Fiction Books About Music

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'Ecstatic Sound'


‘Ecstatic Sound’


$54.95


This book studies the ways Hardy writes about music, and argues that this focus allows for a close and varied investigation of the affective dimensions of his poetry and fiction, and his recurrent preoccupations with time, community and love. Throughout his work Hardy associates music with moments of individual expression and relatedness. For him, music provokes a response to life that is inseparable from what gives life value, as well as being incompatible with his increasingly conscious vision of personal and social limitation. The first two chapters trace how this ironic disjunction is evident in the novels and the tales, while exploring in detail how they represent and evoke the spiritual and emotional transports of musical experience. In a corresponding way, the third and fourth chapters concentrate on how, within the poetry, music works as a vehicle of inspiration and memory, recurrently surprising the conscious self with intimations of other potentials of expression. In the fifth chapter, the focus falls on Hardy’s own philosophical reading, and thus on his notebooks and letters, so as to revisit in an altered context many of the issues that have been opened up by the book’s emphasis on his literary representations of musical experience-issues of individuality, of unconscious and bodily experience, of literary language. Finally, although the book does incorporate some biographical detail about Thomas Hardy’s lifelong passion for playing and collecting music, it predominantly works through close reading, while also drawing at points on literary theoretical texts, where these offer ways of articulating the broad questions of literary convention and representation that arise.

1,260 Days


1,260 Days


$3.99


1,260 Days is a journey to a foreign land, a detour called a shortcut in a cab. It’s riding on a night train in a warm sweat as you hear the choo choo chuggen down the tracks. It’s a vision in a restless dream, a nightmare with a bloody scene, a demon putting thoughts into your head. 1,260 Days is about the man in black. It’s about a work shift. It’s about a suicidal note. It’s the unheard music. It’s a forty-day fast. It’s a severed artery. It’s an itchy rash. 1,260 Days is a holy book. It’s a trumpet being blown upon a hill. It’s a paradox. It’s a riddle. It’s a jest. It’s hope. It’s change. It’s woe. It’s greed. It’s me. It’s you. It’s them. It’s us. 1,260 Days is about the end of the world. “I found myself alternately astounded, intrigued, and ultimately jealous of Enoch, whose adventures on a daily basis made my own life seem small and mundane by comparison.” Rich Marotta, KFI Radio Inducted 2011, Southern California Sportscasters Hall of Fame “Brilliant ‘manure’vres of narrative wreaking havoc upon accepted norms.” Tortelvis of Dread Zeppelin “An honest and straightforward book, one man’s experiment with disgrace takes on an aura of supernaturally experienced grace. Easy on the ear and steering clear of massaging his own story-telling of an awfully curious humanity, Conte gives a read hell-bent on making us experience the nit and grit of rubbing up against the taboos binding human pleasure.” Scott Hartstein, Author of Adagia

1-2-3, You Love Me


1-2-3, You Love Me


$6.99


A counting board book about love for family and friends while teaching kids to count from 1 to 12. From one bear hug to twelve pretty red roses, 1-2-3, You Love Me will foster lots of hugs, kisses, and affection between parent and child while teaching young ones to count from one to twelve. With charming love-filled illustrations, sturdy pages, and clever rhyming text, this is the perfect gift for baby for Valentine’s Day or any time of year. Sipping on yummy shakes, cuddling puppies, counting the colors in a rainbow, and making music with friends are all ways that children can express their love for their friends and family with Jill Howarth’s delightful board book.

110 dB


110 dB


$9.99


The book, 110 dB, (110 Decibels, the average sound volume measurement of most rock bands) started as an idea in 1986 on a typewriter in a one bedroom apartment in Chelsea, MA. It was completed in 2007, and edited in 2012. I write from my own experiences as the lead singer in a successful Boston rock band, which shall remain nameless to protect the guilty and the innocent alike. A few years on the road, playing, recording, and living in the scene in the 1980′s, has given me a special insight only few have fully experienced themselves. 110 dB, is a work of fiction. People, places and events mentioned are used with poetic license to enhance the story. The situations depicted are fabricated, and any parallel to actual events are merely a coincidence. This book is not meant for children. The sex scenes in this book were the truth about what was actually happening. I didn’t want to write a porn novel, but I also wanted to be truthful and honest to the reader. It was a fine line. Some who’ve read this work think I went too far, and others thought I didn’t go far enough. I will let you be the judge. This is a coming of age story. It’s mostly seen through the eyes of the lead singer, Jim, although every character let’s you into their thoughts, dreams and flashbacks at times. If you like ’80′s rock music, relationships, and emotional twists, you should enjoy reading 110 dB.

