The Sunbird

  • Filename: the-sunbird.
  • ISBN: 142998094X
  • Release Date: 2010-04-01
  • Number of pages: 615
  • Author: Wilbur Smith
  • Publisher: Macmillan



In Wilbur Smith's The Sunbird, Dr. Ben Kazin is a brilliant archeologist. Louren Sturvesant is rich, impulsive, and physically imposing, everything Ben is not. Now, the two men--friends, competitors and partners--are searching for the legendary lost city of Opet, built by an Egyptian culture that reached Africa two thousand years ago, then vanished completely. For Ben, the expedition is a chance to prove a controversial thesis. For Louren, it is a chance to spend millions--and make it all back in gold and glory. But what awaits them is an astounding discovery, a siege of terror, and an act of betrayal that will tear the two men apart and bind them together forever... Hidden beneath water, jungle, and blood-red cliffs is a lost world where two men and a beautiful woman were caught in a furious battle of passions two thousands years ago, but which has begun once again....

The Sunbird

  • Filename: the-sunbird.
  • ISBN: 0142401714
  • Release Date: 2006-01-19
  • Number of pages: 184
  • Author: Elizabeth Wein
  • Publisher: Puffin



When, in the sixth century, plague spreads from Britain to Aksum, young Telemakos travels to the kingdom's salt mines to discover the identity of the traitor to the crown who, ignoring the emperor's command, is spreading plague with the salt from port toport.

Echoes of the Sunbird

  • Filename: echoes-of-the-sunbird.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015029467118
  • Release Date: 1993
  • Number of pages: 198
  • Author: Donald Burness
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press



This volume presents a broad overview of the work of seven of Africa's leading poets. Five of them have received international recognition: Niyi Osundare and Chinua Achebe, the Commonwealth Poetry Prize; Osundare and Antonio Jacinto, the Noma Prize; and Jose Craveirinha, the Camoes Prize. The poems concern political, personal, and social themes and are written with aesthetic simplicity and lyricism. The contributors believe that poets, rather than being exiles from their communities, are prophets, seers, and singers and have a place in everyday life. Most of the poems have been published previously. Several, however, are new, and their appearance in this volume along with an introductory essay written by each poet, makes this anthology important, original, and fresh.

The Sunbird

  • Filename: the-sunbird.
  • ISBN: 9781783336555
  • Release Date: 2014-03-25
  • Number of pages: 403
  • Author: Susan Fairfoot
  • Publisher: Andrews UK Limited



The story is set at that time of economic collapse in Europe when men, desperate for work, flocked to the colonies from all over Europe. Many thousands travelled to South Africa in the hope of making a fortune from the new gold fields. Newspaper articles suggest a bonanza of husbands and employment for the many single women left behind. Without the dependence upon a husband, there is little support and a very narrow entitlement for women in these days. Upon arrival in South Africa, these women found the situation much more difficult than they ever imagined. Those unable to find employment or husbands were forced into prostitution which flourished in the boom towns in the 1890s where pimps, “white slavers” and gun-toting gangsters controlled the brothels. They were exploited by organized gangsters who had been driven from the seamier side of European cities by sweeping anti-vice laws. This is one girl’s story about her parting from her island life in the Hebrides, to survive those treacherous situations that luckless women fell foul to in South Africa during these trying times.

The Sunbird

  • Filename: the-sunbird.
  • ISBN: 9789956727049
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 152
  • Author: E. F. Fonkeng
  • Publisher: African Books Collective



The travails of day-to-day existence notwithstanding, Scolastica is an ordinary woman in Tobeningo who has struggled to carve a fairly successful life for herself. She is not a novice when it comes to putting out fires, thanks to a bubbling teenage daughter, a sugar-daddy chairman of the local Native Authority and the sudden re-appearance of a former sweetheart. But when her son sets out to commemorate his father's passing, on a false alarm, it is her life skills and sense of purpose that are tested to the limit. As the sole privy to the true situation, she is in a race against time to avert a calamity from befalling her son and her people. In her path, besides the vicissitudes of daily living, are the high-handedness and ineptitude of local politics, as well as the straightjacket and mysticism of both religion and tradition. How will she fare?

Tiny Sunbirds Far Away

  • Filename: tiny-sunbirds-far-away.
  • ISBN: 9781849163743
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 419
  • Author: Christie Watson
  • Publisher: Quercus



WINNER OF THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD. 'Everything changed after Mama found Father lying on top of another woman.' Blessing and her brother Ezikiel adore their larger-than-life father, their glamorous mother and their comfortable life in Lagos. But all that changes when their father leaves them for another woman. Their mother is fired from her job at the Royal Imperial Hotel - only married women can work there - and soon they have to quit their air-conditioned apartment to go and live with their grandparents in a compound in the Niger Delta. Adapting to life with a poor countryside family is a shock beyond measure after their privileged upbringing in Lagos. Told in Blessing's own beguiling voice, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away shows how some families can survive almost anything. At times hilarious, always poignant, occasionally tragic, it is peopled with characters you will never forget.

Short Stories

  • Filename: short-stories.
  • ISBN: 0521406536
  • Release Date: 1993-07-29
  • Number of pages: 101
  • Author: Joanne Collie
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



Short Stories is a collection of vivid and memorable short stories, written between the nineteenth century and the present day. The stories are mostly very short, and have been selected for their powerful impact and also because they suggest many possibilities for creative activities in upper-intermediate and advanced level classrooms. The stories can therefore be used to stimulate reading and fluency skills, as well as to explore literary aspects of English. Short Stories contains: - stories by a wide variety of authors from very different backgrounds, including Leonora Carrington, Alisdair Gray and Peter Carey - creative activities both before and after reading and between parts of the longer stories - a Creative Development section at the end of each unit to extend the themes and the reader's involvement with the story - notes on the authors and stories, and notes for the teacher on using the material. The book is accompanied by a cassette containing recordings of all the stories as well as extra material for listening activities.

Sunbirds

  • Filename: sunbirds.
  • ISBN: 9781408135686
  • Release Date: 2010-07-30
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Clive F. Mann
  • Publisher: A&C Black



The insect-eating sunbirds of the Old World are amongst the most glamorous of all bird families. This guide provides a comprehensive resource on the sunbirds and their allies, with 48 colour plates portraying all major plumage variations and many species depicted on typical food plants.

The Lion Hunter

  • Filename: the-lion-hunter.
  • ISBN: 9781480460089
  • Release Date: 2013-12-17
  • Number of pages: 227
  • Author: Elizabeth Wein
  • Publisher: Open Road Media



Telemakos may have survived his capture in Afar, but his dangerous journey is far from over . . . Twelve-year-old Telemakos—the descendant of British and Aksumite royalty—is still recovering from his ordeal as a government spy in the Afar desert, where he uncovered the traitor who spread the plague through Aksum. But before Telemakos is fully healed, tragedy strikes. For their own safety, Telemakos and his infant sister, Athena, are sent to live with Abreha, the ruler of Himyar—a longtime enemy turned ally of the Aksumites. Telemakos’s aunt Goewin, British ambassador to Aksum, warns him that Abreha is kind but dangerous. Telemakos promises he will be mindful—but he does not realize just how serious Goewin’s warnings will prove to be. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Elizabeth Wein including rare images from the author’s personal collection.

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