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Bower, Humphrey

Works: 286 works in 1,000 publications in 1 language and 9,992 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Juvenile works  Children's audiobooks  Biography  Psychological fiction  History  Fantasy fiction  Short stories  Adventure stories  Young adult works 
Roles: Narrator, Author, Actor, Other
Classifications: PR9619.3.C36, 823.914
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Publications about Humphrey Bower
Publications by Humphrey Bower
Most widely held works about Humphrey Bower
Most widely held works by Humphrey Bower
Parrot & Olivier in America : [a novel] by Peter Carey( Sound Recording )
16 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 658 libraries worldwide
Olivier, the son of penniless aristocrats who barely escaped the violence of the French Revolution, sets sail to America to avoid confrontation with his enemies. Meanwhile, Parrot, a young Englishman, also leaves for America. Over the course of their adventures, their fates are inevitably entwined through their mutual acquaintance with a one-armed marquis
The power of one by Bryce Courtenay( Sound Recording )
40 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 444 libraries worldwide
A novel about a small boy's triumph over cruelty and loneliness to become a famous boxer. Set in the turbulent 1940's in Southern Africa, it is an epic story of survival
The little prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry( Sound Recording )
15 editions published between 1982 and 2014 in English and held by 403 libraries worldwide
"A pilot stranded in the desert awakes one morning to see, standing before him, the most extraordinary little fellow. 'Please,' asks the stranger, 'draw me a sheep.' And the pilot realizes that when life's events are too difficult to understand, there is no choice but to succumb to their mysteries. He pulls out pencil and paper-- And thus begins this wise and enchanting fable that, in teaching the secret of what is really important in life, has changed forever the world for its readers"--Container
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts( Sound Recording )
28 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 386 libraries worldwide
This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay, a hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, actors and exiles. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher, and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets
Foundling by D. M Cornish( Sound Recording )
8 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 375 libraries worldwide
Having grown up in a home for foundlings and possessing a girl's name, Rossamünd sets out to report to his new job as a lamplighter and has several adventures along the way as he meets people and monsters who are more complicated that he previously thought. Includes glossaries and maps
Surrender by Sonya Hartnett( Sound Recording )
13 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 182 libraries worldwide
As life slips away, Gabriel looks back over his brief twenty years that have been clouded by frustration and humiliation. A small town and distant parents ensure that he is never allowed to forget the horrific mistake he made as a child. He has only two friends - his dog Surrender, and the unruly wild boy Finnigan, with whom he made a boyhood pact. When a series of arson attacks grips the town, Gabriel realises how unpredictable and dangerous Finnigan is. Events begin to spiral out of control, and it becomes clear that only the most extreme of measures will rid Gabriel of Finnigan for good
Smoky Joe's Cafe by Bryce Courtenay( Sound Recording )
17 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 176 libraries worldwide
Thommo and his 11 angry men who are all Vietnam war veterans, out for revenge. They rope in an ex-Viet Cong with 'special skills' and his own secret agenda. They're the 'Dirty Dozen', just like the movie. Only it's real life, and they're so screwed up they couldn't fight their way out of a wet paper bag. That is, until a woman of character steps in. Wendy's infant daughter is dying and needs a bone-marrow transplant. Hell hath no fury ... as she sets out to mould this bunch of ex-jungle fighters into a unit that will for justice, by fair means or foul
Factotum by D. M Cornish( Sound Recording )
4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 175 libraries worldwide
Accused of something worse even than being a monster-lover, Rossamünd Bookchild finds himself swept away from ruthless enemies and into the service of Europe, the Duchess-in-waiting of Naimes, employed as her personal factotum. But despite Europe's power and influence as a Peer of the Empire and as the most renowned monster-slayer in all of the Half-Continent, formidable forces move against them both, threatening to capture Rossamünd and destroy Europe in the process
Gould's book of fish [a novel in twelve fish] by Richard Flanagan( Sound Recording )
9 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 170 libraries worldwide
This novel is a meditation on colonialism--indeed, on history itself--couched in the story of an English guttersnipe, William Gould, who is sent to a penal colony in Tasmania in the eighteen-twenties
Lamplighter by D. M Cornish( Sound Recording )
7 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 167 libraries worldwide
As Rosamund starts his life as a lamplighter on the Wormway, he continues his fight against monsters, making friends and enemies along the way, but questions about his origins continue to plague him. Includes glossary
Tandia by Bryce Courtenay( Sound Recording )
11 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 164 libraries worldwide
Tandia is a child of all Africa: half Indian, half African, beautiful and intelligent, she is only sixteen when she is first brutalised by the police. Her fear of the white man leads her to join the black resistance movement, where she trains as a terrorist. With her in the fight for justice is the one white man Tandia can trust, the welterweight champion of the world, Peekay. Now he must fight their common enemy in order to save both their lives
The turning by Tim Winton( Sound Recording )
19 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 164 libraries worldwide
