A coming-of-age story is given a creativetwist in this intimate, offbeat, and strange-ly affecting novel. The young narrator, age11, lives with his aged father in a dishev-eled furnished flat in Cairo. Exceptionallyattuned to the moods, habits, and silentyearnings of the adults around him, theboy decides to get organized and becomean expert on adult behavior. Surrep-titiously, he listens in on adult conver-sations, observes adult mannerisms, andguesses about comments he’s not sup-posed to understand—and then he startsto sneak into neighboring apartmentsto watch adults napping, copulating,bathing, cooking, and all the other activi-ties normal to their lives.
is an Egyptian journalist,the author of eight novels, and a formervisiting associate professor in the depart-ment of Near Eastern studies at theUniversity of California–Berkeley. In 2003he was awarded a prestigious prize by theArab Novelist Assembly, which he turneddown in protest of government policies.
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House Prices, Bankingand the Depression of 2010Second edition
“Those warnings were . . . well thought out and calculated.” —Marc Coleman,
•Author’s previous books sold more than20,000 copies
Using the United Kingdom as a casestudy, this well-researched accountshows how, for more than 200 years, aremarkably regular 18-year cycle of boom and bust can be traced to thepeaks and troughs in land prices. Thisexploration reveals how governments,during the upswing of the cycle, are com-plicit in encouraging a belief that proper-ty prices will continue upwards indefi-nitely because of their skilled manage-ment of the economy and attributes thecurrent crises to public policy on bothsides of the Atlantic. An alternative planto neutralize the next boom—one thatwould lead to a more stable and environ-mentally friendly economy with a moreequitable distribution of wealth—isalso presented.
is the research director of the Land Research Trust in London. Heis the author of
Ricardo’s Law: HousePrices & the Great Tax Clawback Scam
Wheels of Fortune: Self-Funding Infrastructure and the Free Market Casefor a Land Tax
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The New Uncanny
Tales of Unease
Edited by Sarah Eyre and Ra Page
“Delightful and disturbing.” —
Independent on Sunday
“A bold idea.” —
GuardianPerforming a deft metaphorical eviscera-tion of Sigmund Freud’s classic 1919 essaythat delved deeply into the tradition of hor-ror writing, this freshly contemporary col-lection of literary interpretations reintro-duces to the world Freud’s compelling the-ory of
—or, the uncanny.Specifically designed to challenge the cre-ative boundaries of some of the mostfamed and respected horror writers work-ing today—such as A. S. Byatt, ChristopherPriest, Hanif Kureishi, Frank CottrellBoyce, Matthew Holness, and the indom-itable Ramsey Campbell—this anatomical-ly precise experiment encapsulates whatthe uncanny represents in the 21st century.Masterfully narrated with the benefit of unique perspectives on what exactly it isthat goes bump in the night, this chillingmodern collective is not only an essentialread for fans of horror but also an insight-ful and intriguing introduction to thegreats of the genre at their gruesome best.
is an editor and a consulting edi-tor for Comma Press.
TheCity Life Book of Manchester Short Stories
and founded and edited
magazine. He is the deputy editor of
and a director of the ManchesterPoetry Festival.
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