Just for once allow your heart to rule your prudent common sense... Tempting advice - dared Eugenie take it? A country upbringing had taught her to be practical...not to cherish romantic dreams about tall, handsome strangers! But a chance encounter one misty day in spring changed all that. Eminent surgeon Aderik Rijnma ter Salis was a very special man - with one teasing smile he made Eugenie's life seem brighter, full of exciting possibilities! But with the gorgeous Saphira at his side, could Aderik's feeling for Eugenie ever be more than strictly professional?
In a world where the two classes are divided by colour and never treated as equals, Sephy - a Cross and daughter of a top politician - is six months pregnant. The child's father, Callum, is a Nought, but worse, he is dead and Callum's brother is out for revenge. Can two wrongs make a right?
Paloma is an enchanting creature who revels in her knowledge of the sea and its inhabitants, and whose adventures guide us into the beauties and mysteries of her underwater garden of Eden. This is threatened by a force of destructive ignorance - the attitude that says fish are either good to eat and so are killed for the pot, or dangerous in which case they are just killed.
The imaginative new novel from the author ofMorvern Callar, soon to be released in film. After the scandalous theft of a pub’s World Cup cash kitty, a homeless drifter pursues his eccentric uncle, “The Man Who Walks”, into the Highlands to recover the money. The nephew’s frantic progress and other bizarre diversions form Alan Warner’s fourth, wickedly hilarious novel. But who is The Man Who Walks? Is he simply a water-carrying madman with one glass eye and a fondness for whisky, who collects old Christmas trees for money and old newspapers to make his home? Or is he a savant, touched by the hand of God, wandering the back roads along ancient, ancestral tracks?
Henrietta Green has toured the country, visiting thousands of food manufacturers and shops to select only the very best for her guide. She gives full details of the entire range of their produce, as well as recipes and tips on how to use the food. For the traveller, there is guidance on how to get there and the best time to visit; while the armchair shopper gets full information for mail ordering.
Bernard Shaw V 2 : The Pursuit of Power (1898-1918) (Bernard Shaw)
Product Description The second in a three-volume biography of Bernard Shaw which looks at the man in his prime. In this period, Shaw begins the "terrible adventure" of marriage; and with Granville Barker he revolutionizes the British stage, becoming a great idol of the young. Believing that an author's business is to mind everyone's business, Shaw takes an active role in influencing socialism. The resulting great middle plays are concerned with everything from disarmament to medical ethics.
Sounds like easy money: collecting an antique for a rich stranger. Alan Allen, freshly unemployed, short of cash, and caught up in a bizarre case of mistaken identity, is about to find out otherwise. But not before being swept on a European wild-goose chase.
Three girls, a boat, a long vacation. Trouble? Sort of, but also memories, fun and friendship. Nina, Lou and Beth have just finished A levels and a life at school together. They set off, singularly lacking in nautical skills, on Nina's family barge, only reasonably shipshape itself.
Taking a unique approach to self-help, this guide demonstrates how conveying love and compassion to otherswhether communicated through a simple smile or by holding a dying soulcan act as antidotes to the often painful human condition. Revealing the small steps that can be taken to improve the attitudes of others and therefore create happiness for the self, this handbook presents a collection of encouraging stories illustrating the strength of the human spirit. Emphasizing that all people have within them the ability to make a difference, this emboldened exploration argues for this power to be acted upon, thereby ensuring a dependable sense of well-being amidst the turmoil of today.
This is the first volume of the authorized three-volume life of George Bernard Shaw, the playwright, wit, socialist, vegetarian and polemicist. It covers the first 41 years of his life, from his birth and childhood in Dublin to his marriage in 1898 to the Irish heiress and fellow socialist, Charlotte Payne-Townshend. Having followed his mother to London, tried his hand as a novelist, become a controversial theatre critic and a founder member of the Fabian Society, won fame as an outspoken music critic and struck up friendships and rivalries with the Webbs, William Morris, Frank Harris, Henry Irving, Ellen Terry and Eleanor Marx, he begins to establish his reputation as one of the best-known dramatists in English since Shakespeare. The biographer, Michael Holroyd has also written "Hugh Kingsmill", "Lytton Strachey" and "Augustus John".
Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct which brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples. And now, there is a crisis on the Augusta's sixty-mile main line. This title recreates one of the famous natural disasters of all time.
Opening at the Hay Festival, and ending with the prospect of a spring wedding, Sue Gee's new novel is a lively story of tangled relationships and the sustaining powers of good books, loyal friends and conversation. Friends since university, with busy working lives behind them, Dido and Georgia have long been looking forward to carefree days of books and conversation, when each finds herself caught up in unexpected domestic drama. Dido, for the first time, has cause to question her marriage; widowed Georgia feels certain her husband will return to her. Meanwhile, an eccentric country cousin goes wildly off the rails, children are unhappy in love, and perfect health is all at once in question.
