Bill 'EL Wingador' Simmons, Sonya 'The Black Widow' Thomas, David 'Coondog' O'Karma, Bill ââ¬~EL Wingador' Simmons, Sonya ââ¬~The Black Widow' Thomas, David ââ¬~Coondog' O'Karma, Eric ââ¬~Badlands' Booker, Timothy ââ¬~Eater X' Janus - just a few of the stars of one of America's fastest growing sports: competitive eating. In a country in which a third of the population is clinically obese, competitive eating has made the leap from trestle tables and paper napkins to stadium arenas ââ¬" in the past two years, more than 1.4 million households have tuned in to Nathan's hot dog contest on ESPN. Beginning with a trip to Japan in search of the elusive (and surprising slim-line) champion Takeru Kobayashi and ending up at the sport's annual grand finale in Coney Island, Jason Fagone spends a year with the stars of the scene, watching as they eat their way into (or out of) oblivion, and finding out just what compels a ââ¬~gurgitator' to force down forty-six dozen oysters in ten minutes. Wickedly funny and devastatingly insightful, Jason Fagone uses this weirdest of sports as a lens through which to examine the dark side of the American Dream - the never-ending quest for wealth, celebrity, possessions and food. And along the way, he uncovers the wonderfully human stories at the heart of this seemingly unnourished corner of American culture. Bigger, better, richer, fatter, Insatiable unlocks a world we all need to face up to. Dig In.
As an undergraduate, Renaissance poetry lecturer Dr Rose Asher spent a year in Tuscany at the villa La Civetta ? once the home of poet, Ginevra de Laura, who, according to local legend, was the infamous 'dark lady' of Shakespeare's sonnets, and the great love of his life.When Rose's most gifted student, Robin Weiss, dies in mysterious circumstances, Rose finds herself reluctantly agreeing to return to La Civetta in an attempt to find answers. The screenplay Robin wrote just before his death controversially suggested that the love affair between Shakespeare and his 'dark lady' was conducted on Italian soil. It has garnered Hollywood interest and much professional rivalry among Rose's academic colleagues ? who are all intent on finding out the truth. But if Robin had indeed discovered proof of Shakespeare's connections to La Civetta, was it really a literary coup worth killing for?
An accomplished first novel that spans two continents and many lives
Niladri Dasgupta's marriage is over; he hasn't seen his little daughter in five years, having fled as far away as he could manage from the scene of disaster. Now his uncle has been brutally murdered, and he must finally return for the funeral to confront everything he has evaded thus far. And this is just the opening of his all-too-real nightmare.
What journeys begin beyond the frontiers of family, home and identity. What remains of you after every role you played, every readymade definition you took for granted-as husband, father, son and citizen-has disintegrated. Where do you seek shelter when the world around will grant you no respite from upheaval or change. Cast out beyond all certainties, Niladri must choose as he narrates, and act as he understands, recreating himself gradually amid his relentlessly shattering world. A fine balance of emotion and intelligence, incident and character, Or the Day Seizes You captures the urban Indian psyche at the close of the twentieth century with unerring insight and remarkable style.
With The Tiger Is Both An Imitation Of And A Tribute To Somerset Maugham'S 1944 Novel, The Razor'S Edge. Maugham'S Characters Americans In Europe Between The Wars Return As Australians In The Late 1970S: The Charismatic Young Larry; His High School Sweetheart Turned High Society Hostess, Isabel; Her Husband, The Real Estate Tycoon Gray Maturin; Isabel'S Uncle, The Incorrigible, Iniquitous Elliot Templeton; And The Narrator, A Gay Playwright Named After Maugham. In This Re-Imagined Fictional Universe, Larry'S Early Life-Changing Experience Occurs Not As An Under-Age Enlistee In The First World War But During A Teenage Backpacking Trip To India, Where He Returns Several Times, To Live In A Fashionable Ashram, A Buddhist Monastery, And With An Enigmatic Saint. The Choices Larry Makes And Their Ramifications For Those Around Him Especially Isabel, Who Continues To Miss His Presence In Her Life Are Played Out Against The Backdrop Of The 1980S And 90S. In Its Exploration Of A Nation'S Social History At A Time Of Great Change (Maugham'S Setting Being The Years Before And After The Great Depression) As Well As In Characterization And Narrative Structure, With The Tiger Takes Its Inspiration From The Master Storyteller, But Its Location In A Different Place And Time Allows For A Fresh Interpretation Of The Westerner'S Experience Of India.
