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Hamilton-Paterson, James

Works: 82 works in 425 publications in 9 languages and 9,623 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Musical fiction  Humorous fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Time-travel fiction  Psychological fiction  Juvenile works  Historical fiction  Thrillers (Fiction) 
Roles: Author, Other, Creator, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Contributor
Classifications: PR6058.A5543, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about James Hamilton-Paterson
Most widely held works by James Hamilton-Paterson
Mummies, death and life in ancient Egypt by James Hamilton-Paterson( Book )

16 editions published between 1978 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 901 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the mummification processes used in ancient Egypt and their relevance and importance to the religious beliefs and elaborate funeral rites of the Egyptians
America's boy : a century of colonialism in the Philippines by James Hamilton-Paterson( Book )

17 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hamilton-Paterson sets his narrative in the context of the wider Asian tragedies of the Marcos era: the vast cruelties of the war in Vietnam, the rise of the Suharto dictatorship in Indonesia, and the transformation of every local issue into a drama of the Cold War. His intimate knowledge of the Philippines allows him to view events in the capital, Manila, from the apparently changeless, but in fact complex and shifting, reality of the remote provinces. His peasants and fishermen, brought to life movingly and unsentimentally, offer startling truths about the high cost of dictatorship and American strategic arrogance."--Jacket
Cooking with Fernet Branca by James Hamilton-Paterson( Book )

27 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gerald Samper has a wonderful life in Tuscany, Italy working as a ghostwriter for celebrities and indulging in some very strange culinary creations. The sudden arrival of Marta, an earthy folk musician, changes everything. A cast of equally strange supporting characters make this a very lively and intertaing read
Gerontius by James Hamilton-Paterson( Book )

22 editions published between 1989 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Near the end of his composing career, Sir Edward Elgar goes to Brazil and encounters, again, the woman who inspired one of his greatest musical works
Marked for death : the first war in the air by James Hamilton-Paterson( Book )

11 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Little more than ten years after the first powered flight, aircraft were pressed into service in World War I. The romance of aviation had a remarkable grip on the public imagination, propaganda focusing on gallant air 'aces' who become national heroes. The reality was horribly different. Some 50,000 aircrew died in World War I. Marked for Death explored the brutal truths of wartime aviation: of flimsy planes and unprotected pilots; of burning nineteen-year-olds falling screaming to their deaths; of pilots blinded by the entrails of their observers. James Hamilton-Paterson also reveals how four years of war produced profound changes both in the aircraft themselves and in military attitudes and strategy. By 1918 it was widely accepted that domination of the air above the battlefield was crucial to military success, a realization that would change the nature of warfare forever. --
The great deep : the sea and its thresholds by James Hamilton-Paterson( Book )

7 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the islands, coasts, reefs, abyssal depths, and ways the oceans work in people's imagination
Amazing disgrace by James Hamilton-Paterson( Book )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gerald Samper, an irrepressible middle-aged Brit, divides his time between London and a Tuscan villa, where he sips wine, savors his own curious culinary creations (like "Badger Wellington" and "Death Roe"), and pens biographies of sports and media personalities. The subjects of his offerings are often insufferable, such as one-armed fiftysomething yachtswoman Millie Cleat, more concerned with her own notoriety than her nautical achievements
Ghosts of Manila by James Hamilton-Paterson( Book )

