The Bride of Amman

The Bride of Amman

Synopsis: The Bride of Amman, a huge and controversial bestseller when first published in Arabic, takes a sharp-eyed look at the intersecting lives of four women and one gay man in Jordan’s historic capital, Amman—a city deeply imbued with its nation’s traditions and taboos. When Rana finds herself not only falling for a man of the wrong faith, but also getting into trouble with him, where can they go to escape? Can Hayat’s secret liaisons really suppress the memories of her abusive father? When Ali is pressured by society’s homophobia into a fake heterosexual marriage, how long can he maintain the illusion? And when spinsterhood and divorce spell social catastrophe, is living a lie truly the best option for Leila? What must she do to avoid reaching her ‘expiry date’ at the age thirty like her sister Salma, Jordan’s secret blogger and a self-confessed spinster with a plot up her sleeve to defy her city’s prejudices? These five young lives come together and come apart in ways that are distinctly modern yet as unique and timeless as Amman itself. Metadata: Publication date: July 21, 2015 Print edition: 5″ x 8″ perfect bound trade paperback Page count: 250 ISBN: 978-988-12198-9-3 Price (paper): US$17.95 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF Word count: 53,000 eISBN: 978-988-12198-2-4 Price (e-book): US$7.99 Buy E-book: Amazon Smashwords Paperback:  Amazon Book Depository Blurbage: Arabic Literature (in Engish) – ArabLit.Org The Arab Observer Words Without Borders Susan Blumberg-Kason It is extremely honest of Fadi Zaghmout to lift the darkest and heaviest curtain on his society. The Bride of Amman tells of a society infested with taboos. In revealing the stories of women and men alike, and by capturing their thoughts and highlighting their tragedies whilst growing into adulthood, we learn to appreciate their sacrifices and share their struggles in an impressive bid for freedom. A very courageous debut. – Hanan Al-Shaykh, author of Women of Sand and Myrrh, The Story of Zahra, and One Thousand and One Nights Think Sex and the Citadel meets Ramadan soap: The Bride of Amman is a dramatic portrait of young men and women looking for love in a time of taboo. An  insightful and impassioned account of the high cost of social conformity—in and out of the bedroom. – Shereen El Feki, author of Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World. Fadi Zaghmout engages the full range of human emotion as he confronts head-on the destructive, corrosive effects of prejudice, tradition, and male privilege on sexuality, sexual expression, and gender identity. Charged, dynamic, and engaging, The Bride of Amman is sure to disturb and please—and to remain with readers long after they’ve finished Zaghmout’s compelling narrative of four lives...