In London in the 1930s, a bank robbery is reported at the same time a man reports a missing cat to the Invisible Detective. Two seemingly unrelated events, but both lead the Invisible Detective on a hunt through the London sewer system. When the Invisible Detective begins his investigation, he stumbles upon something so strange?so beastly?that it could be deadly. Meanwhile, in present day, Arthur Drake continues the search for his link to the Invisible Detective. And unfortunately, his search leads him to a face-to-face encounter with something beastly as well. This is the second book in this thrilling series.
In the summer of 1991, Hannah Gavener is fourteen. In the magazines she reads, celebrities plan elaborate weddings; in Hannah's own life, her parents' marriage is crumbling. Over the next decade and a half, as Hannah moves from Philadelphia to Boston to Albuquerque, she finds that the answers to love's most bewildering questions become more rather than less complicated. At what point can you no longer blame your adult failures on your messed-up childhood? Is settling for someone who's not your soul mate an act of maturity or an admission of defeat? And if you move to another state for a man who might not love you back, are you being brave, or pathetic? Full of honesty and humour, "The Man of My Dreams" is an unnervingly insightful and beautifully written examination of the outside forces and personal choices that make us who we are.
All four parts of the serial novel "LA Connections", set in Hollywood, are here, "Power" - it's not who you know, it's what you know; "Obsession" - it takes more than ambition to make it; "Murder" - there are some secrets worth killing for; and "Revenge" - living the high life can cost too much.
Just Married, Please Excuse is the story is of young Yashodhara, a hot-tempered Delhi girl and Vijay, a simple guy who belongs to a rather old fashioned Jaipur based family. After a brief courtship, they decide to get married and face all those untold, behind the scene situations that almost every newly married couple encounter.
The author hilariously narrates the tales of this young couple who have to deal with each other’s absurd temperaments while trying to please their in-laws and settling into their new life. From wedding ceremonies to a cooking fiasco, from moving to a city to wearing a saree, the author takes us through the couple’s predicaments with innate humor and refreshing frankness. All through the book, we see Yashodhara’s obscure temper tantrums and Vijay’s unfortunate yet hilarious foot-in-mouth situations. The book has some more interesting characters like Vinod and Zarreena, their domestic help, and Vivi, one of their friends.
Just as the couple begins to settle into their new life, life throws another curve ball at them, forcing them to start right from scratch. Unexpected pregnancy throws their life awry, forcing them to come to terms with this serendipity. The arrival of Anoushka (fondly called peanut), their little daughter, brings up a whole new set of differences. The couple soon realize that they have contrasting opinions on bringing up their daughter, making this a story of self-discovery and adjustments.
Just Married, Please Excuse doesn’t have any uncomfortable situations and is ideal for the Indian market. The author’s refreshing and honest take on relationships and parenting will have you in splits. The concept of new-age parenting is tactfully explored in this book.
Beautician-turned-country singer Maggie Reid is getting too famous for her own good. Since her endearing if good-for-nothing former husband. "Satellite Dish and Mobile Home King" Vernell Spivey, vanished along with millions, everybodyseems to be interested in the ex-wife he left in the lurch...including some very bad people called "The Redneck Mafia." Drop-dead gorgeous Detective Marshall Weathers and his police cronies want to know what Maggie knows as well, since they have a murder on their hands that has Vernell's name all over it.Maggie knows this much: there are many negative appellations you could pin on old liquor-loving, skirt-chasing Vernell, but "killer" isn't one of them.And though it means courting a mob hit and the extreme attentions of a sturdy bike p.i., the determined d-i-v-o-r-c-e-e is going to find her missing ex and prove him innocent...or die trying!
A funny and original novel about how to really get away from it all! You know life cant be going that well when getting hit by a car is the best thing that happens to you all week. But although not generally considered to be a Good Thing, for Jordan Landeua, desperate to escape her nightmare family, her dead-end job, and most of all her lying, cheating boyfriend, its the perfect opportunity to start over. Coming to in hospital after the accident she decides to fake amnesia and reinvent herself. Its goodbye to Jordan the pushover and hello to the life shes always dreamed of. But then the unthinkable happens and she has to start over for real. Now Jordan must decide what (and who) honestly makes her happy and figure out how best to live a truly memorable life...
At any given point, news is breaking somewhere. The dynamics are fascinating, the lives hectic, the demands never-ending.... But what’s going on inside a TV news channel? When the egos take over and the drive to succeed wipes out all else, identity crises, paranoia and insecurity take their toll. A prematurely aging drama queen, a melodramatic friend and a carefree Casanova ... friendship flies out the window, as events take on a life of their own and their world starts to unravel.
Death, betrayal, conspiracy theories and drama galore…. Broken News is a work of fiction, but stabs at the truth of fractured identities and misplaced priorities in the glittering world of television news.
