Weekly ballet classes are Harriet Morton's only escape from her intolerably dull life. So when she is chosen to join a corps de ballet which is setting off on a tour of the Amazon, she leaps at the chance to run away for good.
Performing in the grand opera houses is everything Harriet dreamed of, and falling in love with an aristocratic exile makes her new life complete. Swept away by it all, she is unaware that her father and intended fiancé have begun to track her down…
A Company of Swans is a sweeping tale of romance, freedom and the beauty of dance from award-winning author, Eva Ibbotson.
A collection of short stories by the author of Madensky Square reveals the writer’s ability to write funny and erudite historical fiction.
Known for her neatly fashioned romance fiction, Ibbotson (Madensky Square) here collects 19 decorous stories of love gained and lost. With settings that range from the early 1990s to the present day, they generally feature surprise endings, some of them sadly contrived. In the title story, Max, a lawyer and confirmed bachelor in pre-WW I Vienna, attends the opera, where Helene, a singer of Wagnerian heft, is hurt in an onstage accident. She hires Max to file suit; they marry; later, Max takes a mistress. On his wife’s death he is free to marry his paramour, but Helene’s will dictates otherwise — she knew that forbidden fruit is sweetest. The London grocer in “Doushenka” is obsessed by Russia. Traveling to St. Petersburg, he falls in love with a young ballerina, but their relationship is ended by his sacrifice on her behalf, and for the rest of his life he must be content with the memories of his Great Love. A Great Love is the essential element in these old-fashioned tales, of which “Sidi” is the most celebratory-and blatantly sentimental. Eschewing the angst and alienation discussed in much contemporary fiction, Ibbotson offers leisurely details of a more genteel era whose passing she obviously laments. Her stories, however, are oversweet and ultimately cloying.
From Library Journal
Women who enjoy romantic fiction will enjoy these heartwarming stories, first published in Great Britain in 1984. Ibbotson concentrates on the infinite variety of Great Love-its discovery, development, recognition, loss, and denouement. Her characters, males and females of all ages and professions, are frequently seen during the Christmas season and in prewar Vienna and Russia. In many stories, people find and lose each other-often with an O. Henry twist. Ibbotson, a winner of the Romantic Novelists Association award, writes charmingly about love, forgiveness, loss, and happiness. Highly recommended.Ellen R. Cohen, Rockville, Md.
North Africa, 1942. Dust, heat, thirst, flies. A good clean fight, for those who like that sort of thing, and some do. From an advanced landing field, striking hard and escaping fast, our old friends from Hornet Squadron (Piece of Cake) play Russian roulette, flying their clapped-out Tomahawks on ground-strafing forays. Meanwhile, on the ground, the men of Captain Lampard’s S.A.S. patrol drive hundreds of miles behind enemy lines to plant bombs on German aircraft.
This is the story of a war of no glamour and few heroes, in a setting often more lethal than the enemy.
A wonderful historical novel from one of our best loved and most prolific writers
As a young man Ernest Burton was a bold and reckless journeyman blacksmith, seducing all young girls he comes across. We watch him grow to become a master Blacksmith, and a tyrannical father of eight who refuses even to try to remain faithful to the woman he married and who reigns over his young family with an iron fist, instilling in his sons and daughters a mixture of fear and hatred of him. Burton is an extraordinary fictional creation — a bully who shows no mercy in his relentless terrorism of his sons, he can also be effortlessly charming, with a magnetic attraction that effects all he meets.