19 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part-travelogue, the novel chronicles a Third World country gone amok. It is told through the eyes of John Prideaux, a British film maker in the Philippines. A tale of corruption, sexual exploitation, slums and sweatshops. By the author of The Great Deep
Rancid pansies by James Hamilton-Paterson( Book )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When we last saw our hero he had taken to his bed in England, his beloved home in Tuscany having inexplicably capsized into a ravin. As Rancid Pansies opens, Samper is recuperating in Sussex ... when he learns that film rights to his book on Millie Cleat--the one-armed yachtswoman whose inadvertent death, televised on Christmas Day, gave his book an enormous boost--have been sold. This windfall is sufficient to finance a return to Italy and provide the time to indulge a long suppressed aspiration: to write the librettto for an opera."--Page 2 of cover
That time in Malomba by James Hamilton-Paterson( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beethoven's Eroica : the first great romantic symphony by James Hamilton-Paterson( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1805, the world of music was startled by an avant-garde and explosive new work. Intellectually and emotionally, Beethoven's Third Symphony, the "Eroica," rudely broke the mold of the Viennese Classical symphony and revealed a powerful new expressiveness, both personal and societal. Even the whiff of actual political revolution was woven into the work-it was originally inscribed to Napoleon Bonaparte, a dangerous hero for a composer dependent on conservative royal patronage. With the first two stunning chords of the "Eroica," classical music was transformed. In Beethoven's Eroica, James Hamilton-Paterson reconstructs this great moment in Western culture, the shock of the music and the symphony's long afterlife."--Publisher's description
Loving monsters by James Hamilton-Paterson( Book )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and German and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A chance encounter in a local store leads a writer to undertake to record the life of his neighbour, the enigmatic Raymond Jerningham Jebb; 'Jayjay' to his friends, self-styled impostor and lover. From the terrace of his Tuscan villa Jayjay offers him a biographer's dream: a no-holds barred account of a life lived in pursuit of the thrill of endless possibility." "Jayjay recounts in tantalizing detail his journey from the foggy, gas-lit streets of south-east London to life in colonial Egypt. Successive exploits lead him from the Suez of the 1930s, with its flop houses, shady backstreet cafes and burgeoning trade in pornographic images, to Alexandria in the heady months leading to the outbreak of the Second World War. As the months go by and their relationship evolves, the writer comes to question Jayjay's seeming candour and his own role as interpreter and evaluator of another man's life. Finally, as the layers of his constructed identity are uncovered, Jayjay comes to reveal the true nature of his love."--BOOK JACKET
Hostage! by James Hamilton-Paterson( Book )

5 editions published between 1978 and 1989 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mistakenly kidnapped by a guerrilla group, the son of an American oil executive discovers that as the weeks of his captivity pass he is less and less sure which side he wants to be on
Under the radar : a novel by James Hamilton-Paterson( Book )

6 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1961. A squadron of Vulcan aircraft, Britain's most lethal nuclear bomber, flies towards the east coast of the United States. Highly manoeuvrable, the great delta-winged machines are also equipped with state of the art electronic warfare devices that jam American radar systems. Evading the fighters scrambled to intercept them, the British aircraft target Washington and New York, reducing them to smoking ruins. They would have done, at least, if this were not an exercise. This extraordinary raid (which actually took place) opens James Hamilton-Paterson's remarkable novel about the lives of British pilots at the height of the Cold War, when aircrew had to be on call 24 hours a day to fly their nuclear-armed V-bombers to the Western USSR and devastate the lives of millions
Griefwork : a novel by James Hamilton-Paterson( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a European city, the curator of a greenhouse who spent World War II struggling to preserve his exotic plants, sees peace threaten his world. The owners want to sell, he himself is being wooed to work in Asia and a gypsy he saved from a mob to engage in homosexual activities turns glass-breaker. By the author of Ghosts of Manila
The house in the waves by James Hamilton-Paterson( Book )

4 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Having spent most of his life in foster homes and institutions, a fourteen-year-old withdraws into himself until a strange message on the beach takes him back to another time
Empire of the clouds : when Britain's aircraft ruled the world by James Hamilton-Paterson( Book )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2018 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1945, Britain inherited the title of the world's leading designer and builder of aircraft - a world-class achievement that was not mere rhetoric. And what aircraft they were. The sleek Comet, the first jet airliner. The awesome delta-winged Vulcan, an intercontinental bomber that could be thrown about the sky like a fighter. The Hawker Hunter, the most beautiful fighter-jet ever built, and the Lightning, which could zoom ten miles above the clouds in a couple of minutes and whose pilots rated flying it as better than sex. By the early 1960s, the designers, the extremely brave test pilots, and the legendary companies they worked for - Avro, Hawker, Vickers, de Havilland - were gone or facing a bleak future
The greedy war : A very personal war / by James Hamilton-Paterson by James Hamilton-Paterson( Book )

6 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seventh tenths : the sea and its thresholds by James Hamilton-Paterson( Book )

20 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These essays concern the seas in various contexts such as sailing charts, the nature of islands, shipwrecks and burial at sea. As a whole they are a thought provoking read
The music : stories by James Hamilton-Paterson( Book )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifteen stories on musical themes. In The Last Picnic, a lunatic claiming to be Robert Schumann escapes from an asylum and shows by a piano performance his boast is not that far-fetched, while People's Disgrace is on a composer in a totalitarian society who is able to interpret hidden messages in music
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America's boy : a century of colonialism in the Philippines
Cooking with Fernet BrancaGerontiusAmazing disgraceGhosts of ManilaRancid pansiesThat time in MalombaLoving monstersGriefwork : a novel
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Hamilton-Paterson, James, 1941-

Hamilton-Paterson, James Lee

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