Author(s): Jeremy Harmer
Modern, original fiction for learners of English. A musician disappears, leaving only a strange e-mail message. Her husband, in a desperate search to find her, revisits their shared past and has to face up to some unpleasant realities, before trying to rebuild his life. His journey of discovery takes us across the world to Poland and Rio and deep into the human heart.
'This title ... moves away, thankfully, from abridged and simplified versions of the classics (a tradition with which one could validly take issue) and now offers 'original fiction', designed specifically for learners of different levels and concentrating on contemporary topics and themes. This one is by Jeremy Harmer, of teacher training fame, now applying his knowledge of teaching more directly in the form of fiction. I'd buy a class set and/or fill up the self-access centre with them together with appropriately graded activities.' EA Journal, Volume 17, no. 2 'What distinguishes the series from all the others is the zest and freshness of the text. Where the emphasis in other series is on plain and straightforward language, Cambridge English Reading texts typically use very modern expressions and the dialogue is faster moving. This has an impact on the quality of the audio cassettes, which make for very enjoyable listening.' David R. Hill, Survey Review: Readers, ELT Journal 'It was only a matter of time before a major ELT publisher set out to challenge the market dominance of Penguin Classics in the area of readers ... CUP have hit back admirably. With something for everyone in your classes, this series is well worth investing in. In fact, it's going to be a difficult act to follow by other publishers.' IATEFL Issues 'The series breaks new ground in two respects. The first is the light and informal style of writing. It is notoriously difficult to write fluent prose using restricted lexis and syntax. Part of the secret is to use word and grammar lists flexibly; but it requires flair and a good ear to produce prose and dialogue that read so well and give such a genuine flavour of modern idiom.' English Teaching Professional 'This is a well presented, authentic looking series of readers that students should enjoy. They are graded into five levels, and the accompanying cassette will be useful, especially for pronunciation - audio versions are very popular with students.' Josephine Caruana, Network News, Issue 34
1. The silent house; 2. Tibor and Malgosia; 3. Rachel; 4. The new trumpet; 5. Deciding on priorities; 6. Breathtaking views; 7. Voices in the distance; 8. There's nothing for you here; 9. A walk by the river; 10. Sugar Loaf Mountain; 11. Romantic love.