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The Memory of a Face

The Memory of a Face

A novel about loving and letting go Note: This book is available in English and Chinese. Synopsis 本書簡介 What is love? Is it the craving to be with him or is it the realization that you should let him go? Is it about telling him how he makes you feel or is it about suffering in silence? Is love a compromise? Can it be faked? Can love change over time? Can it last? Can it be forgotten? Diano lives in the past, hanging on to the memories of his lost love. Oliver is struggling to keep his turbulent relationship going. Andy has never loved anybody except his longtime boyfriend. Summer is waiting for her Prince Charming. Cute is looking for a boyfriend to support his education. Sky is not brave enough to stand up for his love. Thus begins their story. Set in Hong Kong and China, where the ultra-modern live in a traditional society and struggle to find love, the story shall resonate with anyone who has loved, lost somebody or had to let go. 愛情是什麼?是和他在一起的渴望,還是該讓他走的醒覺?是向他透露內心感受的坦誠,抑或是沉默地受苦?愛情是一種妥協?可以裝出來?愛情能隨時間而改變?可以永恒?可以被遺忘? Diano活在過去,沉溺在舊戀情的回憶中。Oliver努力保住一段波濤洶湧的關係。Andy 誰也沒愛過,除了他的多年男友。Summer正在等她的白馬王子。Q仔忙找男友供書教學。阿天沒勇氣捍衛自己的愛情。他們的故事,就這樣開始了。 以中港兩地為背景,超現尚一代活在傳統社會桎梏裡,努力尋覓愛情,本書會與曾相愛,失去或不得不放手的每一位產生共鳴。 Metadata Imprint: Signal 8 Press Publication date: February 08, 2011 (English) / September 20, 2014 (Chinese) Print edition: N/A Page count: N/A ISBN: 978-988-12197-4-9 (English) / 978-988-12197-8-7 (Chinese) Price (paper): N/A E-book formats: ePub, Kindle Word count: 93,120 (English) / 113,900 (Chinese) Price (e-book): US$2.99 Buy 买 English: Kindle: Amazon.com (US) , Amazon.co.uk (UK), Amazon.de (Ger) Apple (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch & iBooks) version: iTunes (US) Nook version: Barnes & Noble Kobo ePUB: Smashwords 中文: Smashwords Blurbs “The characters are well drawn out. Das has told the story in a way that is unique, especially with the Hong Kong culture and language, and draws his characters with a fine hand. They become real very quickly and I found myself rooting for them from the beginning.” – Kate Cornwell (author of A Face Within) It has a very interesting plot, and some really intriguing characters.” – Hilary Chow “This book was a fabulous read. I loved how it moved me at the end and I love how the title fits this book perfectly.” – Jonas Saul, international bestselling author MrGayHongKong.com (Tongzhi Tsai Project) tcjm.org (Tongzhi Tsai Project) The Grist Mill Pink Season “…if you have left your heart even a tiny bit ajar for love to enter, you will enjoy this tale of finding love and through it something true about the identity of one’s self and of the object of one’s love.” – Nigel Collet (author of The Butcher of Amritsar and Firelight of a Different Colour) on Fridae OurTV.hk (14:30~17:40) Donations Proceeds from the sale of this book have gone towards Tongzhi Tsai, the campaign against homophobic bullying...

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Always Forever

Always Forever

From the depths of sorrow begins a journey of hope. 從悲傷深淵出發,展開希望之旅。   Note: This book is available in English and Chinese. Synopsis 本書簡介 The dream of a life together is shattered when AD finds himself attending Mikee’s funeral. He is overcome with grief. But Mikee’s brief appearance in his life was not by chance; it was to trigger a spiritual awakening. With help from Mikee’s family and friends, AD sets about piecing together Mikee’s story. As he begins to discover life’s lessons through Mikee’s eyes, AD finds himself falling in love with an entire nation. AD想和愛人雙宿雙棲的夢想隨着出席Mikee的葬禮被粉碎,他悲慟萬分。Mikee在他生命中的短暫出現並非偶然,它觸發了AD在靈性上的覺醒。在Mikee的家人和朋友的幫助下,AD開始重組拼湊真正的Mikee。透過Mikee雙眼發掘生命教誨的同時,AD亦愛上了菲律賓這個國家。 Metadata Imprint: Signal 8 Press Publication date: May 23, 2012 Print edition: 5″ x 8″ perfect bound trade paperback (English only) Page count: 280 ISBN: 978-988-15542-8-4 (Paperback) / 978-988-12195-1-0 (English) / 978-988-12195-5-8 (Chinese) Price (paper): US$16.95 / HK$140 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle Word count: 61,180 (English) / 76,900 (Chinese) eISBN: 978-147-60374-2-4 (English on Amazon) Price (e-book): US$4.99 (English) / US$2.99 (Chinese) Buy 买 English: Kindle version: Amazon.com (US), Amazon.co.uk (UK), Amazon.co.de (Ger), Amazon.co.jp (Japan) Apple (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch & iBooks) version: iTunes (US) Nook version: Barnes & Noble ePUB: Smashwords Paperback: Createspace, Amazon.com (US), Amazon.co.uk (UK), Amazon.de (Ger), Barnes & Noble, Book Depository 中文: Smashwords Blurbs “A deeply personal and beautifully crafted memoir.” – Peter Moss (author of The Singing Tree) “More than a personal tribute, this is a story about love and loss. It is a story about soulmates and a promise that is kept, Always Forever.” – Dale Bacar (Photographer) “This is not a love story. This is a story about life written in the most honest way. In so many ways we have forgotten about the essence of living and dying.” – Natalie Tong “This book was a touching tribute to a young man who was loved by so many.” – Kate Cornwell (author of A Face Within) Gay Star News “People always say love knows no boundaries. But it’s only after AD’s heartfelt words that we truly believe the emotion transcends the distance even between life and death.” – TimeOut Hong Kong “The love that lasts forever, despite meeting up in a short period of time, has brought them to another level of spiritual levitation.” – Jackson’s Doctrine “Flamboyance is balanced with emotional turmoil…” – Dim Sum Magazine Kaosgl.com “It is the story of a family’s strength in grief and the belief that the spirit of those who are beloved to us never truly leave us behind but are merely awaiting our arrival in the where that lies beyond.” – The Novel Approach “This is no fairy tale love at first sight, but the speed of its progression is astonishing and yet strangely it appears to evolve quite...

