Alexander moved over to his favourite chair in the corner of the large chamber. 'Sit, my children, sit with me,' he gently ordered them...'We are a family,' he told his children. 'And the loyalty of the family must come before everything and everyone else. We must learn from each other, protect each other, and be bound first and foremost to each other. For if we honour that commitment, we will never be vanquished - but if we falter in that loyalty, we will all be condemned...' What is a family? Mario Puzo first answered that question, unforgettably, in his landmark bestseller "The Godfather"; with the creation of the Corleones, he forever redefined the concept of blood loyalty. Now, thirty years later, Puzo enriches us all with his ultimate vision of the subject, in a masterpiece that crowns his remarkable career: the story of the greatest crime family in Italian history - the Borgias. In "The Family", this singular novelist transports his readers back to fifteenth-century Rome and reveals the extravagance and intrigue of the Vatican as surely as he once revealed the secrets of the Mafia. Their intermingled stories constitute a symphony of human emotion and behaviour, from pride to romance to jealousy to betrayal and murderous rage. And their time, place, and characters are recaptured in all their earthy, human grandeur, with the unerring insight and compassion that were Mario Puzo's great gifts.
Eric Count Stenbock was at the end of 19th century one of those eccentric dandies, who were influenced by Oscar Wilde. As the heir of an aristocratic Swedish family he inherited the largest manor in Estonia – Kolga (Kolk). But most of his short life he spent in England. He published some slim volumes of verse and seven stories in the collection Studies of Death: Romantic Tales. The Sad Story of a Vampire is most popular of these. The little story is illustrated by Mari Kanasaar, who lives in Tallinn, Estonia.
Wish You Were Here was released in September 1 975 and went straight to number one in the UK album charts. The record debuted at number 12 in the US charts, and the following week hit the US number one spot. The album was to stay in the US charts for a year, and at the time of writing has sold over 13 million copies worldwide. The album has an enduring legacy, and this film tells the in-depth story of its production from the perspective of those who were there at the time. It features new interviews with the band - David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Nick Mason - as well as an archive interview with the late Richard Wright.
"The Husband's Secret is a staggeringly brilliant novel. It is literally unputdownable." (Sophie Hannah). At the heart of the top ten bestselling The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty is a letter that's not meant to be read...Mother of three and wife of John-Paul, Cecilia discovers an old envelope in the attic. Written in her husband's hand, it says: to be opened only in the event of my death. Curious, she opens it - and time stops. John-Paul's letter confesses to a terrible mistake which, if revealed, would wreck their family as well as the lives of others. Cecilia - betrayed, angry and distraught - wants to do the right thing, but right for who? If she protects her family by staying silent, the truth will worm through her heart. But if she reveals her husband's secret, she will hurt those she loves most...Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, or anyone who enjoyed One Moment, One Morning or The Midwife's Confession, The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty is about the things we know, the things we don't, and whether or not we ever get to choose. Above all, though, it's about how we must live with the consequences of our actions - whether we like it or not. Praise for The Husband's Secret: "The Husband's Secret is a staggeringly brilliant novel. It is literally unputdownable." (Sophie Hannah). "The writing is beautiful: sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always compelling." (Good Housekeeping). "The story is cleverly plotted, full of suspense and so well-written that it pulls you in from the first page." (Sunday Mirror). "Dark and compelling, this is a must read." (Sun). "If you like Jodi Picoult, you'll love this addictive new book." (Essentials). "It's a tense, page-turning story which gradually draws everyone together in a devastating climax. The writing is insightful on the subjects of families and friends, parents and children, husbands and wives. But what makes this a great read are the agonising dilemmas the characters face over blame and guilt, forgiveness and retribution, love and betrayal." (The Mail on Sunday, You Magazine). "This is such a clever idea. This is powerful, moving and gripping stuff." (Star Magazine). Praise for Liane Moriarty: "Highly addictive." (She). "Gripping, acutely observed, thought-provoking and funny." (Marie Claire). "The writing is beautiful: sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always compelling." (Good Housekeeping). "Captivating." (Closer). "Fascinating and compassionate." (Daily Telegraph on The Hypnotist's Love Story). "A bittersweet tale by a gifted writer." (Women's Weekly on What Alice Forgot). "Fresh, very funny and entertaining, but also intelligent and unsentimental." (Marian Keyes on Three Wishes). Liane Moriarty is the best-selling author of six novels including Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story, The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies, all of which were published successfully around the world and translated into seven languages. Writing as L.M. Moriarty, she is also the author of the Space Brigade series for children. Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter. *Liane's brand new novel Big Little Lies - an addictive story of secrets and scandal - is out now. A sample chapter of Big Little Lies is included in this latest edition of The Husband's Secret.
Do you think we celebrate the anniversaries of the great? It is they who celebrate the benchmarks of our destiny. So… A royal ball. A history quiz and a handsome prize awaiting its winner. But instead of a fairy we have the mysterious Abel’s “compass” whose prophecies were heeded by Russian emperors. At the crossroads of the four parts of the world is a XXI century Cinderella. Will the fairy tale spring to life?
'They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace - Christopher Robin went down with Alice.' Curl up with A. A. Milne's classic book of poetry for children, When We Were Very Young. This is the first volume of rhymes written especially for children by Milne - as popular now as when they were first written. Featuring E. H. Shepard's original illustrations, this collection is a heart-warming and funny introduction to children's poetry, offering the same sense of humour, imagination and whimsy that we've come to expect from Milne's favourite books about Winnie-the-Pooh, that Bear of Very Little Brain.