A former tiffinboy from Mumbai, Ram Mohamad Thomas, has just got twelve questions correct on a TV quiz show to win a cool one billion rupees. But he is brutally slung in a prison cell on suspicion of cheating. Because how can a kid from the slums know who Shakespeare was, unless he has been pulling a fast one? In the order of the questions on the show, Ram tells us which amazing adventures in his street-kid life taught him the answers. From orphanages to brothels, gangsters to beggar-masters, and into the homes of Bollywood's rich and famous, Slumdog Millionaire is brimming with the chaotic comedy, heart-stopping tragedy, and tear-inducing joyfulness of modern India. 'This brilliant story, as colossal, vibrant and chaotic as India itself...is not to be missed' -- Observer 'A lively first novel...India is equally chaotic and enchanting' -- Sunday Times
Sir Roberto Rannaldini, the most successful but detested conductor in the world, had two ambitions: to seduce his ravishing nineteen-year-old stepdaughter, Tabitha Campbell-Black, and to put his mark on musical history by making the definitive film of Verdi's darkest opera,Don Carlos. As Rannaldini, Tristan, his charismatic French director, a volatile cast and bolshy French crew gather at Rannaldini's haunted abbey for filming, it is inevitable that violent fewuds, abandoned bonking, temperamental screaming, and devious plotting will ensue. But although everyonewishedRannaldini dead, no one actually thought the Maestrowouldbe murdered. Or that after the dreadful deed some very bizarre things would continue to occur. SCORE!is Jilly Cooper's most thrilling novel to date.
Derived from the experiences of both an insider and an outsider, the intricate stories of Soulmates chart journeys of love, friendship, despair, daily negotiations and strategies for survival while exploring the physical and spiritual aspects of being transplanted to a foreign country, of living with fluid roots.
Yoking two cultures, the Indian and the Nigerian, they take us into the sphere of symbols and nuances of speech, into a world fraught with seams, viscerally familiar, yet fascinating in its differences.
Speaking in a distinct, meditative voice, and employing the dual vision of the insider–outsider, Kanchana Ugbabe inspires us to remember who we truly are.
Tania has a dream job as supervising producer at YTV, a leading entertainment channel. But things are not what they seem—YTV’s ratings and fortunes are dipping, and Tania is the one assigned to resurrect the 6 pm slot with a new talk show and a scantily clad host. But when a dying girl calls on the show the fun and games come to a screeching halt. This turn of events gives Rajneesh Tiwari, the demi god of Indian news television, one of his most explosive human interest’ stories of the year. Will life ever be the same for Tania or anyone involved in the doomed 6 pm slot.
About the Author
Naomi Datta daydreams about the perfect Bollywood rom com that she will make one day, plays badminton, and updates her Facebook status on the hour. That’s when she is gainfully occupied. She is otherwise a television producer, presenter, and film writer. She counts TIMES NOW, CNBC TV 18, and MTV among her employers in a decade long television career. She currently freelances and believes she is the best boss she has ever had. Naomi is based in Mumbai and this is her debut novel.
Love, lingerie and family loyalties collide in this sexy, sassy tale of chasing success - but at what cost. When ambitious City analyst Yasmin Yusuf's hope for a traditional 'happy ever after' in the romance stakes is shattered she decides there's only one course of action: get smart, sexy and successful. And what better way to achieve it than by turning around a failing lingerie company. Swept head-first into her glamorous new job by suave private banker Zachary Khan, Yasmin is soon clashing with snobby fashionistas, pedantic accountants, her culturally conservative Bengali family and, worst of all, Hannah Gibbs-Smythson, Zach's indomitable senior advisor. With the odds stacked against her and her attraction to Zach complicating matters even further, the stakes for Yasmin have never been higher... Is she prepared to risk everything for the success she craves.
It's not easy being a doctor, especially when your wife has run off in search of excitement and you're fired from your practice for sticking up for your principles. Christopher Devon tries to make a new life and, after a bit of persuasion from his daughter, to meet a new woman. But how to find one? And how to placate a son who thinks you should never have split up in the first place? Dr. Devon is not the only man with woman trouble. Tiger Wilson has been married just a little too comfortably for 30 years, and Gary Flynn is a serial womanizer who refuses to settle down. But soon all three of their lives are turned upside down, and not just by women. This entertaining novel shows how reality can prove a fly in the ointment of living happily ever after.
"As to intense passion, I am convinced that it is no desirable feeling" Charlotte Bronte, 1840. Shy young scholar Sara Frost's unsuccessful search for the lost love letters of Charlotte Bronte hasn't won her any favours at her university, particularly now the glamorous new Head of Princess Diana Studies has introduced her media-savvy exploits to the staid halls of academia. But it's not until Sara's fiance suddenly leaves her that she begins to question her life's vocation. How can she reconcile the mythology of romance with the harsh reality of modern love? As she tentatively re-enters the dating scene, Sara is to discover that the life and writings of Charlotte Bronte have more to teach her than she could ever have guessed about the perils and pitfalls of the 21st century relationship game.