This is a history of the first fifty years of the Parachute Regiment, by an author who has served with both the Paras and the SAS. The Regiment began as a response to the German "blitzkrieg" in 1940, with the aim of supplementing the actions of the British Army and Airforce.
With his trademark bow-tie, his distinctive rich, plummy voice and his vividly eccentric observations Henry Blofeld is one of Britain's prized exports. He has been close to the heart of the game for over forty years. As a leading commentator on Test Match Special and cricket writer, at home and abroad, he has informed and entertained wide audiences with his extensive knowledge and perception of cricket at the very highest level. Last year Henry Blofeld was forced by major heart surgery to take stock of his life. And here it is in this fine and illuminating autobiography, full of sharp pictures and vivid memories, a few sad, and many hilariously funny.
An overview of the adventures of Eric Newby during his time as a commercial traveller working in the world of haute couture for the family firm of Lane and Newby, from his repatriation as a prisoner-of-war in 1945 until he embarked on his walk in the Hindu Kush in 1956. Last published in 1985.
Richard must follow a vision that will mean turning his back on the people of the new world when they need him most and taking Kahlan away from the protection of the D'Haran armies as they face the hordes of Emperor Jagang.
History's biggest conspiracy is about to be revealed. But not if a brutal murderer has anything to do with it... Marshall Ziegler's father runs a gallery in London, which Marshall has always ignored. But when his father is beaten to a pulp, disembowelled and left to die, Marshall suddenly needs to know every last detail of his life. He discovers that his father knew a dark secret at the heart of Rembrandt's life, one that has the potential to bring down one of the world's most lucrative industries. But a sadistic murderer is on the case, killing in increasingly brutal ways to keep it hidden. Will Marshall beat the killer to the truth? Who can he trust? Will he stay alive long enough to reveal the greatest secret never told?
A passionate, hypnotic and dangerous novel about a daughter and her mother.Astrid has been raised by her mother, Ingrid a beautiful, headstrong poet. Astrid's world revolves around Ingrid; she forgives her everything. Until Ingrid murders a former lover and is imprisoned for life...
"It wasn't, we discovered as the months went by, that Sugieh was particularly wicked. It was just that she was a Siamese." Animal lovers Doreen Tovey and her husband Charles acquire their first Siamese kitten to rid themselves of an invasion of mice, although they worry about the cat attacking the birds. But Sugieh is not just any cat. She's an iron hand in a delicate, blue-pointed glove; an actress, a prima donna, an empress of cats, and she quickly establishes herself as queen of the house. Finding themselves thus enslaved, Doreen and Charles try to minimise the chaos she causes daily: screaming like a banshee, chewing up telegrams, and tearing holes in anything made of wool. But there is worse to come, as soon Sugieh decides she is ready to become the Perfect Mother. She and her adorable kittens devote themselves to tightening their grip on the Tovey household.
"What if women were an endangered species? "It begins in Ireland, but soon spreads throughout the entire world: a virulent new disease expressly designed to target only women. As fully half of the human race dies off at a frightening pace and life on Earth faces extinction, panicked people and governments struggle to cope with the global crisis. Infected areas are quarantined or burned to the ground. The few surviving women are locked away in hidden reserves, while frantic doctors and scientists race to find a cure. Anarchy and violence consume the planet. The plague is the work of a solitary individual who calls himself the Madman. As government security forces feverishly hunt for the renegade scientist, he wanders incognito through a world that will never be the same. Society, religion, and morality are all irrevocably transformed by the White Plague.
A title previously published in 1983, in which Glaswegian Nellie Thompson struggles to overcome her impoverished background in a city divided by religion and class. From the author of THE DAFFODIL SEA and A MOST DETERMINED WOMAN.
Reporter Tyler Wood can't believe her luck when she gets to shadow Zak Prince for a week. An exclusive interview with the handsome Hollywood actor could make her career! Zak Prince can't believe his luck when he meetsTyler! He hadn't wanted to be followed around by some nosy reporter, but working with this stunning brunette won't be a hardship at all! Soon, however, candid photos are appearing in the press. Zak feels furious and betrayed. Could Tyler set him up!