A level 3 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. Retold for Learners of English by Tim Vicary. On a September day in 1821, in the church of a Yorkshire village, a man and six children stood around a grave. They were burying a woman: the man’s wife, the children’s mother. The children were all very young, and within a few years the two oldest were dead, too. Close to the wild beauty of the Yorkshire moors, the father brought up his young family. Who had heard of the Brontës of Haworth then? Branwell died while he was still a young man, but the three sisters who were left had an extraordinary gift. They could write marvellous stories – Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall… But Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë did not live to grow old or to enjoy their fame. Only their father was left, alone with his memories.
How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselves-even if we are unsure of who we are? That is the central question of international bestselling author Paulo Coelho's profound new work, The Witch of Portobello. It is the story of a mysterious woman named Athena, told by the many who knew her well-or hardly at all. Like The Alchemist, The Witch of Portobello is the kind of story that will transform the way readers think about love, passion, joy, and sacrifice.
This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red fell in love that day in July 1959. The whole family on the porch, relaxed, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. And yet this gathering is different. Abby and Red are getting older, and decisions must be made about how best to look after them and their beloved family home. They’ve all come, even Denny, who can usually be relied on only to please himself. From that porch we spool back through three generations of the Whitshanks, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define who and what they are. And while all families like to believe they are special, round that kitchen table over all those years we also see played out our own hopes and fears, rivalries and tensions – the essential nature of family life.
An insider's look at the Jim Beam brand, from a 7th generation Master Distiller Written by the 7th generation Beam family member and Master Distiller, Frederick Booker Noe III, Beam, Straight Up is the first book to be written by a Beam, the family behind the 217-year whiskey dynasty and makers of one of the world's best-selling bourbons. This book features family history and the evolution of bourbon, including Fred's storied youth «growing up Beam» in Bardstown, Kentucky; his transition from the bottling line to renowned global bourbon ambassador; and his valuable business insights on how to maintain and grow a revered brand. Includes details of Fred Noe's life on the road, spreading the bourbon gospel Describes Fred's journey to becoming the face of one of America's most iconic brands Shares a simple primer on how bourbon is made Offers cocktail and food recipes For anyone wanting a behind the scenes look at Jim Beam, and an understanding of the bourbon industry, Beam, Straight Up will detail the family business, and its role in helping to shape it.
In (he not SO faraway past, we were Gods and Goddesses...we dwelt in dimensional lands... Eden, Avalon, Ys, Atlantis and Mu...we were fully alive and fully magiekal. We worked, loved and lived with all the elemental beings...but as time wore on, we were torn away from our strongest, most protective kin. (he Dragonfae. This deck is a dimensional portal to allow them lo return lo our realm, and deliver their powerful messages of love, healing and protection for a new generation of magiekal beings. Within these pages, and on eaeh of these magiekal cards, you will be introduced to and given messages and wisdom from the boundless world of the Dragonfae, a world which is now ready lo be seen by your eyes and experienced by your heart. When we connect with the Dragonfae. we reconnect with the lost parts of ourselves, allowing us to fully explore the gift of life on this beautiful planet. They help us to access knowledge from deep within and reconnect us with the knowingness that we are all one. 2nd edition.
So, it was the turn of Wishbone Ash to effect, in the nicest way, a little 'Norman invasion' of our own, in making this rockumentary. For our recording, we literally took over the beautiful old house and grounds of our friends Michel and Nathalie. Situated on the outskirts of the beautiful village of Blangy-le-Chateau, this rustic Norman provided the ideal makeshift studio. Its converted barn - turned private cinema, had its use changed yet again to become an audio and video studio. It functioned superbly as our creative space. The remote location of the property, allowed us to make as much noise as we wanted. Some of us stayed in the guest cottage and the others used a Gite just down the road, allowing for nice walks home at the end of the day, being mindful of the wild boars (sangliers) one might meet en route! France has always been a kind of sanctuary for the band, a place to get it together. In the early days we went there to find work. It was hard in 1970 in the UK with so much competition from other new bands. Fast forward to the summer of 2009 and I felt very much at home upon arrival and pretty soon, so did Joe, Muddy and Bob, who along with myself had all motored over to France. In Muddy's case, straining his ancient MG to the limit in order to make the round trip all the way from Helsinki, a 5,000 km road trip in all.
These are the stories of five Estonian officers who were classmates at the Estonian Military Technical Academy during the years of 1936 thru 1940. Their detailed memoirs start with the Soviet occupation of Estonia and the outbreak of World War II. All were commissioned 2nd lieutenants upon their graduation from the academy in 1940. Then their lives took different paths.
Selena gomez has always been way ahead of her time. At the tender age of 12 she was discovered by the disney network. She eventually landed a recurring role on hannah montana. Her passion for acting and singing has catapulted her into a global teen idol and she continues to reinvent herself. This intimate film explores her astonishing evolution from a child star, into a young woman.
The Wings of the Dove is a tale of desire and possession, of love and death. It is in essence a simple story, but one that opens up the great subject of art: life itself. To tackle this, James moves between fairytale storylines and the startlingly modern techniques of his testing late style. An unspeakable subtext lies beneath the silence. Distinct points of view and different centres of consciousness betray the dislocation of the social facade from the desolation beneath. For all the familiar signs, there is a gulf between glamour and the underlying threat of loss. The eternal triangle of romance is played out here like a game on an international stage for the very highest stakes. It centres on 'the dying girl who wants to live - to live and love.' But those closest to her are in competition for what she can leave behind. Milly Theale, 'the heiress of all the ages', is imaged as a dove, a princess, a Renaissance beauty, but these symbols come at a dreadful cost. By the end of the novel we know, 'We shall never be again as we were!'