Written in the sparse, plain language that Sillitoe has made his own, A Man of His Time is a mesmerising portrait of an extraordinary individual, aware that he is, in many ways, the last of a dying breed. It's a rich, absorbing, wonderfully readable novel that…
A SANGRE Y FUEGO es el título de la serie de nueve relatos que Manuel Chaves Nogales (Sevilla, 1897-Londres, 1944) escribió sobre la Guerra Civil española. Periodista vocacional y paradigma del intelectual comprometido con su tiempo, el autor se aleja de la demagogia y del fácil maniqueísmo con que suele tratarse esta terrible época de nuestra historia, preocupándose más por el perfil humano de quienes sufrieron dicha contienda que por su faceta política. Es el deseo de imparcialidad el que provoca el estremecimiento en el lector: ni buenos ni malos, ni verdugos ni mártires; tan sólo hay crueldad, absurdo, desorientación y obcecación de unos y otros. Manuel Chaves Nogales escribió A SANGRE Y FUEGO en 1937 en Francia, desde el exilio, y constituye una muestra certera de lo que significa la agilidad del periodista al servicio de la realidad y el uso de la literatura como medio de denuncia: son reales las anécdotas y reales los lugares donde ocurren, y es la magnífica prosa del autor un medio más para transmitir esa realidad a veces irónica, otras desoladora. Tal vez por todo esto son muchos los que consideran que A SANGRE Y FUEGO es, posiblemente, uno de los mejores libros de ficción que se han escrito jamás sobre la Guerra Civil española.
The war to end all wars, people said in 1918. Not for long.
By 1919, White Russians were fighting the Bolsheviks (Reds) for control of their country, and Winston Churchill (then Minister for War) wanted to see Communism ‘strangled in its cradle’. So a volunteer R.A.F. squadron, flying Sopwith Camels and DH9 bombers, went there to duff up the Reds. ‘There’s a splendid little war going on,’ a British staff officer told them. ‘You’ll like it.’ Looked like fun.
But the war was neither splendid nor little. It was big and it was brutal, a grim conflict of attrition, marked by cruelty, betrayal and corruption. Before it ended, the squadron wished that both sides would lose. If that was a joke, nobody was laughing.
“A Splendid Little War” tests the pilots’ gallows humour in a world of armoured trains and elegant barons, gruesome religious sects and anarchist guerrillas, unreliable allies and pitiless enemies. The comedy of this war, if it exists, is very bleak. Derek Robinson is at once our finest living comic novelist and a master of military fiction. Biggles was never like this.
Set in Italy during the dramatic finale of World War II, this new novel is the first in seven years by the bestselling author of The Sparrow and Children of God.
It is September 8, 1943, and fourteen-year-old Claudette Blum is learning Italian with a suitcase in her hand. She and her father are among the thousands of Jewish refugees scrambling over the Alps toward Italy, where they hope to be safe at last, now that the Italians have broken with Germany and made a separate peace with the Allies. The Blums will soon discover that Italy is anything but peaceful, as it becomes overnight an open battleground among the Nazis, the Allies, resistance fighters, Jews in hiding, and ordinary Italian civilians trying to survive.
Mary Doria Russell sets her first historical novel against this dramatic background, tracing the lives of a handful of fascinating characters. Through them, she tells the little-known but true story of the network of Italian citizens who saved the lives of forty-three thousand Jews during the war's final phase. The result of five years of meticulous research, A Thread of Grace is an ambitious, engrossing novel of ideas, history, and marvelous characters that will please Russell's many fans and earn her even more.
Inspired by a true story, this is the fictional reimagining of ‘Able Seacat’ Simon’s adventures and heroics in dangerous wartime seas.
Simon is discovered in the Hong Kong docks in 1948 and smuggled on board the H.M.S Amethyst by a British sailor who takes pity on the malnourished kitten. The young cat quickly acclimates to his new water-borne home, establishing himself as the chief rat-catcher in residence while also winning the hearts of the entire crew.
Then the Amethyst is ordered to sail up the Yangtze to take over the guarding of the British Embassy, and tragedy strikes as the ship comes under fire from Communist guns. Many of the crew are killed and Simon is among those who are seriously wounded. Luckily, with the help of the ship’s doctor, the brave cat makes a full recovery and is soon spending time with the injured men in the sick bay, purring and keeping their spirits up. News of Simon’s heroism spreads and he becomes famous world-wide – but it is still a long journey back to England for both the crew and the plucky little cat known as ‘Able Seacat Simon’…
‘The story of plucky orphaned kitten Simon, rescued from the docks of Hong Kong in 1948 to join the crew of HMS Amethyst, cannot fail to warm the cockles of even the coldest heart… Barrett Lee brilliantly reimagines the trials and tribulations of life on board through the eyes of her feline protagonist… painstakingly researched, this is more than a heart warming animal story: it is also an inspiration and an informative tale. This is great historical fiction – and a must for any cat lover’ (The Lady)
‘During the 1949 Yangtse Incident, HMS Amethyst lost 22 crew and was trapped for three months before escaping. Also on board was a kitten adopted in Hong Kong by an Amethyst sailor. This is Able Seacat Simon’s nail biting story’ (My Weekly)
‘Heartwarming’ (Lucky Break)
Lynne Barrett-Lee is a successful novelist and ghostwriter with several Sunday Times bestselling titles to her name, including the Julie Shaw series of gritty Bradford-based dramas, and the global bestseller The Girl With No Name, which has been translated into 26 languages. Her recent bestseller, Able Seacat Simon has recently been adapted for children. When not busy writing books, Lynne runs a novel writing course at Cardiff University, and pens a weekly column for The Western Mail. To find out more about Lynne and her books, visit www.lynnebarrett-lee.com.