The #1 national bestseller is now available in this movie tie-in edition just in time for the December release of Miramax Films' highly anticipated sequel to "Bridget Jones's Diary," starring Rene Zellweger and Colin Firth.
When Neki Brar moves to Mumbai to make it as a film-maker in Bollywood, little does she suspect that she will find herself standing on the terrace of her building, a bottle of wine and her diary in hand, plotting how best to jump. A small town girl, Neki has one ambition: to live in Mumbai and make it big as a film-maker. As she comes closer to her dream, she is also faced with a new reality. The make-believe sets of Bollywood, the cramped existence with her three roommates and the battle for power on the sets of her debut film as an assistant director force her to understand the ground rules here if you don t learn the art of survival, the train back home is your only option. Falling in love with the second lead actor, the charming Ranvir Khanna, further complicates her life, along with the realisation that she seems to have a unique ability to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and in the middle of every disaster that happens on the film sets. Battling political games, rivalry, love, betrayal and burning egos of film stars, she discovers the beauty of her own ambition and the ugliness of true love. The stakes are high. The dreams are big. The pressure is tremendous. If unfulfilled dreams keep you alive, can broken dreams push you to end it all?
"Heaven save us from ourselves. And if you can't manage that, I'd settle for saving me from me. Just when I thought it was safe to go back in the water, here I am again, drowning for all to see. Not waving, as the troubled swimmer once famously said. I busied myself with any household task I could find . . ." Recently widowed but putting a brave face on it all (thanks to a not insignificant windfall) Helen's only problem, it seems, is the imminent arrival of her fortieth birthday. Not something she can possibly avoid, ignore or sulk about ' not with friends like Leoni and sisters like Julia around . . . And there is much to celebrate. A beautiful new flat, gorgeous hospitable neighbours and a delicious sense of freedom that only money can buy. Until, that is, money becomes the one big fat problem in Helen's life and she becomes part of the unwilling army of the employed. But it is no ordinary job that Helen is qualified for, in fact she is qualified for precious little, which leads to her first ever encounter with 'the boss from hell' . . .
Edited by bestselling author, Paritosh Uttam, this is an anthology of 29 urban tales by 13 young writers. Each of these fresh, vivid and deceptively simple stories focuses on an epiphany. The stories are set with the backdrop of our urban metros with their bright lights, sky rises, glitzy malls, tenements, crowds and the chaos that comes with it. A woman tries to come to terms with loss of a lost baby; two strangers, a young man and a young woman, both with a love for Fyodor Dostoyevsky?s Crime and Punishment board the same aircraft; a woman ponders over giving a second chance to her cheating husband; a young man is in love with his apple pie loving best friend, who is set to marry through an arranged match; a chance meeting between two old lovers after 11 years; the memories of an old woman in love; an illiterate migrant from the village looking for her own kind of liberation; the longing of a married woman for another man; a child and his silent suffering mother and their financially strapped family; a couple once in love, frustrated with each other after getting married; love and relationships in the age of Twitter and fat free gelatos; the morning after for a couple in an adulterous relationship; a man running away from his own life in the city hoping to find salvation; a couple who decide to marry for reasons other than love and many more stories...
Pakistan may be making headlines – but Butterfly is set to conquer the
‘Everyone knows me. All of Lahore, all of Karachi, all of Isloo – oho, baba, Islamabad
– half of Dubai, half of London and all of Khan Market and all the nice, nice bearers in
Imperial Hotel also...No ball, no party, no dinner, no coffee morning, no funeral, no GT
–Get-Together, baba – is complete without me.’
Meet Butterfly, Pakistan’s most lovable, silly, socialite. An avid partygoer, inspired
misspeller, and unwittingly acute observer of Pakistani high society, Butterfly is a woman
like no other. In her world, SMS becomes S & M and people eat ‘three tiara cakes’ while
shunning ‘do number ka maal’. ‘What cheeks!’ as she would say. As her country faces
tribulations – from 9/11 to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto – Butterfly glides through
her world, unfazed, untouched, and stopped short only by the chip in her manicure.
Wicked, irreverent and hugely entertaining, The Diary of a Social Butterfly gives you a
delicious glimpse into the parallel universe of the have-musts.
About the Author
Moni Mohsin is the author of The End of Innocence. She writes a
popular column called ‘Diary of a Social Butterfly’ for Pakistan’s Friday Times, selections
of which make up this, her second book. She grew up in Lahore and now divides her time
between Lahore and London, where she lives with her husband and two children.