever, the embarrassment of knowing the meaning of the term venti, the suicidal thoughts that follow the crime of clipping your child's nails too closely, the worrying about how to provide and protect - they're all here, in this absorbing volume, rendered in four genres and four unforgettable voices."e; -Susan Muaddi Darraj, author of THE INHERITANCE OF EXILE