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First published in 1938 in Story magazine as a wake-up call warning Americans of the true nature of the Nazi menace, this punchy epistolary tale enacts a stunning drama of friendship, betrayal and vengeance.
In 1932, San Francisco art-gallery owner Max Eisenstein, a Jew who grew up in pre-Nazi Germany, bids farewell to his longtime friend and business partner Martin Schulse, who returns with his family to Munich, where he becomes a Nazi. Through their letters to one another, which quickly move from warmth to a chilling disregard, we watch as the once-liberal Martin, seduced by grandiose visions of German destiny and by the rantings of "our Glorious Leader," vents an anti-Semitism that he tortuously rationalizes. Max, alarmed by reports of anti-Jewish persecution in Germany, asks Martin to look after his actress sister, Griselle, who is performing in Berlin. When she is murdered by Nazi storm troopers after being refused refuge at the Schulse house, Max takes revenge through a clever epistolary ploy that provides a satisfying surprise ending.
Nearly 60 years after its initial publication, Kressman's story serves not only as a reminder of Nazi horrors but as a cautionary tale in light of current racial, ethnic and nationalist intolerance.
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Professor Pearson ist der am meisten bewachte Mann in Amerika. Denn ausländische Agenten wollen ihm seine Erfindung, eine neue Waffe mit bisher unvorstellbarer Zerstörungskraft, abjagen.
Als es ihnen nicht gelingt, Professor Pearson selbst in die Hände zu bekommen, schrecken die Agenten auch nicht davor zurück, seine Tochter und seinen Assistenten zu entführen. Mit der Drohung, die beiden Geiseln zu töten, wird der Professor erpreßt. Doch neben der Angst um das Leben der geliebten Tochter quält den Gelehrten noch das Wissen, daß seine Erfindung großes Leid über die Menschheit bringen kann. Professor Pearson entschließt sich zu einem verzweifelten Schritt.
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En el quinto centenario de la primera publicación del Quijote una obra en torno a la universal novela de Cervantes ha ganado el premio de la Fundación José Manuel Lara, un galardón que entregan las once editoriales españolas más importantes. `Al morir Don Quijote`, de Andrés Trapiello, recrea la vida de los personajes del libro tras la muerte del hidalgo Alonso Quijano.
Trapiello (gran conocedor de la obra de Cervantes) recibió el premio de mano de la ministra de Cultura, Carmen Calvo, y de José Manuel Lara, presidente de la editorial Planeta, que afirma que este galardón apuesta por la literatura de calidad.
Hace cuatrocientos años empezó una historia que no ha terminado aún. Es la que cuenta en este libro. La de los personajes que Miguel de Cervantes dejó sin novela y que quedaron eclipsados por la fantástica peripecia del hidalgo caballero pero que, a pesar de su condición de secundarios, fueron protagonistas de su propia vida, de su propia novela.
Amigos, ama, sobrina, enemigos y escudero son algunos de los personajes que permanecieron a la muerte de don Quijote y con los que Andrés Trapiello construye una apasionante novela que conjuga intriga, ironía y peripecia literaria y consigue una narración ágil y deslumbrante.
Al morir don Quijote es una novela amena y fascinante que toma como punto de partida el mayor clásico español de todos los tiempos y que está llamada a ser un hito de la literatura contemporánea.