16 Bars


16 Bars


$5.99


HI! THANK YOU FOR BUYING THIS BOOK. THERE ARE SO MANY REASONS U WILL LOVE THIS BOOK OF FLOETRY. I SPEAK FROM THE HEART IN CATCHES MY FANS ATTENTION THROUGH MY LYRICAL FLOW. THIS BOOK CAN CHANGE THE WAY U FEEL ABOUT HIP-HOP MUSIC. MY TABLE OF CONTENTS TELLS U WHAT THIS BOOK DETAILS. THE REASON FOR PRODUCING THIS BOOK, WAS TO MAKE A NAME FOR MYSELF IN THE HIP-HOP INDUSTRY. WHILE BEFORE I GET STARTED ON MY FIRST ALBUM, TO ALSO BE ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE GAME. I WAS BORN IN 1986 AT THE HOLLYWOOD CA. HOSPITAL. WRITING THIS BOOK WAS THE BEST THING I EVER DONE I HOPE U ENJOY IT AS WHILE AS I DID. THE LYRICS FORM THIS BOOK WILL BE USED TO CREATE MY ALBUMS. I HAVE WRITNG MYSELF A FIVE ALBUM CAREER THAT I LOOK TO PURSUIT, SOON AS I BECOME A RESPECTABLE AUTHOR. MY NEXT PROJECT WILL COMPLIMENT THE BEGINNING PROJECT TO GIVE THE FANS A CHANGE TO READ OR LISTEN TO MY MUSIC LYRICS.I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE BUYERS OF THIS BOOK. WITHOUT YOU I CAN’T BE THE AUTHOR I DREAM TO BE. TO MY BUYERS I HOPE U ENJOY THIS BOOK ENOUGH TO BE A FAN AND BUY THE COMPLIMENTARY ALBUM COMING SOON. THANK YOU

1636: The Devil's Opera


1636: The Devil’s Opera


$24.15


A new addition to the multiple “New York Times” best-selling Ring of Fire series. After carving a place for itself in war-torn 17th century Europe, citizens of the modern town of Grantville, West Virginia take on a murderous conspiracy of operatic proportions in Magdeburg, the capital of the United States of Europe. New York Times Best Selling Series Eric Flint and David Carrico serve up the latest entry in the best-selling alternate history saga of them all, the Ring of Fire It is the year 1636. The United States of Europe, the new nation formed by an alliance between the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus and the West Virginians hurled back in time by a cosmic accident, is on the verge of civil war. His brain injured in the war with Poland, the USE’s emperor Gustavus Adolphus is no longer in command. Enter Swedish chancellor Oxenstierna, a leader of aristocratic reaction against democracy. His goal: to assemble the forces of the hidebound ruling class in Berlin and drown the revolution in a bloodbath. In Magdeburg, the capital of the USE, Mike Stearns’ wife Rebecca Abrabanel is organizing popular resistance to Oxenstierna’s plot. As part of the resistance, the American musician Marla Linder and her company of down-time musical partners are staging an opera that will celebrate the struggle against oppression. Princess Kristina, the heir to the USE’s throne, is now residing in Magdeburg and is giving them her support and encouragement. But another plot is underway-this one right in the heart of the capital itself, and with murder as its method. The only people standing in the way are a crippled boy and the boxing champion who befriended him, and an unlikely pair of policemen. Can the American detective Byron Chieske and his down-timer partner Gotthilf Hoch thwart the killers before they succeed in their goal? About “1636: The Devil’s Opera” “Another engaging alternate history from a master of the genre.”-”Booklist.” an old-style police-procedural mystery, se

183 Times a Year


183 Times a Year


$5.99


Mothers and daughters alike will never look at each other in quite the same way after reading this book-a brilliantly funny observation of contemporary family life. Lizzie-exasperated Mother of Cassie, Connor and Stepdaughter Maisy-is the frustrated voice of reason to her daughters’ teenage angst. She gets by with good friends, cheap wine and talking to herself-out loud. 16-year-old Cassie-the Facebook-Tweeting, Selfie-Taking, Music and Mobile Phone obsessed teen-hates everything about her life. She longs for the perfect world of Chelsea Divine and her ‘undivorced’ parents-and Joe, of course. However, the discovery of a terrible betrayal and a brutal attack throws the whole household into disarray. Lizzie and Cassie are forced to reassess the important things in life as they embark upon separate journeys of self-discovery-accepting some less than flattering home truths along the way. Although tragic at times this is a delightfully funny exploration of domestic love, hate, strength and ultimately friendship. A poignant, heartfelt look at that complex and diverse relationship between a Mother and daughter set amongst the thorny realities of today’s divided and extended families.

