William Collins

  • La nouvelle Madeleine

    William Collins

    • Myriel
    • 5 Juillet 1905

    C´est un peu par hasard que l´infirmière Mercy Merrick, anglaise de nationalité, se retrouve sur le front franco-prussien pendant la guerre de 1870. Car la vie de Mercy est ainsi faite : elle vagabonde d´imprévus en coups du sort depuis qu´elle est orpheline. Passée par des emplois de domestique, par la mendicité et par la prostitution, Mercy est une femme que la vie accable. Et pourtant c´est lorsque la malchance se tourne vers quelqu´un d´autre que Mercy comprend que la vie peut enfin lui sourire. Car sur le front, pendant un bombardement allemand, une grande bourgeoise anglaise meurt tout à côté de Mercy.
    Persuadée que le bombardement a été fatal à miss Roseberry, Mercy usurpe donc l´identité de cette dernière afin de se faire embaucher chez Lady Janet Roy.
    Et si la vraie miss Roseberry n´était pas morte qu´arriverait-il à Mercy ?
    Entre les coups du sort, les convenances bourgeoises et les apparences de l´élévation sociale, William Collins navigue subtilement pour produire l´un de ses meilleurs romans.

  • La dame en blanc

    William Collins

    • Myriel
    • 1 Janvier 2014

    Walter Hartright, professeur de dessin engagé par Mr Fairlie, tuteur des demi-soeurs Marian et Lucy, fait la rencontre d´une mystérieuse femme entièrement vêtue de blanc avant son départ de Londres. Ce n´est qu´après être passé au service de Mr Fairlie qu´il comprendra que le mystère de cette femme au comportement très étrange est lié au très lourd secret concernant Sir Percival, le fiancé de la jeune et jolie Lucy.
    Roman d´implication, roman de mystère et de l´amour, La dame en blanc reste une référence du génie de William Collins.

  • Pierre de Lune

    William Collins

    • Myriel
    • 1 Janvier 2015

    Dans ce roman célébrissime, William Collins nous transporte dans l´Empire des Indes. Pierre de Lune est un diamant offert en cadeau d´anniversaire à une jeune fille de 18 ans. Volé dès la nuit suivante, le diamant, à la réputation d´objet maudit, est immédiatement recherché. On soupçonne des participants de la fête d´anniversaire mais également quelques intrus venus depuis les maisons voisines. Preuve de l´importance du crime, on confie l´enquête à l´un des plus grands policiers britanniques de l´époque qui se charge, rapidement, de récolter les témoignages des témoins du vol.
    Car là est aussi et surtout l´originalité de ce livre : dans ses choix narratifs. Collins y fait le pari de nous raconter cette histoire en s´appuyant uniquement sur ce que nous rapportent les différents témoins de l´affaire. Liberté est ainsi laissée au lecteur de se faire, pas à pas, sa propre opinion sur la responsabilité de chacun des protagonistes.
    Cette édition est une édition luxe s´appuyant sur la traduction française originale avec nombres d´illustrations d´époque commentées.

  • Cet ouvrage est une réédition numérique d'un livre paru au XXe siècle, désormais indisponible dans son format d'origine.

  • The book examines the status of public service in developing countries, in the sectors of health, infrastructure, labour and marginalized populations, rural economy and public administration. The last decade has witnessed significant government focus on service delivery in developing nations like South Africa, Philippines, India and Malaysia. At the forefront of this movement has been the public sector reforms significantly driven by two broad factors: public sector inefficiencies and liberal economic ideology. This move towards efficient public service delivery in developing nations (versus developed nations) has required a significant shift in institutional thinking and institutional capacity for the governments. It is therefore no surprise that while economic liberalization has been relatively easy to implement, governance reforms towards public service delivery has been significantly more challenging. In this background, the chapters of the book, with sector themes, examine the three basic foundations of public policy-courses of action, regulatory measures and issues, and funding structures and priorities-in public service delivery. The book is a multi country, multi sector, perspective since it includes studies from Russian Federation, India, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Fiji, South Africa, Columbia, Philippines, Macedonia and India. This perspective lends itself to the investigation for a comprehensive overall development model.