The epic, action-packed and powerful second novel in Conn Igguldenâs bestselling Conqueror series, bringing to the story of Genghis Khan brilliantly to lifeThe gathering of the tribes of the Mongols has been a long time in coming but finally, triumphantly, Temujin of the Wolves, Genghis Khan, is given the full accolade of the overall leader and their oaths. Now he can begin to meld all the previously warring people into one army, one nation. But the task Genghis has set himself and them is formidable. He is determined to travel to the land of the long-time enemy, the Chin and attack them there. The distances and terrain-the wide deserts, the impenetrable mountains-make it a difficult venture even for the legendary Mongolian speed of movement, but the greatest problem is that of the complex fortifications, a way of fighting wars of a settled urban population which the nomadic Mongolians had never come across. Finding ways to tackle that and keeping his tribes together in a strange environment presents another new and exciting challenge for Genghis Khan.Not only must Genghis succeed in this incredible campaign, but he must also reconcile the restless factions among his own generals, mediate between his ambitious brothers and cope with his own reactions to his growing sons. The young warrior has become a notable and victorious military commander of thousands: he must now learn to become a great leader of peoples of many different races and religions.Lords of the Bow is a deeply satisfying novel. It is epic in scope, convincing, and fascinating in the narration of an extraordinary story. Above all Genghis Khan continues to dominate the scene as he matures from the young boy of Wolf of the Plains to the great Conqueror.
'Eden - it's where your life began, Madeleine. It's a place where the current of life runs stronger than anywhere else. In Eden the sun shines more fiercely, the rain strikes harder, and the trees are so green that it hurts your eyes. Eden is beauty and ugliness and joy and madness and decay. Beneath the great old silk-cotton tree, where the orchids and lianas hang right down to the ground, and the fireflies glitter like spangles from dusk till dawn...' Madeleine is left to bring up her younger sister in a remote cottage on the west coast of Scotland after her mother, Rose, has died in childbirth. Tainted by the discovery that she is illegitimate, Madeleine is plunged into poverty in London before marrying out of desperation a wealthy cousin of her father's, who does not know her true identity. And thus she comes to live at the old family estate of Eden in the hills of Jamaica, often talked about by her mother - a beautiful, decaying house with its overgrown garden, lush sugar plantation and myriads of secrets. Rose had loved Eden more than anything, and now Madeleine has to take her place there.
A wonderful new novel from Liverpool's best-loved author. A tale of loss and love set in post-Second World War England and France. This is the story of a young Liverpool woman widowed in the Second World War before she can know the happiness of having a family. With the blessing of her mother, with whom she runs a B&B, she goes to Normandy to see where her husband was killed in the D-Day landings. Once she is there, she meets an impoverished French poultry farmer, now reduced to driving a beaten up (and still rare) taxi and looking after his old mother and dying brother. Will these two find happiness together? A touching love story, a compelling portrayal of the aftermath of war and above all a testament to the courage and endurance of oridinary people, Madame Barbara will delight Helen Forrester's countless fans.
Jordan and his sister live in hot Pasadena, and just for once they'd like a real winter with real snow. Then their dad offers to take them to Alaska. But there's a catch. Dad wants to photograph the Abominable Snowman, but he's not camera-friendly.
Two years on from the events in THE GOLEMS EYE, the magicians' rule in London is teetering on a knife-edge, with strikes, riots and general unrest. The Prime Minister is largely controlled by two advisors, 17-year-old Nathaniel and the theatrical impresario, Quentin Makepeace. Meanwhile, living under a false identity, Kitty has been researching djinn; she has come to believe that the only way to destroy the magicians is for an alliance of some kind between djinn and ordinary people. Kitty seeks out Bartimaeus and embarks on a terrifying journey into the djinn's chaotic domain - The Other Place - which no human being has ever survived. But even as she does so, Makepeace engineers a dramatic coup d'etat. The outcome is a shattering of the magicians'control and all magical laws are turned upside down. Can Bartimaeus, Nathaniel and Kitty settle old scores if they are to survive and prevent the earth's destruction?
What does an It girl do if she loses all her money?Sophie Chesterton is a girl about town - she knows all the right people, goes to all the right parties, and wears all the right clothes. But deep down she suspects that her best friends are actually rather nasty, and that her lifestyle doesn't really amount to much. Her father wants her to make her own way in the world, to make him proud. But after one shocking evening her life is changed for ever.Scraping a living as an assistant to a 'glamour' photographer; living in a hovel on the Old Kent Road with four smelly boys; eating baked beans from the can - this is one spectacular fall from grace. Sophie is desperate to get her life back - but does a girl really need diamonds to be happy?
Newspaper Nerves - Felicity and her friends are desperate to win places on the school newspaper. But first they need to put together a brilliant story. Magical Mysteries - Something very strange is happening in Nine Wish Wood, and the fairies are determined to get to the bottom of the story... Dessert Disaster - The fairies are delighted to be invited to the opening evening of a new restaurant. The food is looking delicious, but there is one thing they get that isn't on the menu!
