Sea Without a Shore is published by Maytree Press.
Revolution Day and Zeus of Ithome are published by Crooked Cat.
Knowing What is Good for You is published by Palgrave Macmillan.
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Carlos Almanzor has been the ruler of his country for 37 years. Now in his seventies, he is feeling his age and seeing enemies around every corner. And with good reason: his Vice-President, Manuel Jimenez, though outwardly loyal, is burning with frustration at his subordinate position. Meanwhile, Carlos’ estranged and imprisoned wife Juanita recalls how he came to power and how, over time, he gradually changed from an idealist into an autocrat and embraced repression as the means of sustaining his position. In time, as Manuel makes his own bid for power, Juanita will find herself an unwitting participant in his plans.
"Different viewpoints are skilfully interwoven as the roles of the characters in the current drama are revealed. I found myself unable to guess the actual ending to the dilemma and read the final pages with bated breath."
Zeus of Ithome
Greece, 373 BC. For three centuries, the Messenian people have been brutally subjugated by their Spartan neighbours and forced to work the land as helot slaves. Diocles, a seventeen-year-old helot, has known no other life but servitude. After an encounter with Spartan assassins, he is forced to flee, leaving behind his family and his sweetheart, Elpis. On Mount Ithome, the ancient sanctuary of the Messenians, he meets Aristomenes, an old rebel who still remembers the proud history of their people and clings to a prophecy that they will one day win back their freedom. A forlorn hope, perhaps. But elsewhere in Greece, there are others too who believe it is time that the power of Sparta was broken.
"very engaging narrative interspersed with superbly detailed narrative backdrop."
"a superbly well-crafted historical novel, which shows the struggle of the individual against the tide of history but which, at the same time, through what it leaves out, reveals to us the ultimate powerlessness of the individual in a way that the ancient Greeks would well have understood"
Knowing What is Good For You
A Theory of Prudential Value and Well-Being
Most of us, at some time, ask ourselves whether our lives are going well; or whether some key decision or pivotal event was in the end good or bad for us, all things considered. At the heart of such questions are the notions of well-being and prudential value, whose importance is increasingly recognised by both governments and individuals. Tim. E. Taylor takes the reader step by step through the philosophical issues surrounding these notions and critically analyses the strength of competing approaches. He proposes a new subjective accound of prudential value, under which both mental states and states of the world may have value: value is conferred upon states of the world not by desires, but by valuings, which react to the world as it is rather than how it might come to be. He develops from this an account of well-being, concluding with proposals about how this might be measured.
"This book is interesting and insightful, contributing to the well-being debate, for philosophy, social policy analysis, and social welfare practice." Steve Smith, Ethics and Social Welfare, vol 7, no. 4, 2013, 436-8.
Sea Without a Shore
In his debut poetry collection, Tim Taylor explores the transformative effect of the wild Yorkshire landscape he now calls home. He expertly immerses the reader in the landscapes and history of the South Pennines before challenging our senses with brave new perceptions from house plants to outer space. Set in two distinct parts, this is a debut pamphlet that takes the reader from the dark peaks of Bleaklow and Black Hill (Ungrimming) to the far reaches of our solar system (Pioneer) and back to the living room (The House Plant). Poetry at its very best, highly-innovative and effortless; a feast of words to transform your day.