196 Facts You Never Knew About Bill Hader


196 Facts You Never Knew About Bill Hader


$25.99


Take Bill Hader one step further. This book is your ultimate resource for Bill Hader. Here you will find the most up-to-date 196 Success Facts, Information, and much more. In easy to read chapters, with extensive references and links to get you to know all there is to know about Bill Hader’s Early life, Career and Personal life right away. A quick look inside: Year One (film) – Plot, Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches – 2012-2013, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – Cast, Year One (film) – Cast, Tom Scharpling – Music videos, The Wizard of Oz on television – Later hosts, Grand Theft Auto IV – Soundtrack, 22 Jump Street – Cast, South Park (season 13) – Crew, Fred Armisen – Recurring characters, The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour – Special guests, Star Trek Into Darkness – Supporting cast and cameos, Cultural depictions of George Armstrong Custer – Fictional portrayals, Snake ‘n’ Bacon – Characters, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! – Overview, Saturday Night Live characters appearing on Weekend Update, Popcorn Shrimp – Appearances on Saturday Night Live, Christopher Walken – Appearances on Saturday Night Live, Cascia Hall Preparatory School – Notable people, Trainwreck (film) – Production, Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night! – Variations, Bob Fires the Kids, Ambergris (Bob’s Burgers), 2009 MTV Video Music Awards controversy – Kanye West controversy and debated incidents, Dave Matthews – Acting, Late Night with Conan O’Brien – Gimmick episodes, Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches – 2006-2007, Bobby Moynihan – Career, Grand Theft Auto IV soundtrack – PLR – Public Liberty Radio, and much more.

198 Quentin Tarantino Hacks Which Greatly Explain Quentin Tarantino


198 Quentin Tarantino Hacks Which Greatly Explain Quentin Tarantino


$25.99


First in its Quentin Tarantino field. ‘Quentin Jerome Tarantino’ ( This book is your ultimate resource for Quentin Tarantino. Here you will find the most up-to-date 198 Success Facts, Information, and much more. In easy to read chapters, with extensive references and links to get you to know all there is to know about Quentin Tarantino’s Early life, Career and Personal life right away. A quick look inside: Ray-Ban – Celebrity use, Kevin Smith – As a filmmaker, Four Rooms – The Man from Hollywood, 10th Empire Awards – Icon of the Decade, Smokin’ Aces – Critical reception, Exploitation film – Chambara films, Leni Riefenstahl – In popular culture, Christopher Nolan – Recognition, Borderland (Enterprise episode) – Reception and home media, Fandom – Fan activities, Jean-Luc Godard, Berlin Game – Trivia, Cinema of the United States – Modern cinema, Exploitation film – Carsploitation, List of film producers – Nndash;Z, Django Unchained – Critical response, Kill Bill: Vol 1 – Parody, Superman Returns – Critical reception, 1994 Cannes Film Festival, Pulp Fiction – Music, Oliver Stone – 1990s, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – Episodes, Trilogy – Unofficial or mistaken trilogies, Desperado (film) – Production, List of banned films – Finland, Richard Franklin (director) – Final Years, List of film directors – T, Big Spring, Texas – History, 15th Empire Awards – Best Director, Tim Roth – Career, Blue Jeans (Lana Del Rey song) – Critical reception, Nancy Sinatra, Chang Cheh – Career, Christian Slater – Box office success, Isaac Hayes – Stax Records and Shaft, Product placement – Faux product placement and parodies, Candy Land – Other references in popular culture, Sight and Sound, Option (film) – Options in Hollywood, and much more.