  • This landmark publication takes the 50th anniversary of the publication of the seminal paper by the Danish scientist, Einer Steemann Nielsen, as an occasion to assess the development, present state and future of the major aspects in freshwater and marine plankton productivity. Each chapter of this important work has been written by internationally-acknowledged experts in the subject, and the whole has been carefully drawn together and edited to provide a book that is an essential tool and reference for all aquatic scientists.
    The book takes ascending temporal and spatial size scale as its framework - covering molecular to geological scales. Chapters include reviews of physiology and biochemistry, measurement of phytoplankton productivity, the supply and uptake of nutrients, variability in processes and production, the evolution of the carbon cycle, and ecosystems. The subject is set in context with a chapter covering the work of Steemann Nielsen, whose work inspired the last 50 years of aquatic productivity studies. Historical aspects are discussed together with thought-provoking assessments of modern technological approaches and where future research emphasis should be focussed.
    Phytoplankton Productivity provides, in one book, cutting edge reviews and key facts on the subject, making it a vital information source for marine and freshwater biologists, oceanographers, ecologists, environmental scientists and plant scientists. Copies should also be available in libraries of any research establishment and university as a reference for students, wherever these subjects are studied and taught.
    Also available from Blackwell Publishing Aquatic Photosynthesis
    P. Falkowski & J. Raven
    0-86542-387-3 Fisheries Oceanography
    Edited by P. Harrison & T. Parsons
    0-632-05566-9 Marine Ecology (Journal)
    Published quarterly
    ISSN 0173-9565 Fisheries Oceanography (Journal)
    Published 6 times per year
    ISSN 1054-6006 Freshwater Biology (Journal)
    Published monthly
    ISSN 0046-5070
    Internationally recognised editors and contributors.
    A landmark publication in marine and freshwater biology.
    All major aspects covered in a clear and consise reader-friendly manner.
    Invaluable for all those working in aquatic sciences.
    Book will be launched to coincide with major international conference. For details see www.plankton-productivity.org

  • Rates of childhood obesity are alarmingly high and increasing each year. Studies have shown that obese children are more likely to become obese adults and are likely to suffer with numerous health consequences like coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, and Type II diabetes, among others. Studies also indicate that television viewing and exposure to advertising for food products influences children's attitudes toward, food preferences and food purchase requests for foods with low nutritional value. It is important to better understand the role of media in childhood obesity and to learn how media may be used to address this issue in a positive way.

    This book focuses on communication and media research that can have an impact on reducing childhood obesity. Emphasis is placed on topics related to how the media communicate health-related messages about food, nutrition and diet that influence childhood obesity. Particular emphasis is on the new media, given the fact that media now have more central roles in socializing today's children and youth than ever before. Advertising and marketing messages reach young consumers through a variety of vehicles - broadcast and cable television, radio, magazines, computers through the Internet, music, cell phones - and in many different venues - homes, schools, child-care settings, grocery stores, shopping malls, theaters, sporting events, and even airports. In addition, given the disparity in obesity rates between children of color and the general population, special attention is given to research on media targeting these populations.

  • This book introduces parabolic wave equations, their key methods of numerical solution, and applications in seismology and ocean acoustics. The parabolic equation method provides an appealing combination of accuracy and efficiency for many nonseparable wave propagation problems in geophysics. While the parabolic equation method was pioneered in the 1940s by Leontovich and Fock who applied it to radio wave propagation in the atmosphere, it thrived in the 1970s due to its usefulness in seismology and ocean acoustics. 
    The book covers progress made following the parabolic equation's ascendancy in geophysics. It begins with the necessary preliminaries on the elliptic wave equation and its analysis from which the parabolic wave equation is derived and introduced. Subsequently, the authors demonstrate the use of rational approximation techniques, the Padé solution in particular, to find numerical solutions to the energy-conserving parabolic equation, three-dimensional parabolic equations, and horizontal wave equations. 
    The rest of the book demonstrates applications to seismology, ocean acoustics, and beyond, with coverage of elastic waves, sloping interfaces and boundaries, acousto-gravity waves, and waves in poro-elastic media. Overall, it will be of use to students and researchers in wave propagation, ocean acoustics, geophysical sciences and more.

  • This book critically engages with how formal and informal mechanisms of governance are used across the world. Specifically, it analyzes how the governance mechanisms of formal institutions are questioned, challenged and renegotiated through informal institutions. Whilst there is an emerging body of scholarship focusing on informal practices, this is scattered across a number of disciplines. This edited collection, by contrast, fosters a dialogue on these issues, moving away from monodisciplinary and normative methodologies that view informal institutions and practices simply as temporary economic phenomena. In doing so, the authors provide a wider understanding of how governance is composed of both the formal and the informal, which complement each other but are also constantly in competition. This novel approach will appeal to social scientists, economists, policy-makers, practitioners, and anyone else willing to widen their understanding of how governance works.

  • `A hopeful but nonetheless hard-hitting analysis of alternative economic spaces proliferating in the belly of the capitalist beast. In this book Leyshon, Lee and Williams convene fascinating studies of exchange, enterprise, credit and community. They invite us onto a new and promising discursive terrain where we can analyze, criticize and above all recognize actually existing economies of diversity in the wealthy countries of the West' - J K Gibson-Graham, Australian National University and University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    In the context of problems in the `new economy' - from dot.com start-ups, high-technology, and telecoms - Alternative Economic Spaces presents a critical evaluation of alternatives to the global economic mainstream. It focuses on the emergence of alternative economic geographies within developed economies and analyzes the emergence of alternative economic practices within industrialized countries. These include the creation of institutions like Local Exchange and Trading Systems, Credit Unions, and other social economy initiatives; and the development of alternative practices from informal work to the invention of consumption sites that act as alternatives to the monoply of the `big-box', multi-chain retail outlets.

    Alternative Economic Spaces is a reconsideration of what is meant by the `economic' in economic geography; its objective is to bring together some of the ways in which this is being undertaken. The volume shows how the `economic' is being rethought in economic geography by detailing new economic geographies as they are emerging in practice.

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