Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed. You mess with it at your peril. You can let it move fast or slowly but what you mustn´t do is allow it to stop. On the Discworld time management is the job of the Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it´s wasted (like the underwater - how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities, where there´s never enough time. But the construction of the world´s first truly accurate clock starts a race against, well, time for Lu Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd. Because it will stop time. And when time stands still, everything stops with it. Then, there really is no future.
´If you want to achieve more (without going nuts), read this book.´ - Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better Most of our time is spent by default. We all wish for more hours in the day. We all struggle to make time for what matters. Help is here. Productivity experts Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky have created a four-step framework that anyone can use, packed with more than 80 tactics to help you design your day around the things that matter. Tactics such as: · Choose a daily highlight · Be the boss of your phone · Stay out of social media infinity pools · Slow your inbox · Make TV a ?sometimes treat? · Exercise every day (but don?t be a hero) · Eat without screens · Go off grid · Spend time with your tribe · Make your bedroom a bed room With tips and tricks to help you change your life, it?s time to stop daydreaming about projects and activities that you?ll get to ?someday?, and start that someday today. ´Make Time is essential reading for anyone who wants to create a happier, more successful life.´ - Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
A Grip of Time (prison slang for a very long sentence behind bars) takes readers into a world most know little about?a maximum-security prison?and into the minds and hearts of the men who live there. These men, who are serving out life sentences for aggravated murder, join a fledgling Lifers´ Writing Group started by award-winning author Lauren Kessler. Over the course of three years, meeting twice a month, the men reveal more and more about themselves, their pasts, and the alternating drama and tedium of their incarcerated lives. As they struggle with the weight of their guilt and wonder if they should hope for a future outside prison walls, Kessler struggles with the fiercely competing ideas of rehabilitation and punishment, forgiveness and blame that are at the heart of the American penal system. Gripping, intense, and heartfelt, A Grip of Time: When Prison Is Your Life shows what a lifetime with no hope of release looks like up-close.
LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017 ´Smith´s finest. Extraordinary, truly marvellous´ Observer ´Superb´ Financial Times ´Breathtaking´ TLS ´P itch-perfect´ Daily Telegraph ´A tale of two girls who meet in a West London dance class... A page-turner that´s also beautifully written ´ Glamour ´There is still no better chronicler of the modern British family than Zadie Smith´ Telegraph SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS 2017 A dazzlingly exuberant new novel moving from north west London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty Two brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, black bodies and black music, what it means to belong, what it means to be free. It´s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten either. Bursting with energy, rhythm and movement, Swing Time is Zadie Smith´s most ambitious novel yet. It is a story about music and identity, race and class, those who follow the dance and those who lead it . . .
Emma Maria Rossini appears to be the luckiest girl in the world. She?s the daughter of a beautiful and loving mother and her father is one of the most famous film actors of his generation. Tom Cruise is almost an adopted uncle. She?s also the granddaughter of a rather eccentric and obscure Italian astrophysicist whose theories on the universe have been much ridiculed. The story centres on Emma?s childhood in Edinburgh and East Lothian, and the overpowering event of her mother?s death, apparently in a freak lighting strike. However, the secret that only Emma knows is that her mother?s death was no accident. It precipitates a suicide attempt, and estrangement from her father. Emma stumbles through university and finds work as a journalist in Edinburgh, although she is once more becoming mentally unstable and, following the death of her father, again tries to commit suicide. It?s while she?s in a mental institution that her psychiatrist suggests she writes a memoir of her life, to help her make sense of everything that?s happened to her, and The Space Between Time is the story she writes. The tragic-comic story, aimed at both male and female readers, has heart, humour and warmth. Its central message is that, even at the worst of times, a second chance can often be just around the corner. In coming to terms with her life and the deaths of her parents, Emma finds ultimate solace in her once-derided grandfather?s Theorem on the universe ? which offers the metaphor that we are all connected, even to those we have loved and not quite lost.
After twenty-two years of nightmare and terror, saved only by a desperate conviction of the mythical source of certain impressions, I am unwilling to vouch for the truth of that which I think I found in Western Australia on the night of 17-18 July 1935. There is reason to hope that my experience was wholly or partly an hallucination-for which, indeed, abundant causes existed. And yet, its realism was so hideous that I sometimes find hope impossible. If the thing did happen, then man must be prepared to accept notions of the cosmos, and of his own place in the seething vortex of time, whose merest mention is paralyzing. He must, too, be placed on guard against a specific, lurking peril which, though it will never engulf the whole race, may impose monstrous and unguessable horrors upon certain venturesome members of it.
The beautiful Titmun gave the man she loved, the Roman Libya, not only her heart, but her very life. She conveyed the last greetings to her lover with their son, whom, in anticipation of her death, she sent on a long journey to her father (´´The Last Gift of Love´´). The evil will of the mother separated Helvenna from her beloved Lancelot. But the love that took possession of their hearts remained with them forever. And fate took pity on those in love - they met again when their daughter was already 15 years old. Late? No, hearts are always open for love, and happiness to be together does not lose strength over the years (´´Love and Hate´´). Among the fires of war that broke out between the Yorks and the Lancaster, the knight Herbert Smiley rescues a young woman who has lost everything from certain death and sends her to her home. Young Ingrid captured the heart of a knight, but he is firmly convinced that his duty consists, first of all, in expanding his possessions, and is ready to marry the colorless heiress of neighboring lands. Debt and love fight in his heart, and love conquers, bringing great happiness instead of a piece of land (´´War, duty and love´´).
»Nicht nur Freundschaft, sondern die ganze verrückte, ungerechte Welt wird einem präzisen prüfenden Blick unterzogen.« New York Magazine.Beim Tanzunterricht lernen sich zwei kleine Mädchen kennen und werden Freundinnen. Beide träumen davon, Tänzerinnen zu werden. Doch nur die eine hat Talent. Die andere hat Ideen: über Rhythmus und Zeit, über schwarze Haut und schwarze Musik, über Stammeszugehörigkeit, Milieu, Bildung und Chancengleichheit. Als sich die beiden Mädchen zum ersten Mal begegnen, fühlen sie sich sofort zueinander hingezogen. Die gleiche Leidenschaft fürs Tanzen und für Musicals verbindet sie, doch auch derselbe Londoner Vorort und die Hautfarbe. Ihre Wege trennen sich, als Tracey tatsächlich Tänzerin wird und erste Rollen in Musicals bekommt. Ihre Freundin wiederum jettet als Assistentin der berühmten Sängerin Aimee um die Welt. Als Aimee in Afrika eine Schule gründen will, reist sie ihr voraus und lässt sich durch das Land, in dem ihre Wurzeln liegen, verzaubern und aus dem Rhythmus bringen. Dieser grandiose Roman von Zadie Smith, der in den USA und in Großbritannien von Presse und Publikum gefeiert wird, erzählt am Beispiel zweier Freundinnen vom Siegen und Scheitern, vom Beginnen und Enden. »Bewegend, lustig und wahrhaftig analysiert dieser Roman mit der Eleganz von Fred Astaire oder Michael Jackson Themen wie Hautfarbe und Weltpolitik.« Kirkus Reviews