1: Battle of the Bands


1: Battle of the Bands


$5.99


Jasmine, Maggie, Becca, and Scarlet love jamming together, but are they ready to perform in front of a real audience in a Battle of the Bands competition? Find out in the first book of this early chapter book series! Jasmine, Maggie, Becca, and Scarlet love jamming together in Jasmine’s basement. Maggie bangs on the drums, Becca strums her guitar, Jasmine plunks the keys of her keyboard, and Scarlet wails into her hairbrush mic. Even though they may not have the best equipment, or an audience, they have fun making music to their own beat. But when Jasmine’s brother tells her about an upcoming Battle of the Bands competition, Jasmine thinks this could be their chance to prove they’re a real band. Now she just has to convince the other girls. . With each book told from a different girl’s perspective, this series is all about girl power, diversity, and marching to the beat of your own drum!

24 Hours Changed Me


24 Hours Changed Me


$3.99


In book 1 of the Kids of Celebrities Trilogy, Danni is her own worst enemy. Unable to make eye contact with adults, she has been passed over for adoption again and again. Her fears of anything new or different and her weak stomach have her resigned to to living in Hope House forever. If it was not for her love of music and the kindness of her only real friend, the choir director, she would be totally imprisoned by her present lifestyle. Danni sees no way of escape. But a 24 hour period changes everything-especially Danni. She slowly becomes aware of the creativity, passions and talents that lie within her, but she also learns that there are definite hurdles to jump and obstacles that must be overcome. Faith and perseverance bring about a transformation in not only Danni but also in the lives of some other very special people. Make sure that you read the other exciting books in the Kids of Celebrities Trilogy: Book 2: 5 Minutes Could Change It All Book 3: 2 ½ Minutes

40 Degrees from Elsewhere


40 Degrees from Elsewhere


$3.99


The author weaves observations about modern society with geographical phenomena, glimpses of herself in various stages of growth, spiritual and musical impressions, and retrospective realizations of family dynamics. The book offers keen insights of human behavior and emotions, poses questions for the reader to grapple with. Each poem bears date of creation for chronological interest.

50 Tips That Lead To Jack Reacher Rewards


50 Tips That Lead To Jack Reacher Rewards


$24.99


Infused with fresh, new Jack Reacher energy. There has never been a Jack Reacher Guide like this. It contains 50 answers, much more than you can imagine; comprehensive answers and extensive details and references, with insights that have never before been offered in print. Get the information you need-fast! This all-embracing guide offers a thorough view of key knowledge and detailed insight. This Guide introduces what you want to know about Jack Reacher. A quick look inside of some of the subjects covered: Oblivion (2013 film) – Casting, Edge of Tomorrow (film) – Development and writing, Jack Reacher (film) – Home media, Jack Reacher – Fictional biography, Lee Child – Short stories, Ultra Music, Sewickley, Pennsylvania – In popular culture, Rosamund Pike – Career, Detective story – Detective debuts and swansongs, Jack Reacher – High Heat, Aaron Ward (baseball) – Career, One Shot (novel) – Film adaptation, Jack Reacher – Skills, Detective novels – Detective debuts and swansongs, The Dakota – In popular culture, List of James Bond novels and short stories – 2003, Jack Reacher (film) – Sequel, Christopher McQuarrie, Christopher McQuarrie – Jack Reacher, Jack Reacher (film) – Theatrical release, Jack Reacher (film) – Box office, Josh Helman – Life and career, Jack Reacher (film) – Cast, Jack Reacher (film) – Production, Toshiyuki Morikawa – Dubbing roles (live-action), Caleb Deschanel – As cinematographer, Lee Child – Writing style, Edge of Tomorrow (film) – Box office forecast, Jack Reacher (film) – Marketing, Ultra Records, Cruise/Wagner Productions – Films, Detective fiction – Detective debuts and swansongs, AMT Hardballer – In movies, books, and video games, Jack Reacher (film) – Plot, One Shot (novel) – Plot, Jack Reacher – In film, Lee Child – Writing career, Jack Reacher (film) – Casting, and much more.

7 1/2 Cents


7 1/2 Cents


$6.99


New superintendent, Sid Sorokin, arrives at the Sleep Tite Pajama Factor in Junction City, Iowa, to find himself knee deep in complaints about fans in the pants section, boiling over boilers, nutty letters demanding responses, uncooperative sewing machines, and disgruntled employees who are about to strike for a 7 ½ cent raise. In the midst of trying to cope with it all, one of the leaders of the strike movement, Babe Williams, catches Sid’s eye and an amorous romance unfolds. If you grew up in the Mid-West (and even if you didn’t) you’ll enjoy the small town talk and folkways and your attention will be, ah, sewed up, from the get go. Bissell’s wisecracking dialogue and dry wit turned 7 1/2 Cents into an instant success. It was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection in 1953 and was later adapted by Richard Bissell and George Abbott for the Broadway musical success The Pajama Game. The original production won a Tony for Best Musical in 1955 and another Tony in 2006 for Best Revival of a Musical. The book is where it all started, however, and it doesn’t disappoint.

