MIDDLEROAD PUBLISHERS CATALOGUE

A TIME TO LOVE AND A TIME TO DIE

By Michael Joll

Finely drawn characters. Visually dramatic, tense and emotionally satisfying. This is one of the finest novels of the Great War. In this poignant story, the writing stands in stark contrast with the unvarnished description of the brutality of trench warfare.



ATTITUDE

By David Moores

Fresh, gritty and laced with dry humour, Attitude is a fast-paced story readers of all ages won’t want to put down. Fourteen-year-old Lyle Prince is a cynical near-dropout with a severe case of attitude. It’s dead of winter and an outbreak of weird stuff—random acts of vandalism and livestock going missing—is unsettling the citizens of Southmead. Lyle inevitably gets drawn into them all.


DOWN INDEPENDENCE BOULEVARD AND OTHER STORIES

By Ken Puddicombe

A taxi driver notices the changes in Independence Boulevard since freedom was gained from Britain. A free-wheeling spirit spends his time gambling and engaging in riots. A man is sentenced to death for the murder of his lover. Two women escape racial conflict and seek a better life at home and abroad. A housewife has faced the last straw with her husband. A mailman is caught in the middle of the World Trade Centre terrorist attack. These are some of the characters encountered in this engaging collection of short stories from the pen of Ken Puddicombe.


GABRIEL

By Michael Joll

Gabrielle transcends time and space, taking the reader on a journey to Poland, France, Holland and Israel as she searches for her identity. Fifty years after several romantic attachments, at a wedding reception, Gabrielle is certain that one of the men sitting at her table is one of her former lovers. Having loved and lost three times, Gabrielle is philosophical and wonders: Can an old flame be reignited? 


I WENT TO THE END OF THE RAINBOW

By Pramita Chakraborty

A Looking for your little one’s next bedtime story? I Went To The End Of The Rainbow is a beautifully illustrated, captivating tale about a young child who can’t sleep and embarks on an adventure through the colours of the rainbow. Encourages curiosity and exploration. Children will learn words associated with movement, such as stepping, leaping, and dancing. Features whimsical watercolours. Each ray of colour is a new adventure with depictions of faraway lands, nature, animals and space.


JUNTA

By Ken Puddicombe

Expatriate Marcus Jacobson wants to make a difference on the island of St. Anglia where he is taking up a professorship at the university but there are forces that will test him. The military stages a coup, usurps power and suspends the constitution. Hurricane David is heading for the island. The people Marcus encounters will determine his attitude to the Junta. They include: Melanie, a student who thinks force should be used to restore democracy; Father Bert, a priest who believes in Liberation Theology; Clarence Baptiste, editor of the local newspaper; the Reverend who runs a dirty tricks campaign for the Junta; Kentish, an islander who is a pacifist by nature and believes events should run their course.


LOVE HAS TWO MOONS

By Franklin Mohan

Trinidad born, Canadian domiciled Franklin Mohan has worn many hats: Teacher, golfer, photographer, woodworker, physician. A novella and three short stories make up this first collection as he explores racism and racial attitudes in Love Has Two MoonsBonobo The BeaterOh God I’m Black and The Visit, taking the reader from the island of Trinidad to rural Saskatchewan in Canada.


MEET ME AT THE FOUR CORNERS

Anthology with stories by Cherry Narula, Ken Puddicombe, Lynda Brunelle, Mark Blair, Michael Joll, Raymond Holmes, Rena Flannigan

Twenty-six stories, fiction and non-Fiction, some of them prize winning submissions from the writers of the Brampton Writers Guild, are featured in this collection. The reason for the universal appeal and charm of a cup of tea. A man is caught in the ravages of the World Trade Centre attack. A long-lost love reappears after many years. The irresistible call of the Four Corners in Brampton. In Colonial India a young boy is caught in the middle of an upheaval while in Canada another suffers the loss of his father. An author gives a poetic tribute to travel around the world. These are some of the stories that make up this compilation.


PEOPLE OF GUYANA

By Ian McDonald and Peter Jailall

From Berbice to Essequibo and Demerara in-between, these poems traverse the geography of Guyana with startling insights into its people and culture. 


PERFECT EXECUTION AND OTHER STORIES

By Michael Joll

A viola player in San Franciso is surprised by a panhandler’s hidden talent. In Barbados a voyeur makes contact with the object of his desire. A woman in Delhi retaliates against her abusive husband. A German army corporal confronts the criminal actions of his superior officer. In British Columbia a woman is terrorized by her ex-convict husband. A veteran Winnipeg detective solves a murder in an unusual way. These are some of the international settings encountered in this appealing first collection of short stories.


PERSONS OF INTEREST

By Michael Joll

Set in colonial Malaya, these eight cases will tax all his experience and investigative skills as Inspector Masters comes up against antagonists determined to get away with murder most foul.


POEMS FOR MARY

By Ian McDonald

“The garden which my wife has created, it is as much a work of art as a painting by a master spirit or a piece of perfect music by a composer.”


RACING WITH THE RAIN

By Ken Puddicombe

Can one outrun the rain? Guyanese born Carl Dias receives news that his father Augusto has died in Guyana. Back in then British Guiana, Carl, a member of the left-wing ruling party, clashed with his father, a businessman in the Conservative party. Returning will reignite memories of the collapse of the political and social fabric of the colony, stoked by the Kennedy administration applying pressure through the CIA on the British to engineer the government out of office. 


THE GARDEN

By Ian McDonald

“As golden afternoon transmutes into silver evening and then into velvet darkness fretted by stars I sit to read and think and dream. It is a place of peace and beauty and therefore truths are very likely to be revealed. Where I am is the garden which my wife has created.” Ian McDonald is the recipient of Guyana’s Golden Arrow Of Achievement. The University of the West Indies in 1997 awarded him honorary Doctorate Of Letters. He has been a Fellow of The Royal Society Of Literature since 1970.


UNFATHOMABLE AND OTHER POEMS
By Ken Puddicombe

These poems cover a variety of themes, all connected to a childhood growing up in British Guiana, the rise of nationalism and the pre and post-independence eras. Nostalgia and yearning for a time long gone and never returning, are explored. The rise of nationalism, the period of disturbances in the 60’s and resulting dislocation are reflected in some of these poems.


WINDWARD LEGS

By Dave Moores

Fast and risky action, both on and off the water, is what keeps Alice going. Windward Legs chronicles Alice’s exploits and her struggles—hair raising at times, to get her life back on an even keel. Alice is aided, and sometimes impeded, by the assorted female crew members of a yacht. The deeper story is about a woman finding within herself the strength and guts to move forward.


WITNESSES AND OTHER STORIES

By Raymond Holmes

Armin’s vintage violin is stolen from his car. In the year 2338 the Lagomarsias purchase their first Androbot. Arthur Lovacs is sentenced to death for a murder he didn’t commit. Daniel Burchard finds out he has six months to live. Sarah Richmond uses her ring to reveal the circumstances of her death. These are some of the intriguing stories in the first collection from Raymond Holmes.

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