There's Something I've Been Dying to Tell You
Something of a national treasure, thanks to her appearances as the archetypal mum in the Oxo television commercials, Lynda Bellingham (1948–2014) was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2013. In this memoir, she reflects on her life and continuing work while undergoing treatment for the disease as well as her relationships with her family and her quest to find her birth father, having been adopted in infancy.
The Autobiographical Turn in Germanophone Documentary and Experimental Film
In 12 essays, this volume examines films - including works by Heldmann, Haemmerli and Wenders - that give an idea of the forms of autobiography unique to the German context and highlight the challenges of constructing the self via audiovisual media.
DEFA after East Germany
In this volume of essays, German scholars introduce 18 key films made by DEFA (Deutsche Filmaktiengesellschaft) between 1988 and 1994, the period around the fall of the Berlin Wall and the sweeping changes in East Germany – the Wende – that followed. Including interviews and contemporary reviews of films, the book presents a complex portrait of East German cinema, its communist bloc influences and its legacy for German film culture. No jacket.
The Nature of the Beast: The First Scientific Evidence
on the Survival of Apemen into Modern Times
Encounters with an ape-like creature variously called yeti, sasquatch and bigfoot have been reported around the world. Since DNA analysis is revealing unexpected information about our own species, this book sees Oxford University geneticist Bryan Sykes conduct DNA tests on hairs claimed to be from anomalous creatures. Investigating various stories and sightings he stumbles on some startling evidence of an antique race of humans and also concludes that there may be some as-yet-undiscovered 'different type of bear'.
Literary Studies and the Pursuits of Reading
In these twelve essays, critical discussion is combined with historical investigations into cultural practices and representations of reading, with topics ranging from 15th-century carnival plays to ‘reading on the edge of oblivion’ in JM Coetzee’s Age of Iron.
The Myth and Reality of Hitler's Secret Police
Infamous for their brutal repression of the German people, the Gestapo didn't have the resources to keep tabs on everyone so relied on denunciations to weed out political opposition. This study of their methods examines a range of Gestapo case files from 1933 to 1945, which offer a window into the lives of ordinary people in Nazi Germany and reveal how officers investigated potential dissidents – and the diverse and arbitrary decisions they reached following their interrogations.