72 Secrets You Never Knew About Courtney Love


72 Secrets You Never Knew About Courtney Love


$24.99


Hot off the Press: Courtney Love. This book is your ultimate resource for Courtney Love. Here you will find the most up-to-date 72 Success Facts, Information, and much more. In easy to read chapters, with extensive references and links to get you to know all there is to know about Courtney Love’s Early life, Career and Personal life right away. A quick look inside: Julie Johnson – Cast, Mono (Courtney Love song) – Track listing, Courtney Love: The Real Story, The Return of Courtney Love – Previewed music, Courtney Love – Early life, Wedding Day (Courtney Love song) – Release and reception, Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love, Micko Larkin – 2007-present: As guitarist for Courtney Love and Hole reunion, Courtney Love (band) – As Lois Maffeo[http://www. discogs.com/artist/321100-Lois-Maffeo Lois Maffeo on Discogs.com], Mono (Courtney Love song) – Music video, Alexander McQueen – Tributes, Hold On to Me (Courtney Love song), Elisa Jimenez – Career, Cobain – Courtney Love, Samantha Maloney – With Courtney Love, Francesco Vezzoli – Work, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture – 1990s, Mono (Courtney Love song) – Background and production, Courtney Love (band) – With Owl The Pussycat[http://www. discogs.com/artist/2365230-Owl-The-Pussycat Owl The Pussycat on Discogs.com], You Know My Name (Courtney Love song), The Chanukah Song – Part II (1999), Man on the Moon (film), Courtney Love (band) – With Courtney Love (the band)[http://www. discogs.com/artist/324130-Courtney-Love-2 Courtney Love on Discogs.com], Pulp Fiction – Cast, You Know My Name (Courtney Love song) – Release and reception, Mischa Barton – Feature films and television (1997-2003), and much more.

88 Instruments


88 Instruments


$10.99


The rhythmic, onomatopoeic text dances across exuberant watercolors with lots of movement. This celebration of a child’s agency in choosing a means of artistic expression strikes just the right note.” -Kirkus “A delightful offering for reading aloud, especially during music-themed storytimes.”-School Library Journal From New York Times bestselling author Chris Barton and new illustrator Louis Thomas comes a fun, rhythmic picture book about finding the music that is perfect for you! A boy who loves to make noise gets to pick only one instrument (at his parents urging) in a music store, but there is too much to choose from! There’s triangles and sousaphones! There’s guitars and harpsichords! Bagpipes and cellos and trombones! How can he find the one that is just right for him out of all those options?From the Hardcover edition.

99 Sycamore Place


99 Sycamore Place


$16.81


On stage, with her angelic face and red hair swept into a French twist, Rebecca Benjamin appears younger than her 22 years, but her talent as a concert pianist has been developed beyond her years and her music charms audiences throughout Europe. As the story opens, Rebecca is about to leave the home she shares with her grandmother in Vienna and travel to Los Angeles for her sister Miriam’s wedding. But in LA, as Miriam is planning for her extravagant and traditional wedding, there is a neo-Nazi group residing in a compound they call ‘Winterhaven’ that has plans of their own for the young bride. The group’s leader, Magnus, who was once a member of Hitler’s inner circle, now in his old age has dreams of a new and more powerful Nazi regime

