Can the UK survive widespread dissatisfaction in both Scotland and England with the financing of public spending by Scotland's parliament? This timely book explains how fiscal autonomy could raise economic growth and efficiency in Scotland - to the benefit of both Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom. The authors discuss how other reform proposals - which amount to cutting Scotland's block grant - would fail as they would not be seen in Scotland as legitimate. They conclude that fiscal autonomy would be accepted as it reduces Scotland's democratic deficit in public spending, and would go a long way toward reducing vertical and horizontal imbalances in the UK.
If novelist Paul Mark Scott (1920-1978) has secured a niche in English literature, it is on the merits of his Raj Quartet and its sequel, Staying On, for which he won the Booker Prize in 1977. Yet by the time he had published The Jewel in the Crown in 1966, he had supported his family on his writing for six years, worked as a literary advisor for several publishers, routinely written book reviews for The Times, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, and Country Life, and published eight novels. Scott's literary reputation was already considerable when, at the age of 44, he embarked on The Raj Quartet that would take up the last fourteen years of his life-a masterpiece that reinterpreted the major events of his generation and challenged his contemporaries to face the legacy of their past. Beginning in 1964, Scott negotiated with the Harry Ransom Research Center at The University of Texas-Austin for the purchase of his manuscripts. Later, when he was teaching creative writing at the University of Tulsa in 1976, he arranged to sell his letters to the archives at McFarlin Library. Many years after his death, David Higham Associates (the literary agency for which Scott worked from 1950-1960 and which acted as Scott's own agent until his death in 1978) sold archival materials to the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas-Austin. Only a limited amount of material from McFarlin's Paul Scott Collection has been published to date. The David Higham Collection has not been systematically used until now. Together, the Tulsa and Austin Collections involve many thousands of Scott's professional and personal letters, to a large degree untapped by scholars of literature. In this two-volume collection, Janis Haswell makes available to the reading public for the first time several hundred letters from the Tulsa and Austin archives, as well as dozens of private letters to daughters Carol and Sally Scott. Scott's letters never disappoint. They are intriguing, well-penned and (in most cases) well-preserved in carbon form by Scott himself. They explore in depth and detail available nowhere else his view of the themes and structure of his novels; his experience and views of India; his dealings with publishers, agents, critics, readers, and writer friends (the likes of Muriel Spark, Gabriel Fielding, M. M. Kaye); his role as an agent and influential reviewer of fiction; his trials in supporting himself and family as a freelancer; his experience as a teacher in the United States; and his love and loyalty to family and friends.
Gods and goddesses, magicians and mermaids, fairies, warriors and giants weave a series of enchanting spells for young readers in this charming collection of age-old Scottish stories.Derived from ancient manuscripts as well as modern Gaelic storytellers, the tales include such colourful and dramatic stories as ""Battle of the Fairy Kings,"" ""Conall and the Thunder Hag,"" ""In the Kingdom of Seals,"" ""The Maid-of-the-Wave,"" ""The Land of Green Mountains,"" and several more.Modern youngsters will develop an appreciation of the ancient beliefs and customs of Scotland's earliest inhabitants with these time-honored legends, handed down from generation to generation. Edited and modernized for contemporary readers, these captivating and handsomely illustrated tales will delight anyone who relishes a good yarn.
Part of the Bug Club whole school reading programme for Reception, KS1 and KS2 that transforms young readers into life-long readers. Children are instantly engaged by the characters they know and love and want to read more and more.
Down Low Players Zion Marque Williams becomes an orphan with the untimely death of his parents. He finds solace in the game of basketball and in the arms of his many male lovers. He is engaged to a New York socialite, and his erotic affairs with men go unnoticed until he meets a soccer player. Lies and betrayals surface and friendships are tested. Down Low Players, tackles the urban themes of love, loss, identity, the power of sexual urges, and the backlash of homophobia prevalent in urban communities. Uninvited The Departments of Justice statistics show 5000-8000 home invasions are reported daily. At any given moment, anyone could enter a home and terrorize its occupants with the intent to murder. Explore your worst fears imaginable, an uninvited man subtly and quickly enters the family home of three creating a tense atmosphere. During a freak blizzard on Thanksgiving night, a man slyly enters the family home of three in Queens NYC. The family is his family, but like strangers, this Schizophrenic gay homeless man, John, is there with the intent to murder his father and make him pay for the emotionally disconnected crime he has committed against him and others. Follow this violent tale, as told by John, as the layers peel back and the truth surfaces. The Hook-Up: Adventures of Maxwell Hunter On Friday night, in the gay Mecca of New York City, Maxwell Hunter makes a pit stop at a local club for a hook-up to quench his thirst for sex. Maxwell is surprised to find the man of his dreams, a hottie named Jhonny. But there are many obstacles keeping them apart... My Erotic Valentine: Adventures of Maxwell Hunter Adventures of Maxwell Hunter resume, and it is Valentine's Day. Maxwell is not in his usually chipper mood. He is dateless and sexless. He loathes Valentine's Day as a rule, and plans to spend the night in his apartment. While out shopping, he is surprised to receive an invitation to a Valentine's Day Party; however, it is not your average white and red cutesy party with punch and heart decorations. It is a wild, hip-hop, drug infested, male only sex party. All the down-low, married, and gay men of color frequent sex parties at night, unbeknownst to their girlfriends, wives, and partners. Maxwell decides to go to the sex party and get some new ass. The nature of a full on, man on man, men of color and those who love them, sex party--will shock, tantalize, and horn you up.
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