This interactive guide offers lots of data about computer games and computing robots, computer crooks and virtual reality. Find out how to surf the net, how to e-mail a mate, whether computers really are cleverer than us, and how to turn your teacher into a Tamagotchi.
Richard is drawn into a strange conversation in a hotel. He hears of a secret island Garden of Eden hidden in the scattered islands of a Thai marine park. Next morning, he finds a map pinned to his door and the man who put it there has slashed his wrists. The challenge is irresistible and he sets off on a perilous journey in search of Shangri-La.
The next book from the number one bestselling author of Cry Silent Tears.Joe was only five years old when he lost his voice. Only five years old when he was first beaten by his mother and raped by her boyfriend. And only nine years old when his mother sold him to a paedophile ring.At sixteen, Joe finally found the courage to escape and headed for Charing Cross station with no money in his pocket, no friends and nowhere to turn to. But the nightmare was far from over.Haunted by his harrowing past, Joe's life spiralled out of control. Living on the lonely streets of London, Joe turned down a dark path of crime and self-destruction and it seemed that he was bound for prison. Until the love of a good woman set him freea¦This is the ultimate story of triumph over evil, of survival and redemption. Heartbreaking, but unbelievably inspiring, it is a testament to the unbreakable resilience of a little boy who grew up into a remarkable man. Now that he has found his voice again, Joe speaks out against child abuse and helps support and protect other children whose lives have been blighted by it.
Trinity House is turning all its lighthouses into automated beacons. The time has come for Will to fulfil his dream of sailing round the coastline of Britain. But he has reckoned without encountering the intriguing Amy Finn.
By the year 2010, the Internet has become the central nervous system, which is where the terrorists are going to strike, to turn the world upside down. It's Net Force's task to piece the deadly puzzle together in time.
Despite having signed the Magna Carta and madepromises to mend his ways, there is still great dissatisfaction withKing John's rule.Among the rebellious nobles is young Nicholas de Caen. Whilefighting John's troops, he is captured, but during the trip back to bequestioned, the treacherous marshes cause trouble and Nicholas andKing John's treasure are both lost. Nicholas is injured and ends upat a nunnery where he is nursed by Miriel of Wisbech.News of the lost treasure comes to them and the nuns realise theyoung man they are looking after probably knows something aboutthis...
First published in 1997, this is the story of the Yorkshire miner's son who became a household name as a Test match umpire. Bird provides views on the game and those involved in it, with behind the scenes accounts and humorous anecdotes.
This is an account of the serial murders at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, based on interviews with relatives and friends of Fred and Rose West. The author broke the story of the killings in an article in The Sunday Mirror in March 1994.
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (Wordsworth Classics)
In the first part of this famous work, published in 1821 but then revised and expanded in 1856, De Quincey vividly describes a number of experiences during his boyhood which he implies laid the foundations for his later life of helpless drug addiction. The second part consists of his remarkable account of the pleasures and pains of opium, ostensibly offered as a muted apology for the course his life had taken but often reading like a celebration of it. The Confessions of an English Opium-Eater is thus both a classic of English autobiographical writing ¿ the prose equivalent, in its own time, of Wordsworth¿s The Prelude or Growth of a Poet¿s Mind ¿ and at the same time a crucial text in the long history of the Western World¿s ambivalent relationship with hard drugs. Full of psychological insight and colourful descriptive writing, it surprised and fascinated De Quincey¿s contemporaries and has continued to exert its powerful and eccentric appeal ever since.
This unique autobiography begins with McCarthy' s recollections of an indulgent, idyllic childhood tragically altered by the death of her parents in the influenza epidemic of 1918. Tempering the need to fictionalize for the sake of a good story with the need for honesty, she creates interchapters that tell the reader what she has inferred or invented. Photographs.
Jane and Mick have come a long way from their council-estate origins, but their comfortable lifestyle comes to a dramatic end when Mick's business runs into trouble and he disappears without trace. Jane struggles to support her children, then, years later, Mick reappears wanting his wife back.
Adopted but now alone, Kristy went in search of her natural family. When Armand Dutournier burst into her life, accusing her of betrayals she had not committed, Kristy could only wonder -- did she have a perfect double? Could she possibly have a TWIN?
Armand was her only lead to the family she yearned for, but his passionate drive for vengeance -- and the powerful attraction between them -- made accepting his proposition of a temporary intimacy highly dangerous!
Looking after her sister's baby for the weekend, Gemini soon fell for little Jessica, but her marriage to Nick Drummond was made even more vulnerable by family obligations. Gemini desired Nick so much, but as theirs was only a marriage in name, she could only look, not touch. Until they were forced to care for this baby together.