[The First Nuclear War] A Third World War Kiss


[The First Nuclear War] A Third World War Kiss


$3.99


UPDATED EDITION 3In WW3, which one would YOU be?It’s short, a bit cruel, but it’s a book for peace. Will it scare you enough?Usually people count world wars, but from a bit from now on, there are wars, there are world wars, and there are nuclear wars. This one is about the first nuclear war. In the first nuclear war of man, which one would YOU be?It is short, a bit cruel, but it is a book for peace. Will it scare you enough?And the civilians? Mostly vast grapes of people in front of the bunkers, distress, anger, impatience, chaos, apocalyptic calming calm music, eager propaganda slogans through the night, as they sit and stand and wait and noisy background echo themselves like a full sports arena. Some quarrel with the guards, some are pushed away, others cuddle crying babies, someone hunts someone in the crowd, waste and dirt everywhere. They want into the bunker and the door is only open that one and one only can fit through with a single-out cage where only one can get through, one by one. Shitty cheap wire fence with NATO fence around. All were anxious waiting, pushing, angry, trying, rushing, arguing, gestures, noise, cries, desperation, covered with proud propaganda slogans echoing through the night and calming music. The moment it started to rain, all started to scream out in a sudden loud effort and cried like it’s their last moments in this life, as soldiers rushed in panic towards the bunker door but they closed it shooting some automatic fire muzzle flashes rushing towards the door. All cried screamed whistled on the rain in a sudden and pushed towards the bunker door, some bleeding on the NATO fence, then the first started to vomit and bleed out of the eyes, the kids eyes became black looking upwards to reach for the hand of their god. They all did. In their vomit, in their blood, on their possessions. It got calm after an hour or three. This happened with many civilians and many bunkers.

A Bid for Fortune


A Bid for Fortune


$6.99


Australian novelist and writer, noted for sensational fiction in variety magazines around the turn of the nineteenth century. Boothby was born in Adelaide, son of Thomas Wilde Boothby, who for a time was a member of the South Australian Legislative Assembly. Guy Boothby’s grandfather was Benjamin Boothby (1803-1868), judge of the supreme court of South Australia from 1853 to 1867. When Boothby was six he travelled to England with his mother, but returned to his native country at the age of 16, in 1883. In 1890, aged 23, Boothby wrote the libretto for a comic opera, Sylvia, which was published and produced at Adelaide in December 1890, and in 1891 appeared The Jonquil: an Opera. The music in each case was written by Cecil James Sharp. While writing his second comic opera he was private secretary to the mayor of Adelaide, Lewis Cohen. There was little opportunity for Boothby to progress in the Adelaide Corporation: thus, with the support of Cohen, Boothby moved to Brisbane in Queensland where he believed that he would find “a wider opening for his talents”. Perhaps wanting to get to know the country of his birth better, he went on a trek across the continent from North to South with his brother. In 1894 he left Brisbane to travel to London. where he published On the Wallaby or Through the East and Across Australia (1894), an account of the travels of himself and his brother. In the same year his first novel, In Strange Company, was published and was quickly successful. He wrote over 50 books over the course of a decade. He is best known for such works as the Dr Nikola series, about an occultist criminal mastermind who is a Victorian forerunner to Fu Manchu, and Pharos, the Egyptian. Rudyard Kipling was his friend and mentor, and his books were remembered with affection by George Orwell.

A Bid for Fortune


A Bid for Fortune


$6.99


Australian novelist and writer, noted for sensational fiction in variety magazines around the turn of the nineteenth century. Boothby was born in Adelaide, son of Thomas Wilde Boothby, who for a time was a member of the South Australian Legislative Assembly. Guy Boothby’s grandfather was Benjamin Boothby (1803-1868), judge of the supreme court of South Australia from 1853 to 1867. When Boothby was six he travelled to England with his mother, but returned to his native country at the age of 16, in 1883.In 1890, aged 23, Boothby wrote the libretto for a comic opera, Sylvia, which was published and produced at Adelaide in December 1890, and in 1891 appeared The Jonquil: an Opera. The music in each case was written by Cecil James Sharp. While writing his second comic opera he was private secretary to the mayor of Adelaide, Lewis Cohen. There was little opportunity for Boothby to progress in the Adelaide Corporation: thus, with the support of Cohen, Boothby moved to Brisbane in Queensland where he believed that he would find “a wider opening for his talents”. Perhaps wanting to get to know the country of his birth better, he went on a trek across the continent from North to South with his brother. In 1894 he left Brisbane to travel to London. where he published On the Wallaby or Through the East and Across Australia (1894), an account of the travels of himself and his brother. In the same year his first novel, In Strange Company, was published and was quickly successful. He wrote over 50 books over the course of a decade. He is best known for such works as the Dr Nikola series, about an occultist criminal mastermind who is a Victorian forerunner to Fu Manchu, and Pharos, the Egyptian. Rudyard Kipling was his friend and mentor, and his books were remembered with affection by George Orwell.
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