In the 1980s Tim Winton made his mark with tough, spare stories about youth and promise, of early parenthood and the challenges of loyalty. Now, almost twenty years since his last collection, he returns to the form with seventeen overlapping stories of second thoughts and mid-life regret set in the brooding small-town world of coastal Western Australia. Here are turnings of all kinds - changes of heart, nasty surprises, slow awakenings, sudden detours - where people struggle against the terrible weight of the past and challenge the lives they've made for themselves. Beautifully crafted, and as tender as they are confronting, these elegiac stories examine the darkness and frailty of ordinary people and celebrate the moments when the light shines through
Fortune cookie by Bryce Courtenay( Sound Recording )
8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 162 libraries worldwide
It's the 1960s and the world of advertising is coming alive, and it's an exciting world to be part of. Simon Wong, a Chinese-Australian and promising young advertising executive, is sent to Singapore to establish an office. He finds himself thrust into an environment that is at once strangely familiar and profoundly different; one where the rules that govern behaviour, both in business and in personal life, differ wildly from what he is used to. And where all is not what it appears to be. Under the veneer of the commercial world lie some shocking truths, of people smuggling, drug trafficking and murder. And Mercy B. Lord, the woman Simon falls for, is caught up in it
Brother Fish by Bryce Courtenay( Sound Recording )
18 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 161 libraries worldwide
Brother Fish is an Australian saga spanning eighty years and four continents. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life. Jack McKenzie is a harmonica player, soldier, dreamer and small-time professional fisherman from a tiny island in Bass Strait. Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan is a strong-willed woman hiding from an ambiguous past in Shanghai. Larger than life, Private Jimmy Oldcorn was once a street kid and leader of a New York gang. Together, they reap a vast and not always legitimate fortune from the sea
The potato factory by Bryce Courtenay( Sound Recording )
12 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 157 libraries worldwide
Ikey Solomon's favourite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land. In the backstreets and dives of Hobart Town, Mary learns the art of brewing and builds The Potato Factory, where she plans a new future. But her ambitions are threatened by Ikey's wife, Hannah, her old enemy. The two women raise their separate families, one legitimate and the other bastard. As each woman sets out to destroy the other, the families are brought to the edge of disaster
Jack of diamonds by Bryce Courtenay( Sound Recording )
14 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 152 libraries worldwide
Born and raised in a poor, working-class family in Toronto, Jack Spayd is the son of an unhappy marriage. But when he is given a harmonica as a young boy, he discovers a talent for music that will change his life forever. After being taken under the wing of 'Miss Frostbite', The owner of a local jazz club, Jack becomes a gifted musician, playing piano and harmonica. After the death of his mother, he travels to Las Vegas and finds work in the clubs there, but is increasingly drawn to gambling. He earns a reputation as a good player, which brings him To The attention of the mafia. Jack wants to join the professional circuit, and to do that he needs serious money behind him. It's this need that sees him travel to the Belgian Congo, where he's heard it's possible to earn big money working in the most dangerous parts of the local copper mines. He gradually falls in love with Africa and then with a beautiful Ethiopian woman. They move to London, where they bring up a daughter who becomes a supermodel. In a dramatic twist, The story returns to Africa - and to a fortune in diamonds. Jack of Diamonds is the story of a young, talented man, fighting to achieve his ambitions, and having to use his considerable talents to find his way in a perilous world
The man who knew infinity : a life of the genius Ramanujan by Robert Kanigel( file )
7 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 149 libraries worldwide
In 1913, a young, unschooled Indian clerk wrote a letter to G.H. Hardy, begging that pre-eminent English mathematician's opinion on several ideas he had about numbers. Hardy, realizing the letter was the work of a genius, arranged for Srinivasa Ramanujan to come to England. Thus began one of the most remarkable collaborations ever chronicled. With a passion for rich and evocative detail, Robert Kanigel takes us from the temples and teeming slums of Madras to the courts and chapels of Cambridge University, where the devout Hindu Ramanujan, "the Prince of Intuition," tested his brilliant theories alongside the sophisticated and eccentric Hardy, "the Apostle of Proof." In time, Ramanujan's creative intensity took its toll: he died at the age of thirty-two, but left behind a magical and inspired legacy that today is still being plumbed for its secrets
April Fool's Day by Bryce Courtenay( Sound Recording )
13 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 147 libraries worldwide
Bryce Courtenay's moving tribute to his son, Damon. A tragic yet uplifting story.April Fool's Day is controversial, painful and heartbreaking, yet has a gentle humour. It is also life-affirming, and, above all, a testimony to the incredible regenerative strength of love - how when we confront our worst, we can become our best
The butterfly man by Heather Rose( Sound Recording )
9 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 141 libraries worldwide
On 7th November, 1974 a young English nanny named Sandra Rivett was murdered in London's West End. Her employer, Lord Lucan, was named as her attacker. It was widely assumed he had mistaken her for his wife. Lord Lucan disappeared the night Sandra Rivett died and has never been seen since. Henry Kennedy lives on a mountain on the other side of the world. He is not who he says he is. Is he a murderer or a man who can never clear his name?
The family frying pan by Bryce Courtenay( Sound Recording )
12 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and held by 134 libraries worldwide
Mrs Moses is a small woman with a big heart and enormous courage. The only survivor of a Cossack raid on her village, she takes with her a big cast-iron frying pan, so heavy that she can only sling it over her back. Yet this is no ordinary frying pan - it's The Family Frying Pan, blessed with a Russian soul. From this frying pan Mrs Moses manages to feed the various refugees who are travelling with her across Russia to freedom. In return, each of the group must tell a story around the campfire at night - stories of compassion and bravery, of human frailty and, above all, of hope
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