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Firelight of a Different Colour: The Life and Times of Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing

Firelight of a Different Colour: The Life and Times of Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing

Synopsis When Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing threw himself to his death from the terrace of Hong Kong’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel in 2003, he was the greatest star of his generation in the city. A performer loved for his character as much as for his magic as an entertainer, his death sent shock waves across Asia and amongst Asian populations around the world. Despite the fact that he was openly gay, he was adored, and remains adored, by multitudes in societies where his sexual orientation remains a little-discussed taboo. Firelight of a Different Colour traces Leslie’s story from birth in 1950s Hong Kong to his death during the city’s crippling SARS epidemic. Through initial struggles to gain a foothold in TV and the nascent world of Cantopop, he achieved final success as a megastar of music and the big screen and held that position for nearly two decades. At the forefront of almost all the cultural changes Hong Kong saw during his lifetime, Leslie came to embody the unique spirit of the city. No Western performer can boast so widespread an influence across so many arts. Firelight of a Different Colour commemorates a life that continues to amaze and inspire. Metadata Imprint: Signal 8 Press Publication date: Feb. 25, 2014 Print edition: 5.5″ x 8.5″ perfect bound trade paperback Page count: 460 ISBN: 978-988-15542-6-0 Price (paper): US$19.95/HK$160 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF Word count: 111,000 eISBN: 978-988-15542-0-8 Price (e-book): US$9.99 Blurbage Exhaustively researched and beautifully written, Nigel Collett’s book is a perfectly fitting tribute to an incredible talent who was lost too soon. Essential reading for any serious student of Asian cinema or queer cinema. — Matthew Hays, author, journalist and film studies professor, Concordia University Fridae Leslie Cheung 4 Vietnam Susan Blumberg-Kason TimeOutHK Amos Lassen Malcolm’s Round Table Huffington Post South China Morning Post Asian Review of Books LGBTQNation Asian Cha Asian Review, Volume 1 – Number 1, July 2014. – Selections from April-June 2014 Author bio Nigel Collett studied history at St Peter’s College, Oxford and biography at the University of Buckingham. After serving for twenty years in the British Army, a career that culminated in the command of 6th Queen Elizabeth’s Own Gurkha Rifles, he founded the Gurkha International Group, which finds employment for Nepalese men and women, principally as crew for cruise lines. His publications include A Grammar, Phrase Book and Vocabulary of Baluchi (1984) and An English-Nepali-English Dictionary (1994). He is the author of The Butcher of Amritsar, a life of Brigadier Dyer, the perpetrator of the Amritsar massacre, published in 2005. He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society. Buy E-books: Amazon Smashwords Paperback: Amazon Flyers                ...

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